Monthly Archives: June 2016

Stuck in a Hotel Room? Play a Game!

Stuck in a Hotel Room? Play a Game!

We had always wanted to take our kids to Washington D.C. It’s such a long drive from Iowa and airfare is quite high from the Quad Cities to our nation’s capital. We had just enjoyed a fantastic 4-day stay in Columbus at Origins ...
Learn How They Make Money. Literally.

Learn How They Make Money. Literally.

When we started planning our trip to Washington D.C., people consistently informed us that pretty much everything is free. No charge to see the monuments. No fee to get into the Smithsonian. Even a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printi ...
7 Reasons to Attend Origins Game Fair

7 Reasons to Attend Origins Game Fair

You may recall how excited we were last summer to attend Gen Con, the nation’s largest gaming conference. Scott and I weren’t sure if it would be good for the kids to attend so they stayed with my parents while we set off on this massive ga ...
Thrift Treasure: Łowca Obrazków

Thrift Treasure: Łowca Obrazków

Every once in a while we find something at a thrift shop that bewilders us. While in Chicago for a Cubs game we stopped by a Goodwill that happened to be close to our hotel. We found a copy of Łowca Obrazków by Ravensburger on the shelf for ...
That’s It. I’m Done With Speed Games!

That’s It. I’m Done With Speed Games!

Yep, done I tell you. I had resigned myself to the fact that I just wasn’t as fast as I used to be when I thoroughly got trounced trying to beat my daughters at Jungle Speed. Then came Quick Cups, which proved way too quick for me. La ...
When Witty Men Learn to Knit

When Witty Men Learn to Knit

As we have gotten more and more involved (addicted) to board games over the past few years, we’ve seen pretty much every theme make it to the table at some time or another. Across the various types of games, we’ve encountered sp ...
Tips for Visiting Wrigley Field

Tips for Visiting Wrigley Field

I don’t want to speak for Scott, but since that’s what I normally do anyhow, why should this be an exception? We’ve mentioned before that we met at a Cubs game in St. Louis back in 1990. But even before that, we were both ...

Bring an Escape Room Home

One of the highlights of last summer was Nicole and I got to participate in one of the hottest crazes to hit since fondue restaurants. If you haven’t heard about escape rooms, then you’ve been living under a rock. Grab a half do ...
Thrift Treasure: Giant Spoons

Thrift Treasure: Giant Spoons

When I think back to the entertainment of my childhood, there are a lot of things that come to mind. I was active in hardball and later softball, 4-H, played outside, danced and played board games. But the one activity that rises to the sur ...