I bought Heroes of Might & Magic IV last night, intending to spend the evening alone playing it. Instead, I spent the evening alone trying to install it. I did everything they suggested: cleaning the CD, freeing up more memory (I have plenty), futzing with the CD drive settings, and defragmenting the drive. And it still won't install. So, I guess I'm going to have to take it back and exchange it. I can't see a scratch on the disc, but there's gotta be one there somewhere.
The one good thing about not getting the game to install was that I managed to get some things done: cleaned up the rest of the jam dishes, read some, and finally made up a large batch of mashed potatoes for to take to lunch with me.
I had dreams last night that had to do with the current series I'm reading. It's the Recluce series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. It's mainly about the balance (or lack thereof) between chaos and order. So, in my dreams, I was doing something to try to maintain the balance. I started reading this series a while ago, and I forget how far I got. I decided to start over, and I'm enjoying it. Each book in the 11-book series is a separate story. It jumps around in time a total of about 1,800 years, so the series is really about the balance, not the individual people. I have the first 8 books in paperback, so I think I will hunt for the rest later. Of course, I'm only ont he 2nd book now, and I'm sure it will take me a while to get through what I have. At least I'm managing to get in some reading time on the T.