Jenni celebrated her birthday at John Barleycorn’s last week. It was a subdued birthday party. We just hung out and played some Scrabble. It was the first time I’d ever played Scrabble at a bar before. I don’t generally hang out at bars, but if they offered Scrabble I’d probably visit more frequently. LOL.
There’s a bonus card hidden inside the lid.
I think that is the best part really. It only came with 20 new cards and they’re not as good as the cards from the original game and the first three expansions. I mean, they’re about boxes. Blech. However, the web site advertises that I can use the big box as a bludgeon. So that’s something. Though I haven’t tried it — yet.
Speaking of games, Brian and I learned a new game yesterday. It’s called Nertz. It’s the party game of choice at Brian’s work Christmas party, which we’ve missed for the last couple of years because it always falls on the same night as my work Christmas party and we always end up going to mine. This year we are fortunate that the two Christmas parties are on separate weekends so we can finally attend. Anyway, we just learned about the game yesterday so we’ve been practicing. We’re not very competitive. Can you tell?
Oh, Brian wanted me to point out that he won every single round we played tonight. I think it’s his Brian pills. He has an unfair advantage. Lucky for me, we’re playing on the same team come the night of the Christmas party. We’re taking this baby down!
I’m thinking we are going to lay off the Cards Against Humanity nights for a while because every single time we’ve had it there’s been some kind of disaster. The first time we had it, Brian repainted the tango bathroom with his vomit. The second time we had it, Hideki got Andrea on her injured leg. The most recent time we had it, Brian spilled Apothic Red all over the cards. So yeah. No matter how much fun it is, probably no Cards Against Humanity for a while.
We had such a blast paying Cards Against Humanity last weekend. We played two games (which I won both times) and blasted through all the card so now Brian and I are ready to purchase the expansions.
I think I had an unfair advantage because I knew everyone, where as the others only knew me and Brian prior to that night. It was super hilarious though and, I think it’s safe to say, that we all got to know each other pretty well that night. Apparently, no one had any idea of my sick and twisted side. Not even Brian.
Here’s a sample round.
Here’s video of Hideki as the Card Czar reading us his choices for the question, “What do old people smell like?”
“Self-loathing” won that one. Here’s Todd as Card Czar.
We quickly found that “8 oz. of Mexican black tar heroin” is one of the trump cards. You can pretty much play it on just about anything and it will win. LOL. You have to know your judge though.
I won this one with “funky fresh rhymes” although there were some really hilarious (and horrible) ones that were played.
Cards Against Humanity has got to be the most fun game we own hands down. I can’t believe we only heard about it this year. Seriously. Anyway, the expansions are coming so we’re having another Cards Against Humanity Night very soon. We’re raising the bar this time and turning it into a drinking game so come ready to drink!
Brian and I hosted his parents for dinner on Saturday night to celebrate my birthday. We celebrated multiple times this year (Chapada, Bite Me, Carrabba’s). Not so much by choice, but just how things worked out because that’s when people were available.
It was fitting that the Food Network had their The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs marathon that day because Brian was playing chef at home. He prepared apricot pork roast and German fries.
I won’t explain the foods. Brian can do that for you guys in the comments. However, I will share some photos with you all…
The German fries turned out really well. Brian did a great job.
Here’s the pork roast…
Brian’s mom brought over chocolate mousse cheesecake that she made for dessert. It was super yummy.
For my birthday, they got me the Words With Friends board game, which really made my day. Brian and I played right away.
I had uninstalled the game from my phone a while ago, but I had to reinstall it because it’s got a scoring tool and word checker for the board game. So I’m back to playing WWF again. Challenge me!
For those of you unfamiliar with my WWF addiction, WWF doesn’t stand for World Wrestling Federation. That would be something my dad enjoys watching. My WWF addiction is Words With Friends. It’s a two player game that is similar to Scrabble that you can play on your phone. I’ve always been a Scrabble junkie so I was naturally drawn to the game. There’s no one for me to play Scrabble with here. WWF opened up a whole network of potential opponents. I like it so much that it’s the only game I play on my phone on a daily basis. Actually, I don’t play Angry Birds or any other games anymore so I can probably say it’s the only game that I play on my phone period.
Another reason I love WWF is that it’s completely passive. You can take as long as you like or as long as your schedule allows. It’s great for busy people like me. Sometimes games can span several days (sometimes even weeks, if your opponent decides to go to Mexico for vacation – LOL) and sometimes you can finish a game in just a few hours. It all depends on how much free time you and your opponent have. I find it really convenient since Brian does most of the driving (we carpool to and from work and the gym). I usually play WWF in the car on the way to work or on the way to the gym at the end of the day. Sometimes I will play during my lunch hour, if I actually take a break for lunch.
Since Brian and I have been on Christmas vacation (neither of us have to report back to our respective jobs until January 3rd), I’ve been playing WWF like a deserted island castaway at an all you can eat buffet. I usually have no less than half a dozen games going on simultaneously. Right now I’m playing against seven unique opponents. I had to specify that they’re all different people because sometimes one of my friends and I will play two separate games concurrently. This will sometimes happen by accident when we challenge each other at the same time at the end of a game, but sometimes we’ll do it intentionally. I don’t have any of those going on right now, though. If I have made all of my moves and I’m waiting for my opponents to take their turn, I will sometimes get bored and start another game. Thus, I end up playing several games at the same time. I don’t really like playing with random strangers though, so I generally only challenge people I know in real life.
