Yes, it has been a while since I've published anything of substance - or uploaded new photos (to complete 2011 and begin 2012 albums) ... and really the best reason I have can be chalked up to "term paper overload". You see, I did start my Ph.D and for some unfathomable reason entered the term expecting a level of coursework similar to that of my Master's program. Let's just say that I should have listened to Tara when she said "I think it's going to be harder than that".
So, right now I've got three term papers due in draft form next week - ranging from 15 to 30 pages each. Add that to the regular research, discussion and everything else the program entails --- 3 classes = bad idea for a parent who works full time.
Guess I should get back to it. I just thought I'd post a quick note to family and friends who wonder why they never seem to hear from me anymore. I'll drop down to two classes next term, which shold be much more manageable & I'll have free time somewhere in the late 2014(ish) range assuming my dissertation goes well.