We have a visiting speaker here this week who I know from my Master's program. I love having campus visitors that I know and it's fun to catch up and hear what is going on back in Favorite City in Adopted Home State. I think I also need that kind of reset that comes from imagining something different for the future- something that doesn't come from all the negative energy that being in my department can bring. I feel like I've let myself down, though. I think I pulled myself out of the post-tenure slump, but I've also had some professional disappointments lately, too. I wish I had some good ideas and felt inspired about research, but I don't right now.
Anyway, I'm still here- way overwhelmed- but hanging in there.