Christmas White-Out
If the weather forecasts are accurate, it looks like Christmas 2009 will be spent snowed in and not heading back to the farm.  My mother has nearly decided to cancel any festivities due to the massive freezing rain, snow, and wind expected to hit the Dakotas and Minnesota over the next few days, the likes of which haven’t been seen since that historic 1997 blizzard, according to Kelo-Land’s own Shawn Cable. Barring a drastic change in the forecast, this would be the first time ever I’ll have not been back home on Christmas day.  The irony is that I need to get home in order to get new tires put on my car, but my current bad tires are part of the reason we can’t risk driving there to get them.  But we can always go over New Years weekend I suppose. Christmas Eve will be held at Lauren’s parents’ house in Bloomington, and more than likely Christmas day as well.

Sick Day
Yesterday I took a sick day as I went to bed and woke up with a stomach ache.  It turns out I had some carry-over sick hours from 2008 that went unused, so I spent the day off doing laundry and cleaning the apartment.  I ventured out a couple times for some minor shopping needs, but otherwise stayed inside.  I got to playing MLB The Show 09 again on PS3 (still the only game I own) and got very frustrated by how hard the game is.  I’ve had it for over a month and haven’t improved much.  Even on the easiest possible settings I am still lucky to score a run or two against the computer.  Others online have also remarked how unusually difficult the game is, especially hitting.  I have mastered pitching though, so at least I can win games by scores of 1-0 and 2-1.  I also had the TV on in the background most of the day, as Universal HD aired a Six Feet Under marathon, which was awesome despite the excessive profanities edited out.

Vegas Ahead
Hard to believe that two weeks from tomorrow I’ll be flying out to Las Vegas for the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.  The MB gang and I will be staying at Harrah’s, home to Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, where I plan to spend some of my free time.  It also appears that Jeff will be making the trip down the same time as me.  I’ll certainly get him into the show under one of my extra funny name tags.  Maybe Jeff can be Orneri Feller or Jesus Cornelius Xyborg.  It will be nice to get out of the snow for a few days, but that leaves poor Lauren all alone to brave the roads to and from work!

A Very Unlikely Fantasy Title Game
Very briefly, a note about this year’s fantasy football championship game.  My team, the #7-seed Whorehouse Beagles, will take on the #4-seed, Luke Katuin’s Da Pit.  What makes this game so unlikely?  Luke hasn’t logged in to check his team since the draft, and my team finished 6-7 on the year, only to get hot in the playoffs!  I feel kinda bad for Cooney, Walsh, Lauren, Gillian, Alex, and Matt, who all had better teams than me but will be playing for consolation titles.

Also, happy belated 29th wedding anniversary to Ma and Pa!  I don’t think any celebrating took place this year, but Mom assures me they’ll be taking a trip for their 30th next year.