I’ve been absent for a bit, yes, I am aware I left without an explanation.
You see, I had my bottom two wisdom teeth extracted on the 11th (after two prepatory weeks of pain from abcess, and much penicillin), and the procedure went horribly wrong. So on the 14th, I went in for emergency surgery to complete the job. The week following is a painkiller-induced fog where I did not trust myself to write even a coherent sentence, let alone stay awake for longer than a few hours to complete necessary tasks like Christmas cards, dishes or, well, yes, even showering. Blech.
On the mend now, and will be back to normal soon, I hope. So yes, I am still alive, but no, I’ve not been doin’ much kickin’ lately. Maybe after Christmas.