Yes, it is as Blinger suspected, I was traveling. I went back to the US to visit family, many of whom have passed a difficult winter. My hope was that a visit and some festivities may have brought some joy.
Classes begin again on the 13th, and there has been a placement test for first year students in our department. I will venture into the university to sus out the results of those tests.
Travel helps to shine a little perspective on things. I am re-energized and looking forward to classes, participation in English education in Japan, and blogging.
Thank you for your patience