My parents went back to the Land Of My Birth today and made it home safe and sound. In all, it was a very good visit. We struck a nice balance between tourist activities and basic relaxation while they were here. I liked it. After all the drama they've endured during the last couple of years, it felt good to be able to show them a good time and in the process say "look... we're doing ok... we're relatively drama free and happy... you don't need to worry about us too much." I think that message was sent and received. I was just getting used to having them around... so I will miss them.
Today also is my last day off before returning to the work in the salt mines. I'm starting to see things a bit clearer after some time off. Perhaps I should have taken a full two weeks off. I certainly have the vacation time saved up... but there is work to be done. I think I just need to make sure that I take better care of myself this year. I don't want to get into a list of New Year's resolutions; my last such few lists have failed miserably.
My last day of freedom was spent doing two things. The first was watching a DVD set of the TV movie version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I got it last week, but had no time to just sit down and watch it until today.
The second was some computer repairs. My computer at home was making some interesting whirring noises when I first started the computer in the morning. I narrowed that to the CPU cooling fan. Since the last thing I want is for that fan to fail, I went out and got a new one. It's a funky looking thing, almost the size of a softball, with a fan and lots of copper fins. I also got a bigger power supply -- my old one was a little under powered for the CPU/motherboard combo.
It all went together in reasonably good order, which is about all you can ask. My computer doesn't make those noises anymore. That's about all I can ask.
As a fitting cap to the holiday season, I listened to Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" one more time before it goes back into the vaults until next November. It was a nice way to end the winter break. Tomorrow, my nose goes back to the grindstone!
on 2007-01-03 at 7:00 p.m.
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