Friday, December 31, 2010

November Christmas

Last night Becca and I sat down to watch Hallmarks newest holiday film "November Christmas," John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding & Raising Helen) plays the father Tom Marks and Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) plays the mother Beth Marks. It aired on CBS November 27th. The story follows a family whose daughter has leukemia, getting sicker ever day the family speeds up the holiday calendar trying to make as many happy memories as possible.

The movie was sentimental and very Hallmarky; I teared up more than once. What made November Christmas great was parts were filmed in Wolfville. It was the first time I'd ever watched a movie filmed in an area I actually knew. We spent most of the movie pointing out places we knew and saying things like "that's where I buy my coffee.

The following clip has the movie climax starting at 6:00...and at 7:00 starts one of the big "Wolfville" street scene. If you interested in watching November Christmas (and live near me) I have a copy you could borrow.


I took this while the crew was setting up the snow in August:

Donna-Lynne's pictures of the filming on August 12th:



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: And the Winner Is...

I watched the finale yesterday, Fabio won. Best moments were and final vote reading. It was 4 for Chase to 5 for Fabio and Fabio winning back-to-back-to-back immunity challenges. Without immunity Fabio would have been voted out by the Holly-Chase-Sash power alliance and with immunity caused the alliance turned on each other.

Fabio winning the puzzle challenge:

Fabio winning the coin balancing challenge:

Fabio being crowned "Sole Survivor":
Survivor season 22 returns and reinvents itself as Redemption Island returns Feb 16:

Side note: really excited to figure out how make embedded youtube videos fit.

Thankful Thursday #36

I am thankful for:

1) Time with my family
2) Good flights
3) Gina for watching my cats
4) Gifts
5) Meals with friends
6) Funny movies
7) Routines and habits

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:25

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Finale (Dec 19)

It's kind of funny, after week's of following Survivor I missed the big finale night, Dec 19. It's been two week's and I still have no idea who won. Thanks to Global I can still watch the last episode and the reunion show later today. I realize this is more than a little pointless, with a click of a mouse I could have a summary of the who episode, but it's part of my show watching tradition. So here goes:

Predictions for Dec 19:
It's anyone's game. Alliances have begun to crumble and blindsides are inevitable. I don't think it is possible for Dan to win, but he would be a good person to take to the end. With Jane gone I am rooting for Fabio, but he'll need to win the idol just to make it to the finale council. It comes down to immunity idols. Of the three "alliance" members I think Holly has the best chance, then Sash, then Chase.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 40

FOR TODAY: December 27, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...my parents snowy backyard.

I am thinking...about the good time I've had at home.

I am thankful for...my family.

From the kitchen...Mum cooked very festive meals all week; it is good being home.

I am wearing...new jeans with a black tee.

I am creating...last night I created a shortbread house (no one here eats gingerbread) house. It kinda worked -but tasted good.

I am going...back to Nova Scotia this afternoon.

I am reading...Fiction on Fire.

I am hoping...that the flight is short and sweet and all my luggage arrive with me.

I am hearing...my family talking.

Around the house...It's been festively full; we've been Christmas-ing all week from tree trimming to cookie making.

One of my favorite things...reading with my sister

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
The shortbread house before distruction:

The shortbread house after:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday #35

I am thankful for:

1) My Sister
2) My Mummy
3) My Dad
4) Christmas Cookies
5) Time together
6) A roof over our heads
7) A good night sleep

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:13

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 39

FOR TODAY: December 19, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...green forest.

I am thinking...still so much to do and where am I going to eat lunch?

I am thankful for...volunteers.

From the kitchen...it's another been a Kraft Dinner week.

I am wearing...flip flops, black pants, black tee, and black blouse. Strange but it was my "director's outfit"

I am creating...nothing at the moment...kinda between projects.

I am going...home to Ottawa.

I am reading...just finished a book not sure what I'm going to read next. I'm thinking the fellowship of the ring.

I am hoping...to get everything done before my flight in 6 hours.

I am hearing...the computer running.

Around the house...much cleaning done and yet still more to do.

One of my favorite things...reunions and hugs.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...from today's Christmas Play "Pieces of Christmas"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thankful Thursday #34

I am thankful for:

1) Power
2) The Wolfville writing group
3) The girls
4) Power
5) Inspirational books
6) Heated homes
7) Power

They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening.

