The Day After Merry Christmas

Yesterday, after we had opened all our gifts, Chris found out that the item he had ordered was sitting at the Longview depot of FedEx (due to their delivery problems, they had made the decision to be open on Christmas Day). He decided we should go and grab this, otherwise he wasn't sure where it would end up and when, so we drove into Longview and collected my new toy.

We got home and plugged it in and let it charge while the turkey cooked, and we took the boys for a long walk. Chris parents have a really nice block of land, except they have a number of hunters that do their thing nearby, so there are times when you are walking through the quietness of it all and then BANG! I'm always concerned that Bosley is going to be a victim, as he runs so fast, and I'm not sure a hunter would be able to tell the difference (especially given the intellect of some of the hunters that we saw at Wally World).

I played a little Halo 2, and am eager to spend a day or two just getting into the game. There are a lot of improvements to the game (dual handed shooting for one), along with the introduction of more “difficult” aliens to dispose of (hence the need for greater firing power). The opening scenes were a little odd. They show a movie (like the last one) but it jumps arounds between the Master Chief and the Covenant torturing one of it's own due to the failure of the previous version of Halo. The back of the case says “But resourceful and tenacious as he is, the Master Chief will have to rely on new weapons, unexpected allies and a secret so incredible, it will change the Galaxy forever.” I'm thinking the mutant that is being tortured will be the suprise, however I'm going to have to just play the game to find out.

Dinner was fantastic, as it always is. Chris's mom really does work very hard to put together a good spread. She makes it look so easy, but I can only guess how much work is really involved. I played more with my new Palm and then relaxed some before watching “The Terminal” with Tom Hanks. I have to say it was a good film, and very good acting from Tom Hanks (as we expect). We then played some Scrabble (I didn't win), and then watched the “Out-of-Towners” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.

Today we are just taking it slow before packing up and heading back to home. I think Bosley knows that today is the day we are going home, as he seems reserved. We should be heading back around 2 today, so we'll see how the day pans out.

Chris has just started playing Ghost Recon, so I'm going to watch him play and then shower.