The Ego has landed.

After more than a month that seemed like a year, I returned to the Times-Tribune newsroom this morning. There was no ticker-tape parade, red carpet or cake with my portrait painted in fondant, but the bubbles were a nice touch.

Borys Krawczeniuk, the newspaper’s political dean and my bearded “work wife” of many years, put a plastic wand to his chapped lips and welcomed me back with a shower of soap bubbles as I reclaimed my stall in the cubicle farm. It was better than confetti.

Education Reporter Kathleen Bolus kept a diary of daily events while I was away. It is among the most hilarious things I’ve ever read and a sweet reminder of how lucky I am to have this job and to work with and for people I love and respect. And Borys.

I’m also thankful for the people who faithfully read this newspaper. Many of you reached out during my absence with care and concern.I missed you, too. Without subscribers, I’d have to get a real job.

A few of you were glad to see me gone and hoped it would be permanent. Happy to burst your bubbles, but I appreciate your input, too. Makes me feel like I have a real job.

So where was I? The short answer is out on medical leave. I’ll share the details soon, but right now I’m playing catch-up. My column will return this Sunday. Next week, we’ll resume the Wednesday/Sunday schedule. Look for my blog here daily, and spread the word: Kelly’s back. And easily distracted by bubbles.