1 Chronicles 23:30

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Dec 15

It's nice to be right about Survivor predictions. Last week Benry was blindsided. This is the last week before the season finale. There are six castaways left and at this point I really think it could be anyone's game...but that means everyone is in danger of being blindsided.

Predictions for Dec 15:
I think without the idol "Fabio" is going home tonight. If he earns the idol I think Jane is in danger. I'm also hoping they flush out Sash's immunity idol.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 38

FOR TODAY: December 12, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...snowy forest.

I am thinking...there is a lot to do this week.

I am thankful for...friends.

From the kitchen...it's been a Kraft Dinner week.

I am wearing...brown shoes, black pants, and a red shirt.

I am creating...Children's Christmas play set and costumes.

I am going...home for a nap so I can stay up all night for Inn From the Cold.

I am reading...The Happiness Project.

I am hoping...to get everything done before the holidays.

I am hearing...the show "Sanctuary"

Around the house...not sure.

One of my favorite things...sci-fi.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Thankful Thursday #33

I am thankful for:

1) Advent season
2) Phone calls
3) Changing seasons
4) Planned tea time
5) Gina
6) Hugs
7) Helpful Apps

Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.

1 Chronicles 16:35

Survivor Nicaragua: Dec 8

Another day behind, I completely forgot to write. Takes me forever to get back into a routine after being away. But I didn't watch the show, rented Scott Pilgrim VS the World instead, so I can still guess at whose going home.

Last week was a weird episode. No one was voted out because two people (Kelly Purple and NaOnka) just quit.

For thoughts on quitting Survivor and why they are allowed on the jury I direct you to Jeff's blog. He also shared his thoughts on what the remaining seven have to do to survive:

Okay, so we are down to seven: Jane, Benry, Fabio, Holly, Sash, Chase, and Dan. There is going to be a lot of scrambling happening from here until the end. Here is my assessment of what each player needs to do:

Chase needs to form an alliance and stick with it.

Fabio, Benry and Jane need to start winning immunity or they are in danger.

Holly needs to keep mothering and nurturing and keep the attention on others.

Sash has the most work to do since his rug has been pulled out from under him.

Dan doesn’t need to do anything; it’s been working for 28 days. Why change?

Predictions for Dec 8:
With two players stepping out of the game it resets everything else. Some people benefit because rivals (Fabio) are gone but others (Sash) completely lost their alliances. I can't even guess who went home last night...but I am going to anyway. I think, depending on who won immunity, either Benry or Sash went home.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

TGIO

Last night was my final event as the ML for NaNoWriMo 2010; the annual "Thank God it's Over" party. We ate cupcakes, awarded the Golden Apple, drew for prizes, wrote a short story, and celebrated of the end of novel writing for another year.

If I had found this parody of Portal's Credit song "Still Alive" earlier I would have shared it with the group. Instead I share it with you. It has some very true observations about the post nano experience:

The following "story" may seem bizarre, random, and completely disjointed that's because it is. It was a group game. Everyone one wrote one line in the story but they only had the previous persons sentence as a reference:

A NaNo Short Story*

Once upon a time there was an ML named Liz.
She liked to play tic-tac-toe on muffins.
Her favourite part was getting to eat the muffins when she won.
But it was never enough to keep her satisfied until the next time.
She always wanted more ice cream.
But sadly, she was lactose intolerant.
So she ate a banana split, but didn't realize it was real ice cream.
She felt the inside of her mouth freeze so she held it over a burning wood stove.
She quickly realized her her mistake as the stove fire when out and the stove itself froze solid.
"The End"

Sunday, December 05, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 37

FOR TODAY: December 5, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...blinds are drawn.

I am thinking...my office is a mess.

I am thankful for...surprise deals.

From the kitchen...um, I've got nothing.

I am wearing...brown Mary Jane-ish shoes, polka dot dress (first time wearing it) and a pink cardigan.

I am creating...Christmas gifts.

I am going...to a friends to make cards.

I am reading...Dragonsdawn.

I am hoping...go bed early-ish tonight.

I am hearing...the show "Canada's Worst Driver season 6".

