Board Game Bucket List

I used to believe that gaming meant only using a console, handheld or using a PC. This summer, when I stayed in Winona, I discovered a cute little gaming store called River Quest.

**Edit: 12/10/2017 I found out River Quest was closing!  Sad Day 😦 **

My roommate got a job working there, so I was in the store at least once a week or every other week. I got to know the owner, who is one of the coolest guys in the Winona area. I was opened up to a world of a different type of gaming.

I’m creating a Bucket List of Board Games that I haven’t played yet, but I intend to. I will sticky this to the front page of the Gaming Section and I plan to update it as I play new games. Also I hope to post a review on some of these board games especially the ones with the strike out through the name. In the meantime, enjoy my bucket list! Also feel free to comment with various board games that I can add on the list.

Here is my Board Game Bucket List:

  1. Exploding Kittens Card Game
  2. Munchkin *any version*
  3. Star Wars Destiny
  4. Ticket To Ride
  5. Monsters & Other Childish Things
  6. Red Dragon Inn
  7. Arkham Horror/Eldrich Horror
  8. Star Wars X-Wing
  9. Red Dragon Inn 4
  10. Pandemic
  11. Love Letter *card game*
  12. Smash Up
  13. Bang *card game*
  14. Red7
  15. Sentinels of the Multiverse
  16. Letters from White Chapel
  17. Here Kitty Kitty 
  18. Stone Age
  19. Agricola
  20. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  21. Seasons
  22. Takenoko
  23. Code Names
  24. Shadow Hunters 
  25. Dixit
  26. Doctor Who Time of the Daleks

Link to my Board Game Reviews:

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Financial Tidbits I learned

We talk about physical and mental health quite frequently in society, but what about financial health? Financial health describes what your financial state is. This includes emergency savings, retirement along with how much disposable income you have. Disposable income is important because to fuel the economy we need to purchase stuff. I wanted to share a couple things I’m doing to help me out financially.

Wands at the ready

Attend another convention? Yes, please 🙂

Creating a Travel Savings Account

My financial adviser suggested to do this to help pay for travel without digging into my “emergency savings.” Plus if I know my money is directly going to fund my next trip, it gets me more excited to stay in if I know I could fly somewhere new in the next couple of months. I’m using Ally  and I opened a high yielding savings account to help accrue more interest. I’m looking forward to seeing this account grow and which trips I can personally fund out of this account.

Make all minimum payments on credit card debt

Before, I was throwing as much money as I possibly could to pay my credit card debt which led to me draining my checking account too easily. Instead I will be putting 15-20 dollars from each paycheck to my credit card. I narrowed down my credit card debt to around $100 which means I’m so close to paying it off.

Put anywhere between 10 – 20% in the emergency savings

I tried putting 20% of my paychecks in savings and find that’s not working with all of my bills I have to pay + having some discretionary funds to buy comics / books, go shopping or go out to eat. I’m playing around with how much to put in my savings so that I still have some left over fun money as well.

Create a Budget

I used Microsoft Excel to lay out all my bills for each month. This keeps me so organized and helped me cut some expenses I didn’t need. For example, I dropped off some of the virtual coaching I had been doing so this left me with an extra $80 a month. I also forgot about some of the extra random bills like car tabs once a year and my xbox live yearly subscription. This budget has helped me immensely into becoming organized with my paychecks.

I’m always looking for ways to save money and be financially smarter. So leave a comment below if you have any other tips / tricks with money.

 

Geeky Girl Tag

Geeky Girl Tag

Participating in blog tags are perfect if you don’t know what to write about. I stumbled upon this blog tag by reading A Geeky Gal and decided to complete this tag because why not? I do plan on writing some original content for this blog in the next couple of days so stay tuned for that. Otherwise, here are my answers to this blog tag:

What is your must-have tech gadget

I recently switched from an iPhone 5S to a Samsung Android and I am already impressed by the quality of the camera. My android keeps my favorite apps organized and I also have my workouts app installed so my personal trainer can send me my three workouts a week. I wouldn’t be able to exercise without my samsung phone.

Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

Hufflepuff which is not a shock to me. I’m fiercely loyal to my friends and family and my best trait is making people feel better.

Who is your favorite Doctor?

I have always said Nine in the past, but I do enjoy Nine – Eleven for very different reasons. A bucket list item of mine is to watch some of the older Doctor Who episodes starring Tom Baker.

If You Could Have Dinner With Any Fictional Character, Who Would it Be?

I couldn’t think of an answer so I asked the boyfriend and he said he would like to have dinner with Bruce Wayne. I would be down for that.

What is Your Gaming System of Choice?

Since 2007, I’m an Xbox 360 kind of girl. I did pick up the PS4 last Black Friday and I’m working through Uncharted now. I prefer consoles over PC’s, that much I’m sure of.

If You Had a Superpower What Would it Be?

  • Stopping Time so I could take a nap and never be tired.
  • Be a trained martial artist like Black Canary. I know it’s not *technically* a superpower, but Black Canary is one of the most bad ass heroines in DC Comics. She rules.

What is Your Favorite Fantasy World?

Hogwarts!!!!!!!!

If You Could be Any Fictional Race, What Would it Be?

Hmm.. this one took me a while to answer, but I think I would be a mermaid, or a sorcerer of some kind. Those are both races right?

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars for sure. I have never been a huge Trekkie.

List your Top Geek Movies or Series

  1. DC Comics
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Marvel movies
  4. Miskatonic University / Cthulhu / H.P. Lovecraft themed board games & stories
  5. Doctor Who

Top Favorite 5 Favorite Video Games

  1. Bioshock
  2. Batman Arkham Asylum
  3. Life is Strange
  4. Tomb Raider
  5. Star Wars Battlefront, the original Xbox edition

 

100% Video Games; I don’t Have Time For That

 

Last night I was playing through Uncharted Drake’s Fortune where I was exploring on one level to figure out how to climb this disastrous tower. While doing so, I uncovered one relic. There are 60 relics to find in this first game and I have found maybe 6?. Looking back at my history in gaming, I have always been that gamer who would collect as many achievements or trophies as I possibly could before I moved on to the next game. Sometimes if I still had achievements left in a game to collect, I wouldn’t move onto the next game until I collected my achievements. Now, as I’m collecting these relics, I realize I just don’t have time to 100% games.

This stems from having many different video games to play! I still have the second & third Uncharted games to play through. I also haven’t beaten Sexy Brutale or Last of Us. Plus I’m planning on pre-ordering the PS4 Spiderman game because it looks stunning. I find the more time I spend to try to 100% complete a game, I miss out on other video games being released.

Trying to 100% a game is time consuming. When I was playing through Lego Marvel Superheroes, it took me four hours to go around and unlock characters, collect gold bricks and play through all the bonus levels. 4 hours!! on a Saturday just to unlock achievements. Normally, I like to play video games for at least two hours in one sitting, but I realize I could have been cleaning my apartment or out at a brewery with a friend.

That’s my gaming rant for the day. In high school or even winter breaks home from college, I had the time to sit down and achievement hunt in a game. With a full time job, social life and exercise eating into my free time, I want to be able to experience as many games as possible. So I’m okay with not getting all the achievements I want to get if it means I can move onto the next game.

Any other gamers out there who have struggled with this?

Would you get The Cure?

Post Mortal Drew Magary

Right now I’m living my young 20’s in a city where I belong. I don’t get excited about my birthday anymore, but I don’t dread getting older. In a recent book I read titled the Post Mortal by Drew Magary, there was a cure to aging discovered and almost everyone in this book received the cure. They would stay the same age and their organs wouldn’t deteriorate. The planet Earth changes as people are living way longer than they used to. So the real question is, if the cure existed where you wouldn’t age any longer, would you take it?

Personally, I wouldn’t want to receive the cure for aging. I try and take care of my body so that as I age I’m able to use it for longer. In the book, the government eventually goes to extreme measures by sanctioning the killing of elderly people. There’s also a lot more divorce because people enter into what’s called a cycle marriage. Cycle marriages are contracts where each person says they want to be together for 40 years and then divorce to find someone else to marry. I would like to think the person I end up with will be by my side forever, not just as a placement holder.

