Just letting you know that I have a new episode of The 16-Bit Catholic available. Sarah Vabulas stops by to talk about her new book, vinyl records, and how her life revolves around more than just tasty alcoholic bevarages!
Give it a listen here.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
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ForLoveOfCupcakes.com has some of the best planner ideas.
HowToBeADad.com has some of the best parenting goofs.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I know there are about 50 different versions of tetris. I love most of them. Some are a tad more difficult than others.
Today I'll specifically reference two newer versions; Tetris Party on the Wii, and Tetris Ultimate in the 3DS.
A while back I played Tetris Party for almost 2 hours straight, scoring in the ballpark of 2 million points. I like this version of the game because it has a beginner mode that is only 3 peices. It is so much fun. You can also play solo or against friends. Battle mode against my husband is often fun and fierce!
Tetris ultimate on 3DS is a typical version with some cool variations in the game. I mostly play on marathon and unlimited modes when I play Tetris. It's a bit tricky for me to play in 3D but the graphics are very neat when played that way.
Basically, I love Tetris. Now go get your game on!!
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
For the season of Lent, many Christians choose to give something up as a sacrifice. Some people give up chocolate, some give up cigarettes. Josh Hartnett gave up sex in some movie I didn't see back in the day. For me, the decision was easy.
I had to give up Team Fortress 2. I had put 304 hours into that game, it was clearly the one luxury I valued more than any other. It is a game that, any time I have 10-20 minutes, I'll make time to play.
It might just be the perfect game. For those who aren't aware, Team Fortress 2 is a team-based free-to-play first person shooter. There are different classes of characters with different abilities and weapons, ensuring that nearly every gamer gets a unique experience. Wanna just crank up a machine gun? Pick the russian Heavy. Like torching people with a flamethrower? Pyro is your man. Do you abhor violence? Pick the doctor and heal your teammates!
Far from the gritty, ultra-realistic Call of Duty games on the market (fine games in their own right), TF2 has a Norman Rockwell art style and a wild sense of humor. Seriously, one character throws jars of urine at enemies and players can start a conga line instead of shooting each other. And most of the time, you'll need to work together with your teammates to win a variety of game modes, including King of the Hill (control the point in the center for 3 minutes), Payload (push a cart of explosives into the other team's base), and my personal favorite, Mann vs. Machine.
MvM is where I've spent the majority of my 304 hours. Instead of killing other players, you're tasked with clearing a handful of rounds of robotic versions of the different classes you can play as. This play mode is fantastic. I've had some really intense moments where my team literally won at the last second (you lose when a robot gets into your base and plants a bomb). And when I mean at the last second, I truly mean that: The robot had jumped into the air and was about to land with the bomb when we finally blew him up! If one or two of those bullets had missed, we'd get a game over.
That intense gameplay is what keeps me coming back for more. When you're overwhelmed by an army of robots, and you're managing to hold down the fort, and just when it seems like you're about to gain the upperhand, a tank bursts through the walls, demanding that you blow it up (which takes a lot of firepower and time), while juggling the other robot running towards your base with a bomb.
What to do? Pray your teammates take care of that renegade robot while you try neutralizing this tank before it gets any closer to blowing you to smithereens.
While I'm fairly competent with every class, Pyro is my specialty. I wield that flamethrower with bad intentions. Whether it's burning an opponent alive, or airblasting them down an endless pit, being a pyro is a joy that I've yet to find replicated in any other game.
Team Fortress 2 was the first modern PC game I had ever played. While a member of Apple's cult, I had an old eMac computer (a really reliable gem of a machine) that was on it's last legs. Couldn't run new software because my processor wasn't an Intel, couldn't upgrade the flash player, and couldn't play any games made past 2006.
So when I switched to PC two years ago, I started looking for all the great PC games I had missed out on. Things like Arkham Asylum, Bioshock, FIFA, etc. But one game stuck out in a PC Gamer magazine my wife got for me. Team Fortress 2 sat at number two on their greatest games of all time list (published in 2012), only trailing Skyrim. And OMG it was free! I didn't have the money for a new game, so I gave this TF2 a shot.
