Thanks for letting me vent, guys - I love you for your support :D
and to prove it, here's my latest obsession... I got tired of floating bottles over the sea... and I rediscovered music!
You can find me here, revelling in my own personal free radio station... bopping away while working away on my thesis...
Download it here: http://www.last.fm/tools/downloads/
If you join, add me as your friend ;D