Yes, I am still here, and no, I never did figure out what that ticking was.
November has been... intense. Memorial services for two terrific, accomplished, vibrant and beautiful women. My mother's stay in the hospital for hip replacement surgery and rehab, and my father's stay with us during some of that. A four-day conference of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Continued construction on the house. Meetings, playdates, parent/teacher conferences, basketball practices, Tuesdays in the school art room, Thursdays in the school library.
All worth writing about, but there is no uninterrupted time for that any more, unless I get up at 5:00 AM, which is how it happened today, but as great as it is to sit at my desk unobserved and undistracted, I could probably have made better use of staying asleep, which I would have if I could have.
Now I hear little feet on their way downstairs, so that's the end of unobserved and undistracted.
I hope your Thanksgivings were all lovely, or, outside the USA, that your November 24ths were just super.
I sense a nap in my near future.