For the record, I actually really disliked the book for multiple reasons including John Farrell the main character being an asshole and the book moved way too slow for me. I will say I did like some of the themes the book presented as to whether or not we deserve the right to live forever. I look at Wolverine as another good example of this. He has lived through decades, but he isn’t happy because he has seen everyone he cares about perish while he has to suffer through his life. That’s not a life worth living.

Even though I didn’t like this book, it allowed me to be able to read something that I normally wouldn’t have. Let me know in the comments whether you would receive the cure to aging if it ever became available.

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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I was in Milwaukee, WI this past weekend unwinding with the boyfriend’s side of the family when my phone buzzed saying I was tagged in a Facebook post. Sure enough, Wintendo64  tagged me in the mystery blogger award.

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

Straight from the creator: “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Thanks Wintendo64 for nominating me! Her cosplays are freaking amazing.
  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • List the rules.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer five questions from the nominator.
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  • Nominate from 10 to 20 bloggers.
  • Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Share the link to your best post.

My Three Things:

  1. I didn’t start reading comics until after seeing the Avengers in 2012. It sparked something within me that led me to read comics. After buying Justice League and Green Arrow, I was led to Image Comics which produces my favorite indie comics. I definitely swing DC > Marvel, but I’m slowly becoming more immersed in Marvel comics as well.
  2. I have always wanted to build my own computer. Living in a one bedroom apartment, I have no room for a desk with a computer. When I upgrade to a two bedroom apartment, I want the second bedroom to be a library / work room with a desk. That’s where I want my computer to go.
  3. Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit because of all the museums however, I would hate to live there.

Questions

What’s a fictional food you have always wanted to try?

Butterbeer because I want to know if it’s alcoholic or not? Is it creamy fake beer? I have to know.

Dream Cosplay

I have always wanted to cosplay Elektra or Cat Woman. They kick serious ass while being sexy at the same time.

What is your LEAST favorite video game / book / movie.

I will pick one from each category. Least favorite video game would be Call of Duty because they release a game each year with nothing really new in it. My least favorite book would be a toss up between Emma by Jane Austin and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Emma is a horrible person who’s extremely judgmental and Wuthering Heights is way too depressing of a book to read. Finally, one of my least favorite movie would be Knowing which stars Nicolas Cage… it was really bad.

If you got a ticket to any fictional event, where would you go?

The first competition that I thought of was the Triwizard Tournament from Harry Potter. I would want to watch, not actually participate.

What new game / book / movie are you looking forward to being released?

Avengers Infinity War is by far what I’m looking forward to the most!

I’m going to break the rules for this blog tag and say anyone who reads this post and wants to do the tag is nominated. If you do decide to complete this tag, here are my questions:

  1. What is your all time favorite OTP?
  2. What would be your dream career?
  3. Worst vacation you have ever been on?
  4. What’s one popular movie / TV Show / book / comic that everyone loves, but you absolutely hate?
  5. Night owl or Early Riser?

 

I have been trying to think about what my “best blog post was”. To be honest, I love everything that I write for BizarreBrunette. All my readers inspire me to keep blogging about what I’m passionate about.

 

April 2018 Goals!

Happy Easter! Easter has never been a big holiday in my family, so me and the boyfriend decided to drive to Milwaukee to spend this holiday with his family. It’s nice to get out of my regular routine every now and then. Spring is right around the corner hopefully, though when I look outside I still see brown grass with dirty snow piles everywhere. Let’s recap the month of March:

Increase my Roth IRA deposit from $50 to $100 FAIL *ish* 

Last month I made an appointment to meet with a financial adviser from Thrivent about my finances and spending. I learned a lot about how to save for my future. Instead of bumping my Roth IRA, I’m more focused on having more money in my emergency savings. My adviser calculated I was $1000 short of what I should have in that account… yikes. I chose to keep my Roth IRA at $50 a month until I reach my savings goal. If you have never made an appointment to meet with a financial adviser, I highly recommend it.

