1) Keep playing around with Tipsy
2) read the paper Horizontal Branch Stars: Observations, Theory and Insights into the Formation of the Galaxy to learn about blue Horizontal Branch stars. I'm hoping to find out their relative abundance and whether that is a function of age or metallicity (and if so, how). This will give a standard to compare the simulation data to.
3) Start analyzing a simulation in IDL (h277) and answer some basic questions to get familiarized with the data; i) what COMP number corresponds to which component, ii) are the stars centered on (0,0,0) and iii) is the angular momentum aligned with the x, y or z axes.
Then the real fun begins.
This should keep me occupied while Beth's out of town (at least).