Three Line Tales: Summer

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The blinding rays of the sun kiss my pale skin, already tightening and turning pink, as I struggle to push our stroller up the hill, seeking summertime adventure.
I spot the park in the distance, like a lush oasis in this dessert of blacktop, but the moisture on my chest, combined with a bit of painful chub rub, just makes me want to return home to my air conditioned apartment.
My son laughs joyfully in his seat, arms stretched outwards, embracing the outdoors and sunshine, reminding me why I put myself through this torture.
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My weekly response for Sonya’s Three Line Tales (Week 73) writing challenge. Photo by Christian Widell via Unsplash.

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My Gaming Apps: Vol. 1

Hello, friends. For today’s blog, I thought I would share with you a few of my guilty pleasures, specifically, the current gaming apps that I’ve been playing on my phone. I’ll preface this post by saying that I currently own a hand-me-down Samsung Galaxy S3, and it is on it’s last leg of life. It has memory issues, crashes constantly, and isn’t good enough to play cool games like Pokemon Go. So, at the moment, these are the four games currently on my phone. I play a lot of other games, mostly hidden object or puzzle games, but they don’t stay installed for very long. These are the ones that have been here the longest, and that I play the most. Yes, they are all fairly casual games, and I know that they aren’t for everyone, but if you’re into those, read on!

Let’s begin.

1) Kim Kardashian Hollywood

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I know. I know, you guys. But let me explain. I am by no means a fan of the Kardashian/Jenner/West clan, but I am a sucker for a good fashion game… and this one is a GOOD fashion game. The character customization alone blows everything else out of the water with hundreds of fashionable outfits, hairstyles, makeup, and accessories, but it is so much more than that.

You can complete modeling/movie/TV/etc. gigs for money, fame, and K-stars. You can buy apartments, condos, and houses, and customize them. You can travel all around the world and complete gigs in exotic locales (Tokyo, Dubai, London, etc.). You can go on dates, fall in love, get married, have kids, and adopt pets. You can get exclusive clothing and accessories in weekend and holiday events. You can own your own stores to sell your own fashion line. You can shoot your own reality TV show. You can own your own hotel, gym, and club, and more. You can battle your evil rival (her name is Willow, and she is the worst) to get to the top of the food chain. You can befriend Kim, her entire family, and a few other famous folks, if that is your cup of tea. You can also compete in random fashion competitions with other users to win prizes.

There is so much content, and the game is constantly getting updated. The app can be played totally free, but there is the option to spend real money to buy energy, money, K-stars, and VIP status to make the game easier, but I’ve chosen not to give my money to a family of millionaires. If I had one major complaint, it would be that there are SO MANY ads. Every couple minutes, your game is interrupted as an ad pops up on your screen. It’s really annoying. Other than that, I’m addicted to this game, and it to this day has spent the longest time on my phone, reigning above all my other gaming apps.

2) Township

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Everyone knows what FarmVille is, yeah? Same thing. One of the hundreds of farming apps on the market, but so far, this one is my favorite. Pretty basic stuff for the most part: Plant crops, harvest crops, make things from crops, fill orders via the trains or plane, grow your town, etc. Well, this game has some fun extras that a lot of those other farming games don’t have, including Co-ops and chat windows, a zoo, mining and collecting gems and artifacts, and really cool holiday events.

There’s not much to say on this one, since everyone has played this type of this game on some platform, but it is really fun, and the graphics are cute, and I have been playing it for many, many months. Highly recommend.

3. Eden

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My most recent download, and honestly, I am addicted to this game. It’s another casual, gather/build/upgrade style game. You start out with a bonfire, and just a few settlers, and from there, you can forage in piles of leaves, sand, and rocks, hunt for animals in the woods, cook foods, go fishing, gather wood and water from the woods and creek, build and upgrade shelters, storage buildings, fields for planting crops, carpenter shops, and more. I’ve only been playing for a few days, but the graphics are gorgeous, and it is a fun, cute time waster.

My one and only complaint, is that it tends up lag a bit during bad weather scenarios, i.e. rain and storms, but that might just be because my phone is garbage.

