Archive for November, 2019

Looking for a Good Cry? Try This.

Looking for a Good Cry? Try This.

Many years ago, I watched a few episodes of a new show called “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” I recall it being more comedic than anything else: 5 fashionable, flamboyant men reacting to (and helping) a stereotypically messy straight guy. I had no idea until recently that the show–now called just “Queer Eye”–was still […]


What Were Your Favorite SNL Videos This Week?

I’m always happy when Will Ferrell makes an appearance on SNL, and this week was no exception. Below are my favorite sketches from Saturday’s episode: Did you particularly enjoy any sketches this week?


How Do You Decide What to Eat?

I knew I could be indecisive about food, but until yesterday I didn’t quite understand just how many factors I consider when deciding what to eat and how it can cause cognitive overload. I was halfway through my weekly Facebook Live video chat with Stonemaier Games fans (see timestamped video below) when I got a […]


What Is Proper Coffee Shop Etiquette?

What Is Proper Coffee Shop Etiquette?

This week I’ve been excited to brainstorm a new game (and give Megan the house to herself for a few hours), so I’ve gone to a local coffee shop for some hot cocoa and computer-free time. Both visits have been pleasant and productive so far. I’m not a coffee drinker, and I work best without […]


Uplift Desk: Highly Recommended

Uplift Desk: Highly Recommended

A few years ago, I wrote with joy about an electric sit/stand desk I bought at IKEA. I had heard about the health benefits of a sit-stand desk, and I feel like I enjoyed those benefits for a while. I’ve held off on saying much about it since then, because the experience ended up being […]


Are You Watching “His Dark Materials”?

Are You Watching "His Dark Materials"?

Years ago I was entranced by Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy, also called His Dark Materials. I loved how close his world was to our world–but also distinctly different in fantastical ways–and the reveals over the 3 books scratched many of my speculative fiction itches. There was a Golden Compass movie around 10 years ago […]


What Did You Think About “The Mandalorian”?

What Did You Think About "The Mandalorian"?

I never thought there would be a day when we would get a live-action Star Wars TV show that felt like a seamless part of the SW universe. Does The Mandalorian meet that goal? In my opinion, it’s pretty darn close. Close enough. FIRST EPISODE SPOILERS FOLLOW Overall, I love the look of the show. […]


The Blind Date Rom Com Question

The Blind Date Rom Com Question

Last night we watch a British romantic comedy on Netflix called “Man Up” (an odd title that has nearly nothing to do with the plot of the film). The premise is that two people try to meet on a blind date, but due to a mixup, a different girl meets the guy, and they end […]


3 Things I Love About the New iPhone 11

3 Things I Love About the New iPhone 11

One of the troublesome thing about taking 1000 selfie photos in New Zealand and relying on your phone for navigation, email, Instagram, and restaurant recommendations is that you constantly run out of battery power. This was particularly annoying for my iPhone 7 because the port that holds the charging cable rarely works. It only charges […]


My Top 10 Tips for Traveling in New Zealand

My Top 10 Tips for Traveling in New Zealand

Over the last few blog entries I’ve talked about the wonderful 2-week trip that Megan and I took to New Zealand. If the food, beautiful locations, and environmentally friendly aspects of NZ intrigue you and you decide to take a trip there, here are some tips to consider in no particular order: Plan on at […]


11 Most Beautiful Places We Visited in New Zealand

11 Most Beautiful Places We Visited in New Zealand

There is so much beauty in New Zealand. Really, there is so much beauty in every country, but it was possible for us to see many of the beautiful places in New Zealand in a short timeframe, so it felt like more beauty per square foot. Even just driving on the highway often ranged from […]


The Best Food We Ate in New Zealand

The Best Food We Ate in New Zealand

A huge part of the travel experience for me is trying new food, especially local- and region-specific food. So as Megan and I prepared for New Zealand–and throughout the trip–we tried to gather as many recommendations as possible to try along our journey (both from locals, Google Maps, and TripAdvisor). We were also lucky to […]


Leaving No Trace in New Zealand

Leaving No Trace in New Zealand

Megan and I spent the last 2 weeks traveling across both islands of New Zealand. I’m going to talk about different aspects of the trip over the next few blog posts, starting with one of my favorite things about the country: It is environmentally clean in a way that I haven’t seen in any other […]