Truly the return to the office from holiday has to be one of the year's low points. It's not just the pure volume of email but also the intricate email trails, snaking back and forth with assorted players chipping in. There are always a few token bits of bad news hidden in the midst of it all, and a few things that have gone wrong which never would have gone wrong if you hadn't gone away.
It is as if chaos is always looking for a chance to break out. I am reminded of the way the natural world reasserts itself as soon as mankind turns its back, like the monster trees which reclaim the ancient temples of lost civilisations (as seen in Tomb Raider.)