4) Magikarp Jump

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This one is a weird one, and probably not everybody’s cup of tea. From the creators of Pokemon Go comes a silly, little game about… wait for it… Magikarp. Yep. You play a gender neutral, childlike character, who lives in a world where Magikarp are revered, and entered in jumping competitions, all across the land. You fish up your Magikarp, feed it different, upgradeable berries while it swims in it’s little pond, train it using various, random training exercises, level up it’s jumping ability, and battle other trainers. That’s about it.

The game is a bit slow, and I don’t particularly like that you can only use one Magikarp for so long (not long at all) before you have to retire it, fish up another one, and start all over. You do get bonuses o help level the Magikarp faster, and your level keeps going up, so you can keep higher and higher level Magikarp before having to retire them.

It’s got cute, bright graphics, and it a simple, casual game for young kids, as well as adults who want to waste their time. Sometimes, you can get a peek at some other Pokemon who come around to cheer on your Magikarp as well. No real complaints from me!

And there you have it! The four games currently installed on my horrible, dying phone. Hopefully I’ll be able to get an upgrade in the near future, and will be able to play some better games, but for now, I’m quite enjoying these, and recommend them all.

Thanks for reading, friends!

Jan

Dream Journal 6/7/17 | Millionaire

One morning, I woke up and discovered that I had somehow gained telekinetic powers. After a brief moment of freaking out, I decided that I was not going to tell Kyle, or anyone else for the matter, and instead immediately went to buy a PowerBall ticket.

That night, when they were picking numbers, I used my powers to make the balls with the numbers I had chosen land in the picker’s hand, and I won.

I had won 380 MILLION dollars.

I went home, and immediately began selling everything I owned, and waited for Kyle to get home. When he walked in the door, he started to panic, asking where all of our stuff was. I told him the news, and he fainted, in the most dramatic, hilarious fashion.

I never used my powers after that, for some reason.

Cut to a few weeks later. We were living in a large, beautiful house in our town, well within our price range, and Kyle had a brand new truck. We still had not told a soul that we won all this money. I had started meeting with a really nice woman at a nearby country club, and she gave me tips and tricks on how to invest my money and grow it. Within just those couple weeks, I had already grown our fortune by over 100 million dollars.

One night, Kyle, Liam, and I took a selfie together while sitting in our entertainment room, complete with movie theatre, and uploaded it to Facebook. His mom commented and asked where we were, and I casually responded that we were at home. She thought I was joking, and asked again. Again, I told her we were home. She then messaged me, confused, and I told her about the money that we had come into. She was shocked, and angry that we had hidden it from her for as long as we had, and I felt bad.

We had intended to tell everyone, but we were taking a minute to settle in, and get our life back on track after all of the major changes we underwent all at once. To make it up to her, Kyle and I bought her a new house, and threw a large, family party, where we told everyone the news.

The next day, someone leaked it to the paper, and we had people knocking on our doors, and calling our phones, all day long. So we bought new phones, and put up a large gate. Crowds of people would gather around our gate, taking pictures of our home, as if it were the White House or something.

The last thing I remember was Kyle leaving for work, and someone had keyed the word “CUNT” into the side of his truck, for some reason, so we were talking about hiring security, or possibly moving to another town where people did not know us.

And then I woke up.

Three Line Tales: Jade

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Her eyes were pale green
So I gave her the name Jade
My sweet, furry, baby girl.
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My weekly response for Sonya’s Three Line Tales (Week 70) writing challenge. Photo by Timothy Meinberg via Unsplash.

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I miss you, sweet girl.

Three Line Tales: Kingdom

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I sit cross-legged on the floor, surrounded by a court of teddy bears, dinosaurs, and toy cars.
I am the queen of this kingdom, the finder of lost toys, the mender of boo-boos.
And beside me, atop his throne of Legos and coloring books, sits my perfect, tiny prince.
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My weekly response for Sonya’s Three Line Tales (Week 69) writing challenge. Photo by Carson Arias via Unsplash.

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