This comes from a friend with whom I had some correspondence last week. In response to my statement that I'm drowning, she said there must be an emoticon for this. If there isn't, there should be one. How about --Y-- (as in person with head and arms above the waves); then when the tsunami of work hits, lo' about three or four weeks from now: WyW (as in person below the waves), or maybe ---.--- (as in person barely visible below the water) or --- (person not visible below the water). Or maybe --°-- (as in a bubble coming up through the water, indicating that there's a person down there somewhere)?
Anyway, --Y-- for the time being. Arms still flailing in the air. So far so good.
--\I/-- Still, there's something elegant and simple about --Y--