Wow, that was a longer break than I'd anticipated.
The combo of the gut-punch that was November 6th, having a semi-surprise house guest's stay stretch longer than anticipated, holiday "recharge" plans aborted, work going crazy, and having part of my house torn apart for a bathroom and window remodel for a while took it all out of me. Extended social contact is not a strength in my family at the best of times, and I wearied: spent a lot of time in my office playing 15 year old computer games, feeling like butter scraped over too much bread, and not interacting much with folk.
But I'm in my 6th day of "Raw February" (nothing cooked, nothing processed), feeling good, regaining a little gleam in the eye, starting to pay more attention to something other than how fast I can kill the Guardian in Master of Orion 2 and get Damper Field tech.
And I notice the gun thing, especially right here in Minnesota, where they want to take anything with a mag/clip/feed cap over 7. Hm. Color me unsurprised, and almost uncaring. Elections have consequences, dear-hearts, and the whirlwind's comin'.