Just when you're up to your neck in your whiny little complaints (see post below), real life happens, and reminds you that there are more important things.
I got a dreaded early-morning phone call from my grandmother informing me that my great-uncle passed late last night/early this morning. I won't go into the dynamics of my family, but all you need to know is that my extended family is HUGE (like, around a hundred) and my great-uncle was someone with whom my brother and I actually had a relationship. His wife is one of my favorite people.
Not feeling so sad right now as much as profoundly disappointed.
There will be more to tell about this later.