Around the house...found some crafting supplies yesterday.

One of my favorite things...creating things.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Dec 1

I'm flying back to Nova Scotia, so I am not sure when I'll be able to watch this week's episode. Since last week was a "looking back" episode review, I am going with last week's prediction of NaOnka being voted out. There is no recap because everything was just a review. So this week's predictions are the remaining castaways’ chances for the title Sole Survivor and the million dollar prize.


Predictions for Dec 2:Benry –without winning immunity I can’t see him making it to the final three and even if he did I can’t think of a reason to give him the money, unless he’s up against NaOnka.

Holly –has surprised me the most. I had expected her to be the second person off the island and now she is one of the biggest threats. She has made some great choices and if she can keep this up I could see her winning it all.

Dan –is just a pawn, and a vote. He won’t be needed much longer so I think his time left on Survivor is short.

Chase –has put a target on his back by “going with his gut” and having too many opposing alliances. He might be the nice guy but I think that has frustrated the masses.

Jane –is the best….I want her to win. If she makes it to the end people will give her the victory.

Jud –he’s got a laid back strategy of “be cool and stay under the raider” I remember reading something Jeff said the first week that went like “Jud could ‘dude’ his way to the victory” which I truly could see happening.

Sash –I feel is weasely. He thinks he has all this power and people loyal to him but with Brenda gone and could see him being voted out as well.

NaOnka –I already said I think she went home last night. If she didn’t I am surprised. I would want her sitting next to me at the final vote. She stole food and stayed. But that could be a reason to give her the money. She’s done all these things and still managed to make it to the end.

Kelly Purple –is another pawn/vote. I keep forgetting she’s in the game and I don’t think I’ll notice if she’s missing/voted off. For that reason I can’t see her winning.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Thankful Thursday #32

I am thankful for:

1) Memories
2) My little sister
3) Kind and helpful airline workers who change flights
4) Everyone who helped make sure things ran at New Hope while I was with family
5) Gina
6) Time with my cousins
7) Hotel's with pools

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Memories

We said goodbye to my Grandpa Stewart today. Listening to others memories gave me a fuller picture of the man he was, stories I never knew to even ask about. It helped me appreciate him so much more. He was a brother, a soldier, a husband, a father, Scouter, a traveler, an active member in his church, and he was the Grandpa I knew and loved.

My Grandpa showed me the world, broadened my horizons, and listened to my endless chatter. He was one of the reason I love fantasy stories. I remember him reading them. I would ask him so many questions about the covers and plots and why he liked them. I’ve read many of the books I remember saw him read. It made me feel connected. And he gave me a love for adventures and travel. When I was little he was always telling about the places he had been in the camper van. I thought it had gone around the world.

In the summers when we lived in Ontario I would spend at least a week with my Stewart Grandparents. I remember taking a walk with Grandpa every day during those visits. It was when they still lived in Sarnia. We would walk around the bay to the marina, order a drink and I could have anything I wanted which was very important to me, I think I normally had a Shirley Temple because it made me feel grown up. I loved those walks. We’d talk about everything from the meaning of life to modern art. He listened to my pre-teen thoughts on how the world should be and shared his own advice and opinions. I don’t remember anything we said but we were together and it was good.

I remember after they moved to Hamilton Grandpa still found ways for us to have our “outings.” He took me so many neat places like the art museum, the ROM, the Toronto Zoo, and the botanical gardens. Side note: I remember this one time Grandpa took me to the botanical gardens; I was at least fourteen maybe even sixteen. He told the ticket girl entry from him and his granddaughter. I was standing right next to the screen. Grandpa got me for the price of a child…which the sign said were “under ten.”

Those are just a few of my memories of my Grandfather.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Victory is the Colour Purple


With an hour and a half to spare I finished my four NaNoWriMo novel. It has been a rough go at times but I am glad I participated another year. The best thing is, for the first time this month I actually really like my story. I now need a writing break.




And with this post I also finished the blog every day challenge. Two victories, self imposed or not, isn’t too shabby.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Haiku #3: Not Yet Winter

By: Liz Stewart
with the help of Haiku Magnetic Poetry


I'm still looking for co-authors. If you'd like to help with one of the up coming Bowl of Stew(art) Haikus let me know. It does involve a creative "writing" phone call. You can leave a comment, send me an email, or a facebook message and we'll figure out the details from there.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 36

FOR TODAY: November 28, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...the sun is rising.

