It's been a while since I've been back on these boards... glad to see the new developments!
I took a year and a half off of Aikido; I moved to north-central Missouri. And there really wasn't a dojo that was less than an hour's drive away.
Now that I am back in CT, I have been practicing again.
Sensei promoted me to 5th Kyu last class; we start at "no rank/initiate".
And actually, after the last four classes or so, it seems as if I'm starting to move with my hips and not my eyes...
Such a good feeling!