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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Munchkin Land

We went to play games with some other couples at a friend’s house today.  Both The Guru and I love games.  He’s more into arcade and video games than I, but we both enjoy games, whether card games, board games, or video games.  I even used to skip class in college to stay and play Spades with other Honor’s students.  *shhh*

At the beginning of the day everything was running pretty smoothly.  We played a couple new games including Pirate Fluxx, Saboteur, and Werewolf.  We also recently acquired Munchkin, some expansions, and some variants (Superhero, Space, etc.) for a pittance and wanted to try it out since we haven’t played that before.  One guy had played a lot of these games and helped explain the rules to us newbies.

We laughed.  We ate junk food.  We joked.  Then I started to notice rules guy was turning into a complete tool.  We’re pretty casual players and we engage in a lot of side talk, taunts, and general ribbing while gaming.  No way was this guy into that.

When it finally came time for some of us to learn to play Munchkin, including the person hosting this event at their home, things went down hill fast.  First, Mr. Grumpy Pants didn’t seem to want to play at all.  Second, Mr. Grumpy Pants seemed particularly grumpy that I was attempting to twist the rules to my advantage (which I was told was the way you play the game).  Or at least, Mr. Grumps was fine with rule twisting in HIS favor.  It all came to a head when I started to play a card then changed my mind and Hubs and our host both played something instead.

This guy had to try to tell my husband off for my misplay that he apparently was “taking advantage of”.  BTW, this was close to when Jerk-Face was going to win.  Umm, chill out dude, we’re still learning how to play.  When Hubs basically told him to back off (and so did the host) he then had to try and school Hubs as to how he wasn’t paying attention when the rules were being explained.  I’m proud to say that Hubs didn’t back down, and I controlled my – what normally would have been – extremely vicious reaction and took the higher road.

The game broke up after that and Mr. Sore Sport and posse left.  We stayed and talked to the host.  I demanded he not invite the jerk back to game night again to which he agreed.  I can see that Munchkin would be a fun game with a friendly group, but today as a poor introduction to Munchkin Land.

munchkin board game


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Connections. Go Get Some.

Connections.  If you don’t have a lot, I suggest you go get some.

I attended a retreat today through work.  Although a lot of the day was listening to numbers and trying not to yawn; I learned some really great stuff from our two guest speakers.

One discussed Emotional Intelligence and it’s role in success both professionally and personally.

The other speaker focused on understanding poverty and the hidden rules and vastly different life goals/focuses among those who live in poverty, the middle class, and the wealthy.  My company spends a lot of time working with people living at the poverty level so this was key stuff for us.  However, I found it just as interesting to consider the other side of the coin, wealth, and what I could learn from that group.

Here’s some information from today’s presentation (this was from a study of the groups):


Socio-economic Group                     MAIN FOCUS


For those in poverty        =               RELATIONSHIPS

People are the most important asset and the main focus of this group.  This explains a lot about those I know that are in this circumstance including why being late to take care of a family emergency is no big deal or why they continue toxic relationships.


For those in the middle class =     ACHIEVEMENTS

Achievements matter to this group including professional and personal achievements and managing money.  This may explain why parents are obsessed with their child’s school and extracurricular activities.


For those in the wealthy class =   CONNECTIONS

The biggest goal for those in this class is building connections with the right/influential people.


It’s proof and affirmation of that old adage about success: It’s not what you know it’s who you know.  As much as we may hate that idea, it comes into play more and more as we climb up the economic scale.

As a crazy coincidence or simply the universe laughing at how obtuse I can be, when I got home today I had received this blog post in my email:

In Over Your Head – The Most Important Connections I’ve Ever Made and How I Made Them

Scary, huh?

Connections, according to the findings of this study, are good for wealth-building and success.  This explains all those networking groups and why everyone there is constantly talking about referrals instead of their kids soccer game.

Sadly, during my period of black moods I admit to letting some of these connections weaken or fade.  I’m going to be working on building and/or re-building these relationships.  Not only does it help my mental state, but it just might help my financial state as well.

