Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Birthday Echoes

So Tobie has hidden different board games around the house as surprise birthday presents, and the whole experience is blowing my mind. What rattles me is that he hasn't actually been hiding these gifts but more just shelving them. Given our game collection spans over 500 games, you can imagine that it's hard to notice when there are new ones mixed in with all the others.

What's funnier is how his gift choices this year had odd resonances with my own areas of interests at this point in time. And for those who read this blog, you should already know how we often feel like there are little signs and reminders that life throws our way to remind us we're on the right track. This is a bit of a curse at the same time since it makes it a lot harder to surprise one another since we tend to pick up on one another's surprises.

Case in point, one of the games he had hidden was the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine edition of the Fluxx card game. And apparently, around the same time he had secured the game, I started re-watching episodes of DS9 on Netflix because of a sudden bout of nostalgia specifically tied to that particular Star Trek show. Imagine his surprise when I loaded up "The Emissary" - he thought I had figured things out!

And today we arrived home to this odd tableau with "The Kids" up to their old antics. It turned out that he had hidden a copy of The Expanse Board Game in the drawer where we normally keep the Stowaways, who are the stuffed toys that seem to get into the MOST mischief.

And the pig is holding the tamagoyaki pan as a terrible dad joke clue for The Expanse because it's "the egg pan-s".

So, so, terrible. This is the man I love, ladies and gentlemen. And I'm stuck with him for life.

But to heighten the fun, I was rambling about how I was super into The Expanse right now just as we were walking to the car after dinner. Tobie once again that that stupid obviously guilty look on his face and vehemently denied that he was up to anything, which always means he was up to something. But I still wasn't expecting to find a frying pan in the bedroom.
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