Monday, January 5, 2015

Break Out a Board Game

Work started up again for me today, after a relaxing and productive two-week holiday.  As much as I love my job, I get so much out of the time off to recharge my batteries.

Some of my favorite memories from this break are the times spent playing games!  Games are a great way to de-stress, have fun, and connect with others. A good game will get you totally immersed in the moment, and that's where the magic happens.

One snowy/rainy night, we broke out a classic Monopoly board at my parents' house and got to competing.

It's been so long since we've played Monopoly--well over a decade, for sure!  I barely remembered the rules, but I may have been alone in that.  When Eric asked how much play-money we were each to start with, my father amazingly recited from memory exactly how many of each bill we should receive.  When we finally found the instructions, it was confirmed that my dad's memory was impeccable!

The night was spent in laughter, a fun time had by all!

PS: If you want to play, Monopoly is only $10 on Amazon right now!

My friends played their favorite of the last few years:  
The Settlers of Catan.

Whenever my friends are playing and invite me to join, I always think I don't want to... but I'm wrong. When I do play, I end up having a great time.

Bonus: I have an even GREATER time when I actually win!

Other favorites of mine include classic word-games like Scrabble and Boggle.  Apples to Apples is always fun, and Cards Against Humanity even more (R-rated) fun.  Simple playing cards are a great fall-back, too, with endless possibilities.  

So this week's dare?  PLAY!  Don't let the holiday cheer wear off; play games!!  Open up an old favorite (dare you to dust off Balderdash or Trivial Pursuit!) or go ahead and treat yourself to a new game.  

You'll be glad you did!  :D 


  1. YES!! THIS!! here? nightly :-)

  2. The new school Monopoly doesn't even HAVE bills, you just swipe your card into the reader and "money" is added/deleted from your account. Nice because there's less chance of embezzlement from less-than-virtuous players, but come on, how am I supposed to teach my kids about money now???


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