This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Yes, that's fine. There's no expiration date to the Cattle Drive. Paul no longer does nit-picking himself, but you can mail your next assignment to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the short explanation you've given here about coming back after a break, and a new nit picker will take over.