I view Photoshop as I would a toy. I guess it is because I'm not trying really to succeed at it. I'm not doing web graphics to any great extent, or crucial stuff like that and I'm retired and thus nothing is work related.
On some boring Sundays, I like to amuse mysef with just taking a photo and playing with it. Trying out different stuff and filters and most often surprising myself.
The only time I ever used the Pen Tool was when I needed to draw a fishing line from a pole to the waters edge. (Maybe that was the line tool?)
When I made my guy wink, I used Kai's SuperGoo. Then I imported it into ImageReady and finalized it there.
I never made that graphic of the witch for PeaPod, I just assigned the nic to a prefab. I'm no genius.
I too have version 8 or CS as you mention. I've played around in Flash but mostly my use of Flash is when I want to save an animation as Flash or conversion.
When first setting up my site, I used fireworks to build hotspots or whatever.