An e-mail from Di said she'd be out late, so I grabbed the now-charged earpiece and gave it another try. Luckily, one of my guild-mates was online, so i was able to have a good, independent test. Apparently, that was all the problem was, because things worked smooth for the next couple hours of play.
Looks like I'm back in bizness.
In other news, the aforementioned terrible sleep really screwed up my day, yesterday. Firstly, my apologies to jahnji on not making it out to the wedding. I was not in any position to go anywhere and do anything, but I hope everything was perfect. I thought I was going to have to miss Brian and Michelle's BBQ as well, but it turned out that we had the date wrong. it wasn't yesterday, it was last weekend (which means I'd have had to miss it anyway, as it was the same day as Rib-Off 2). After my long "nap", I was up pretty late, but I think I've managed to get back on schedule.