Among other annoyances, I found out that my domain name expired and I never got any notice that such was about to happen. So, knowing that there is a month-long grace period where everything is supposed to keep working, I went into renew my domain. I was shocked to see my site down, replaced by one of those annoying "placemarker" pages that you see. A whois query revealed that the site was now registered to a company called eNom. Uncharacteristically optimistic, I went through the renewal process with my web host regardless. Long story short: apparently eNom and Verve Hosting are affiliated. So, within two to four days, illusionofjoy.net should lead back to my website and not the obnoxious placemarker that is currently there. It still strikes me as odd though, that the grace period was completely ignored.
We'll see in two to four days if all is as it should be.