The summer is flying by and I've spent some of that time on vacations with my family. There has been some progress though too!
As mentioned previously, I wanted to get a drawing monitor to assist in art creation. I decided to purchase the Ugee 19 inch monitor [Amazon Link] and so far have been very happy with it. It tracks the pen correctly, is sensitive enough for my needs, and so far seems sturdy and reliable. I've tried drawing on it a few nights now and so far I haven't any issues.