He’s Baaack.

Those of you who know me or have been reading my blog for a while know that I abhor board/bored games.

Mike was out of town for the past 5 days at a big board game convention, and since he's been home, he's been regaling me with stories of game play-by-plays, superior strategic moves on his part, hot-off-the-press game release news, and celebrity sightings (apparently one of the stars of Mad Men is a huge board gamer himself). In addition to this rousing entertainment, he's presented me with at least 114 photos of different board games (they all look the same to me), and begins each oral caption with the words, "Here's the basic gist of the game…"

Everyone in our family knows that when Mike starts out a sentence that way, we'd better have a comfy chair and pillow nearby.

Okay, so it's no different than when I come back from a retreat, I'll give him that. But I don't usually bring home souvenirs for him. Here's what he got me this time, and laid it sweetly on my jewelry box:


I'll be sure to wear it proudly the next time I need to attend one of his formal police department functions.

It is nice to have him home though, and I'm very happy he's got a hobby he enjoys doing so well; his board game collection is nearly as large as my cross stitch stash. I don't mind his board games laying on various table tops in the house, and he doesn't mind my stitching hanging on the walls.

And since he doesn't mind my stitching hanging up everywhere, maybe he won't mind either that I'm thinking of converting this to a cross stitch chart:


When it's finished, I will regale him with stitch-by-stitch accounts of how the piece came to life, and I'll take about 114 progress pics along the way as well. And when I hang it up, it will probably go right over my jewelry box.


  • sew~amy

    Oh you must make a pattern out of this! I am a big fan of “Game Nite” and I make my family have “Game Nite” as much as possible. My husband thinks board games are so boring but plays anyway for our children. I would LOVE to stitch this up for him… it would make the whole family laugh every time we looked at it!

  • Michelle R.

    Paulette – This hits close to home for me as my husband was as the same convention. Last night he posted a picture taken of him with Ryan Sommer (from Mad Men)on his Facebook page. I bored him with all the R&R retreat happenings (including the evacuation of the Cavalier Hotel) upon my return from Virginia Beach in October. Stay strong!

  • Mike

    I think that more people go to board gaming conventions than you think. Gen Con is the biggest gaming convention and is held every year in Indianapolis and it draws between 35,000 aind 40,000 people every year. BGG Con the one I just went to in Dallas had 2500 people at it and is growing every year.
    Believe it or not, I saw 4 different women at the Convention doing some type of knitting and needlework in the main gaming hall. Only one of them was doing Cross Stitch and the others were quilting and knitting. They were at the convention with their husbands and 2 of them were actually gamers themselves. They were just taking a break from gaming and were stitching to relax.
    Maybe Paulette and I could put on a Cross Gaming Retreat called
    “Gaming on Plum Steet”? It would be the best of both worlds 😉

  • Marsha

    Sounds like how I feel about my husband’s addiction to running and marathons. Nothing more boring than seeing people run by in agony and then afterwards hearing about injuries, personal bests and worsts, times, blah, blah, blah. And my favorite, the glazed look that crosses their face when I say I don’t run.

  • Nancy

    I just found your site today. I have been reading thru some of your posts. Wish had discovered it in time to do the Sampler. Oh well. Next time. Was this the gaming convention in Texas that your husband attended? My son was there showing one of the games he has developed. He sold it to one of the companies there….not that I can remember which one or what this games concept was. Much like your husbands discussions about games – In one ear and out the other. My son will never make a bunch of money but he is having fun. He plays at least once a week with a bunch of guys. Sometimes twice a week. He uses the board games as a stress release from his day job of writing code and smart phone apps.

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