Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Triopoly by Reveal Entertainment

My family had a lot of time on our hands this weekend and we decided to play a game called Triopoly by Reveal Entertainment. Triopoly is like Monopoly, but with three board stacked on top of each other and a couple of other difference. Monopoly was one of my favorite games as a kid. So, I was beyond excited to try out the game.






The differences:
  1. Board - The board is a 9 spaces x 9 spaces instead of 10 spaces x 10 spaces. You can play with 1, 2, or all 3 of the boards. Reducing the number of boards would reduce the time it takes to play the game.
  2. Moving - Much of your movement is decided by the travel cards. There is also an elevator you can land on, but we noticed it doesn't happen very often and we played for about 6 hours. The travel cards made it very unpredictable to know where you would land next. Which was a nice way to make the game a little more challenging. I think this also makes the spaces more equally valued.
  3. Monopoly - The monopolies consist of 2, 3, or 4 trade cards and can spread across one or all three levels of the board.
  4. Rental Car - The Jail was replaced by the rental car. In this version of the game you cannot pay to get out and on the third roll you are able to leave.
  5. Win the Lotto - Free Parking was replaced by Win the Lotto and is really hard to land on. It is on the 1st level which was the hardest level for us to get too.
All in all, I really enjoyed Triopoly. It's definitely only a game to play if you have a whole day to kill. There were 4 of us and we didn't even finish in 6 hours. We just finally had to stop playing because we had to go, but it didn't hurt me, I had already lost.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

What's New With Me:

What's new with me you ask? Two things.... actually 3 things.

I've been trying to find new hobbies because I generally just binge watch tv. Is that a hobby? Maybe, but probably not a healthy one. One of my new hobbies is reading and the other is working out.

1. Book of the Month

When I was younger, I would love to read. However, between the mandatory reading in school and the busy schedule of life, I have some how lost the love or time to read. Book of the Month gives you 5 choices of a book you would like to read that month for $14.99 and then any additional book at $9.99. You can skip any month you like and then you'll have an extra book the following month or months depending on how many you skip. 

I'm about to start my third month. The first month went great and I love the book. However, the second month hasn't gone as scheduled to plan. When signing up you get a free book. Last month I ordered two books The Last Equation of Issac Severy and Ready Player One. I'm maybe a quarter of the way through the 1st book and its the end of the month. *Face Palm* Now, That I have the books making the time to read them will be the next process. Any ideas on how you find time to read? 

Workouts:

I've always mildly worked out. But this year I wanted to kick it into high gear. In the last year, I've gained a little bit more weight then I'd like to admit. Therefore, Weight loss was definitely one of my New Years Resolutions and like most people's Resolutions, mine have not been going that great. But I recently signed up for two things I'm pretty excited about.

1. Stepbet

Helps you get up and active. You pay a fee to play usually $40, but if you hit your goal every week for 6 weeks you get your money back. The first week is a gimmie and you cannot get disqualified. They have a stepbet algorithm that the app uses to calculate your daily step goal based on the data already in your tracking device. As far as I can tell every stepbet has 4 active goal days and 2 stretch goal days per week.

Today I complete my first elimination week of Stepbet and even though my active and stretch goal are less than the daily recommended health goal of 10,000 steps a day. My active goal is around 7,400 steps a day. It is still really hard for me to hit everyday. I didn't realize how inactive I became the moment I got home from work. But so, far its been a really good tool. I've gone on a run and two walks this week. And so, far I'm not disqualified, I'm still in the running to get my money back. YAY!

2. Love Sweat Fitness Spring Slim Down Challenge

I've never done any of her workouts in the past, but from her weekly emails, they look like workouts I would like. It's a 4 week workout challenge and there is a chance at earning some new workout gear. If you don't know me here's a hint, love new workout clothes. I have a monthly subscription, but that's another story for another time. The Challenge starts Monday and I hope to share with you all how much I love or hate it.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Milan

L'Elephant Bar - Happy Hour
Sorry, this took so long to post. It was actually supposed to go up last week, but my original post got deleted. Technically, Venice was my first stop in Italy, but I didn't stay long enough to see anything. I hopped off the plane and headed straight to the train station to take the train to Milan.