I am thinking...about my family, memories of my grandfather, grief, this mornings service, is everything in place so I can leave for the week, and Harry Potter 7 which I saw last night.

I am thankful for...two very kind airline employees who were very helpful yesterday.

From the kitchen...um, I've got nothing.

I am wearing...brown Mary Jane-ish shoes, black pants, red shirt, brown scarf, and a jean jacket.

I am creating...a the final 15k of my nano novel.

I am going...home to pack then flying to Ottawa to be with family later this afternoon.

I am reading...Tom Sawyer, The Fellowship of the Ring and a Million Miracles (or at least those are the books I'm packing.

I am hoping...be finished my novel by tomorrow night.

I am hearing...someone practicing the drums.

Around the house...um, again nothing.

One of my favorite things...Harry Potter 7 (part 1).

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...sunrise this morning

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Need to Laugh?

Sleep is good - words are better!

-Me

It is either too late or too early to be awake or both. I just said "it's fourth o'clock." These wee hours have brought about the silly giggles and complete lack of words. We have started sharing our favourite grade two jokes. My favourite is:

Q: What did the gum say to the shoe?
A: I'm stuck on you.

A few others I have heard is tonight are:

Q: What did the one wall say to the other?
A: Meet you at the corner.

Q: Why was the beach wet?
A: Because the seaweed.

So there were two muffins in an oven. The first muffin turns to the second muffin and says, "Hey is it just me or is it hot in here?" The second muffin yelled, "AHH! A talking muffin."

Q: What did the little boy say when he threw the slug across the room?
A: Look how slime flies.

So, what's the best "worst joke" you ever heard?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Write All Night

So, the last weekend of NaNo Month is here. I still need 20k words. I am far, far, behind and this is the first time in four years that I truly doubt if I am going to be able to cross that illusive 50k goal line.

So help others and myself fill our word bars, I’m hosting a “write all night” event running from 7pm-7am. Think youth lock-in with adults, too much junk food (it was a potluck event), and many computers. It was a silly idea. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Every hour we have prizes for most productive (scoring is limiting my writing time), every two hours there is a word war (sprint), and in the "off" hour we have a include these five random words. You'd think these things would help my word count...not really. I've only writen 2000 words in the past four yours.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday #31

I am thankful for:

1) My church family!
2) My Girls! I so miss having tea with them.
3) Changing seasons
4) Flowers
5) My family
6) Christmas plans
7) Clean water

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

Romans 6:17

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Nov 24

People often ask me “Hey Probst! What keeps you interested in the show after 21 seasons?” Well, I’m guessing it’s the same thing that keeps you guys interested — human nature. At its core that’s what Survivor is really all about, isn’t it? Our nature as humans and how we behave in different situations?

Holly is a great example. Five days into the show and she wanted to quit; 22 days later not only is she still around, but she could win. What changed? Her behavior. After nearly losing her mind, she rallied. She gained a lot of respect and now is considered a threat to go to the end.
Wow, last week blindsided me. I didn't expect the power moves or shifts. Brenda's alliance crumbled. The tribe voting her out was the biggest game changing power play yet. What really surprised me was Sash not using his idol to help her. The person I feel worried for the most is Chase. He had two alliances and he backed the wrong one two weeks in a row.

Other Happenings: Jane won immunity. I love Jane! In a very physical challenge the oldest woman lasted longer than the strongest guys. It was fun to see. And there was fire in the camp/ The show didn't give it a lot of air time but the fire cost the tribe three chests, their remaining food, the machetes, and part of the tarp...WOW!

So where things stand: Brenda's gone and nine remain to fight for the million dollars.

Predictions for Nov 24:
Previews for tonight's episode look good. NaOnka had done something horrible again. Looking forward to finding out what it was and if she can save herself another week. It's also nice that the target is on her back. Gives Berny and Chase another week to feud.