Most of the time, I play from my phone. A few weeks ago, I saw some badges on a friend’s Facebook wall and realized that you can play from Facebook too. I had no idea until then. I think that’s the only time that I’ve ever played with someone I didn’t know. I created a game and hit “random opponent” by mistake. I still make most of my moves through my phone, but I do like playing on my laptop whenever I’m home because then I can post achievements on my wall. For instance, it’s not really exciting when I bingo from my phone because I can’t share it with everyone.
Since we’ve been on vacation, I’ve been living and breathing WWF. My addiction reached new heights last night while we were in bed. I won’t say what we were doing. Just picture us in bed, doing what I can’t say, while having this conversation. Oh, and just to provide some background information, I started wearing my pure hazel Freshlook Colorblends contacts yesterday.
ME: No one even noticed my eye color today. Do you like that I have hazel eyes? We have the same eye color now.
BRIAN: My birth certificate says I have brown eyes.
ME: How come?
BRIAN: I was born with brown eyes. They changed color as I got older. Now they’re hazel.
ME: What does it say on your driver’s license?
BRIAN: I guess it was easier than putting hazel. My eyes change color depending on the light anyway. Sometimes they’re brown, sometimes they look more green, but most of the time they’re hazel.
ME: Hazel would be a good word to play on Words With Friends because the H and the Z are worth a lot of points. Specially if you land on a triple word square.
My last comment was so random that Brian busted up laughing. We both laughed hysterically, actually. I was laughing so hard that I cried.
When Anthony saw the post, he was like, “That’s nothing! I ended up with seven Is once.”
I guess it could have been worse. =P BTW, Anthony’s board looks different than mine because he plays Wordfeud. It’s similar to WWF, but the bonus squares are distributed in a different pattern and some of the letters have different point values. He likes the functionality of their phone app better. I used to have both, but had to get rid of one the last time I was cleaning out my phone. I know more people on WWF so Wordfeud got the boot. Now I just have to get Anthony to convert over.
It’s not about who won. It’s about who lost. Jenni and I both knew we were no match for Anthony. Basically, it was a contest for second place. LOL.
It was a really close game. Most enjoyable game of Scrabble I’d ever played. Thank you Jenni and Anthony!
Incidentally, last night’s Scrabble game made me realize that I am in dire need of a new set. The ten-year-old one I have just isn’t cutting it anymore. I want one of those “deluxe” Scrabble games with the rotating board/table. Hmmm… Maybe Brian will get me one for my birthday.
I think this will help Brian out some. These four letter swear words are the only ones he can really spell.
LOL. Just kidding, baby!
Speaking of, Google has a neat new toy on their web site in honor of Les Paul’s 96th birthday. So Brian pulled up Google.com and then told me to strum. What did I do? I started strumming his computer screen.
Brian looked at me and said, “WTF, babe? My laptop is not touch screen!”
“Oh,” I replied with much disappointment.
It’s sad when you are so used to everything being touchscreen that you just expect everything to be that way. I’ve actually borrowed someone’s non-touchscreen phone before, pushed on the screen several times in vain, and was frustrated when I couldn’t get it to work. Total Scotty from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home moment.
Faced with a 20th century computer…
Scotty: Computer! Computer?
He’s handed a mouse, and he speaks into it.
Scotty: Hello, computer.
Bones: Just use the keyboard.
Scotty: Keyboard. How quaint.
LOL. Yup. I feel like Scotty sometimes when I’m forced to use primitive hardware.
Shortly after we started playing someone named Surazal invited me to a game. I declined because I didn’t know who they were.
After Jenni told me it was a friend of hers from Kansas City, I felt better about playing with someone unfamiliar to me. I actually sent him an invitation to play. We’ve played a few times since then and he is, by far, my favorite opponent on Wordfeud.
With others, it might take an entire week (or more) to play one game. With Anthony, we could probably complete an entire game in one day if I didn’t limit my playing to morning, lunch and after work. I think he can complete multiple games in one day with one opponent if the other person could match his pace.
Like me, he is also up early on weekends. Last Saturday, we were playing back and forth pretty fast around 7 AM. I was surprised that anyone was up that early (I’m usually the only one I know who wakes up before 7 AM on weekends), let alone before me. He said he’d been up since 5 AM. We were playing words pretty quickly back and forth. As soon as I played a word, he would play another. It led me to think, at this pace, we might as well be sitting across from each other playing. Except, I was sitting in the toilet for part of that game so that might not have been a good idea. LOL.
Anyway, I really enjoy Wordfeud because now I can finally play a Scrabble-type game with someone. I found a chess game, Chess Buddies, for my phone that works a similar way. I really want to play, but Brian won’t play with me and I don’t know anyone else who has it. I asked Anthony the other day if he knew how to play chess. He said he did, but it’s been a while. I hope he gets Chess Buddies so I’ll have someone to play chess with. Finally.
Jenni came to my work yesterday to pick up some materials for the Riverfest volunteer work she’s doing. While we were sitting there eating lunch, she told me that Anthony mentioned to her that I asked him to play chess. I guess I could have asked Jenni too. She knows how to play. Not sure why I haven’t. Here’s how their conversation went (from what Jenni shared with me):
ANTHONY: Your sister asked me to play chess.
JENNI: It’s probably because she thinks you are smart enough to play chess with her.
ANTHONY: I think it’s because I kick her ass too much at Wordfeud and she really wants to win.
Gee, thanks! Incidentally, I won our last game. Barely. But a win is a win. It was probably the closest game I’d ever played. I think I had 411 points, but lost 3 points when he played his last tile. We finished the game at 408-407 in my favor. Go me!