The graphics blew me away. The goofiness of the game still makes me chuckle (one gamer had the screen name Brotato Chip, which will always be the best screen name in the history of mankind). And the people, for the most part, weren't giant jerks. I've seldom run across someone using homophobic slurs the way other games are plagued. And the gameplay itself? It is the most polished first-person shooter I've played, and it's not even close. Even on a stock, cheap mouse, it controls extremely well. And you can go without spending any money on it and you won't be a competitive disadvantage.
The first "next gen" game I got my hands on didn't disappoint. Some people have golf to relax. I've got TF2.
And in addition to Valve updating the gameplay with new maps and playmodes (they always keep the game fresh), they also produced what I consider to be the best animated short film of all time, Expiration Date, using characters from the show. Really funny, and they give the characters engaging personalities. If you have 14:59 of free time, give it a watch.
More than 300 hours later, I'm still in love. And while the passion might have cooled down a bit over that amount of time, my flamethrower is still scorching hot and ready to burn you alive. Just don't challenge me during Lent.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Well I can't figure out how to flip the first picture.. The trouble with posting from my phone. Oh well, enjoy it anyway.
Purple striped washi from who knows where! Chicks stickers for my daughter's easter card. Jelly bean chick and flowers from target $1spot
Monday, March 23, 2015
I need to have more focus in my life and less chaos. I say this amid the most chaos possible. I am parenting alone for a few more weeks, planning a move, packing the house, starting a part time job, and working a full time job... You're probably exhausted just reading that. I am too! I realize that I am a casual "planner person" and I often leave one of my planners at the office but I should start using it to its full advantage. My favorite planner is of course the pink one I told you about last time. It has hourly breakdown on the days. I need to use these!! I find myself often wasting time.. If I can commit to just focusing on one thing per half hour I should surely stay on track. I want to be a more active blogger so I haves tarted planning my posts. Bright pink should be a good memory jogger!! Take a look. I'd love to hear your tips. Find me on Twitter and Instagram @alliwait. Until next time.. Happy planning! And check out the For Love of Cupcakes planner linkup!!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
We are SO making these when we have a yard!
She loved being in my backpack (she fell 2x in 10 minutes just prior to asking to go up. I love babywearing.
Had to go to the reptile house...it was a special request from Daddy!
Billy the male giraffe
Woooooo Pig Sooie!
It's hard to take a picture with a giraffe!
An elephant painted this. I love it! I was so close to buying it!
We had a fabulous time!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Just left theatre 11 at my local AMC after seeing Cinderella. This review is gonna be fast and dirty... Here goes.
•As a Cinderella pro, I found several nods to other versions of the Cinderella story (Disney animated, Ever After, Ella Enchanted, R&H)
•there was nothing I didn't like
•set design was on pointe
•costuming was delightful
Also, I used this captioning system and if you are one who normally watches tv with captions like we do, you should definitely give it a try. Don't be afraid to ask for it. It was so easy. I did have a tiny bit of trouble getting it in a good position, but once I found the sweet spot it was quite handy,
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I dont really cook. My italian grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave.
This "experiment" of dustin being away and me being on my own with the kids for just a little while requires that either we all gain 30lbs on take out, or i get off my duff and use the kitchen...
Thus I present to you: I cooked! Chapter 1... Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
Do you love my pretty dishes that we got for our wedding (4 years ago, can you believe it!)
|It might not look pretty but it was tasty!!|
I basically used this recipe for Hawaiian BBQ Chicken that I found on Pinterest... all hail mighty Pinterest! (Follow me!)
I made a few slight alterations-
2 chicken breasts
A can of pineapple chunks(I did not drain them)
Sweet Baby Ray's (regular) barbecue sauce which of course I didn't measure. Just sort of squirted it on there till it looked good.
Popped in on low while I went to work.
Shredded it a bit before placing it on a bed of Uncle Ben's 90 minute chicken rice
It was good! I would make it again. The chicken was still moist, the pineapples were so yummy.
Dustin isn't a huge fan of BBQ chicken from the crockpot, so normally I wouldn't force something on him the first time I made it... Unless it was good, this was good! So, sorry hun, I'll be making this for you!