So, two things:
(1) During my trip, I finally (FINALLY) re-connected with my actual, physical journal habit. (So, um, I fulfilled my New Year's resolution in the last week of the year - nice!) However, that has meant not ... connecting with the blog.
(2) I've been a crazy insomniac/jetlagger. I think it's more the former than the latter, simply b/c my sleep "schedule" does not in any way map to sleepy-time in in India. And the non-sleep thing started while I was in India. One thing about insomnia: much like the cold, or any other illness, the person going through it finds it waaaay more fascinating than their friends, and thus bores everyone to tears.
One travel tip: if at all possible, leave for a trip with clean sheets on the bed, one meal in the freezer, and at least a half tank of gas in the car. Little things: Starting work again on Tuesday, I was joyful to see my coworkers again - they are truly phenomenal people, and I'm so lucky to work with them . The guy at Trader Joe's (who I call "my favorite pirate" - after his Halloween costume) remarked on my absence and asked about my trip. Yesterday, after yog-ah!, I went to Cafe Borrone. There, an elderly black lab used crazy voo-doo intense staring to get me to do her bidding: some perfunctory head petting which quickly moved into a full-on belly rub. I drove to the city last night, up the 101 and into the little lights sparkling in the hills. I'm re-connecting, and falling in love with, my life all over again.