I felt I really needed to start off this post with that. I mean, I've been gone so long. Is anyone still around? Unfortunately, I need to prolong my hiatus just a little bit longer. I've received a great research opportunity at a Marine Sciences Centre on the Pacific Coast in which I will get to frolic along the beach and play with crabs and anemones and the like. It should be fun but it means extending my blog hiatus until the last week of May. I am so very sorry about this. I hope to be back in full force when I return though I am a bit worried I'll have a hard time getting back into the habit of blogging after being gone so long. I hope it'll be a smooth transition. See you then!