i have been away for quite some time. due to illness, travel, children’s illnesses (try twins with the stomach flu, the sheer amount of laundry to wash alone can overwhelm one!!), etc., my daily routines have become strained and somewhat forgotten. i was finding it very hard to get back into the swing of things, to say the least. yesterday, however, a group of digital researchers that i am a part of, met down in the lab (we are now called the Digital Interaction Research Network – you will hear a lot more about this group soon!) and i became re-energized! i had forgotten how great collaboration can awaken forgotten passions. i feel ready to work again, to read and blog and study. there is a lot to catch up on, and i forgot my key notebook at home today, but i still feel ready to climb my proverbial mountains!