I was out of town for a couple of days at an Ohio Environmental Health Association conference. Came back home with a raging sinus infection. I'm seriously out of it at the moment. No, really, even more than usual.
I missed my guitar while I was away.
I went to the conference to get some continuing education credits that I need in order to maintain my professional license--and to visit with former colleagues. I went, also, to sort of exorcise public health work from my brain. I attended some terrific presentations--on emerging trends in parasitology, food science, epidemiology, environmental issues in correctional institutions, hoarding, and a number of other things--and I had a lot of interesting conversations with folks from the EPA, the State and local health departments, etc. But unless something startling happens before the end of next year I will probably let my credential lapse.
I miss people from the job. I don't miss the stress of the work.