Archive for December, 2019

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2019

Of the 48 new-to-me movies I watched this year, I gave 13 of them a 4.5 rating or higher. So, overall, a down year compared to 2018 (but that didn’t hinder my love of cinema). This seemed to be the near of ending big movie series, as 3 different movies on the list fit that […]


What Was Your Reaction After Watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

What Was Your Reaction After Watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Happy Festivus! While this is typically a day of grievances, the main focus of what I’m going to write below is that I very much enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker, and I’d certainly recommend it to anyone who any Star Wars fan. I think JJ Abrams did a good job at wrapping up the 9-movie […]


My Favorite Books of 2019

My Favorite Books of 2019

I read a total of 17 novels in 2019, and I loved almost all of them. Most were continuations of series I was already enjoying, though a few were new to me. I have a top 4 list, but leading up to it are some amazing books, all of which I’d highly recommend: Rosewater, The […]


My Favorite Songs of 2019

My Favorite Songs of 2019

It’s been an interesting year for music for me, as I very rarely listen to music at home or in the car. However, I’ve taken several road trips with Megan through Virginia, back and forth to Kansas, and through New Zealand, so I’ve bought a number of songs that we both enjoy listening (and singing […]


Have You Ever Been Unable to Do This?

Have You Ever Been Unable to Do This?

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that opening jars has never been my strong suit. Slippery lids always seem to evade my grasp, and my lateral wrist strength isn’t great. So there’s that. But I really should have been able to open this plastic bottle of gummy vitamin C tablets. The problem, it appears, […]


Have You Watched Pen15 on Hulu?

Have You Watched Pen15 on Hulu?

We all went through the awkward, stressful, hormonal years of middle school, right? While I have no desire to ever relive my early teenage years, I’ve been watching a hilarious show on Hulu called Pen15 that makes me cringe and laugh at the same time. Pen15 stars two actresses in their 30s who play 13-year-olds […]


Do You Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls?

Do You Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls?

One of the things I’ve learned from my relationship with Megan is that there’s a bit of magic in every bite of peanut butter protein balls. Not only does she make them from time to time, but Kaldi’s Coffee also offers their own twist that is both delicious and healthy. I’ve now tried my hand […]


Have You Seen “Knives Out”?

Have You Seen "Knives Out"?

If you haven’t seen the new movie Knives Out, I highly recommend that you give it a try. It’s one of the best mysteries I’ve ever seen on the big screen. I’m going to discuss some minor spoilers below and I’d love to hear your thoughts, so wait until you’ve seen the movie to read […]


My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2019

My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2019

6 years ago, I started running Stonemaier Games full time. As was the case before then–but especially after then–I play a lot of published games, both because I love tabletop games and because I have so much to learn from my peers. I’m going to post my other “favorites” lists later in the year (movies, […]


What’s Your Favorite Desk Snack?

What's Your Favorite Desk Snack?

I was recently watching a vlog featuring author Brandon Sanderson, and one of the fun topics he discussed was his preferred desk snack (a treat he keeps at his writing desk). I think he said his current desk snack is either pumpkin or sunflower seeds, though he previously preferred pistachios in the shell. At the […]


What Is Your Favorite Podcast Right Now?

This is mostly just a question: I’m genuinely curious about what your favorite podcast is right now. I’d love to hear what it is, the length of an average episode, and why you like it so much. I’m not even sure I have an answer of my own to share. I mostly listen to tabletop […]


Amtrak vs Flying: Which Do You Prefer?

Amtrak vs Flying: Which Do You Prefer?

For the first time in many years, I took an Amtrak train instead of flying (or driving), and I have a few thoughts to share. Megan and I were going to Chicago for Thanksgiving, and driving in potentially bad weather just didn’t seem like a great idea, nor did flying over the holidays. So we […]