Friday, December 14, 2007

In A Pickle

We didn't play games a lot growing up. Mostly because Dad was either too impatient or too competitive, which took all of the fun out of it for us kids. (He didn't get the concept of balancing lessons in competition with lessons in building self-esteem.)

As adults, though, my sister and I have taken up games more and more often. We've roped in Mom and my brother. Occasionally, we invite Dad to join us. We're not the best at playing, but we have fun learning together, making up rules as we go along, and just laughing a lot. It doesn't matter who wins since we don't play to win. We just play to have a good time and to be together (again, a concept Dad totally missed.)

A couple of years ago, my sister picked up a great little card game called Spite & Malice. Last year, I grabbed Apples-to-Apples. And this year, it's going to be In A Pickle, which I found today at Target while I was out buying stocking stuffers. (By the way, has anyone tried the M&M's Limited Edition Cherry Cordial Candies? Not high-end cordials by any stretch of the imagination, but fun and tasty nonetheless.)

In A Pickle is looking like it's going to be a blast! Here's how it's described on the box:

Does a sofa fit in a shopping cart? It all depends on how you size it up in this game of creative thinking and outrageous scenarios. Try to win a set of cards by fitting smaller things into bigger things--a baby goes in a bathtub, which is in a house, in Hollywood. Play the fourth word card to claim the set, unless one of your opponents can trump with a larger word. The player with the most sets at the end is the BIG winner!

Anyone want to come over and play? I'll make cookies and we'll drink tea...


P.S. On a completely unrelated topic, Bee, the EcoFellow, and I went to see No Country for Old Men tonight at the AFI Silver. Tommy Lee Jones was fabulous. Otherwise, this Coen Brothers adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel was awful. (But then, I think Cormac McCarthy's writing and stories are awful, so go figure.) Out of five stars, a two--and that only because Tommy Lee Jones was so good.


Cele said...

I have always enjoyed games, but my husband is not a player...on so many levels. Burp and I have taken up Chinese Checkers, Funny Bugs, and Dominos. There are only so many games you can play with an ADHD six year old.

Have fun, the cookies and tea sound devine coupled with a game and you guys.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Cele: Come on over! Bring Ducky. He can sit on the couch and read and nap while the rest of us frolic and have fun.

Angie ~ Phoenix Touch said...

You stopped by my blog earlier today... I was uncertain how you had found me... now I see... Cele has also dropped by my blog recently via Sister Mary Lisa... Oh the places we ALL go!!! :)

I am laughing over this particular blog because we played "In a Pickle" at my sisters over Thanksgiving. Her husband actually threw a tantrum, chucking his cards across the table and leaving the game in the FIRST ROUND because we wouldn't allow him to have "a stomach in the library." LOL

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Angie: I think Sister Mary Lisa had a link to your "If I Were Free From Fear" entry on her blog. That's how I found you.

We played "In a Pickle" last night at my sister's and really enjoyed it. It takes a little getting use to but once everyone catches on, it's quite fun!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come by again!

Phoenix Touch said...

Yes. After posting my comment, I sorta back-tracked and figured it might of been thru Sister Mary Lisa. So many cyber-friends in common here...

Oh! And I WILL be back, friend. Gotcha on the blogroll. There ain't no stopping me now.


ME said...

Mike and I saw "No Country" when we got back from UT/ID. TLJ is pretty much always good. Liked Woody Harrelson, too. What's his name--the psycho killer guy--was incredibly creepy/bionic. I was kinda bummed he made it through.