So, I'm back. And I did have myself a very productive four days of writing, although I have discovered that my attention span is as bad as I feared it was. I don't have the mental stamina to stay with a project as long as I'd like to, it turns out.
Also, as I wrote I could hear this amazing bird call outside my window--loud and rattling--and when I rushed to see what made that noise, I found cranes. CRANES! They took my breath away.
I'm trying to link to some information about them here. You need to hear them for yourselves.