I'm not dead! Not yet! I feel happy! Think I'll go for a walk! [<--Geek alert: note gratuitous Monty Python reference.]
Nope, nope, not dead this past month, just crazy what with the snow and the holidays and the running off to Florida to visit my brother, barely getting to the airport in what was I swear the very last taxi in town the morning of January 5th, and there was a REASON it was the last taxi, the driver was busily day-trading on his handheld computer as we slid through the snowy clogged streets until RW and I put on our I-Mean-It voices and made him stop. Still harrowing, though, and traffic was so nasty it took over an hour to get there and we barely made it onto our plane...
Well, anyway, we did make it to the plane, and got to Florida, and came back, and have been catching up ever since. It's almost like those lovely ten days were just a beautiful faraway dream, now it's all homework and laundry and dishes and frantic hunching over the computer on That Job. And the fog rolls in every night and sometimes during the day, so that we can't see the street corner, even, and I start to have near panic-attacks about being surrounded by haze forever.
But the snow is slowly, slowly melting, even though there are big dirty gray chunks of it still hanging around on the edges of the streets.
And this morning we gathered 'round the computer and watched as the 44th President of our home country was sworn in. For eloquence about that, I'll just point you here and here and...well...just about everywhere, today. If I try to do justice to how it feels, I might just give up altogether and then someone will have to send out a searching party to verify my continued existence. So I'll just say...it was good to see it, even on jerky live-streaming in a tiny window on the screen. It was really, really good.