This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates 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 email@example.com, along with the short explanation you've given here about coming back after a break, and a new nit picker will take over.