Monthly Archives: December 2010

Holidays and Surprises

This Christmas holiday was amazing! I have loved the chaos and crazy late nights! I have been going to bed around 6am and waking around 2pm. Not to worry though, everyone in my house has been doing it! As if that makes it better eh.

I’ve played a couple good games of Risk and won the first one (with my girlie cousin). We dominated the other 3 boys and watched them try to create treaties and back stab each other. You definitely need the right group of people (and amount of beer) to sit through a few hours of strategic planning and pure luck of the dice! I couldn’t have asked for a better group! The second game had 7 people although Risk was developed for 6. We took a set of “coloured pieces” from the 2-player Risk game that I own and established a value system.

On Christmas morning, I was surprised to find out that I have a new family member. When I was 10 years old I was given a picture of a small boy, who was incidentally known as my little brother. We had the same biological father. So, sure enough, I was commenting some “merry Christmas” love to my cousins and I saw a post after mine wishing “cousins” a merry Christmas. Hmmm… could it be? It’s been more than 15 years since I’ve considered this small boy. I never  anticipated meeting him, seeing him, or talking to him as an adult. I sent a private message to my cousin asking if he was my brother. This was what she said (edited for privacy):

Huh, that’s indeed an unexpected question! He is, in fact, your brother. He lives with his mom. He doesn’t see the biological father either, as far as I know. I haven’t seen him in years, I think he was probably 5 or 6 when I saw him last, but my mom and his mom were kind of friends much in the same way that my mom considers your mom a friend. I think that your aunt may have seen him more recently than the rest of us but not consistently.

I hope this helps, and if I can think of anything else, or if you have any other questions, I would love to talk about it. I enjoy talking about our crazy family 😉

…so I have found my little brother. I got another brother for Christmas! I sent him a message on facebook and added him as a friend. He accepted the friend request and didn’t say anything in response. But not to my surprise, he is a gamer! LOL of course… his status’s have to be about gaming!

It was very weird and I felt awkward about telling other family members, especially after everything that we’ve been though this year. But it seems to have come across as ok, and I haven’t talked to the new brother yet. Hopefully we can meet up on xbox and kill some stuff together! 😉

Guess that’s about it! My Christmas holidays have been filled with family, friends, food, and beer!

Happy holidays everyone!!


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An Amazing Band: The Tea Party

Tea Party

I’ve decided that I would make it my personal mission to spread the word about how GREAT The Tea Party is!!

I was talking with lll KiRa lll about The Tea Party and he said that only Canadians and a couple Aussies like them. That is so sad. They are an amazing band! I was listening to them about 15 years ago and my heart melts when I hear their music! It’s so passionate and … well… awesome! 🙂 I asked my good friend Lowieee what she thought of their music, but she had never heard of them!

I would love it if Rock Band would include some of The Tea Party in the DLC or RBN songs! Check out the following videos to see if you like them, and if you do… then start requesting in on the Rock Band forums!! Or you could just comment here about how amazing they are 🙂


Gaming & Giving Back Challenge: Day 23

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Gaming & Giving Back Challenge: Day 22

Offer an evening of free childcare to someone who needs to get out

I thought of this one well in advance because Christmas is coming up, and I know a couple parents who don’t have enough time to spend a few hours together on a date. It is so important for couples (especially after they have children) to remember to date!! Dating is what keeps passion in the relationship and keeps it fun. I know that the daily ins-and-outs are wonderful and they build stability

and commitment, but passion comes from alone time!

Childcare in the evenings is rather expensive. I have been paid 80-140 for a few hours of work. I hate accepting the money, but I know that I am agreeing to get paid when I am asked to work for them. I know that people consider it their night out and they budget for a babysitter. That’s why this is a part of the Giving Back challenge. Parents often avoid going out as much on dates because they can’t afford the outing plus childcare. That bothers me. I want people to be as happy in their relationships after children, as they are before. It’s so important to spend as much time with your partner as much as possible.

I provided child care for two children (18 months and 4 years old). I adore these children! …plus their parents are pretty sweet too! They insisted that I needed to be paid, but I made it very clear this was a challenge of mine. So instead of paying me, they donated $90 to the teen parent family that I am sponsoring this Christmas.


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