Yeah, the proofs are taking a long time. I'm doing well, but my biggest problem is actually finding them for sale. I don't like buying on eBay, I have bought all the coins I likefrom local shops and coin shows have just been slim pickins. Fun hunt though.
Not sure where you live but if you don't mind traveling, check to see if there are any coin shows in nearby areas or states. Also, check out on Google or Yahoo about coin clubs in your area.
With coin shows, even if small, get to know any repeat dealers. Ask them what they do with any old Albums that they aquire when buying sets. Many told me they throw them out. I did ask that a long time ago and I then asked if they could bring them to me instead of throwing them out.
Some did and still do and for free. Of course doing that I get almost every brand possible and almost some for coins I have no intensions in collecting. But I do get a lot of ones I need and many of the people I know also get some from me they need and again, it's all free.
The worst part of this system is it makes me start collecting coins I had no intensions of collecting but now do since I have the Album for them. Although mostly Whitman brand since I'm in the MidWest and that is what is popular here, but I do get all sorts of other brands too. And since they are not out on display, no need to worry about appearances like so many do.