Scattergories Wednesday, Mar 24 2010 

Recently I was reintroduced to board games by some friends of mine. At first I thought, yeah, why not. We were all hanging out, with nothing to do, so it seemed like an okay idea. Well.

The game that was chosen for the night was Scattergories. I’m a bit of a board game virgin, having not played very many of them growing up. So I had no idea how BLOODY ADDICTIVE these things can be! Especially Scattergories! What a game!

Scattergories is a Hasbro game (through the Milton Bradley Company) that was first released in 1988. Wikipedia puts it quite nicely: The objective of the 2-to-6-player game is to score points by uniquely naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit.

This game is amazingly difficult, surprisingly so, and an absolute must for parties in my opinion. Forget SingStar, I think this is the best way to get people laughing and yelling and jumping up and down! So fun, and gets you really thinking due to the fact its actually quite difficult to list 12 things starting with one letter within a 2-minute time limit! Think about it – being on the spot and trying to come up with things starting with, say, the letter B. An animal, a singer, a thing found in the sea, a vegetable etc. And it’s not the same questions each time! Argh! 😀

Brilliant, crazy fun! This board game has now become a staple to sunday night drinks within my group of friends, instead of unsociably watching a movie or just hanging around chatting. Go out and buy it (approximately NZD$49.99) and you’ll see how much fun you can have.

Scattergories Board Game

New Years at Omaha Sunday, Jan 3 2010 

So normally I blog about objects, activities, movies etc but I really wanted to write a small piece about my New Years in Omaha with my very good friends. 

The past year has been quite tough for me – for a lot of reasons. But this holiday absolutely wiped the slate clean and made me really look forward to 2010. I was surrounded by my best friends, friends from the past, and people that (by the end of the holiday) became new friends. We sunbathed on the white sand, letting the crystal blue water lap at our toes as the sun turned us a gorgeous red (whoops, pass the sunblock!) and I looked on as those wonderful people zoomed around on a jetski, dragging behind a water-biscuit carrying screaming victims (think flailing limbs and massive fails into the water!).

We played card games like Skip-Bo, Bastard and Last Card. We played board games like Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit. We played Buzz on the Playstation, and watched Girls Of The Playboy Mansion on TV. We ate bacon, eggs and pancakes for breakfast – then had BBQ’s, pizza’s, pasta’s and roasts for dinner. Copious amounts of alcohol was drunk, peels of laughter were constantly emanating from our overcrowded deck (covered in sandy towels, blow up chairs and sports gear) and the time for bed was often 4 A.M. 

The days were long and filled with sun, sports, swimming and the reading of good books. The nights were longer and filled with all the silly games we could think of, all the while singing along to music, discussing relationships, life and everything in between. 

In my life, I have never been part of such an eclectic group. People from different walks of life, with different beliefs and goals, but it just clicked. And I came away feeling so very grateful to know these wonderful, fun, interesting people. Thank you guys.

Happy New Year everyone. 

Omaha Beach

Painting of Omaha Beach

Shake It! Saturday, Dec 19 2009 

One of the guys from work brought in a Shake Weight today, and we all had a bit of a laugh at first. What is a Shake Weight, you ask? Well, it looks like giant dumbell, and it is for sculpting your arms, but in a completely different way. You hold the weight and “shake” it, up and down, side to side. The ends move as you do, adding to the resistance (though, you look like you are motioning something quite dirty, I must say!). You feel idiotic doing it (especially seeing as we were playing around with it at work!) but it really gave my arms a burn within minutes of using it!

According to the website, using the Shake Weight increases muscle activity by 300% more than by using your average weights. And silly as it sounds, the consensus around the office was “I want one!”. It’s easy to use, you feel your muscles start to ache within minutes, and there is no need for batteries or anything like that as it’s your own movement that powers it. Heck, even Ellen DeGeneres was raving about it on her show! It’s been in some of the top health magazines, and there is a lot of positive reviews online. 

I want one! Do you hear me, Santa? 😀

Shake Weight

Climbing The Wall Saturday, Dec 5 2009 

One of my favorite things to do to keep in shape (because, lets face it, the gym can get boring) is indoor rock climbing. 

Now a lot of people go “Rock climbing? There’s no way I can do that!”. Well, thats what I thought at first, too. I’m fit but certainly no athlete, so when one of my friends asked me to come along with her after work one night I roared with laughter. There was NO WAY I was going to be able to pull my entire body weight up a 20 meter wall! But, my friend convinced me to give it a go and I very quickly fell in love with it. 

Did I become some kind of super athlete? Heck no. I’m still not particularly great at it (some people are amazing, like blimmin’ spider monkeys or something) but I get to the top and thats what counts! And along the way I have heaps of fun, spend time with my friends and get a complete full body workout. My back got stronger, my arms and legs toned up, and even my abs became firmer. And that’s from only one night a week! 

So if you are looking for an extremely fun, social workout, then I would suggest indoor rock climbing. Lot’s of people of different ages and abilities are doing it, it’s super safe and you cant beat the rush of when you can suddenly go up walls you couldn’t tackle the week before. 

Try it!

Indoor Rock Climbing