Shop Girl Shares Magic Pen & Penguin Baseball*

It’s a cold, rainy Monday night and today it actually felt like fall. I wore closed-toe shoes and a long sleeved shirt and I was still chilly as I trekked out this morning. I have a sneaking suspicion it won’t be too long before the snow flies, but I’m not ready to think about that just yet.

I have a feeling that my life is going to get a whooooole lot busier from here on in… I’ve taken on a few more things (details to follow) that will pretty much eliminate that “free-time” I’ve been enjoying these past few months. I’m already tired just thinking about tomorrow–I’ll be gone from 8am to 8pm–but it’s nice to be busy again.

So, as my life continues to get busier I do what any good person would do… I procrastinate! haha! No worries, I busted out my old agenda and I’m staying organized, but sometimes when you have so much to do all you can do is forget about it for 15 minutes and do something completely frivolous. Here are two of my favourite procrastination tactics for you to learn and love:

1. Magic Pen

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I’m actually not big on computer games–the extent of my talent began and ended with the old Tandy games (I’m talking Wheel of Fortune 1.0 and Space Quest here people… haha). That being said, I have a small group of favourites that I will bust out for certain occasions. Peggle is my favourite “I’m-going-to-fall-asleep-in-this-class-if-I-don’t-do-something-to-distract-myself” game… it’s seriously how I survived teacher’s college. I had a following in some classes–several of my friends would sit behind me in lectures so they could watch / cheer me on / whisper strategies in my ear. It was magical. (I miss you all!)

Magic Pen is what I play when my brain can’t handle work anymore but still wants to be stimulated a little bit. It’s the very best kind of problem solving game: it has absolutely nothing to do with numbers. WOO! Math is not my friend. It’s a series of levels where you need to draw shapes (hence the name Magic Pen) to move a circle from one side of the screen to the finish line. It’s challenging but not extremely difficult, and it’s enjoyable without being seriously addicting. I kinda sorta love it.

#2 – Penguin Baseball

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…and then there is Penguin Baseball–the perfect game for those times when you want to do something that requires absolutely no brain cells / burn off a bit of stress. I first discovered this game in the first year of my undergrad and I go through phases when I am completely obsessed with it. It’s sounds kind of stupid–a penguin dives of a big rock and you click on the Sasquatch to make him swing the bat at the penguin to see how far you can send him flying–but it’s so addicting! If you’ve competitive like me, you’ll constantly be trying to beat your previous distance. My record is 573.8–I dare you try and beat me!! haha

Well, that’s it for today lovelies… I’m off to the kitchen to make some oatmeal chocolate chip muffins and a hot chocolate. Have a lovely warm evening playing these new games! haha

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