My body had another plan. On Christmas night, I found myself in the emergency room experiencing the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. After days in the hospital following emergency surgery, I am glad to be alive, glad to be with family, and excited about my gaming possibilities in 2009! While I can't move much yet, I am at least out of the hospital and on the mend.
As an aside, I managed to get EVE running on my parent's ancient video-cardless Dell. Being logged in at a station is choppy and laggy, and you can't leave the station without triggering a crash. However, it is possible to log in and change skills and place buy and sell orders. This has been a nice development that has provided some welcome distraction to a painful and challenging vacation!