Profuse apologies for the unannounced absence: I finally broke down and replaced my ancient, filthy laptop, and it took longer than anticipated for the nice people at the tech store to transfer all my data. So I lived without a computer for TWO WHOLE DAYS and it’s kind of amazing how hard that was for me—I felt purposeless, distracted, and and vaguely as though I was missing a limb. And it’s been raining here in Sag Harbor so pretty stir-crazy too. I texted a friend to say “I don’t know how we survived in the olden days,” to which she replied “I think about that often. Our brains have changed.” Which is undoubtedly correct, and that scares me a little, but mostly I’m just pleased to be connected again. I’ll be back after the long weekend with all sorts of exciting, autumnal posts—it’s been cool out here (and from what I hear in the city too) and it’s put me in a very back-to-school-shopping mood. Tell me, readers, what fall purchases are you looking forward to?