Blogmas | Games for the Holidays!


I don’t know about you, but my family has never been into games.

The one thing I wished my family did more of was play games. We had a couple of years where we did in fact play Just Dance and Taboo, but they didn’t end quite well, which is probably why we never kept at it afterwards!

Now that I have Nolan and Kimber, I would like to bring in some old school games that I certainly enjoyed as a child. Nolan is very infatuated with technology and understands what a PlayStation and XBOX are–thanks in part to his daddy! However, as I’ve found out recently, he has a knack for Hungry Hungry Hippoes, so I may be right in my thinking that introducing some of these games I will be talking about in this post, will be something he might enjoy too!

Unfortunately, Kimber isn’t old enough to actually play with us, but I’m hoping watching the two of us would give her something to look forward to in the future. So, here were some of the games that I thought could be really good contenders for the three of us and maybe possibly your family too to play during the holidays.

Connect 4

Last September, while my sister was in the hospital, Nolan and I spent a good amount of time together and on Nickleodeon, they had some advertisements for the newest creation of the Connect 4 franchise; we were intrigued, Nolan especially, but I’ve always been more into the original setup, so I wasn’t too interested in this version.

I have many, many memories of playing this game in school. While I was in elementary, I took speech and every Friday we had a popcorn party, where we sat on the floor, ate popcorn, and played a different game (thus how this post came about!) each week. Connect 4 is a very easy game to understand as you have the structure itself and two different colored coins or chips, the objective is to not only block the other player, but you also have to connect four spots in a row in order to win.

Connect 4 is a lot like Bingo and Tic-Tac-Toe as you can go in many directions: diagonally, side to side, and up and down. As long as you win “fairly” then anyone at any age can be a master at the game itself.


When I was in elementary school, I took Speech, and I would be in there for maybe 20-25 minutes a day and I specifically remember Fridays being the best day of the entire week because it was our party day. Our teacher was so sweet, and she would make popcorn for each class, and we’d play different games, but it was a ruse because we still had to do our lessons in between turns. She was a smart and sneaky like that! Anyways, I tried to rack my brain trying to figure out which ones we played, and I really hope that I can teach my nephew someday soon.

Jenga is very unique, it is made up of rectangle sticks and requires you to really think about the overall design, whenever it is your turn, you pick a stick from the very bottom of the build or a little higher. For most people, you rarely went from the bottom as you need good bones for everything to stay up and if you take one from that section and it turns out it was helping from breaking down the whole thing, you lose. My nephew has always enjoyed stacking things up and blocks in general, so toddlers would really love playing something like this because they’re always doing things with their toys.


For this game, I learned it at the nursing home back in October. If these ladies ranging in age early 70’s to mid-80’s can play, anybody can do it. My nephew is four and he just loves playing this game anytime he comes over. It is usually the first thing he wants to do! What he doesn’t know is that he’s learning a bit of math too!

It is fairly simple once you figure out the steps. You have a paper with the numbers 1-12, two dice, and 12 chips or coins as my nephew prefers to call them. The main goal is to roll both of your dice and say it lands on a four and seven, this equals out to be seven but you’ve already covered up your seven with a previous play, so you have three options, that is if these other numbers are not already gone, you can lay down two coins on your four and three or exchange them with a five and two or six and one, which is even better because it is better to remove the number one as you can’t get a natural one with two dice.


I like a lot of card games, but my ultimate favorite–even if I’m not the best at it!–is UNO.

I have never been able to figure out how long I’ve loved UNO, but it had to come after middle school though. It doesn’t show up in my earlier memories and this kind of makes sense because I do remember playing an awful lot from 2005-2009 with my family and friends at slumber parties (do you remember those?!) and again, it is pretty easy to follow, but there are a few symbols that can be somewhat tricky, like the reverse and skip cards. These can be really annoying if you are playing with a large group of people and nobody really knows who is next in line, so to make things easier on yourself and the newcomers, I’d pick those guys out before you start the game entirely.

There is an episode of The Golden Girls where Dorothy is playing Gin Rummy with her mother Sophia, and she always loses the game and Sophia basically drives her completely insane after every round so she gives up and decides no more. By the end of the episode, you learn why Sophia chooses to play it with her daughter and they end up playing a round during the last few seconds of the show. I guess I’m the same way with UNO. I love playing it with my family the most, it’s where I have the most memories, and it doesn’t matter on the age because my nana was in her late 70’s when we taught her so it’s not all that difficult once you know what each card means while the game continues.

