Sometimes just when you start thinking that things are going swimmingly, life (or fate or luck, take your pick) comes in and smashes your well-laid plans into smithereens. It is rather unnerving to realize that a huge part of your life is dependent on a series of random events that need to proceed a certain way so that a much-desired outcome could actually take place.
This has happened to me several times already one would almost think that by now, I should know better than to expect things to fall according to my hopes and wishes.
Oh well. I guess it is time to pick up the pieces and start again. 😦