It probably appears as though my blog fell into a treacherous, snowy abyss. I promise you it didn't. Just, my cousin is here and we are doing Things and it leaves little time for writing. Also, my computer is being recalcitrant so my web-moments are stolen from other peoples' computers. I'll be back soon!
PS. I've noticed some of you have asked questions in recent comments. I'll answer them, I promise! Feel free to ask any others here, and I'll address them all in a big Q&A post.