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SGT 2010

January 25, 2010

Imagine this. You’ve had a long week. It’s rainy and gross outside. You want to spend time with your husband because you’ve been working a lot lately. You also want to stick to your budget for the month. But you don’t want to spend another Friday night staying in, just watching television and being a couch potato. What do you do?

You organize Stuart Game Tournament 2010!

Ok, let me back up a bit. JD and I love playing board games. Always have. I played a ton of Parcheesi growing up, and JD relished beating his family members at any game he could. While dating, we knew we were made for each other because we’d stay up until the wee hours of the morning in the dorm playing King’s Court. (We even brought Sequence on our honeymoon!) These days, our board game playing is still going strong, even though, after Christmas, we have logged more hours playing Wii Resort and Mario Kart. (Very fun… I think I’m making up for all the years that Mom wouldn’t let me have a Ninentendo or Gameboy.)

So, when JD and I had lunch together on Friday, he asked me, “So what are we doing tonight?” Usually the response has something to do with people staying at our house, chores we have to do, friends we are eating dinner with, or another event already in the works. But, this Friday night, we were completely free. I knew if we didn’t have plans, we’d end up just vegging out on the couch for three hours too long. That’s when the game tournament came to mind, and JD was thrilled. We’re both fairly competitive, so we made it a tournament (“SGT 2010” for short), with prizes and rules. We chose five games, JD picked the order, I made a sign, and we both spent the rest of the afternoon at work playing out victory strategies in our head.

Here were the terms: five games (Killer Bunnies, Wii Resort 3-Point Basketball Shoot-out, Scrabble, Mario Kart, and Agricola), the winner must win three out of five games, and the victor would get $100 out of next month’s budget to spend however he or she so desired. (Visions of J. Crew tops were dancing in my head!)

We had a pot of coffee and music going. Lucy was happily snoozing on her cushion. It was perfect.

I won the first two games. (I still cannot believe I won the 3-point shoot-out, but, boy, was I ecstatic.) JD, of course, dominated Scrabble and Mario Kart.

We were down to the last game… Agricola (below). But, prior to beginning, I had to find and play this clip on YouTube to get us pumped up for the final showdown.

And, you guessed it…..

Even though JD won Agricola and overall, I had a really fun time. The games distracted us from thinking about work and other looming chores around the house, we were good sports throughout, and it didn’t cost a thing. Best of all, it was quality time for the two of us (and Lucy)! It is so rare that we have a free night, and I’m so glad we used it this way. I’m sure we’ll keep the SGT 2010 scorecard up on the refrigerator for a while, not to prove that JD is better at games than I am (he doesn’t need a sign for me to know that), but to remind us of a very fun time together.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Heat permalink
    January 25, 2010 9:13 am

    I am the ultimate Wii Resort 3 Point Shoot-Out Champion. Bring it, K8

  2. Stu permalink
    January 25, 2010 9:16 am

    “…playing King’s Court” — heh.

  3. Pappy permalink
    January 25, 2010 10:04 am

    With his vast farming background, I am not surprised at his prowess with that game.

    Oh son, if you grab the wrong end of the plow ,it can hurt!

  4. Lauren permalink
    January 25, 2010 12:37 pm

    i love SGT 2010!!! what a fun idea. i miss playing games with you guys. there are just so few people who appreciate a good game night on a friday.

    check out this link:

    you’ll probably be good at it.

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