Let the Games Begin!

I feel like I’ve thrown y’all nothing but sulkiness for the past few days, so thank you for sticking with me, kittens!  I just know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  Will we see it until Monday or Tuesday?  Speculative.  But we know that it’s there.

In the meantime, while we continue to slog through this mess (I’ve almost bested an entire roll of toilet paper – it’s my impromptu Kleenex), please know that your kind words and remedies mean the world to me.

When I rolled out of bed this morning I felt Not Worse.  While that’s obviously not as good as Getting Better, it’s far more desirable than Worse.

Not Worse meant that I could probably make an attempt at an honest-to-goodness social life, so today’s Big Event was attending a friend’s 30th birthday party.

Yes, 30 is a big deal.  But Marcus and I were especially excited to attend because they had orchestrated a rather epic Olympics-themed party.

For context, there was an opening ceremony, complete with a torch run into the stadium and a lighting of The Official Torch Of Our Games.

Go Big Or Go Home.

One event is good, but lots of events are better.  Obviously.  So, Marcus and I competed together as team ciete ses (I didn’t take spanish in high school so I’m now under the impression that what I actually intended to write was…cienta seis) in the events of Bocce, Frisbee, Bean Bag Toss, Ladder Golf, Hammerschlagen and Beer Pong.

I meant to take pictures of all of the “arenas” to give you a real feel for what we were contending with, but I waited a little bit too long if you know what I mean.

I walked away with this snap instead.

NOT AN ACTUAL EVENT.

Also unpictured and unplanned events: Set A Cinderblock On Top Of The Hammerschlagen Stump And Hose It Off In The Direction Of The Spectators AND Try To Use A Machete And An Axe Instead Of The Hammerschlagen Hammer.

Sometimes things start to deteriorate and it’s your job to just hang on, right?

We ended up in a four-way tie for first and got eliminated in the play-offs after a ferocious round of Bean Bag Toss.  I can truly say that it’s the first time I’ve ever really tried at that game or have played it sober.  So I guess you could chalk this one up as a night of firsts.

What’s the most elaborately-themed birthday party you’ve ever attended?

What’s your favorite backyard game to play?

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10 responses to “Let the Games Begin!

  1. I’m glad you’re not feeling worse, but I hope you feel better soon :]
    This party looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! How cool.
    And that snapshot? Epic.

  2. I went to a birthday party with pony rides, a bubble making expert, a balloon artist, an ice cream sundae bar, and an onsite hamburger bar…and it was for a 4-year-old. It was a far cry from my 4th birthday, I can tell you that!

    Glad you aren’t regressing my friend…here’s to progress! Feel better soon.

  3. On my side of the family, we have a long-standing tradition of playing one-handed drunken croquet. Rules are basically the same as regular croquet except that you MUST have a drink in one hand at all time. If you get caught with an empty bottle/glass, you have to do a shot & lose a turn. If you set your drink down for any reason, you have to do a shot & lose a turn. If you try to hold your cup with your teeth so you can use both hands, you have to do a shot & …. you get the idea. We may have to try adding one-handed drunken bean-bag tossing this Thanksgiving.

  4. I never go to fun parties like that! Actually, my friend had a John Hughes themed party a few years ago that was pretty fun, but no games were involved. Other than drinking games that I can hardly remember, ugh!

  5. This sounds and looks hilarious. Glad you’re feeling Not Worse.

    The most elaborate theme party I’ve been to was one I threw myself, for my 30th birthday. It was an African Safari party. It was pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. :)

  6. How fun! Fun is always added when you have themed games. The most elaborate themed party I’ve ever gone to was a fear factor themed one when I was younger.
    Sorry you’ve been feeling so yucky! I hope that you start feeling 110% soon!

  7. What a fun party! So glad to hear you’re Not Worse. And being a parent, the most elaborate party I ever attended was the one I threw for my 7-year old daughter, with a Peter Pan theme. It involved an elaborate treasure hunt that involved me getting “stuck in the quicksand” and having to be pulled out by Captain Hook (my husband with an eye patch).

  8. That has to be the most creative idea for a theme party I have ever heard of. …Definitely worthy of a prime slot on the Today Show. Way to rock it!

  9. Not a birthday part, but a few years ago, my roommate and I hosted an Animal Dance Party. We told our guests they HAD to dress as an animal – absolutely required. One of our friends got creative and dressed as a slug (not an animal, but we let him in), which involved him wearing a sleeping bag. That worked to his disadvantage when we all went out into the front yard to play “Duck, duck, goose.” Pretty sure the neighbors driving by thought we were insane. We wanted one of our friends to dress as a zookeeper and feed everyone gummi worms, but unfortunately he couldn’t make it.

    You know it was a good party when people still talk about it years later. :-)

  10. There is so much going on in this picture. I love it.

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