Just a brief update:
Life unfortunately is a bit overwhelming at the moment. The week after Thanksgiving, I have a major presentation and 3 longish (15 page+) papers due. As you might expect, I'm focusing on getting ahead where I can. Furthermore, we recently had a death in the family -- a bit unexpected -- which is making it difficult for me to concentrate on the schoolwork at hand. At this moment, I would really like to hide and just not participate in society/the world for about a month. But, of course, real life doesn't quite work that way.
In short: as a result of both personal and professional distractions, you probably won't see me for awhile.