Alright...now I'm doing what one of the other responses said to do.
1. ps -e -f > /media/internal/downloads/output.txt
This prints out current running processes (verbosely) to a text file, search and find wpa_supplicant and see how it was launched.
2. kill -9 2231
This kills, with extreme prejudice, the currently running process ID for wpa_supplicant (your PID number will vary)
3. wpa_supplicant -D wext -B -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -i eth0
This relaunches wpa_supplicant my own configuration.
4. ??? Profit ?
Not sure where I'm at now. I've reloaded the .conf file, and I can verify its running with another ps -e, but I'm not seeing the connection added to System > WiFi "Stored Profiles".
On android, now would be the time to turn off/on wifi and it would magically work. Boo.