I encourage you to go out today and nourish your relationship(s) with those who will help strength you in your goals.  Join your alumni group, Rotary, Carpenter’s Union, ToastMasters, Student Group, MasterMind, or something else where you will find those who already are doing (or being) what you envision for yourself.

Have you used this idea in your life?  What was the result?  I’d loved to hear from you in the comments.

Thanks and see you tomorrow!


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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Opa!

I went for a run today.  The first Day of Couch to 5k.  It really didn’t seem so bad.  I used the app on my work phone and it does a good job of easing you into things.  I got back and was hot and sweaty, but not nearly as winded as I imagined I would be.  Now, I just need to keep it up for the next few weeks and I’ll be well on my way to being a pseudo-runner.  Haha…we’ll see how that goes…

We took the in-laws out to see the Avengers at one of those dine and watch theaters today.  They are SUPER spoiled, but it’s our fault for introducing them to the dining theaters in the first place.  This kind of theater is the only one they want to go to now.

Last night we went out with some friends to a Greek restaurant for “theme night” and then invited everyone to the house.  We like to pick a theme and go eat and watch a movie or play a game or something that ties in with the theme.  I tried my best to dance with the belly dancer, but it was so awkward.  I had to laugh (and I’m sure lots of other people were too) because while I’m not a bad dancer, and in fact have been a good dancer in a previous life, I am NOT a belly dancer.  These hips do not move like that!

Sadly, two of the friends we went out with will be leaving soon to move to a new state.  My husband’s friend is in the military and getting reassigned.  I guess this was kind of like a farewell party for them as I’m not sure we’ll have too many more chances to go out with them before the move.

Tomorrow, I look forward to shooting another scene for the short film I’m acting in.  The cast and crew so far have been SO super.  Fun.  Professional.  Amazing.

That’s all for today, folks!


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
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Looking Forward to May

April was the month of sickness, musicals, too many social engagements, and tiredness.  Bless you May since so far *knock on wood* you have not made me sick.

I’m sitting at my house waiting for a good friend of mine who’s visiting from Seattle to come pick me up.  Then we’re off to eat some sushi and bang around for a bit before heading over to Orlando for the weekend.  Hubs is meeting us at the hotel later today, and tomorrow we’ll all be going to another friend’s wedding.

I can’t wait for the wedding because it’s going to be a spectacularly geeky occasion.  It’s a costume wedding with the bridal party in none other than Klingon garb.  The funniest thing about this wedding has been trying to convince my husband that it truly WAS a costume event.  Ever since we got the save the date card I’ve been asking him about his costume.  His reply was usually along the lines of “What? This can’t be a costumed event.” or “I’m not dressing up in costume; it’s a wedding.” or some such.

He kept on this way even after the Klingon inspired invitation arrived.

Finally, something clicked after a phone call with my friend from Seattle when I told him she had offered to loan him her Klingon command cloak.  Not sure why that should have done the job, but it did.  Finally!  He believed.  Then it was – we’ve got to find costumes ASAP, seriously, QUICK…ah, husbands.  SO FUNNY.

*Note – I meant to post this on Friday but my friend arrived right before I could finish.  So here you are a few days late.  And I will post up wedding pics in another post soon.

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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Down With The Sickness

Wow.  So very, very many things to catch up on.

This week was just crazy.  I got sick with food poisoning or a stomach virus or something that laid me low for a few days.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO YOU EVER, EVER!!!  SO, SO awfully miserable and sore after throwing up one night ALL night.  Now, I’ve spread the illness (okay…probably a virus) to the other half and he’s been sick all weekend.

I got to go to my first Rays game on Friday night.  The home opener against the Yankees and THEY WON!  Very exciting stuff after a nail biter in the 9th inning.

Saturday night a friend and I went to see South Pacific.  We had dinner (my first food in 3 days after the stomach bug) and the show was great.  Yea!  For a girl’s night on the town.

