Gaming and baking… So much to love! So much to create! When my head’s not down in the middle of planning a next strategic game move (or mindlessly fishing or slaying monsters), its spinning with ideas to bring my games into my kitchen… and no, I don’t mean just plopping my laptop down next to my stove.
I don’t get a ton of free time in my life anymore, but when I do, one of my favorite things is to flex my creative muscles. As a kid, my world was very much shaped by art. It started with a love of drawing, but as I got older and tried more mediums I discovered that sculpting was what really clicked with me. It wasn’t until I was a few years into my twenties that I started to bake… and then a couple years after that it finally clicked that a lot of baking goes hand in hand with sculpting. Needless to say, baking jumped up a fair bit on my spare-time-priority-list… I was in love.
“But, what about the games?!”
Games, overall, have played a much larger role in my life. My first games that sparked an unhealthy obsession (I’m sure my mother was thrilled that I was happy to get one or two hours of sleep each night so that I could play more Age of Empires II) were RTS games on the PC. Then came Harvest Moon 64, which also consumed a decent chunk of my life. As a teen, Warcraft III was my jam for a bit, which ultimately led to World of Warcraft. We won’t even talk about how much time I’ve played that game. I don’t know and I don’t want to know… I stopped typing /played years ago. I still return to WoW occasionally when they either release a new expansion or my cohorts persuade me to resubscribe for a while.
In college I was introduced to Magic: The Gathering… and thus began my initiation into the world of tabletop gaming. If I had to choose a favorite it would have to be Dominion (for those unfamiliar, its a deck building card game); but, honorable mentions go to Pandemic and Guillotine.
From Settlers of Catan, to DnD, to Dragon Age – games have been, and always will be, a huge part of my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Of course if I’m talking about myself, how could I not mention my awesome family? My husband, Rob, shares my love of games. Its awesome because he finds new games for us to try. I don’t often get time to sift through which new games look like ones I would like – Rob is invaluable to me since he essentially does this for me without even asking. Without him, I also wouldn’t have my two daughters. Aviendha (Avi) and Elayne (Ellie) make everyday an adventure. At the time I’m writing this, Avi is two years old and Ellie is seven weeks old. I’m already counting down the days that they are old enough to pick up a controller and shuffle a deck of cards. Someday… Someday… Until then, we are having fun together in the kitchen, and they are wonderful assistants when I need someone to “pick up that D20 that rolled under the table, please” or if I need a paperweight (Ellie is still in lump phase).
Now that you know more than you probably wanted to, I will say goodbye. I hope you will subscribe and join me on my adventures in gaming and baking.