In a rut or not, your long braid looks really good.
I've gotten into even more of a lazy rut - I don't even braid before throwing it up into my daily nautilus bun anymore. I think at our lengths, something that gets hair out of the way quickly and is low manipulation ends up taking priority over some of the prettier, complicated styles. I love fishtail braids but there's no way I'm going to spend half an hour on a nice on in the morning! If you discover something simple to add to your rotation of daily styles, do let us know!
With a gorgeous braid like that, I'd be happy :D And I've fallen into the same rut, but realized that a pony tail or braid are the most practical hair styles for my life style. :D