Back! I spent most of my hiatus at the local Borders, trying to understand their "Books for Boys" and "Books for Girls" sections. Hint: the Harry Potter books are for girls, and the Little House on the Prairie books are for boys. Obviously.
I was unable to recover my indispensable notes, which mostly consisted of long cryptic columns like this:
IF RABIES TOOK HUMAN FORM
SNARL, SNARL, MOO
so I have been like a dead-ownered dog for the last few days, but through many hours of painstaking reconstruction have managed to assemble a rough draft of the poem I was working on when the hard drive kicked it. However, many gems were no doubt lost. I'm glad I remembered that bit about the rabies, though. That one's going straight on the front cover.