Had the plague that is going around; it was vile, and dphilli1 got it almost as badly, which is unusual. It's mostly departed, leaving only the fact that I managed to spittake/cough tea all over my laptop keyboard, rendering it inert (and the laptop cranky in various ways).
So, new laptop time. Everything is in the wrong place and strangely flat. Wah. I will be back to my usual lurking ways shortly, although since I never post much of anything I'm not sure anyone noticed I was less lurking.