Yes, writing has taken a backseat. I hardly have any time during the week. I do get some time on the weekends, but there is nothing to write about. It's just the lab, my room, my cooking, a movie or two and some friends.
For a family which is distributed on three different continents, it is not very feasible for all it's members to meet somewhere once-a-year. Unless, they've got lot's of hard cash.