It seems I disappeared from the internet for a while.
What happened was that in the early morning of the 23rd, my dad passed away. He'd been in a coma for a long time - that's why, if I've talked to you about my dad, I've always referred to him in the past tense. I thought, because I'd got used to him being gone, that it wouldn't be so bad when he left for good. Hah.
Norway tends to grind to a halt during Christmas, so to put it bluntly, he had to be put on ice for almost two weeks. The funeral was today. We just got back from the airport, and I am relieved and exhausted. Going back to work tomorrow will be... interesting. But it's good to get back into everyday routines and put it all behind us. I don't want to rattle on about it, it's all past tense now, just to say that this was why I haven't been in touch.
Oh, and happy new year. Seriously, it had better be a happy one, for all of us.