“A Party Game for Horrible People”

Now, I don’t consider myself horrible. Maybe a little cynical. But I sure can have  laugh. It’s also no secret that I’m a fan of fun board games. Having just recently (re)bought Settlers of Catan, and already owners of bananagrams, Rummy, Set and Scrabble… we make ourselves kind of obvious. Board games are the perfect accompaniment to a picnic and can be really great played with friends. After all, the more, the merrier, right?

So I came across this DIY type game, entitled “Cards Against Humanity: A Party Game for Horrible people” and it seems hysterical.

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Have you heard of a game called “Apples to Apples?”

We used to play it back in High School and some of my friends still love it. It seems like a similar concept. So in Apples to Apples, you have green (adjectives) cards and red (noun) ones. Each round a green card is put down and each person throws in  the funniest noun card that matches the adjective (or completely mis-matches). It usually results in hysterical combinations, with results of Michael Jackson, Hitler or Hellen Keller usually winning the round, no matter what. I apologise if my description does not adequately portray the fun of this game, and why I find Cards Against Humanity even funnier.

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At every round, one player will take one of the 90 Black Cards and ask the question printed on it. All other players will then proceed to reply with the most hilarious White Card they have. Such as…

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Maybe it’s just me, but I think some of these are hysterical. The greatest thing is that you can download the files for free including rules and explaining how to make the game yourself. I love that you can preview some of the funnies. I really think this would be a great game to play with all your friends in winter when the weather is gross and all you need is some hot soup (or hot chocolate, if that’s your preference), friends and lots of laughter.

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Take your pick, guys. And have a laugh.

Cape Town: my one true love.

I’m completely in love with this city, and if you’ve ever been here it’s easy to see why. I’ve been so much more in love with Cape Town since moving to Sea Point and working in town, as I get to see some of the most beautiful views simply driving to and from work. Even a drive down to the gym is beautiful, especially as on my way home I see the most glamorous sunsets (1st prize would probably be walking along the promenade for those sunsets, and not just taking a drive past).

The other day I was stuck in some gross traffic which was making me late for gym. I was complaining to Greg on whatsapp as the cars barely moved. He said “Lee-Ann, you always talk about how much you love the views in Cape Town, so just sit and appreciate it”. Words of wisdom I tell you. It made my drive in traffic a whole lot more pleasant.

Surprises in the post.

You can’t really call it a surprise, if it’s something you ordered yourself can you? Either way, there is something so terribly exciting about getting a delivery! Even though you get emails to say when your order has been approved, payment has been received and your parcel dispatched – you still don’t know. Placing an order online is like sending a mystery prize to yourself. A gift with love, from me to me. And the subsequent arrival is just so… exciting.

I’ve placed a handful of online orders recently, and the arrival of each has had me terribly excited (overuse of the root of the word “excite” much?). We got a voucher for a photobook for our anniversary from Greg’s mom, it was an overseas company and took a bit longer than expected to arrive. Getting that little slip from the post office was such a relief, and after a little trip to the post office and a long wait in the queue I was absolutely gushing at the result. With photobooks, you know what you’re getting (I mean, you designed it yourself) but it’s something else seeing the real thing! I’m considering writing a post on our little book.

Last week there was loads of discussions of books going around blogs and twitter, and I landed up ordering 2 books I’d been meaning to buy for ages. I got an email from Loot yesterday afternoon to say it had been dispatched and that it should arrived in 2 working days. Lo and behold, this morning my little delivery of happiness arrived at my desk.

Both of these books are meant to be super great, so here is the brief summary off the internet:

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared: It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key…The key belonged to his father, he’s sure of that. But which of New York’s 162 million locks does it open? So begins a quest that takes Oskar – inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective – across New York’s five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?

Extremely Loud is meant to be incredible and my boss has been trying to get me to watch the movie for like… months. I finally watched the trailer and decided I had to read the book. So here I am with it in my possession. But I really recommend watching the trailer.

Amazing, right?

My last delivery should be coming in a week or so. Our favourite board game of all time Settlers of Catan, was sadly misplaced during our Knysna trip in December. It’s a really incredible strategy game if thats something you’re interested in. But this game costs a bucket-load of money and I was super bleak that we’d lost it. In comes the amazing Exclusive Books sticker system – basically, I placed a sticker on a product I like on their website (product being Settlers) and once it reached 500 stickers it goes on sale! 25% off (for 24hrs)! PLUS Fanatics discounts and we got ourselves a bargain!

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When this big box arrives, I’m going to be a very happy lady.

Settlers fans will understand this reference :)

Settlers fans will understand this reference 🙂

And now my bank account is asking me very nicely to stop buying things online.

UPDATE: Settlers arrived in the post the very next day after writing this post. It was expected only in a weeks time, so I am crazily impressed with Exclusive Books right now.

There are other things to do in the kitchen.

I think one of our best buys has to be our fridge poetry. We saw them at a friend and knew we couldn’t live without them. Not that we are expert poets or masters of the spoken word, but we’ve managed to make up a few of these. Worst are when you’re thinking of the next word, and naturally don’t have a magnet that matches the stream of consciousness in your head…

I’ll admit they’re not very good, but at least it adds character to our kitchen, and we get tons of comments on how cool the fridge poetry is (not so many comments on our actual poems though). I think I need to spend more time creating these little magnetic works of art. That will be my project for next week.

Pretending to be grown ups.

It was quite a busy weekend as we geared up for hosting Greg’s birthday party this Sunday. Neither of us usually have big parties, the last one he had was his 21st (ahem, 5 whole years ago!). We decided to be sophisticated and host a cheese and wine do at our flat, because we like wine, and we like cheese. So it seemed fitting an appropriate. A friend did pose the question: “If you’re hosting something fancy as a cheese & wine party for your 26th – what do you do the next year?”.

We set a budget like responsible adults, and overspent it like the children we clearly are. We’ve never catered for 40 people, let alone cheese and wine for 40 people. Also – where were we going to fit 40 people in our flat?! All worked out well and things looked really pretty (all those hours on Pinterest sure paid off). Cheeses were labeled with little handmade flags (if only we had a printer, they could have been much fancier a la pinterest), we brought out a fancy heart shaped cheese board and I even served flings in a vase. Oh yes I did.

It was really so much fun. Everyone fitted nicely. We actually had enough wine glasses (thanks to my parents who lent us 25 – why would someone need so many wine glasses?!). The table looked pretty. Everyone mingled nicely, and there wasn’t even too much to tidy up afterwards. We had a really great time, and times like these make you realise how great your friends and friendships are.

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