I think NaOnka is going home.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Haiku #2: Sleep

By: Debbie and Liz Stewart
with the help of Haiku Magnetic Poetry

So this is my second poem, and I've discovered writing haikus is easier when it's a collaborative effort. So, I'm looking for co-authors. If you'd like to help with one of the up coming Bowl of Stew(art) Haikus let me know. You can leave a comment, send me an email at lives_4jc@hotmail . com, or a facebook message and we'll figure out the details from there.

Oh and if it helps, these are a few of the words we have to work with:



Monday, November 22, 2010

Nine Sites I Like and Why

It's the last full week of NaNoWriMo and I'm a lost for words, my creativity is spent, and I've stopped being able to write or speak the English. I find I'm writing things like "Farmer’s farm is the first farm from his farm to come to because it is closer." Yep, I might be writing lots of words but no one said anything about those words being pretty.

All that to say I couldn't think of something to blog about. So I googled "something to blog about" and found "100 Blog Topics I Hope YOU Write." This was #77: Nine Sites I Like and Why:

1) National Novel Writing Month -I really only visit in October, November, and the first part of December but how else would I keep up with all things NaNoWriMo? It has helpful tips, forums, videos, and author information. It is a very important site for anyone wanting to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

2) Apartment Therapy -it is full of good apartment ideas, home tours, helpful tips, and encouraging challenges like the 20/20 Home Cure.

3) Board Game Geek -I find this a great game resource. There are facts, reviews, and ratings for over 49,000 games. It also has the latest details about game expansions, rule clarifications, neat game extras, suggestions or additions (like clay food for Agricola), and picture galleries.

4) Rhett & Link -These to guys make me giggle. I love there comical duet, the mythical shoes, and their youtube videos.

5) Doodze -a wonderful "tiny epic" comic adventure by Robin White.

6) Matthew's Blog -When he blogs it well rounded mix of spiritual insights, comical thoughts, book reviews, and sports highlights. It is also the great hub of Bethany bloggers. Sadly with busy lives, twitter and facebook fewer people are blogging but the list of bloggers is still there.

7) TV.com -I like being able to check on the status of my favourte shows, find out if they're cancelled or renewed, figure out episode names, and some of the new articles are fun.

8) IMDB -It drives me crazy when I'm watching a movie or TV and recognize an actor but I can't place who they are or what I've seen them in. IMDB helps end the insanity most of the time.

9) Annapolis Valley Regional Library -I like that I can request books to borrow from any library in the Valley online. My local library will call me when they're ready for pick up. I can also check due dates and renew books right on the site. It's nice.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 35

FOR TODAY: November 21, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...um, not sure the blinds are closed.

I am thinking...I'm going to cry -it's just been one of those weekends. And nothing is wrong, I'm not emotionally upset, just emotional. I think it's the lack of sleep, much joy yesterday, being at church since 8:30am, disappointed none of my youth are coming to RITV, no one I asked to come hear me speak is coming, the sweet cards from my church family, and I tried to call my mummy and there was no answer. Yes I am a wimp.

I am thankful for...,my wonderful church family.

From the kitchen...leftover pizza.

I am wearing...flats, awesome stripped skirt, purplish-maroon tank under a black blouse.

I am creating....the closing of my sermon.

I am going...to RITV then back to the church for a night of Inn From the Cold.

I am reading...Think Orange, The Christianatheist, Crazy Love, and The Fellowship of the Ring.

I am hoping...to avoid tears.

I am hearing...my computer

Around the house...nothing new.

One of my favorite things...pedicures.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Appreciation

I’ve been humbled and blessed. The past two days have been a out pouring of appreciation from both Wolfville Wrimos and my church family. Yesterday was “ML Appreciation” but one of the girls thought it was Thursday creating a two day event. Some of the cool things that happened were a full inbox of encouraging NaNo mail, cookies and other baked goods, and donation 0n my behalf to the Office of Letters and Lights. That’s not why I do all the planning but it does make me smile and actually feel appreciated.

Then today was a huge day of joy and joyfulness from my church family for Pastor Appreciation. Again this isn’t why I do what I do but it does make me smile and then humble me. It was too much. It was wonderful. Again, I was humbled and blessed. All I can say is thank you. Thank you to God and thank you to my church family. I am at a church that loves God and loves me and it is wonderful to be part of what God is doing.

