I Want to Get Better at Word Games

Friday, February 25, 2022

Wordle has been sweeping the nation, and I am one of the ones who got swept. I've been playing everyday for the last few weeks, and steadily improving my gameplay. I was very proud of myself when I got tacit and caulk correct. I also play Words with Friends with my mom most nights, with me winning more than not, because I take advantage of the bonus tiles more, but she's learning and has been winning more and more, good for her, I like when the games are competitive.

Now, the granddaddy of word games is the crossword puzzle. I am very bad at them. Vulture has started doing a weekday crossword so I've been doing those and mostly failing. I haven't even looked at the New York Times crossword because if I can't do the Vulture one, no way in hell can I do the Times. My sister, is great at them, and tells me so.

I do them every day, but there are puzzles I get most of the clues and puzzles where I get barely any. It all just depends on my pop culture knowledge, and my pop culture blindspots. I really don't want to google answers or do the reveal word option, but there are those major cross sections that you need in order to crack the puzzle I just don't know the answer to. So many puzzles with barely any words filled in because I know nothing about Survivor or RuPaul's Drag Race

I keep trying, and I will keep trying because I want to be able to do these puzzles. I also want to beat my sister at them. 

One Spring Day in February

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

For some reason, it was a 60-something degree day to day, and it felt like spring. So, I decided to take advantage. 

I decided to take a trip to one of my happy places, Barnes & Noble, but the downtown 6 train had other ideas. So many delays, that after about 15 minutes of waiting for a train, I decided to walk to the 2, completely forgetting buses were a thing. But, it meant more time outside. And that also means I had to walk from Times Square to the Barnes & Noble on 45th & 5th, which was also nice. I got to avoid the throng of Times Square which is always good, and walk past Bryant Park, which looks like Bryant Park now and not a winter wonderland. 

Finally, I got to Barnes & Noble, after about an hour, and none of the books I was eyeing on the website were there and for the life of me, I couldn't roam like i usually do. So I left after ten minutes and headed to Central Park. 

I had never been to the bottom of Central Park before so I'd never seen the Plaza or the bridge that you always see in romantic comedies. I guess you could say I didn't see the Plaza because it was under scaffolding, but I saw the building so okay. There were definitely more people there than the section of the park that I walk in. But I could see why because it was gorgeous. Just walking along all those winding paths. I hope I get to go back to that area more and keep exploring.

And now it's back to 30 degree weather and real jackets for the foreseeable future.

No Better Birthday Celebration Than Dinner and a Show

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Yesterday was me and my twin's birthday and we decided to celebrate with dinner and a show. Honestly, the best way to spend a birthday.

Because it was my birthday, I wanted to pick out a nice dress, even though it would be hidden most of the time under my big coat and the darkness of the theater. So, I picked my new little black dress and I felt like a sophisticated lady. 

We went to a nice Italian restaurant and I got the beef bolognese and it was delicious. It's a restaurant we've been to a couple times before, and it's one of a few that's on our list of regular places to eat, which, as important it is to try new places, it's also important to have your regular spots. Just don't make them too regular, otherwise the feeling of going to those places goes away.

So the restaurant was in Bryant Park, and we were seeing Company at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, so we had to skedaddle once we got out, but we made it to the theater with ten minutes to spare. Nothing like the rush of making it to a show on time, an experience we don't usually have because we were raised to be early to doors opening. 

Company was fantastic. It was actually the first ever Stephen Sondheim production we had ever seen professionally staged. (My high school did Into the Woods, but it was high school.) We've been lucky enough to see Broadway shows since we were five years old, so we're happy to finally cross this off of list of shows to see, especially since Sondheim passed away. And to top it off, to see a production that was such a reinvention of the material, with Katrine Lenk as "Bobbie". We also got to cross off Patti LuPone, Christopher Sieber, and Christopher Fitzgerald off our list of big Broadway stars to see on stage. I do also have to give a shoutout to the production design and staging because that can sour a production of Company, as my sister can attest because she watched a filmed production and absolutely hated it, and the only reason we saw this one was because of me, and she liked it. So, you're welcome sis.

All in all, a great way to spend your birthday. Though it is odd see Company on your birthday. Like the existential questions that show brings up is odd on a day you usually celebrate. So. Fantastic show.

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