Pete, seeing my increasingly alarmingly harried state* over the last couple of weeks, graciously gave me the day off yesterday and I had the intention of going away to do some reading and writing.
Since Pete needed his laptop, I had to take the little one that we let the kids use. When I got it out to use, I discovered quickly that there was one key that didn't work -- the exclamation point! I felt like this was a sign... How could I possibly write anything without that critical symbol??!
So, I went shopping instead.
*I know this is not grammatically correct. My brain can't figure out a better way to say it, though, which is further evidence for why it was good I did not attempt any formal writing this weekend.