Both days got me thinking about appreciation and how we as a culture say thank you. We have a special day for parents, for administrative staff, of NaNo MLs but we know that one day of gifts doesn't really cover all that those people do or mean. But these times help honour those we care about. Do we really say how we feel clear enough? When have you felt appreciated?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rate the Fun: Stone Age

A good friend asked for my advice on choosing a board game for a gift this week. I was honoured that she asked me AND I realized I hadn't written a "Rate the Fun" post since May. So here goes...

Stone Age, this is seriously one of the best games I've played this year. It was designed by Bernd Brunnhofer and Michael Tummelhofer and is produced in English by Rio Grande Games. This game earned one of my best Rate the Fun scores. I strongly recommend it; it would make a great Christmas present or addition to any board game closest. What is the game about:

Players struggle to survive the Stone Age by working as hunters, collectors, farmers, and tool makers. As you gather resources and raise animals, you work to build the tools needed to build your civilization.

Players use up to 10 tribe members each in 3 phases. In the first phase, players place their men in regions of the board that they think will benefit them, including the hunt, the trading center, or the quarry. In the second phase, the starting player activates each of his staffed areas in whatever sequence he chooses, followed in turn by the other players. In the third phase, players must have enough food available to feed their populations, or they face losing resources or points.

-found at Board Game Geeks


This was the best image I could find of the board. It looks complicated but it not any more challenge that Settlers of Catan. I've played this game a number of times both with two and three players. Both group sizes work well and make for a good hour of fun.

What I like about Stone Age is:

  • The meeples (wooden tribal people) are fun.
  • The pieces are a good quality, resources and meeples are wooden, and the artwork on the game board and cards is beautiful and engaging.
  • There are a multiple elements to the game play which allows for a variety of strategies.
  • The randomness of dice rolling can be compensated for by sending more "worker meeples" making it less about luck and more an issue of "risk assessment."
  • Every style of game could lead to potential victory and it is not always easy to predict the winner. During the game, some one who doesn't build many may appear to be behind but could ultimately win with their card or agricultural bonuses.
  • It has most interesting components similar to Agricola without the complications or headaches.
  • You can explore different strategies in the same game and still do well.
The Score:
Stone Age = 8.9

The Rate the Fun Scale:
10 = Outstandingly Awesome Game; Always want to play it and I expect this will never change.
9 = Excellent Game; Always want to play it.
8 = Very good game; I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and I'll never turn down a game.
7 = Good game; Usually willing to play.
6 = Okay game; There is some element of fun or challenge; will play sporadically if in the right mood.
5 = Fair game; Slightly boring, take it or leave it.
4 =Not so good; It doesn't get me but I could be talked into it on occasion.
3 = Bad; Likely won't play this again but could be convinced.
2 = Extremely annoying game; Won't play this ever again.
1 = Clearly broken; You won't catch me dead playing this.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday #30

I am thankful for:

1) discovering/confirming truth about myself
2) the friendships I'm developing at my Life Group
3) God's Protect while driving
4) new toys
5) words
6) the other Wolfville Wrios
7) Christmas visiting

I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, You have made known to me what we asked of You...

Daniel 2:23

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Nov 17

Looking forward to seeing how the drama unfolds tonight. The Jane/Marty rivalry is over but there is still the NaOnka/Jud conflict. The guys thought they would have the power at council but Sash stayed true to his first alliance -Brenda. Those two believe they have all the power but things flip flop fast in Survivorland. Tonight is going to be interesting:

Best conversation from last week (from Jeff Probst commentary blog):
Benry and Fabio hanging in the shade, talking Survivor strategy. It was almost like a trailer for a new comedy:

Benry: You and I should just lay low… play stupid.

Fabio: I know dude, I hate playing stupid so much… but it’s like the smartest thing to do right now.

Benry: It’s easy.

Fabio: It’s… real easy"
Last week they were randomly selected to compete for reward, the teams ended up girls vs. guys. The time away from camp gave Marty a chance to plot but it wasn't enough. When he didn't win the idol his fate was sealed. At tribal council Marty was voted out and then there were 10:
Predictions for Nov 17:
Benry is will out any alliance and I suspect will be going home if he doesn't earn immunity. I could all see Dan, the man with nine lives or Jud going home.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

20/20 Graduation

It's Graduation day for the 20/20 Home Cure. If you followed the Maxwell's video's on can find his last video here. I really enjoyed this project and am thinking about doing a mini 20/20 Home Christmas Prep Challenge starting next Monday. Would anyone be interested in joining? I will definetly be participating in the next Home Cure Challenge (coming Spring 2011).