In a way, I am like Sophia because I like the talk and watching everyone’s facial expressions as they arrange their cards and it’s one game that being an observer can have its advantages… As much as I’d like to win a round or two, I am fine with seeing someone get excited instead. This is what I hope to teach Nolan the most; it’s okay to allow someone to win but you never, ever tell them afterwards, because then they’ll think you forfeited the game and they’ll want a rematch and that attitude doesn’t make good challenges, especially if they lose against you.

What are your favorite games to play during the holidays? Which one do you hope to teach your child or family member someday?


What Do You Watch In The Winter?


I think one of the most difficult things you have to get through are the hiatuses of your favorite TV shows. Ever since I started watching different shows as a weekly thing I haven’t been able to think about what could happen to my favorite characters and what could change within the actual show. It doesn’t matter if it’s for winter or summer breaks, but let’s get real here summer breaks are the worst; it’s not like you’re waiting like a month, you’re waiting from whatever day in May it goes off until either the end of September or beginning of October for the season to begin.

I know I’m not alone in how I feel because both of my parents go through their own withdrawals with their shows they watch too! Recently, I’ve been basically hoardering some of my favorites into my DVR (and my folk’s side too!) to get me through the winter break. I know, I’ve been talking a lot about shows but I also do the same with films too! Sometimes it doesn’t matter if I’ve already seen it, hated or loved it, and will probably only watch it that one time but I will have stored into my DVR for safe keeping in case that once in a blue moon comes along!

I was asked to create a list of both movies and TV shows that can be streamed on any device you use whether that’s your phone or television. If you want to know more information about maybe getting a better connection using multiple devices, you should look into Luma‘s customizable home surround wifi system.  I do think it’s fair to say that I went a little random with my choices. If I was allowed more than six I would have added Hunting Hitler, The Vampire Diaries and Toy Story. I just went with what I know I’ve been obsessed with this past year, so that’s my excuse!


I still think my picks are pretty interesting! If anybody knows me well enough, you can say these practically spell “Meghan” all over them! You should already know about why I would add both X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Supergirl! I know I’ve discussed The Golden Girls recently when I figured out how much I am like Dorothy than I wanted to find out! The other three were sort of random picks though!

I choose White Oleander because it’s one of the first films that I remember watching as a young girl, even though it’s not the most ideal for someone under the age of 13 but oh well! It’s also the film that literally made me afraid of Michelle Pheiffer, not because of the role she portrayed but she just looks very intimating in general! I know I can’t be the only one who thinks this, am I? I can honestly say it’s one of the films that I can be in both a good or bad mood and still watch the whole thing in one day! The other film is The Theory Of Everything and I think it’s an amazing movie. I will literally go out of my way to get more people to watch it. If I can get my mom to watch it I would, but she’s not interested in British films as I am, plus I don’t think should handle the science and disability themes it discusses in it.

My last TV show I placed on the slot is The Tudors which I know can be streamed on demand, because that’s how I was able to watch it! I will say, I liked it so much that I would actually buy the entire box set too and I’m not going to lie, if I ever do that or was ever given that as a present I’d probably cry my heart out! Also if you love Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer, and/or Henry Cavil, you’ll love this show just trust me!

What do you like to watch during the hiatuses? Do you go back and rewatch the current season’s episodes? 


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Why I’m Like Dorothy from “The Golden Girls”



So today is my birthday, it seems a bit strange that it doesn’t matter how old I will turn in the years ahead, I will wake up more excited than the last! One thing that is a little fun to wake up to are all of the Facebook notifications of my friends and family leaving me with a simple “Happy Birthday” on my wall.

I had went back and forth of what I wanted to publish on my actual birthday, I thought I would write up a post full of 25 thoughts, but I feel like I should have started on that back in June like I wanted. This one has been popping into my brain an awful lot lately, so I thought it would be a comedic relief that I might need after dealing with anybody calling me old or themselves.. Or I just might get lucky and my dad will just play the game of “it’s not your birthday, it’s mine.” He’s been playing that ever since I’ve been reminding everybody of how many days I had left.

