Well, it's been an interesting holiday. I took off and pretty much dropped off the face of the planet (and the 'net) around December 15. Didn't do a whole lot of web surfing and certainly didn't do much posting here. For that matter, I've noticed that historically (I've had this site since 2001) I don't post at all during the month of December. Hmm... at least I'm consistent, but it's something I definitely have to work on and plan for next December.
Speaking of my holiday (you were wondering, weren't you?) it was jam packed with events but still managed to be relaxing. A delicate but worthwhile balance. I tried to get an Xbox360 on Thanksgiving for $100 (no luck, but it was fun trying), I thought about buying the Mio H610 GPS unit on Black Friday but passed on it and now really do want it, drooled over all the LCD flat-screen televisions on sale and decided sometime this year or next christmas for sure I'll pick one up (apparently, a lot of people are doing this), I saw some relatives, did my annual guy shopping night with a buddy (no women allowed -- we literally spent an hour just looking at tools. That's my idea of a good time shopping), went to some Christmas concerts, did the obligatory Christmas eve church service, tried out a new ice cream place that recently opened up called Cold Stone Creamery where they "carve" out the ice cream with spades and make whatever concoction you want on marble tablets, had a great Christmas day and got lots of nice gifts, but then had a brutal New Years Eve where I had a headache/sinus/migraine and a house full of people for a party. So, I'm trying to talk to them and socialize and my head is pumping and pounding and I feel like the ball's already dropped in my head. My guests must have thought I was drunk, but I didn't have anything to drink, for fear it would have sent me even further off the dizzy end of the pool and they'd find me on January 1 face down outside.
The next day I medicated myself and felt much better. Mental note: I should have done that a day earlier and I could have salvaged New Years Eve. Ugh. At least the food and company were good.
So that's my holidays in summary form. But enough with that, It's now a new year, and it's back to the blogging. I'm currently in search of a way to get a second phone line into my house without paying much for it. I'm currently very interested in Skype, although some concerns about its security do give me pause. I'll probably give it a try, but for now I'm still in the investigating stage. A full years worth of unlimited calls to US and Canada for $14.95 does sound good though!
Speaking of good deals, apparently lots of people hit the net for their gifts this year. I know it's becoming more and more of a resource that people are using and making a part of their holiday shopping. I've heard of many people who have even foregone the Black Friday sales in person in lieu of getting the same deals online in their pajamas. Hey, if it works, that's great. For me, it's kind of a ritual to get up at some ridiculous hour and be at the mall at a similar ridiculous hour (this year it was up at 4 AM, at the mall at 5 AM). But it just might be fun to do the whole thing online.