Since today was Easter I went to celebrate with the family.  I barely remember cooking the ham; I was in a daze the whole time.  I had dinner over at my husband’s aunt and uncle’s house (he didn’t go due to still being so sick).  It was nice but I kind of wanted to just get out of there and go hide in a quiet, serene place for awhile.

Lately, I’ve been more anti-social than ever.  Maybe I just had too many nights out this week and need some quality time to chill at home?  I hope I’m not becoming a hermit in my middle age.

Oh, and I went to a table read for a short film I’m going to be working on.  SO. MUCH. FUN.  I’m excited to get back into the swing of things with a project that’s been in the works for a few months.  Due to SO many other things going on I haven’t taken the time to do stuff that I enjoy as much as I should be.


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

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Open Mouth. Insert Foot.

It’d be nice if this only happened sometimes.  It’d be nice if I had a really awesome, funny story about how ONE time I said or did something that was just SO wacky I stunned everyone.  Then we all laughed and it was a-okay.

Did I Do That?

Did I Do That?

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  Being high-strung and quite often ignorant of tact, decorum, or diplomacy this happens more than I’d like.  Add in a mind that processes things and gets them to my mouth too quickly and you’ve got your basic recipe for trouble.

There’s the time I asked a friend of mine why she would want such a boring job (she had just gotten a job as a technology analyst or some such) to which she replied – I got my graduate degree in that.

There’s the time I blurted out to my college color guard instructor not only how hideously ugly our uniforms were BUT also implied someone would have to be nuts to have picked them to which she replied – I picked them.


There’s the fact that a long-standing boyfriend had a running joke that his job was to come along behind me and quietly sweep up my diplomatic disasters.  At least we knew our respective duties.

On the flip side, with so many opportunities for self-embarrassment, I learned long ago not to get embarrassed, or at the least, learned not to show that I was embarrassed.  The occasional embarrassment still happens, but it’s pretty tough to get me there by pointing out something inappropriate I’ve done or said.  This is to the utter chagrin and horror of my very sensitive husband.

But with age comes more tact and less open mouth, insert foot moments.  And if I live to 200 I’ll be able to begin a new career as a diplomat.

Mama’s Losin’ It

This post is linked up over at Mama Kat’s.  This week’s prompt?  Whoops…write about a time you put your foot in your mouth.

That’s all for now folks.

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Valentine Laughs, Crafts, and Deranged Monkeys.

In honor of Valentine’s Day I decided to skip the crowded restaurants.  I surprised my husband with dinner and a show at the Improv comedy club.  They say that laughter is the best medicine and I felt it was time for some laughs as we still have some major communication problems and had a big, stupid, pointless blowup last night.

The show was good.  Two opening acts and the headliner.  All funny.  But I learned one thing, don’t eat a full dinner at a comedy club.  Stick to the cheese sticks and cocktails and you’ll be a-okay.  On the plus side because I agreed to take a short survey I got 2 free tickets to another show.  I’m hoping to use them to see A Pair of Nuts later this month.

Also, this weekend we got crafty.  My husband and his friend bought some design your own Shrinky Dinks a couple weeks back.  Guys being guys – I think their original plan was to use these to make lewd and suggestive pictures.

The friend stayed over Saturday night again so I insisted we make them.  Weird thing?  My husband never made these as a kid.  He also had never baked cookies, made those makit and bakit sun-catcher things, or done a bunch of other stuff until recently.  How do you have a childhood without this stuff?

Here’s the one that I made:

All You Need

The ones he made:

What the F*%^ is that on the left?

That thing on the left?  It’s supposed to be our dog.  I’m not sure why it has blood-shot homicidal eyes, but I’m not letting it anywhere near me while I sleep.  In fact, I’m keeping it in another room or possibly even melting it in the oven before it decides to use it’s deranged, evil powers against me.

Photo credit Jack Grassa/Westminster Kennel Club via Bloomberg (

This?  The gorgeous peke that just won in the toy group at Westminster.  Isn’t he lovely?

I hope everyone had an awesome, laugh filled Valentine’s.