Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Achievements Unlocked

    For the last 106 days straight, I've been on an impressive gaming streak. Actually, I suppose the term "impressive" may not apply, as I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who was really aware of this streak. So, I will rephrase and say that for the last 106 days, I've managed to do something to impress myself.

    This particular streak wasn't about playing a different game every day (that was last year), or gaming every day (that particular streak is actually longer, and is still in progress). This streak was called a "Score Streak"...and was being tracked by For 3 months and 14 days straight, I managed to get an Xbox achievement every single day.

    Getting an achievement once a day was pretty difficult, and I'm actually not sure how I managed to last as long as I did. Sure, there are some easy achievements out there, but most of them require playing your game for at least a little while before you complete whatever goal it is you're trying to complete. That meant that whether I was at home, at work, or even traveling...I had to find some time to play a game for long enough to get some gamerscore. For the last three months and fourteen days, that's exactly what I did.

    There were some days where it was easy (weekends at home for example), and some days where it was really hard. I don't really remember how I managed to rack up that many days in a row...but I do remember where I was and what I was doing when I killed the streak. This Monday night, I was in New York City traveling for work. I'd been working all day long, and even though I brought an Xbox with me (and I always have Xbox games on my phone now), I just didn't feel like chasing an achievement. I ended up playing some Call of Duty, and before I knew it, it was midnight...and my opportunity to keep the streak going was over.

    So I lost my gamerscore streak because I was having fun gaming. I'm ok with that. I still have my "consecutive days of gaming" streak, and that's at 161 days....and counting.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Day

This Thanksgiving, Heather, the dogs and I all piled into the car and headed to my dad's house for Thanksgiving. Good times all around, including card games by a fire, a few walks around the neighborhood to work up an appetite, and even making waffles for breakfast the next morning while most folks were still sleeping off their turkey.

The worst thing about this trip? 

It wasn't this:

Although that did kind of suck.

It was the fact that I have NO THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS.

From now on, there must be leftovers....even if I have to drive them 100 miles home in a cooler or something. I'm going to want pumpkin pie for breakfast tomorrow, and it's not going to be there. a crime.

As for Black Friday, I managed to escape it without buying anything for myself. No video games, no new TV, no electronic Gadgets.

Heather on the other hand....well...she bought a little something:

She didn't even have to get in line at 5am for it, which I suppose makes it even better. :-)

I watched Epic Meal Time last night...

 And this was the scene at breakfast this morning.