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Recently I was sent a GAME ON Kit from Mattel so I could host my very own GAME NIGHT! I took a little online questionnaire to determine what kind of “gamer” I am and they sent me some wonderful games. Apparently I’m a Strategicorn! Although I’m not very good at board games I love playing them. There’s something incredibly calming about sitting around the table with your family or friends, snacks at hand, music playing in the background, laughing, competing, and just enjoying each other’s company. How often do people do that anymore? How come people don’t find time to play games? Games that aren’t on their cell phones, games that actually require talking, thinking, and eye contact?

Although I haven’t hosted a GAME NIGHT, I’ve been taking a game out one at a time depending on who is over. I’ve played MAD GAB, attempted BALDERDASH, and enjoyed APPLES TO APPLES. All with different groups of people, each evening more fun than the next. I know that I’m always connected, always online, always ready to share a photo or tweet 140 characters of unimportant nonsense, BUT when it comes to family time (or friend time) I do my best to enjoy the people to my left and to my right. I do my best to be social and to have fun with the real people, not my Internet friends. Those nights have been some of the best nights of my life.

So, when are you going to invite me over for game night?!?!

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

Board Games FTW!

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Although my favourite pastimes include reading, writing, and blogging, I’ve been taking some time to do other things during the holidays. Most importantly spending time with my family, as well as the bf’s family. The other night at the bf’s aunt’s house we decided to play a few board games and we started with (the surprisingly challenging) Scrabble.


I don’t remember being a board game lover as a kid, except for DREAM PHONE…


…but after a few rounds of Scrabble and an intense game of Snakes & Ladders, I developed a new appreciation for them and their ability to create some family bonding time. I enjoyed our board game night so much that last night we had an Oscar Trivia night over coffee/wine with my parents, and today we purchased a few games for New Year’s Eve.


I know that nothing brings a family together like a great meal but I think board games have the ability to do the same – add in a little wine and you’ve got the most wonderful evening ahead. THAT is how I plan on spending my New Year’s Eve, celebrating 2012 and ringing in 2013 surrounded by my family, my boyfriend, great food, a few glasses of wine, and playing board games to my heart’s content.

I’m hoping that after the winding-down of twenty-twelve, I will be able to look forward to the new year. I feel as though I’m just waiting for a reason to try something new, to send out short stories to magazines, to find the job of my dreams, to travel, to change around this blog, to take some writing classes – ya know, to get started on all of my resolutions.

As this year comes to an end I will spend the next few days reflecting, remembering, and rejoicing in the year I just had. I’m going to scoop up all of those memories and promises I made to myself and act on them.

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo