User Profile for MelodramaBabs
Calgary, AB /
Dieppe, NB
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“A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.” ― William G.T. Shedd

Nov 13, 2014
Santa!! (you have to picture me saying that in my best "Buddy the Elf" impersonation to get the full effect)

Thanks for writing to me so quickly! (don't tell my boss that I'm replying from work because I was a bit excited to see your note. I hope that doesn't move me to the naughty list.)

I'm sorry to hear about those elves and your sled trouble. But you're in luck; there's a great store in Calgary: The Sentry Box(Their prices are a bit higher than the online stores, and their website sucks. But they really are a great store! It's where I buy most of my games). The manager there is Greg, he's awesome. This store is close to work and you wouldn't even have to worry about shipping! I could pick it up right there!

Now... you ask about my patience in waiting until Christmas to open my present...I can totally do that. It would drive me nuts. And I'd probably shake the box and try to figure out what's inside. But I wouldn't open it until I was told I could.

My husband would tell me to stop shaking the box, that I'm just ruining the fun...but trying to guess is supposed to be part of the fun, isn't it? If you told me that I wasn't allowed to shake it, I'd go absolutely giddy and I'd probably have to hide the gift from myself.

Nov 15, 2014
I've been editing my wishlist a little bit. I was at a games night last night and played some new games and learned a few things (like, my version of Machi Koro is a Print and Play version and probably wouldn't be compatible with the expansion)

Nov 29, 2014
Like I said, their website sucks. I should have been more clear and told you that you could call them directly and they'd help you out over the phone. I would fully support a new giving the Sentry Box a new website for Christmas!

I will make sure to let you know as soon as I've received the package! Will it be safe to open the delivered box or will I have to try to guess the contents from the outer box? Because packing peanuts make guessing things so very difficult!

Dec 2, 2014
Checking the mail box right after work every day. My husband may be as excited as I am about the prospect of secret Santa goodies!

Dec 3, 2014
PowderedToastMan had an interview this morning. When he returned from the "interview" he sent me a photo of him with a package... not the kind with an offer letter,(maybe/hopefully that'll come next week) but the kind in a box (not THAT kind either, Santa!); the kind that Santa sends with help from the Elves at stores like MeepleMart! So now I'm wondering... Was there really an interview? Was this all a ploy to obtain my gift!?

I'm tutoring math tonight so I won't be able to get to my gift until after that commitment. But since I'll be doing math for a couple hours, I'm hoping that the unit we cover has to do with deduction, or area, or mass; anything that would be a good refresher for the task I have ahead of trying to guess what's in the box... Are they wrapped, Santa? Is it safe to open the shipping box? Or must I go for a blind guess? Awaiting your reply with excitement! laugh

Dec 4, 2014
After tutoring yesterday, PowderedToastMan was at the Urgent Care Centre. I didn't get home until about 10:30pm (I was out of the house for the gym by 5:30am; it was a looooong day.) Once we got home, I didn't spend much time shaking the box to determine what could be inside as I wanted to get to bed. I had another 5:30 gym session waiting for me in the morning.

From what I remember, it didn't feel super heavy, so by process of elimination I'm pretty confident it's not Caverna, or the collectors edition of Viticulture. Based on the size (and weight) it's certainly NOT a Crokinole board. That leaves me a lot of options. I can probably eliminate any promos that are available in the BGG Geek store.

You seem like the kind of Santa who wants to make me really happy and I did have a couple items ranked a bit higher for a little while (I normally mean to put everything at 3) so with that logic I'm thinking maybe you went with the higher rated options - which would have been Dixit! I'm so far behind for expansions for that game, it's a shame since I love Dixit so very much! That's my first guess: DIXIT!

More shaking and attention to detail shall happen this evening when our friend comes over for some gaming before she heads off for vacation.

Later on the 4th.
I have a little confession to make. My friend and I ended up playing a quick game of Glen More at her place after work. Then she dropped me off at home with a gift - a new (to us!) gaming table; one of those nice big folding 6 foot ones! So now we'll be even more ready to host some awesome game nights. But, enough with the stall the confession.

My friend suggested that SHE open the box to see if the content was wrapped. I hummed and hawed and finally agreed, on the condition that she re-seal the box (I provided more packing tape) and that she leave immediately after in order to not tempt us if she saw the content. She looked quickly and immediately said "nope! not wrapped" and quickly shut the box. I'm not even sure if she got a good look at the inside. She's leaving for a cruise tomorrow and won't be back for a while! She also knows better not to spill the beans if she did see anything.

