Favorite Finds: December Edition

As you’ve heard by now, Geek’s Dream Girl will be closing up at the end of the month.  I’m sure I’m going to be pretty nostalgic next week, but for now, I’m just going to focus on the moment, mentioning some of the things I’ve been finding awesome and that I won’t have time to talk about later.

The Room Two

You may have already played The Room, a delightfully spooky puzzle game from Fireproof Games available on iPad (among others).  The original game took me forever to complete, because I always seemed to start it in the dead of night and then I worried I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I continued (I needn’t have worried – the balance is perfect).  However, I picked up my iPad for the first time in a long while and finished it up in a hurry when I found out there’s a sequel.

Thus far, The Room Two (so far only available on iPad, though more options are coming) is even better.  I’m familiar with the way the puzzles might operate, but I don’t feel like I’m simply retreading ground covered in the first game.  The story is even more intriguing than the first, widening the scope of the world as a good sequel should.  Now I’m deliberately only playing in the dead of night, with the lights off, to prolong the experience.

A Very British Christmas

Most of my plans for Christmas and the rest of the holiday season seem to revolve around British imports.  There’s the Doctor Who Christmas Special, of course, and the Downton Abbey Christmas Special as well.  Oh, and of course new Sherlock is coming up.   I include it as part of the general holiday merriment, and I can’t wait.

My new ornament for the year is this TARDIS commemorating the 50th Anniversary, and I love it.

I was also rather surprised to see a complete display of Christmas crackers at my local Target.  Crowns with poppers seem like a tradition that should have made it here years ago, but at least until the last few years they were difficult to find locally.  The display I saw had multiple kinds, in addition to the typical New Year’s noisemakers.  I’m not going to go all hipster on this import – more fun for me! – but I genuinely do wonder what caused the sudden rise in popularity.

Chocolate and Peppermint

I know, you can get mint chocolate chip ice cream any day of the year from anywhere (and I’ve been known to do so) but I love the combo of chocolate and peppermint, and the holidays provide seasonal treats I don’t usually have access to.  Plus, whether or not it’s just a mental preference, “peppermint” is more fun than the standard “mint.”

This year, there are two treats that have been staples in my kitchen: 365 Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream (365 is the house brand for Whole Foods, and this is a seasonal product) and Dove’s Peppermint Bark Bites (I look for the green bags).  I haven’t been bold enough to combine the two – seems like it would be just too much awesomeness for the world to handle.

Winter Sports

Again, I suppose these are things that can be done year-round, but this time of year they seem extra fun.  The Winter Olympics are coming up (maybe – who knows what the deal is with Russia) and I’m gearing up to follow my favorite, ice skating.  One of my favorite skaters, Johnny Weir, will be joining the US coverage as an analyst and that in and of itself is enough to make me much more excited – anything would be an improvement, and Johnny’s current, technical knowledge, empathy for the athletes, and blunt honesty should make for an entertaining time.

The NFL playoffs are also coming up, culminating in the Superbowl.  They’re playing in New Jersey this year, in a stadium without a roof.  In the dead of winter.  The potential for drama is endless.

I try not to be too gift-or-merch oriented during the holidays, but these are some of the things that are making my days merrier!  What about you?

 

 

 

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