Hello, I'm back. Been having the worst summer ever. The short version is that I spent 3 nights in A&E (what 'Merkins call the ER), 4 days actually in hospital, lots of time taking antibiotics, and a few days flat on my back stoned out of my head on opiates. (This wasn't even fun, as I was still in pain.) Bloody gall bladder. It doesn't help that I'm allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen, which means the entire class of anti-inflammatories is out, which means I couldn't actually take anything to reduce the inflammation. Gah. Am somewhat healthier now owing to the fact I've invented my own ultra low fat diet (including such delights as fatfree chocolate brownies), which reduces gall bladder aggravation. I am supposed to be having it removed "sometime in October", but godknows when that will be. Irritatingly, it pretty much rules out the trip to the US I was going to make, which would also have involved me dropping in on the Pokemon Rocks America tour :x. So how've you lot been? Unfortunately, the time when I was just lying around in bed surfing the web coincided with the time the forums were down . Since I got better I haven't been online much because I'm trying to make up for lost time! I've been doing DIY stuff and learning Japanese. Not up to getting XD yet, though - I can read hiragana (the phonetic alphabet used for native Japanese words) fairly well, but haven't started on katakana (the phonetic alphabet used for English words and animal - and Pokemon -names). I seem to be going pretty quickly now - there are only a few hiragana I don't recognise at all, so hopefully I'll be there within a few weeks.