Not much going on at the moment, really. One more day of vacation, 4 more days of work, and then the terror of being the new kid at work all over again. =)
I did all of my pre-employment screening and while I do need a booster of one of those childhood immunizations, I do not have and have not been exposed to TB, so everything should be in order for my orientation on January 9th. (Isn’t it curious how those shots we got as kids were supposed to work all of our lives, but now they don’t anymore? And our poor pets have to get them every year? poor pets. If only someone would do some research to find out how long those things really last. but anyway)
The Christmas tree is naked and a little sad-looking. The trash people won’t take it away (even for an extra fee — they flat-out refuse to pick up trees! bah), so we have to wrap it all up in a couple of sheets and stick it in the trunk of Mike’s poor, dirty car that wasn’t made for hauling things and take it down to the town composting place.
Other than packing up Christmas and putting it back in the closet for another year, Mike and I have spent a remarkable amount of time playing computer games. =) It’s been a great couple of weeks for that, actually. (the dog DOES NOT agree; she’s been a bit lonely and really wishes that I would join her back on the couch for some TV watching) The neighbors must think we are crazy, as our computers are in the living room (the room that has a giant bay window facing the road) and every time they walk by with their dogs, there Mike and I are, one on each side of the room, staring intently into our computer screens!
For Christmas we requested matching copies of the new version of Civilization (so we can play online together; isn’t that cute?! yup, we’re nerds). If you have never played any of the Civs, you may not realize the power that it has to suck hours out of your day. Sims has a similar concept — the “just one more turn” dilemma where it is hours past bedtime, or hours past when you promised the dog you would take her out for a walk, or hours past when you promised yourself that you would turn the computer off and go read a book and you are still saying “just one more turn and then I’ll be able to…(conquer the Egyptians, or invent the Internet, or build the Taj Mahal, etc)” I finally won today (I won the spacerace for the first time ever! usually I am too distracted by other things and I forget to start building space things and then I hit “the end of time”), but unlike the other game that Mike and I play, this one doesn’t seem to have any tracking of time played. I would be curious to know how long it took Penelope of the British to reach outerspace. =)
And on that note, I think I will sign off for the night (now that the entire Internet knows how lame I am, well, most of how lame I am, I’m not admitting anymore…right now).