Colorful Spring

I had a great run this morning. The temperature was perfect, around 65 degrees, and I found this wonderful gravel road off of my normal running route. It was so quiet and serene, and the road was dotted with a lovely variety of wildflowers. I think Ace (my four-legged running partner) was confused by my repeated stopping to take photos, but I couldn’t help it. I was in awe of all the beauty. I didn’t see another soul, or car then entire time and it was such a great start to the day!

I’m making progress on my mitts. I changed my mind and decided to go with a published pattern. I’m knitting Customizable Fingerless Gloves. I’ve finished the first glove and am about half-way through the second one. According to my scale, it only took 17g of yarn for one glove, so that means I should have enough to knit 4 mitts from the one skein. I decided not to worry about trying to match the stripes from one glove to the next. I love watching the stripe patterns emerge. Although the yarn isn’t quite as soft as I’d hoped (It’s soft, but not super, squishy soft), I think these will be so much fun to wear.

I ordered a new board game last night. I need a new game like I need a hole in the head. I have over 160 board games. Although that does include expansions, I do realize that is a lot. It is also the one area of my life that is in direct opposition to my minimalist tendencies, and it bugs me sometimes. Obviously, not enough to prevent me from purchasing a new game however. So, I’ve been wanting a new game and have spent the past few days on Board Game Geek reading and watching reviews trying to narrow my choices. I was looking seriously at Coloma because I am intrigued by the simultaneous action selection (Rahdo compared it to Race for the Galaxy which I love) and I really like the idea of playing cards that give permanent bonuses to those actions. Plus, the theme seems cool (California gold rush). I may still get it at some point, but I ultimately decided upon Awkward Guests. It’s a deduction game, along the lines of Clue, but what makes it special is that each “case” is created by building a unique deck of cards which are then shuffled. Players are dealt a starting hand of cards from this deck and then gain new cards by trading with other players and drawing new cards from the deck. The cards contain clues that will help players piece together the puzzle. The first player to figure out the murder, the motive and the method of death is the winner. The game comes with 30 cases, but there is also an app which provides a ton more. There are over 240 cards in the box, so there are literally thousands of possible combinations.

I had to order the game from Board Game Bliss in Canada since the game hasn’t been released in the US yet, but was able to get it shipped for around $43. I’m excited! I think we’ll have a lot of fun with this one.