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“I don’t play games” is a common phrase I heard from my mother while I was growing up. As a child, I very rarely got the opportunity to play board games. My family just didn’t do that kind of thing. So, whenever I did encounter such an opportunity, it was game-on.

Two years ago, I was introduced to the board game, Ticket to Ride, by my good friend, Ellie. I enjoyed it so much that she ended up buying me the game for my birthday the next year. When I mentioned to Ellie that I needed to play a game for a class, I remembered Ticket to Ride. Since neither of us had played it in awhile, we decided to try our hand at it again.

The only time our schedules matched up was at 7am, so she invited me over to her house for an early morning match of Ticket to Ride over tea. Even though we weren’t quite fully awake when it started, we both perked up as the stakes got higher. During the last 15 minutes of the game, it was high tension as both of us were focused on implementing a winning strategy.

In the end, after totaling up all the points, it looked like Ellie was going to win with 130 points to my 125 points. However, we still hadn’t counted the final 10 points to the player with the longest railroad. After counting all of our trains, I pulled through as the winner with the score 135 to 130.

A close game, and a fun way to start the day!

Paige’s Winning Round

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Suggested Themes

  1. Mementos

For as long as I can remember, my mom has accumulated boxes and boxes of stuff throughout the years from me and my brothers. I’m talking old report cards, that 3rd grade art project, and my 7th grade science experiment. Also, we have drawers of unorganized family photos. She has no idea what to do with all of it, or how to decide what stays and what goes. I think it would be an interesting theme to explore if there’s something that can make organizing old family artifacts easier or at least look less cluttered.

2. Dishes

Dirty dishes cause the most tension in my house. My roommates struggle with figuring out how to manage the in-flow of dirty dishes in the sink, to the drying rack, and then moving them to the cupboard. Is there a way to make this process easier? Or a better way to design the dish-washing experience? For the sake of my household, I’d like to dig deeper into kitchen sink and dish organization.

3. Arts & Crafts

As a kid, my mother hated when I would do crafts. We had a cupboard with art supplies scattered all over, and then I would open it and scatter an art tornado all over the house. I’m wondering if I could explore arts and crafts organization, and see if I could make it less off a headache for parents to pick up after their kids. I also love to knit, so I’d be interested in exploring more niche areas of storing and winding yarn.

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