Milan was very pretty, but too me it was too much city for me. I've never really been into going to the city. I don't even like visiting San Francisco that much. So, if you want to know the best metropolitan city to visit i won't be able to tell you. I can tell you that Milan had less historical sights then every where else I went on my trip. I unfortunately missed the painting of the last summer. You had to book at least two weeks in advance. I can tell you the outside of the building was pretty. I did get to see the Castello Sforzesco and the main Cathedral in Milan.

Castello Sforzesco
My first night in Milan I went to dinner at L'Elephant Bar where my airbnb host told me they have a happy hour where you buy one drink and get your meal for free. I didn't get to pick my meal, but the food I did get, 3 tea sandwiches (ham and cheese I think), wings, focaccia, and cheese pizza were all delicious. I unfortunately don't remember what kind of cocktail I got. It was something I hadn't tried before and half the ingredients were in Italian.

After dinner, I went for a walk around Milan. The architecture was the most beautiful thing in the light of the moon and street lights. I remember being enamored with it all and I ended the night seeing the Cathedral in the beautiful night.

The next day I toured the Castello Sforzesco which has I think 5 museums: The Antique Furniture and Wooden sculpture museum, Applied Arts Collection, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Ancient Art, Museum of Musical Instruments, and the Picture Gallery. I got to see the last painting Michelangelo worked on. The moat is the home of cats and there is also a garden that was turned into the park. The Castle was very pretty, but the different museums were a little hard to find. I think I only saw 3 of the museums.

Jeunesse Bar
I saw the Cathedral which also incorporated the museum of the Cathedral for an additional fee. The museum included the history of the Cathedral and many statues and pictures. The Cathedral was absolutely beautiful and one of the biggest churches I'd ever seen and the cathedral had countless caskets, but I'd soon learn the size of the church was pretty normal in the major cities and that caskets are very common in churches.

That night I went out for some drinks at the bar right near my airbnb called Jeunesse. I absolutely loved the bar. It was a neighborhood bar everyone I met there went to this bar all the time. The bartenders were so nice and the drinks were delicious. I never ordered a specific drink. I told him to surprise me and he asked what kind of alcohol I like and if I liked blackberries. Maurice (the bartender) made me two different kind of drinks and they were both amazing. Lastly, Bars in Milan can be open until 4. i was out all night and it was so fun, but not a good idea before a train ride.

All in All Milan was the best way to start my trip. It felt familiar like, a normal city, but was also hard in the fact that I was still getting used to seeing Italy every where and remembering which words meant what.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Trip to Italy

I recently took a three week vacation to Italy. Well, mostly Italy. I spent two days (a day and a half?) in Germany for Oktoberfest. This trip included many firsts for me; my first time out of the country (The Canadian side of Niagara Falls doesn't count right?); my first solo trip; and my first long vacation, but I loved it. Like any experience, there were good and bad moments, but most of them were very good.

Duomo in Milan
I can't wait to share with you the places I visited; Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Munich, and last but not least Venice. They were all beautiful, wonderful and amazing in their own right. I didn't see nearly everything, but i saw as much as I could have hoped for. My goals for the trip changed more times than I could count before and during the vacation.

I've learned so much on from my first big trip. I had sooo much to say, it was bursting out of my in Italy. Now, my whole body just wants to relax and I've already been back a week.

Just a quick list of things I notice about Italy:

      • The stereotypically roundabouts and the many crazy drivers is mostly true.
      • Almost everything can be served on/or with bread. If you're me and you love bread it's amazing. 
      • The type of cars we have in the U.S. are more common than I thought they would be. It's about 50/50 our style cars, and the Vespas and little Italian cars shown on TV.
      • Most Cafes have sandwiches, coffee, and a full bar.
      • Unlike Amtrak, the train prices in Italy fluctuate overtime.
      • Every major historical sight and transport station will also have Italian police/military there with semi-automatic rifles slung across their chest. The only time I've seen that in the U.S. was at the 9/11 museum. In Italy, I saw them everyday at almost every attraction. It took about a week to get used to. 

I'll be back soon with all my wonderful stories from my trip and what I thought of all the wonderful places I saw. For now, enjoy my first picture from Italy, that I took myself.