Holy Crap This Thing is Awesome #1: Habitica

So I've been thinking about doing a blog post once a month to feature something that I'm really into at the moment. This could be a product or a blog or an app. Whatever. I don't want to be paid for these or given free stuff for them (I mean, free stuff is great, but just because I get it doesn't mean I'll write about it), I just want to find stuff that I'm super into and tell the world about that stuff because that's what you do when you like something: You share it. If you don't care at all or don't want to know about this or hate these types of blog posts, please let me know. This blog is not about to become some marketing place. I'm honestly just trying to spread the word about things that I love. I've already done one of these about Litsy, in fact, but that was before I really had this whole "regularly scheduled" idea. Aside from these monthly posts, I'll still be doing my regular weird and embarrassing stories. I would, of course, love your input and comments about what you're into right now too! Let's talk more to each other and share ideas and fun stuff!

I'm going to call this series the "Holy Crap This Thing is Awesome and I Want People To Know How Awesome It Is" Series. Or maybe it needs a shorter title. Story of my life. Maybe just "Holy Crap This Thing Is Awesome." Is that better? Tell me in the comments.

Anyway... on to the thing!

Habitica

habitica Habitica is a to-do list app/website that I am in love with because it is for people like me: nerds who want everything to be fun.

I am a fan of fun. Laundry is not fun. Cleaning the toilet is not fun. But when you are a level 7 warrior who earns points for cleaning the toilet so that you can level up and battle monsters via doing laundry and washing dishes, you become a toilet cleaning MACHINE. This app has motivated me like nothing else before.

I am a big fan of rewards for getting stuff done. I often tell myself that I'm not allowed to read or watch tv or play videogames until I've done something productive that I'm not in the mood to do. This app kind of takes care of that. Now, instead of saying "Emelie, clean the bathroom and then you're allowed to watch an episode of Jane the Virgin (OH MY GOD THAT SHOW)," I can say "Emelie, accomplish enough stuff on your to-do list to level up and feed your zombie wolf and then you can watch Jane the Virgin."

It. Is. Wonderful.

Also, these graphics! Oh my gosh, they're so great! They bring me back to the 8-bit days of yore and I love them.

Oh! And you can team up with your friends and build a party and go on quests to battle monsters and conquer the lands of productivity! It's amazing! So then you're also holding your friends accountable and they're holding you accountable and you're all adulting in a way that you can't even handle because no one told you it would be this fun.

Habitica, you've revolutionized my life. I love you. Thank you for making cleaning the toilet fun.

So, what are you super into right now? What thing do you think is awesome? Talk about it in the comments!

Window? Squirrel Parkour Course? I've Heard It Both Ways.

So, my best friend, who has decided to go by the pseudonym "John Hamm" on this blog (so as to avoid any Internet association with me) texted me this video just now:

Me: Oh my gosh. So cute.

JH: He's growling at me now!

Me: Haha! I love him.

JH: I think I'm gonna turn on the air conditioner and show him what's up.

Me: No! That's so mean!!

JH: I think he tried to attack me through the window... It was kind of adorable, but totally fruitless.

Me: Awww. What a cutie! Name?

JH: Haven't thought of one... But "Snape"* talks to the squirrels like they're outdoor kitty cats, so maybe I should pick one.

Me: I think so... Neville? Or Seamus? Seamus was pretty squirrelly.... and he always caught on fire.

JH: Maybe Gerald. But I think I name everything Gerald.

Me: Ha. Gerald...

JH: Maybe Starbuck. Because it started of cute and then it got really annoying...

Me: YES.

 

*"Snape" is "John Hamm's" boyfriend. He really does look and sort of talk like Snape. It's uncanny and a little disturbing.

Apparently I Can Eat A Lot... Including the Dead.

So... I'm a nerd. WHAAAAAT? I know. Shocking, what with all the times that I've told  you to watch Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who... or made you vote on which Harry Potter phone case I should buy... you never saw this whole nerd thing coming.

But it's true, duckies. Underneath my super trendy exterior... I'm a nerd.

Which is why it's weird that I went to a baseball game yesterday with my other nerd friends.

We found it best to just think of it like a giant board game. It helped.

Okay, so let me explain how we even found ourselves here:

My one friend is moving away this week, and as a going away gift, someone in his office game him four tickets to the game. They weren't just four tickets, though. They were club seats.

So, I knew that this was nice, but I didn't totally grasp how awesome it was until I was getting my wristband from a security guard as she said "Everything except the alcohol is free. Enjoy the game!"

Yeah, that's right, fellow nerds, FREE FOOD AND DRINKS ALL AROUND. We immediately devised a plan: To collectively eat at least $250 worth of food, which in a stadium should not be that difficult, let's be honest.

This is basically how my day went: Nachos. Baseball. Pretzel. Baseball. Pizza. Baseball. Snowcones. Baseball. Peanuts! Baseball. Ice Cream. Baseball. More nachos. More baseball. Rinse and repeat.

It was glorious.

And then we went out for dinner.

Which is why I'm a champion. A very nerdy champion.

After all that, we went home and played actual nerdy board games to reground ourselves. This was especially awesome, because in this particular game I was a Cyber Bunny who earned the title of  the "Even Bigger Canabalistic Urbavore Eater of the Dead," which in my opinion is way cooler than "Pitcher."

Just saying.

Also, go buy and play King of Tokyo. Right now. It's like Yatzee, but with monsters. In Tokyo.