Just wanted to let you know I'm here. I'm alive. I've been absent for a while, I know. I've been buried under the weight of a lot of things.

The slow end of winter ... teaching and grading and grading some more ... freelance work ... a rambunctious little boy who never sits still and loves life with reckless abandon (which, honestly, can be exceptionally exhausting, as fun as it is) ... finding out I've been accepted to the English Studies PhD program at Illinois State University in the fall, and trying to figure out that whole new part of my life ... a trip to Georgia for spring break (only a little bit relaxing this time, since I spent most of the week writing a grant) ... a cell phone in the toilet ...  kind of sort of hunting for new houses, while also kind of sort of contemplating a kitchen remodel, and picking out a new front door, and trying to once in a while pretend to clean the house ... a million and one loads of laundry ... not to mention some personal stuff that has forced me to shut down, shut the world out, and turn inside for a while.

That means my trying things lately has been limited. My time and motivation for stopping by here to say hello has been almost nonexistent. I keep thinking of you, thinking I need to get back here more frequently than I do. I just haven't been able to as of late.

But now it's spring. The flowers are emerging from the ground, are opening up to the world and turning their delicate petals to the sun. And I am emerging too. So I promise I'll be back more soon.