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A few cool things

Did you know that Krispy Kreme (baker of awesome doughnuts) has a cell phone app? It’s for Android, iPhone or your desktop computer. Basically, you plug in your location info and it tells you where the nearest Krispy Kreme is, and sends you alerts when they have fresh doughnuts. For a chocolate-covered doughnut-addicted frequent-road tripper like me, it’s perfect. And it’s free. How can you beat that?


I love a good board game, and am entirely disappointed whenever I wander the game aisle at Wal-Mart. All of the new ones seem to come with DVDs or are shadows of the ones I remember playing as a kid. I think all of the kids these days are more into video games, which is a shame. (And, yes, I know how old that makes me sound.) So, when a new board game comes along, I get excited. This one is based on the TV show Modern Family. Basically, as you make your way around the board, you advance by collecting tokens. To get a token you have to draw a card (the color of which depends on the color of the space that you’re on) and answer trivia questions about the show, do charades or discuss show-related topics. Pretty cool!

I got a kick out of this quiz on the ABC Home & Carpet Reveal Blog: Find Your Perfect Bookcase. All that you have to do is answer two questions, then scroll down to see what your ideal bookcase style is. It turns out that I’m “classic” and that this style is recommended:

Todd Hase designs are made-to-last classics. This bookcase, rendered from sycamore wood, is a timeless piece that will certainly outlast your book collection.

Since it resembles almost all of the 6 (yes, 6!) bookcases in my office, I’m going to with yes, the quiz is pretty darn accurate.

What style did you end up with?

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Batty for board games

 I have about 30 board games, including 6 Star Wars ones (Escape from the Death Star, Trivial Pursuit, 2 versions of Monopoly, and 2 versions of Risk), five *count ’em* FIVE versions of Monopoly (the two aforementioned Star Wars ones, Cleveland, Harley Davidson, Catopoly, and the original), plus classics like Yahtzee, Life, Hotels, Battleship, Scrabble, and Axis and Allies.

Unfortunately, I don’t get to play too many of them. It’s hard to find the time, plus a certain person won’t play Scrabble with me because I always win. (BTW – he cheats at Battleship.) And then the cats take over, like in the picture above. Osiris spent a good 15 minutes attacking the dice, It was just so funny that I let her play with them.

The next thing you’re going to ask is, “How did I get so many board games?” Well, some I’ve had since I was a kid, some were gifts when I was in college, and others I bought on ebay. One of them is older than I am: Escape from the Death Star is from 1977.  I even rescued some games from the dumpster outside of my building. Before you say EW, let me clarify – they were on the ground outside the dumpster and were still in their original shrink wrap. I couldn’t let them go to the landfill. It just wasn’t right.

There are still a few on my wish-list, including a blank make-your-own Monopoly, and several Star Wars-themed games that I don’t yet have. I’d also like a complete Axis and Allies (the old mid-80’s version) since mine is missing some pieces. I think I need Mousetrap to complete the collection, too. None of the new-fangled ones though. The last time I wandered the game aisle at Wal-Mart I was dismayed to find that they all contain DVD’s now. Are attention spans that short? It’s sad that kids these days will never know how much fun it is to spend three hours losing at Monopoly.

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