In other news: I absolutely hate raccoons.

NaNo Update: no words written today and I'm not sure I'll be getting any writing in till next Sunday. *frowny face*

Monday, November 15, 2010

Half Way To 50k!

15 days into National Novel Writing Month 2010 and I am a mix of emotions and thoughts. I'm feeling:
  • Joy about being ahead of schedule on the word count.

  • Hate towards my overall novel plot. I'm finding the story is just too serious and therefore boring to write. The characters flat, the dialog dumb, and the amount of plot holes staggering.

  • Delighted that after 15 days (+ a month and a half of prep) my female main character has a real name though I am still calling her "Monk Girl."

  • Sad that after 15 days (+ a month and a half of prep) my male main character still has no real name so I still just calling him "Farmer."

  • Frustration that I'm half way through the month and both story threads are still only on the first day.

  • Love for my writing group and the chance to plan events as the Wolfville/Annapolis Valley ML.

At this rate I should be finished the novel by Nov 26.
Or, I can complete it by Nov 30 by writing 1334 words a day.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 34

FOR TODAY: November 14, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...um, not sure the blinds are closed.

I am thinking...it's time for a nap.

I am thankful for...volunteers and working technology.

From the kitchen...I made fettuccine alfredo last week for the 20/20 Home Cure "make a new dish" task. Yesterday I bought cubed squash which I plan to cook tomorrow. Some of it is going to be saved so I can finally use my Deceptively Delicious cookbook.

I am wearing...brown flats, black pants (I know brown and black "don't go together" but the shoes are comfortable I and like wearing them while doing action songs), and a white tank under a maroon blouse.

I am creating....50, 000 word novel-story-mess-thing and a Christmas play.

I am going...home for a nap before coming back to the church to stay up all night for Inn From the Cold -the link is from 2008 when I first explained about the program.

I am reading...Think Orange, The Christianatheist, Crazy Love, Alice in Wonderland and The Fellowship of the Ring.

I am hoping...to be at 25k words by midnight tonight.

I am hearing...little feet running down the hall

Around the house...I want to keep the momentum going from the 20/20 home cure. Tomorrow I plan to finish re-mac-tacking my kitchen shelves.

One of my favorite things...new music.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
this is from Encounter weekend. It's a 'high five turkey'

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Farmers Market Find and a Haiku

Farmer's Market Find: I am blessed so close to the Wolfville Farmer's Market. It is a great place to discover local artisans, buy fresh produce, connect with friends, and have lunch. Today I found these great pink mittens that will be a perfect gift for my sister (she doesn't read my blog so its okay to say that). The mittens are wool on the outside and warm soft fleece on the inside. What I especially appreciate about these mittens is the wool from old sweaters and is being given a second life.

Saturday's Haiku: This summer I had bought a Haiku Magnetic Poetry Kit. I had wanted an original poetry kit for awhile and decided to splurge that day. Sadly the store was out of the original but haikus (would that be the proper plural form?)are fun. At the same time I decided that I would save opening the kit as an incentive to complete the Apartment Therapy book (which didn't happen at the time). BUT yesterday I finished the 20/20 Home Cure and thought it was a good time to celebrate. There are now 250+ tiny magnets on my fridge beckoning me to be creative. This is my first haiku (thank you Daddy for the help with syllable counting):
Current NaNo Word Count: 20,067

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 20: Last Day

It's hard to believe that the last day of the 20/20 Fall Home Cure is here. In theory, over the 20 days, people have been adding items to their outboxes. At the end of a week the box is reviewed and the owner needs to make a choice:
  1. remove the item permanently from the home (could be sold, donated, recycled or just thrown out)
  2. bring it back into the home
  3. hold off deciding for another week. Items should only stay in the outbox for two weeks tops.
Today's final assignment is to empty the outbox. Only the things currently in my outbox only were added last week and I'm not really ready to decided -so they're going to stay another week and I'll clear out the outbox November 19th. And with that the challenge is done; it feels anti-climatic to me. Thankfully Maxwell will be doing a graduation next week so this wasn't the last video.

