Yay! We are pretty much back up and running now that the computer has received a much-needed makeover! So I’m back to my regularly scheduled photo-editing, but I’m taking a quick 5-minute break to say hi – I hate to leave the blog so stagnant. And I also wanted to mention that I have quite a few 101 in 1001 updates, including this holiday related one: #76. Shop for Toys for Tots instead of donating money.

Every year for the past four years, I’ve donated a little money to Toys for Tots, but I always see the piles of toys in the drop-off locations and think how much fun it must be to actually shop for specific toys and games instead of just making a donation. So this year Chris and I went to Target and picked out a few things, all of which ended up being my own favorite childhood board games. I went in armed with a budget (related to one of my other 101 in 1001 goals – sticking to a budget) and came away with three games for Toys for Tots, and…one game that I felt I personally needed to revisit from my childhood (intending to donate it to another charity after I was done): Perfection. Have you ever played it? I had it as a child, but I never actually played it by the rules. The thing scared me to death! Oh the pressure of putting those shaped pieces all in their appropriate slots in sixty seconds, else hear the wrath of the tray exploding the pieces everywhere. When I did play it, I would set the dial, switch it on and nervously place the pieces until the dial reached about T-minus ten seconds and then I’d shut it off.

So I figured I should give it another try as a brave adult. Only I got completely side-tracked with trying to take a picture of the pieces popping out of the tray as a kind of fun photo challenge. The first few tries were blurry because of course I kept flinching at the sound of the tray popping, but I did get a few good ones. And for the record, Chris mastered the game at having all pieces placed in 55 seconds!

What are your favorite childhood games and toys? Were there any that scared you or made you nervous? Operation was another one that stressed me out now that I think of it…

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  • Coelle - Love the pick of the pieces in the air!!! My family played a lot of Clue growing up. 😛ReplyCancel

  • Casey - I’d completely forgotten about that game! I remember playing it a lot! And I love your pic of the pieces in the air – how fun! We LOVED Clue in our house and played it all the time. And then of course, there were those awesome MadLibs…but you have to have just the right friend to make them fun. Thank goodness I had one… 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - Love the pic of the pieces in the air…we played Dark Tower growing up.ReplyCancel

  • susan - Ooo, yes. Clue is a good one! Oh and Jenn, I hadn’t heard of Dark Tower so I Googled it and found an old commercial for it! So fun.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Broderick - Oh, I completely forgot about Perfection! I never owned it but a few friends did and it was always a favorite of mine. I love all of your choices! Finn actually has the top three. I really want to go buy Perfection now! And by the way–LOVE the shot you got of the pieces popping out. AND–I was also freaked out by the timer, though I don’t recall disabling it. And yes, Operation scared me, too. But in a good way. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Frank Myers - Great post Susan,

    We played a lot of Spades and Rook (that is a card game for you youngsters) and Risk. Every year we would get a new board game for us to try out when people were visiting over the holidays, but we always came back to these!ReplyCancel