I'm really sorry if I worried anybody by not posting for so long. I totally haven't meant to ignore you guys who asked about me, but circumstances have kind of conspired against me. I've been out of town, dealing with a changed work/life situation and fighting a losing battle with my home computer (its for all intents and purposes dead and I don't know why). All of which has meant I haven't been updating here or even able to check my email except sporadically.
Long story short: I'm not dead and I'm really sorry if I worried anybody.