Anyways, I don’t know if anybody has seen the “three fictional characters” around in your friend’s social medias, but it was pretty big among the blogging community! The game is you pick three different fictional characters to describe and I didn’t necessarily want to come up with three, despite the fact that I did figure out two of them! One was Dorothy Zbornak from The Golden Girls. I’ve seen every episode over a hundred times and I’ve gotten to the point that I like watching them for 2 hours and it can sooth me enough to put me to sleep at night!

In the amount of times I’ve watched the show, I’ve mastered of who sounds like me the most…. Funnily enough, all four characters I have a couple of characteristics that sound like me. For example: Sophia and Rose love to tell stories, some are meaningful but the rest of them are just down right ridiculous! I can tell stories like that too! I’m also like Blanche in the fact that she’s like who I’d love to be, so in other words I want to be a “slut puppy” as Sophia would call her! In all seriousness though, I am more like Dorothy than any of them for a number of reasons!


1.) I have no social life

I have to say the only friends I really have are my nana and all of my online friends… I don’t feel like I’m the “bestest” friend because I just stop talking to people, in my defense though, it’s not all me that stops talking! Anyways, like Dorothy though, since there’s nothing better to do I have an obsession with Jeopardy (I’ve gotten three and a half Final Jeopardys right so far!) and I may or may not want to be a contestant on the show one day!


2.) Still lives with my mother (and father!)

Unforunately, this isn’t something that I can control. I tried that after I graduated from high school but it just didn’t work! Thankfully I know better now! I still have hopes that maybe one day I can have like a 24 hour nurse to stay with me but right now, yeah, still at home with my folks!


3.) No sex!

This sort of goes with the first one! I don’t date so I don’t have sex either! This was what made me realize how much I was like Dorothy after thinking about it more and more. So sad!


4.) Lastly, I have an array of sassy comebacks!

This is apparently a family trait, which considering Sophia was full of sassy things to say, Dorothy’s comebacks could have came from her too! Unfortuately I think of mine too late so that the moment has already past and I can’t say it anymore, which sucks I’m not going to lie!

When you can find two or more reasons of why you are like that character, you know there’s really no denying it, you are that character! After that initial thought appears, I realized that Dorothy is essentially is my alter ego! Even though I am still very much Meghan, the disabled lifestyle blogger writing about silly things on her blog when she should be with her friends at some strip club getting hammered and might possibly having a one night stand! See, I told you I was like Blanche too!

In the way my life works that theory just doesn’t exist anymore. I’m actually happy about it though! Don’t get me wrong, I have days where I just want to crawl up in my bed and never leave it because I’m so depressed about how my life is going, but I also have to say, it does have its perks with not every day being the same where for a while is was. I tend to have the same routine, but there’s just little things that I look for that can change the whole atmosphere of the day! That’s why I still look forward to my birthday because I know it could be just like the last one, rainy and absolutely disgusting but if I know what to look for in the day, it’s different, it lifts the mood of the day and makes me positive again!

Which character do you think sounds the most like you? If you can’t think of three of them, I’ll settle for just one!


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What Was In Sophia’s Purse?

Have you wonder about the things you see on your favorite television show and if you can guess what was going through in their heads or if you’re like me and if they spent the majority of their kitchen, you wonder if the things in their cabinets and fridge was real or not. Or what if the clothes in their closets can actually fit them. Well, I had one of those thoughts the other day and I could not help but wonder about it. I was basically raised on classic TV shows, like I Love Lucy, Mama’s Family, and The Golden Girls. I was up in the middle of the night and bored out of the skull and I didn’t have my headphones either. I was watching TGG and it was the episode where Blanche takes the girls to the hotel were they have the mystery games, kind of like how you play the game “Clue” and the episode is pretty good and hilarious! I just love that episode but I mostly like it for Dorothy and Sophia’s mother-daughter arguments throughout the show. At the last of the episode, Sophia had said something about stealing silverware and as it ends, she goes to pick up her purse but can’t because of it was too heavy for her to lift it so she asked Dorothy to pick up for her. That part led to my next thought about besides the silverware that she took, but I was wondering what was really inside her purse. So everybody knows the golden purse and it kind of looks like a middle size purse to me, it could be a little bigger than that, but I’m going to try to guess what was probably or would be in that purse.

  • Lipstick
  • Keys
  • Fingernail clippers and fingernail filer
  • Lotion
  • Wallet
  • Little Candies
  • Any Medical Supplies
  • Eye glasses case
  • Scarf
  • Face moisturizer