This isn't the be all end all blog design. No sirreeee. I had gotten so many emails that my blog was hanging (mostly IE users, finally including my own husband) that I decided to bare-bones it and build from there.
Allied turns 6 in a couple of weeks. There are lots of things in life I have a hard time believing. That's one of them.
P.S. PLEASE let me know if the page is loading better (or loading at all for some of you) now that I took off some of the more questionable elements. We'll see what I can get back on without compromising the speediness and general UserGeneratedFriendliness of this here blog.