It's hard for me to believe it's been nearly a month since I posted here. I'm hoping that with summer about to start, and my schedule being less hectic, that I'll be able to get back into a regular schedule of blogging.
The biggest reason for the length of this hiatus wasn't work, though, it was personal. Two weeks ago, my husband suffered a severe vertigo attack that turned out to be a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or "mini-stroke." He suffered no permanent damage, but it was a scary few days in the hospital. Then, the morning after he got back, an electrical surge fried more than half of our appliances and electronics and set a surge suppressor in my study on fire. We got the fire out before it damaged anything other than the carpet, but since then we've been dealing with cleanup and insurance replacement issues. (We have a great insurance company, Amica, so it's not a battle...just a lot of work to document and replace everything.)
Add to the normal pressure of end-of-quarter teaching and grading, and the ongoing design work related to the ARG I'm working on with the local paper, and it didn't leave much mental energy for blogging.
I'm not feeling sorry for myself, not at all. I'm beyond grateful that Gerald is 100% recovered, and that no real damage occurred from our electrical mini-disaster. And I'm hoping that we've gotten the worst of our luck out of the way for a few months so we can relax and enjoy the summer.