In other home DIY news: I re-found two of favourite home improvement vloggers today. In 2008 I discovered Thread Banger, a social network for DIY fashion. It's where I got the idea for the scoodie and my dasiy stitch scarf. The hosts/creators were Rob and Corinne. I loved their videos. As the site grew they added "Decor It Yourself" with Meg. I loved Meg's decor ideas even when I didn't care for her style. It was because of her statement "your nest needs you" that I stumbled upon Apartment Therapy. This summer the team of three informed the community that they would no longer be apart of Thread Banger with out disclosing details. I was sad. Well, today I found both Meg's new project/blog: Nest and Corinne's internet-multi-site-hub "Corinne's Little Corner of the Internet." Both discovery made me happy and I discovered that Corinne and Rob are engaged which just doubled the joy. That sounds weird, after watching their video's for three year and since they never said if they were an item or not its nice to know they have been together for six years and are now engaged. It's a happy thing.

NaNo Word Count: 20067
Personal goal for the weekend, I'd like to be half way done (25k) before Sunday night.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 19: Hanging Artwork

I love today's 20/20 Home Cure video. Who knew hanging pictures could be so easy? I have no art work to hang at the moment. But I am planning to buy two pieces by Drew Wallace. So once all the details are worked out I know how to hang them:
Youth group tonight rocked, it was a simple card game night. The girls played Dutch Blitz. The guys played Phase 10. The leaders (Michael and I) totally won! Not that its about winning. There was laughter and frustration and good times had by all.

I'm now off to write. Sad thing, I'm more interested in working on last years novel than this year. I keep getting creative ideas to add to the other story but just don't fit in this one. Newest addition to my elf-world a forest of giant carrots with giant rabbits. Yep, I think NaNo is definitely messing with my imagination.

NaNo Word Count: 16,490

Thankful Thursday #29

I am thankful for:

1) Boardgames nights
2) The Bible
3) Write or Die it had been one of the greatest asset in my making my daily word count.
4) Apartment Therapy challenges that have encouraged good changes in my home.
5) The sun
6) Flowers
7) The great messages @ Encounter this year (thanks Seth Fancy)

[This is what the LORD says]"...From them will come songs of thanksgiving..."

Jeremiah 30:19a

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 18: Declutter the Medicine Cabinet

For today's 20/20 Home Cure assignment we're taking on the medicine cabinet. It's a busy night. I have a nanowrimo writing event and then my Life Group but once I get home I'm going to take on the challenge when I get home (I now have 80s music going through my head).

I'm looking forward to this for this task. Both my medicine cabinet and the cupboard under my sink need a thorough "spring" cleaning. It's an interesting day for this task. I watched the Story of Cosmetics today which just added to my questions of what do you really need and what products should you buy?

Well, I'm off to the write in.

Survivor Nicaragua: Nov 10

This is my favorite season of Survivor since Australia. These people are great at creating drama. For a moment-by-moment recap visit the Global's blog. For a very fun commentary on episode 8 try Jeff Probst's blog, I love his insights and thoughts on the characters. Here my thoughts and favourite moments from last week:
  • The merge happened. The new tribe is "Libertad"
  • Jane is my ultimate favourite. I'm rooting for her to win. She says the best things. "I’ve got dogs that live in the yard. I feel very safe…. Plus I’ve got a shotgun." She's spunky, strong, genuine, and doesn't mince her words.
  • NaOnka stole food and the frying pan...and didn't get voted out. Her "accomplice" who only helped keep things quiet and ate some food gets the target. This is a strange game.
  • Jane won "girls" immunity but stayed in the game just to beat Marty. Where would this show be without the interpersonal rivalries.
At tribal council Alina was voted out and then there were 11:
Predictions for Nov 10:
I think the former older tribe is in danger especially Marty. With last week's food stealing NaOnka could be on the outs with her chick. And Benry is now without an alliance. I would vote out NaOnka or Dan. But I doubt it will go down like that. I think Marty will be going home this week.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.