Well, with less distractions, I still managed to go down a rook in my 2nd game with "Eric." With my losing streak at two (along with a few other losses (rated blitz) games in Chessmaster) my rating has dropped ... so much so that the top of the allowable personalities for me to play is "Lacey" who is 1309.
I've been in a major slump on ChessTempo too. For the first time this year and for the first time in a long, long time, I've been struggling to get out of the 1630's and 1640s (blitz level tactics). Usually I will drop down to the 1640's and 50's but then I'll pop right back up to the 1660's and higher. But this week has been an absolute struggle. I'm missing 1400, 1500 rated problems and even the occasional 1300 problem!
I don't know what's going on, but this is brutal.