I feel like I’ve been losing ever since Amanda woke up today.  She beat me three straight times at Dominion.  I did finally win tonight though.  Michael and Jenn came over to play the new game Michael got for his birthday: Power Grid.  It’s a bit of a mix between Risk, Monopoly and Settlers of Catan.  I’m not sure if we played it exactly right, but in the way that we figured out how to play it, I won, and that’s good enough for me.

Amanda made waffles with her new waffle maker today.  Milly wanted syrup (“Dip it!”), but we were able to satisfy her by just putting some jelly on her waffle.  Of course, she mostly just ate the jelly off the waffle.

Amanda and I caught up on some TV.  I’ve been reading Dracula on my iPhone and have really enjoyed it.  I hate to admit it, but I’ve found I’m more apt to read a book on my iPhone than I am to read a regular book.  It’s always in my pocket and I don’t have to worry about bookmarks or folding pages or anything because it leaves off right where I left off.  I can also tap a word if I’m not sure about the precise meaning of a word, which comes in handy reading a British book that’s over a century old.  Despite all that, I can’t see myself buying ebooks.  If I’m paying money for it, I want to have a hard copy.  Fortunately, there are a lot of free books available on the iPhone.

Milly has, by now, learned the names of all the characters on Yo Gabba Gabba.  When the show comes on she’ll say all their names.  She gets real excited about Muno and always says Brobee and Plex, but sometimes she skips Foofa and Toodee.  I guess she likes boys.

Amanda made some tasty tacos for dinner tonight with both hard and soft shells.  Milly would only eat the corn out of hers.  She’s kind of weird with her food.

Michael and Jenn arrived shortly after we ate with a pizza, half without cheese for Jenn.  Milly was very excited to see them, Jenn in particular.  We played the aforementioned game of Power Grid after Milly went to bed.  I think it took us about four hours, but that included going over the instructions, doing a test start of the game and muddling through the instructions to figure out how to play as we were playing.  Don’t get me wrong though I liked the game.  Even Jenn liked it, which surprised me because she doesn’t generally like Rio Grande games.  Michael might not have liked it as much as the rest of us, but that’s because he figured out that he spent too much money early in the game and it messed him up going forward.  He’ll like it better the next time around.

Zach Dotsey