I've been on an unplanned break from the blogosphere; I don't even know now if it's been one week or two weeks. First my mother's aunt & her mother were hospitalized, her aunt died, my mother took off on a sudden, unplanned, and uncommunicated road trip from Colorado to Ontario, the Parental & Disreputable Dogs both came down with a doggie virus they caught from a dog they play with (I love it when an owner starts telling me how the vet said it is urgent for them to get their dog in while its playing with mine), the Disreputable Cat came down with some unknown nose problem (bacteria, allergy, or mold?), and the Parental Cat, Mr Nibbs, who is quite elderly suddenly degraded immensely with kidney failure & blockages, and vomiting and continual visits to the vet. Meanwhile I started working full time at a independent booksellers (oh, to not spend my paycheck there!) while still working full time at the last "cash" job which was at a green building center and I've taken up the guitar. In between all that I've been trying to make deadlines for various ology jobs, doing my taxes (oh, criminee! 3 countries!) and have been using every spare moment to walk the dogs or to go running to keep myself grounded. I've really wanted to be here and especially at your places, reading, and seeing what's going on in your lives and I'm afraid to open my bloglines and see how many I've missed, but there was no doubt there were other things that took priority. But I'm back, and soon I will come visiting (and I believe I have a meme or two that I have been tagged for that I will do soon too).
Oh, and while I was gone the Iditarod came to an end with Lance Mackey winning. It was a great race in that you never knew until the very end who was going to win.