Action shot of the Squirrelly in the bathtub yesterday evening.
“It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers …”
NyCap — a winter time drink for the parents of small children
- 1 oz tequila
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 1 oz 151 proof rum
- Black Coffee
- 2 tbls. NyQuil (cherry flavored)
- Whipped cream
- Coarse Sugar
Moisten rim of glass. Dip rim into coarse sugar to coat heavily. Pour tequila and coffee liquor into glass. Gently float 151 proof rum on top. Carefully ignite rum and swirl glass to lightly melt sugar with flame. Immediately pour in coffee to extinguish flames. Fill glass with whipped cream, top with 2 tbsp. of cherry-flavored NyQuil multi-symptom formula. Bolt in single swallow. The alcohol will numb you to the realizion that you will be spending the next three months confined to the house with a small child, the NyQuil will address the symptoms of whatever pestilence du jour your twerp brought home from the daycare yesterday, and the coffee and sugar will give you a burst of energy sufficient to clean exactly two of the scores of dishes that have accumulated in the sink while you’ve been grappling with the plague. Bottoms up!
Today I am sick, so that’s as funny as I get, folks. Here’s some links instead:
People from all over the globe (by which I mean two people who are not housemates) have written to ask if I am doing my annual overview of the year’s best boardgames for non-gamers.
And now, supplimental material just for you, my loyal yeti readers.
The Ghosts Of Christmas Past
I didn’t write a whole lot about games this year (“more blogging about games in 2006” sounds like a good candidate for a resolution), but, of the games on TMN list, I did review Shadows Over Camelot and Jambo. You can also see previous G3 Guides for the years 2002 – 2004, 2001, and 2000.
Other Good Games
Here are some games that, for one reason or another, just missed the cut for The Morning News piece.
The Canonical G3 List
There are hundreds of great G3s from year’s past. Here a sampling from the Canonical G3 List:
Family Board Games
Family Card Games
Don’t trust the yeti? Here are the highlights of some other “2005 best game of the year” lists:
Spiel des Jahres (a.k.a. “The German Game Of The Year”):
|Secret Actual Name||
King Louis The First
Jellybean (see below)
|Name According To Squirrelly||
Luchiano (when we got him from the humane society)
Wagga Wagga (when we got him from a manx breeder)
|Nickname When Bad||
|Nickname When Playing With Cat Toy||
|Nickname When Sitting||
|Nickname When Agitated||
|Nickname when walking on us as we lay in bed at 4:00 AM||
Jesus Christ We Gotta Put This Fuckin’ Cat On A Diet
|Nickname Reflecting How Cat Came To Be In Our Possession||
Last Kitty At The Pound
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In my post about The Squirrelly’s burgeoning language skills, I neglected to mention that The Queen and I recently established his first word. It happened during a conversation with a friend of ours.
Friend: What was The Squirrelly’s first word?
The Queen: “Mama.”
M: [To Queen] Well, really he started saying “kitty” first.
Q: [To friend] It was “mama.”
M: [To Queen] I mean, yes, he made “mm mm” sounds before he said kitty, but, you know, in order to officially be considered a word they have to say it three times in the appropriate context, so —
Q: [To me, accompanied by The Look] His first word was “mama.”
M: Well, but I … I, um … uhh …
Q: [To friend] It was “mama.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how facts are made.
This wasn’t the first time she’d used The Force on me. About a year before The Squirrelly was born we got a second cat to keep Louie, our first, company.
Q: What should we name him?
M: Oh, whatever you want.
Q: I named Louie, so it seems only fair that you get to name this one.
M: Really? Wow, okay. Well, he’s black, so maybe something like “shadow” or “licorice.”
Q: You want to name him “licorice?”
M: Well, no — “licorice” doesn’t really roll of the tongue. But he does kind of look like a big licorice jellybean, you know. So maybe — oo, that’s a perfect name: “jellybean.”
Q: “Jellybean. ”
M: Yeah, “jellybean.” What do you think?
Q: I think I like “Edgar.” We’ll call him “Edgar.”
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