The Good bits #2

wpid-eg_20150323125026927.jpgWhoa, time really does fly by! Sometimes its frustrating when you aren’t sure you’ve used your time wisely. I’ve already been state side for 2 months now! Bizarre, as it still feels like only a week or too ago I was working in London and busy planning things. Life has changed a lot, this is the favourites from the last month.

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1. Exploring Indiana, and visiting, Chicago, Cincinnati, Bloomington, Columbus, state parks and Michigan Lake. Planning more day trips and thinking about some of our past favourite trips

2. Settling into a different lifestyle, slowing down, taking time to think and re-evaluating, and enjoying getting outside

3. Catching up on Downton Abbey with a cup of peppermint tea

4. Eating lots of waffles and baked goods, and playing games.

5. Welcoming and playing with our newest fur baby

And what will November bring? Hopefully more walks snuggled up in cosy woollies, some fun trips, sports and activities, more baked goods, and some surprises, just no snow yet. *does little sunshine dance*

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Rainy days

This weekend Autumn has well and truly arrived. Its been chilly in the mornings and evenings, but the weekend started off wet and horrid -a stay indoors kind of day. This was actually quite welcome so we could have a weekend mooching around. Its been nice to sit and play games, have a tidy up, play with the cats and do some baking. We both decided fudge was a good bake for a rainy day, along with some profiteroles and bread and soup. We also got to test out our new waffle iron for breakfast and now the house smells of bacon and maple syrup.

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Having hibernated and eaten wayyyyy to much sugar, we figured we should actually leave the house and go for a walk in the fresh air, and keep an eye out for sloes, which seem to be non-existent here. We’ve just got back from a lovely walk around Fernwood arboretum where the trees are in full colour and there are lots of sculptures to look at and to take interesting photos. We are missing popping into a good ole English pub forย  A roasty so we are going to make one, but trying out an American meatloaf recipe…. mostly because we have yet to find any joints of lamb anywhere!!! I really want some lamb! and some sloes!

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Card games for rainy days

So as I mentioned whilst we had a lovely visit to Bloomington, I found a delightful games shop. A good old fashioned independent one. None of this glaring ‘one direction’ games but proper games! A friend of a friend introduced us to the card game flux over a rainy weekend, its a great game. So we purchased pirate flux and have spent many a fun hour in a pub avoiding scurvy and talking like a pirate. There are many other versions, Monty Python is a favourite, along with the game phase 10 – another gem from the makers of Uno, but be warned it might break you, especially if you play with more than 2 people!

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So whilst browsing the games in Bloomington I added to our collection. First up from the makers of Flux is Chrononauts, A smashing game that is infuriating because I’ve not won yet! I still don’t 100% understand the gameplay, but essentially you are a time traveller and you have three separate ways of winning.

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I also purchased Guillotine and have been playing lots ever since. This game is a simple card game where you want to collect as many beheaded heads as possible – that’s about as gruesome as it gets and is actually a lot of fun despite the rather dark humour.

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We’ve also been playing the card version of settlers of Catan. We’ve mastered the basic game and are now attempting to use the add on cards. So if you fancy an alternative to scrabble and have a rainy afternoon, I’d thoroughly recommend this as a great way to spend an hour or three! And let me know if you have any tips for winning at Catan or Chrononauts.

Games!!

Ok Ive got a bit of a confession to make! I really really like games. Board games, actual sporting games, and computer games.

I love anything with a bit of competition, problem solving, strategy and collecting things….

I dont often play computer games – because days can pass me by. Growing up I loved the sims- who didnt you could build a house! – I didn’t care about feeding my sims or making them happy I just wanted to build and decorate the house! I had a Tamagotchi I loved my dinosaur, even if they beeped all the time!!! – Ive still got it somewhere! I remeber many a happy evening playing Super Mario on the old school Nintendo – when it froze and you had to blow the dust out of the box! any holiday/event possible I like to play Cluedo, Monopoly, Articulate, Catan, 13 dead end drive.

Last Christmas I had time! it was cold, everything was shut so I thought it was time to try a little computer game, I gave don’t starve a go! I love it, you collect stuff, random stuff happens, it snows, the possibilities are endless, and you almost always lose!!!! its so annoying, what happens if you cant find beefalow! I never ever find those damn coggs and he always goes insane! so if you have several hours to fill give it a go! I’m resisting until a really rainy day or 4!