Move at least $100 from each paycheck to Savings PASS 

I also moved my federal refund from my taxes into my savings as well. Saving money has never been difficult for me.

Binge Watch Season #2 of Jessica Jones PASS 

I even wrote my review under my Bizarre Brunette Binges section, check it out if you haven’t already: Jessica Jones Review

Catch up on my Comics Pile PASS 

I finished Moonstruck Issues #3 – #5. I still have Saga and Paper Girls to read, but I did read a lot more comics this month.

Beat Lego Marvel Superheroes 100% PASS 

I unlocked all the achievements besides the 100% achievement. I know what you’re thinking, technically I didn’t meet my goal right? I realize there are many video games out there for me to play, there’s not enough time to 100% every single game. I collected all the achievements I wanted to, but now I’m playing Uncharted Drake’s Fortune. 

My goals for the month of April:

Plan out my Boston Trip with family.

In May, me and my family are driving out to Boston! I’m super pumped about it because I love road trips and I haven’t been to the east coast before. We haven’t really planned a whole lot of it yet.

Create a Travel Savings account

This is has been on my mind for a while, but I want to create a new savings account specifically for travel. I don’t want to dip into my emergency savings to pay for something extra. I’m thinking of going to Ally bank because they have higher yielding savings accounts versus other typical banks.

Beat Uncharted Drake’s Fortune & Start Uncharted #2 Among Thieves

A couple months ago I bought the three games remastered on one disc. When I bought my PS4 back in November, I knew I wanted to play the Last of Us & Uncharted because they were huge titles on the play station.

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Visit One Brewery I Have Never Been To Before

I don’t drink alcohol very often, but if I do it’s usually a beer at a brewery. Brewery’s are chill places to have a pint and a genuine conversation with friends. Minneapolis / St. Paul have way too many breweries to count, but I want to visit one I haven’t been to before.

 

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I was reading A Cornish Geek’s blog and she completed a tag all about controversial book opinions. I found this tag to be intriguing so I decided to take part in it on my blog. So without further ado, here are my answers:

What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like?

Chronicles of Narnia is the most boring book series. I have tried to read them twice with no success. Another book series I cannot stand is the Lord of the Rings because hearing J.R. Tolkien talking about hobbit species for five pages was awful.

What is a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

Once Upon a Crime

Divergent gets a lot of hate especially since the movie wasn’t all that great. I have to admit Insurgent & Allegiance were terrible, but I actually enjoyed Divergent a lot.

What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with?

Twilight for sure. Edward was an asshole and I never felt it was healthy for Bella to become like him. Jacob may have been a werewolf, but he was more human than Edward was. I stopped reading the books after Eclipse because I was sick of Bella’s relationship with Edward.

What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

Young Adult is a hit or a miss for me. I don’t generally buy books from this category unless there is a lot of good reviews about a particular book.

What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?

Nancy Drew was too “goody too shoes” for me. I think that’s the reason why I wasn’t a Nancy Drew fan when I was little.

Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

Stephanie Perkins is one author I cannot stand. Her novel Anna and the French Kiss annoyed me. Anna was pining for a man in a relationship. The man in that relationship was doing sketchy things with Anna that he shouldn’t have been doing if he was dating someone else. With all that said, I’m supposed to think that’s a great way for a healthy relationship to start? Hell no.

What is a popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

Love triangles show up all the time in young adult fiction and I’m over it.

What is a popular book or series that you have no interest in reading?

50 Shades of Grey. It’s not because of the BDSM in the book because I have no problem with that. My biggest issue with 50 Shades of Grey are the scenes in which Ana uses her safe word multiple times and Christian doesn’t stop. That’s rape. BDSM relationships are all based on healthy consent with correct use of safe words. I’m sure there are better BDSM books out there and I will want to read those.

What is a movie or TV show adaption of a book or series that you like more than the book/s?

Silence of the Lambs is fantastic! Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster have great chemistry on the big screen. When I read the book after seeing the movie, I was surprised as to how well the book followed the movie.

If you decide to do the tag, leave a comment down below. I would love to hear all of your answers.