So there you have it: The content is not wrapped and, as a good girl, I promise and swear that neither Billy nor I have seen the inside of the box.

Dec 9, 2014
Suspense? Me? ?n suspense? It's not like there's a box with my name on it that I can't open taunting me every time I walk by it!

Open it without looking to shake the box and feel around in there!? That is diabolical! I LOVE IT! You are the most taunty Santa I've ever had! It's awesome!! Billy has said that if he's allowed to see them that he would take them out and (try to) wrap them. But either way works.

Dec 10, 2014
A work event went later than expected last night but when I got home, I didn't waste much time. One of the inner boxes feels very much like a standard 12x12 box; it could be anything but it didn't seem to have many bit rattling around. The other box was very perplexing. I don't think my collection has a box of that size at all - it feels a bit bigger than the Hive box. But I have no clue what it could be.

I have no clue what either of them could be! This is harder than I expected!

Dec 12, 2014!
WHEEE! see here, Santa!

Dec 23, 2014
Hi Santa, since I posted in the thread, I'm not sure if you're still checking this place out. Just wanted to thank you again for being a super fun Santa. And to wish you (and Mrs. Claus and the Elves if there are any) a wonderful Christmas and lots of whatever makes you happy in the new year (in addition to games, that is)

The Secret Santee: I've been a good girl (but you already knew that). You also know that I accomplished some awesome things this year (like running my first half-marathon!) but overall, it's been a rough year; I hope things start to lookup soon. I think any details that you might be interested in knowing is in my profile below. If I've missed anything, let me know.

The Girl - My name is Nathalie, you can call me Babs. I'm originally from Dieppe (New Brunswick) on the East coast of Canada but relocated to Calgary (Alberta) with my husband in the fall of 2006. Beyond being a gamer, I am a photographer, a dreamer, a geocacher, a runner, I'm a Bon Jovi fan, I volunteer for FallCon (Calgary's premier board gaming convention), I collect postcards (and hobbies, apparently). I love opportunities; I maintain a bucket list.

The Family: We don't have kids. We have a dog, a big one. We rescued Buster the horse dog in the winter of 2010. He weighs about 90lbs and is a lap dog. He enjoys joining us on road trips. The photo below was taken in the summer of 2014 on our annual trek to Waterton Lakes National Park for a picnic.

The Gamer: I'm not very competitive. I enjoy winning, but it's not a priority (which is a good thing because it very rarely happens): I play for the company of friends, not the victory. I host a girl's gaming meetup once a month as part of The Calgary Tabletop Gaming Meetup Group(there's probably a good 6-8 regulars, with a usual attendance of 12 or so). I try to attend at least one meetup a month (besides my hosting). My husband and I play a few games a week just the 2 of us, and on occasion a friend drops by to make it a third. I prefer games that aren't super economic (although, I love Power Grid).

The Postcard Collector: My mother started the postcard collection for me when I was a baby. I want to collect a postcard from as many countries as possible. If you are able to send me a postcard from a country from which I don't have a postcard - I would be forever grateful! Geekmail me for my address. You can see the list of countries from which I have a postcard over here.

Random things, a list:
E I love Pandas!
E I like the numbers: 00, 12, 16, 35.
E I have trouble counting in English.
E My superpowers of choice would be: Omni-linguism and Teleportation
E I'm a picky eater.
E I don't stretch enough.
E My favourite colours are: Red, Yellow & Pink
E I'm a big fan and supporter of the Pay It Forward and Random Acts of Kindness movements.

Nathalie Rating System: I can't be bothered to rate games on a scale of 1 to 10, So I came up with a simpler rating system. Love it, Like it, Meh (I don't want to say that I hate a game. so "Meh!" it is!)

My WishList: I don't rank my wishlist games - and especially not as "must have". The games that have a "love it" rating are probably a bit higher on my priority list than others, but it doesn't mean I'll get those first.


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User Details for MelodramaBabs
Registration Date: 2010-03-31
Last Profile Update: 2014-12-23
Last Login: 2015-08-27
Country: flag Canada
State: Dieppe, NB
Town/City: Calgary, AB /
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