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The grocery store now versus going when I was 18

When I was 18 and started to shop for my own food

The possibilities were endless.

I was no longer required to eat what my parents threw at me. Just the thought that I could buy all of my favorite things was amazing, and taking on a new responsibility really made me feel like a grown up.

So at the time, the grocery store seemed like a magical place where Oreos floated down rivers of orange soda and the candy fairies sang of my bountiful harvest.

Magical food shopping adventures

I could spend an hour just deciding on what type of snack cake to get. Sure, I didn’t have a ton of money, but I could always fill up on Ramen. Which meant that there was always enough money left over to buy several more cakes.

Did I mention I like cake?

Of course, it’s a bit different now. The magic is gone. The candy fairies have left this barren wasteland in search of greener pastures, and the last thing I need is more responsibility. I just want to get in there and get the hell out as fast as possible while destroying anything that might get in my way.

I cant indulge on cake anymore, so my choices have shrunk to only a few items that are ensured to keep my pantry depressing.

To make matters worse, the price of food has risen drastically, so my food budget doesn’t go as far as it used to. I’d go back to buying nothing but Ramen but the sodium levels would probably kill me.

Plus, my aging body seems to have developed several issues with digesting certain foods. So, my choices for potential food consumption have been reduced even further.

In short, my only option is to either put up with the hassle of going to the store forever, or buy some food seeds and start growing my own food. Maybe I’ll try hydroponics, that would be fun. It’s like farming, but with science.

It’s a new year

2017 was one hell of a year

I got married and released my first card game. Still can’t believe that we got all our kickstarter rewards shipped out the same week as the wedding, especially since we did all the planing and design for both. I even made a new puzzle box for the ceremony. Okay, I realize that puzzle boxes aren’t standard, but hey it’s a hobby, and it fit with the venue… and it’s full of booze. But anyways, it was a perfect day in a castle. From there, we took a quick trip to D.C. to check out the Smithsonian. It was fun, we saw an armored rat at the Museum of Natural History.

Note: if you happen to be intending on getting married in Massachusetts, I strongly recommend Hammonds Castle.


As for the card game, my wife and I took No Regerts to a couple conventions and sold enough to refill our coffers after all the wedding debt. Shockingly, I ran into someone that actually got an illustration from the game tattooed on the back of his thigh. I would have preferred that he not drop his pants in the middle of a board game cafe to show me, but hey, at least he was enthusiastic about it.

So what’s in store for 2018?

Now that No Regerts is out and selling, we’ve gotten started on a couple new projects. My wife has a new game in the works and I have something special moving forward with a round of testing. But even bigger, is the fact that I’m actually doing something new. Writing.

What started as an exercise in board game lore, ended up being a full novel, and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed writing it. Though honestly, I have my wife to thank for supporting me and convincing me to pursue it. I just hope it doesn’t turn out terrible. With that in mind, I set up this blog to cover the book and I’ll do my best to keep every one in the loop. So, buckle in and come along with me. And always, Party Hard.