Thanks for the nice sentiments everyone!
I was hoping to stick it out a bit longer - I was AD free for just under a month - but my brain just wouldn't adjust. I expect things may have balanced out had I been more patient, but, to quote Honey Badger, 'Ain't nobody got time for that."
Even though ADs aren't conventionally addicting, they sure are a bear to get off for some of us. It's reasonable to expect that you can't muck with your brain chemistry for years without some repercussions. I think ADs will be my constant companion, at least until I retire.
@NCOT: I love Twitter. I follow weirdos on all sides of the political and social spectrum, just cuz they tend to be the most fun. The secret to Twitter is to never take it as seriously as everyone else appears to. Oh, and a bonus secret is to follow as many Canadian ex-pats as you can find. Canadians are funny, and Canadian ex-pats are freaking hilarious. (I'm looking at YOU, Gavin McInnes).
@Karen - I'd love to say that luck won't be a factor, but I know it is.
@Cass - Thanks! Although this is going to be nice for me, I suspect it will be even better for those around me!