A couple housekeeping type things:
I'm terrible at checking the blog email, so yahoo shut down the account... again. I am not ignoring your emails on purpose. It would be great if I could figure out how to set up a system where blog emails come to my real email address (which I'm not giving out because it's my full name). So, while I work on that, please don't be offended by my email silence.
I love comments, though, and will respond to those because they do come through to my email. If you want know anything and don't mind it being public- put it in a comment!
Turns out that posts tend to get really long when you haven't written for a year. Thank you for bearing with me until I'm all caught up. I won't be offended if you skim the posts that get especially wordy.