Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh I'm busy right now. What with end-of-year research projects needing completion, Christmas shopping, social events (what? a social life, you say? 'stonishing!), and any number of super-duper-critical-must-happen-RIGHT-NOW! meetings, I'm swamped.
See, it's not just Zoe who's a busy bee these days. Or Dawn with her rehearsals and performances and things. It's me, too, which is why I'm a bit absent at the moment.
[sympathetic noises can be inserted here... although I suspect that derisive ones are more likely]
Forget about April being "the cruellest month" - it's December. See you in January. In the meantime, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that.
Come to think of it, January's going to be horrible too...