Apologies for the lag in posts here of late.
It's only when things go awry in one's personal life that I realise what boundless elasticity this job has. One or two incidences of difficult news, and I can block out the world by simply working harder.
The Sisyphean struggle can also be a boon. No limit to the needs of the students I teach here, and no limit to the depths of workaholism I can hide myself in.
That's pretty useful, at times.