Winter of 2004 Holiday Vacation

As you might have noticed, I haven’t blogged for a while. I’ve been out of town for a week. While I have had access to the Internet and could technically have blogged, I haven’t really been thinking about it or collecting my thoughts for a blog. I’m going to try to catch up a bit and talk about what I’ve been doing for the last week. Sorry if it isn’t well organized; I only have enough energy to do a brain dump today.

Christmas eve, Christmas day, and most of the day after Christmas were spent at my mom’s. We had a really good time hanging out, and the weather was great. Jesse got me a Nintendo DS that I mentioned. I don’t have any full DS games except for the Metroid preview, but it has still been a lot of fun.

Last Sunday, we took the red-eye from LAX to Pittsburgh. I got some shuteye, but no real sleep to speak of. I thought we’d take a nap on Monday, but we ended up staying up all day. Jesse’s whole family was at her brother Erich’s house for most of the week, so we got to spend a lot of time hanging out together. Jesse’s mom and one of her brothers got the stomach flu that has been going around. Luckily it’s only bad for one day.

We watched the BBC version of Tom Jones which turned out to be a 5 hour marathon. The movie was well done, especially for being such an old story, but wasn’t really my thing. As a trade for watching a movie of their choice, we got them to watch Napoleon Dynamite.

We played Texas Hold ‘Em, Pass the Pigs, and Scene It. All of which were a lot more fun than I expected.

The English toffee we tried to make failed. I’m not sure what went wrong, but somewhere around the hard ball stage it totally crystallized.

Last night we ate out at Shakespeare’s Restaurant. I had a chicken and pasta dish with marinated artichoke hearts and red bell peppers. My only complaint is that it was too much food, and I couldn’t take it home with me because of the flight.

I did my part in spreading Firefox by installing it on four computers over the past week. In the process, I found a nice little extension called ForcastFox that shows you the upcoming forecast in your status bar.