Video card update: we took the fancy video card out, turned on the card integrated into the motherboard, and lo and behold, the problems have stopped. I'm taking the card in to the shop today so they can send it in for repairs/replacement, but since the integrated card seems to be working fine, I'm not too worried. I mean, I can't play, say, Assassin's Creed II on the highest settings, but taking some of them down to medium makes it work just fine, so when I need to take a break from writing, I run around Florence, stabbing some dudes. It takes a bit of focus to get all the key combinations right on the keyboard (I need to get a controller, I think), but so far, I've managed to die only once, and that was only because I wandered into an area that was unavailable and got desynchronized.
Mom's coming to Wrocław tomorrow evening, meeting with some friends, and then we're taking the train to Lubań. That's the theoretical plan, but I guess we'll see how it works out in reality. I need to figure out how much time I can spend with her and my grandparents (because I do actually want to spend some time with her) and still have enough time to work on my thesis. We're supposed to bring what we have in on Tuesday, and I have a lot of work left before what I have is suitable for showing to anyone. Plus, I have a term paper to write, although that's not due until February 4, and since it's only 1200-2000 words, I can probably knock that out in a day or so. Still, all of the work gives me an excuse to come back to Wrocław earlier should I need one. Fingers crossed that I don't.