Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm not usually much of a joiner, but

for some reason, this time Carl Anderson's Once Upon a Time reading challenge really appeals to me this year. The link is through the beautiful image on the right side-bar. Join in! It's all about reading/viewing fun!

Quoting a bit from Carl's intro:

Friday, March 21st begins the eigth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. This is a reading and viewing event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through June 21st and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing whims.Don’t like the word “challenge”? We have something special just for you.
I'm hoping to exceed the minimum requirements to complete Quest the Second, Quest the Third, and the Short Story Quest - viewing films and TV shows on the weekends for the latter, and I want to go back and re-read the original Shakespeare play for the Midsummer Night's Dream challenge.  This starts tomorrow! Eek! Well, I have several to choose from right here at home - that I haven't read (and I've got the complete Shakespeare handy, too) so I can get started on the dot. I hope to post reviews of everything I read or watch.

This could get interesting...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Game day!

Around here, that has zero to do with oversized glandular mutants running into each other on plastic grass. It's all about playing table top games!

Today it was 7 Wonders. There were five of us, and we had a ball.

It's vastly more complicated than any game we've tried out so far, and I'm pretty sure we bent some rules and made some up just to keep the thing moving, but we'll learn all the ins and outs eventually. 

We decided on a name for our group: "Eat. Talk. Play."  And our motto is, "Eh, we don't care." So we're not overly competitive, although I'm thinking that when we get proficient at some of these games, the competition is going to warm up. I am not very competitive myself so I just play for the social fun. And the food. 

We've got dates lined up for April and May, and I think we're hoping to make it a monthly thing. 

An added benefit is that it causes me to clean house really well at least once a month!