i finally got wp set up so that it will email me (again) when someone posts a comment. this hasn't worked in a long time, and the way wordpress does it is slightly confuzzling, but i got some help on #wordpress and life has gone on.
also, sue has gotten interested in having her own blog, because of a new interest in getting back online. so i got her a domain, and will be setting up her copy of wordpress here shortly. a link when she starts posting.
i really love doing this, and i love hosting my own site, but really ... sometimes this all night shit needs to give way to ... sleep. :)