I caught The Two Towers the other day with some friends. It was worth the ticket price, and I really enjoyed it. The effects were excellent, especially the tree-type creatures. The only problem I had with the film was in one scene in which a dam broke. Then it was like "hey, nice model." Other than that it was very well done.
As for everything else, Christmas is in full swing around here, with all of the cheer and all of the hassle. It's pretty tough not being able to climb, but I may head down to Rochester with some friends this weekend to put in some time. Hopefully things will work out.