The bad news first - my computer problem was not so easily solved as we had hoped. The new power cord didn't fix it, and so we had to take the computer in to a local repair place yesterday.
The good news is that it should be a relatively easy and inexpensive fix... I'm just not sure how long it's going to take.
So until the computer comes back, my blogging is going to be spotty. My apologies to you all, I promise lots of fun just as soon as I come back!