It's amazing how much time you can spend christmas shopping. In two days shopping I've bought as many presents, and I'm not even halfway through my list. But it's a great deal of fun, and I've found almost as much stuff for myself as for others in the process! ;-)
I have been convinced again to accept a regular job, this time as an administrator for a departments web services on one of the local universities. The upside of this is that it removes a fair bit of economical stress.