Went over to a friends place last night and played a game of Power Grid
and a couple games of Carcassonne (both published by Rio Grande Games).
Power Grid was alright but Carcassonne has turned out to be a really fun and easy game to play. The base game is pretty cheap which is nice in a board game. I purchased Carcassonne Big Box 2 at a Boxing Day sale which is was double-plus good. Besides the basic game it contains Inns & Cathedrals, Traders & Builders, Princess & Dragon, Abbey & Mayor, River 2, Count, King and Cult.