Mostly I’ve been shopping and just generally trying to get ready for the holidays and all the other stuff that goes along with that, like preparing for a 450mi. drive up to my Mom’s house, making sure my laptop is all up-to-date with all of the latest MS patches and gaming patches, etc.  And I’m seriously considering updating the laptop’s dual hard drives from two 80gig drives to two 500gig drives, the 1G RAM to 4G, and the XP Pro to 7 Ultimate.  That will be a weekend project if I really decide to throw down for it – we’ll have to see what Mr. Wallet has to say about it.

If I do go that route, then of course I’ll even more stuff to do, like install all of the other software and do some fairly major patching… Hmmmm.  Oh, and I’ll be working all day Sunday so I can take off on the 23rd instead of the 24th on that long drive – yippee!  Seriously another of those too many thing to do in the allotted timeframe kind of deals. 

As for gaming, I’ve only just been peeking in on LOTRO and EVE to keep tabs on everything, and if I have any time to spend I’ve pretty much been chilling to holiday music and flying around in FSX/Tileproxy.  Last night I did an interesting flight over some of the most desolate land ever, from Green River, Utah to Grand Junction, Colorado.  Kind of interesting in its own way, but wow – not even any scrub grows on that ground – must be caleche or clay or something. 

I used to drive that route on I-70, but heading West instead of East from Green River over the mountain to Salina and Richfield, and I’ve always been amazed at the lack of any foliage of any kind around there – not even weeds or anything – just dirt that looks like mud, but isn’t wet.  Hard to describe if you’ve never been there.

I hope all of your holiday preparations are going well and that if you’re planning on travelling, you arrive and return home safe and happy!  Enjoy!

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