If one has noticed a slight change to the blog, it has to do with an upgrade to WordPress. I had been trying get the auto-update to go through, but it was being very stubborn. I have since learned that it was a 1and1 problem (my host), and that I needed to switch to php5.
Needless to say, the problem has now been solved. If anyone else out there has been having the same problem, or just general issues getting the dashboard to work, consider the php version you are using. It might be what is causing the weirdness.