Thursday, June 2, 2011

May Brewed - Coffees Consumed, Games Played

Coffee Beans:
     May was an interesting month for me.  Being that I had finished up school(and am out for the summer), I started looking for summer work.  I was hoping that whatever job I got might turn into a good part-time job when school starts back, but wasn't sure how quickly something would happen in this job market.  I ended up landing a job at Chick-Fil-A, and have been gainfully employed for about the last 3 weeks.  My first day of training I tried the coffee, and I also had it my second day, though I forgot to add it to my "Coffees Consumed" for May.
     So, with a new job and my same spastic nightly schedule, what coffees did I consume and games did I play during May?  Let's take a look!

Coffees Consumed in May:
     Maxwell House Original Roast (Medium) - This was purchased in mid-April, and I actually just tossed out the container today.  Like most of the Maxwell coffee blends we drink, I think it has a good solid flavor.
     New England Coffee Colombian Supremo Blend - If you missed my "April Brewed" post, I mentioned in that post that this coffee blend was a "surprise" purchase by Mrs. Coffee for me.  I have about 1/3 of the bag left, so I will probably finish it off this month(June).  While I commented about this coffee blend's different smell, I forgot to mention that it is listed as a "100% Arabica Coffee" blend on the package, so I'm not sure what it is with the smell.
     Maxwell House Breakfast Blend (Mild) - This coffee was purchased in the middle of May, kind of like the Original Roast was in April.  Mrs. Coffee enjoys the breakfast blend, but she can't have a lot of it right now, because of the Little Bean that is due within about a month's time.  I think it has a nice flavor though, sort of what I mentioned about the Maxwell House Original Roast blend.
     Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) - 5 months.  If somebody had told me a Christmas gift of coffee would last 5 months, I probably would have thought to myself, "Not in this HOUSE!", but this one lasted through May.  I ground up the last few beans with our son just in the last week, and brewed up a pot of 6 cups early one evening.
     Chick-Fil-A Coffee (Medium Roast) - This coffee is a "100% Colombian Coffee", and its description says it is, "...a sweet, rich, flavorful taste with a smooth finish."  Chick-Fil-A's coffee blend is pretty easy to drink, and I didn't see any need for cream/sugar in it(though I rarely do), and the cows may approve it more since it was consumed black with no need of a cow-byproduct; so I agree with the "smooth finish".  While I only had two cups, I'm sure there will be more in my future.  I gotta say though, Chick-Fil-A's Lemonade is super awesome!

Video Games Played in May:
     Monster Hunter Tri - The monster of a game that I still haven't finished!  While I have not completed the game's single-player campaign yet, I did play a good bit online in May, and I put a good number of hours in the single-player campaign doing quests just to level up my armor/weapon.  As of now, I have one more quest to complete, and the single-player campaign will be "finished".  Will it happen in June?  I will keep you all posted on it!  If you missed my Monster Hunter Tri post from last week, you can watch two monster hunt videos from the game that I uploaded, HERE.
     GoldenEye 007 - I hopped online a few nights during May, and even got some play-time with Robert.  I uploaded and did a post about one multi-player match in early May, and you can watch it HERE.  You can watch another multi-player match from later in the month, HERE.  I still find the Team Conflict matches a lot of fun in GoldenEye 007, and I may be looking at putting together a "GoldenEye Game Night" in the near future.
     Rage of the Gladiator - If you missed it, I started a new feature on CoffeeWithGames in May called "WiiWare Wednesday".  Rage of the Gladiator was the first game I covered for the feature, and you can read the post, and watch the video about it, HERE.  I started playing Rage of the Gladiator with Wii MotionPlus controls in April, and though the Wii MotionPlus controls are a little slower, they work well with how they are implemented because they encourage less flailing.

Thoughts/Questions:
     Another month has passed, and I didn't complete any game from my backlogged list, though I am about to finish the biggest time-consuming game probably on my backlogged list.  Once I finish Monster Hunter Tri's single-player campaign, I may work on a "schedule" to go through with the rest of the games, and hopefully that will speed things along.
     As for the coffees I consumed, I enjoyed all the blends I tried.  I have seen some interesting "extras" added to coffees in the last 3 weeks, and I may branch out and give some of the "extras" a try, and report back on how they turn out.

     What coffees(or other beverages) and games did you find yourself drinking/playing in May?

10 comments:

  1. No coffee for me this month - it's finally getting warm. I'm very cyclical - in the late fall and winter I'll drink it (usually nothing fancy, just something instant) - but when it gets warmer out, I'm more of a morning Mt. Dew person. :)

    My games list this last month was huge. I got through a good deal of my backlog though, and am very close on a few others, so that's been nice. Off of the top of my head:

    Mortal Kombat
    King's Bounty - Legend
    Elven Legacy
    Fantasy Wars
    Arcanum of Steamworks and Magic
    FX Pinball
    Marvel Pinball
    Peggle
    Bloodbowl - Legendary Edition
    Archon
    Fairy Solitaire
    Bob Came in Pieces
    Black Ops (yay for online being back)
    God of War: Chains of Olympus
    Uncharted
    Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agon
    God of War collection
    Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
    Puzzle Quest 2
    Snoopy's Flying Aces
    Portal 2
    Star Craft 2

    .... yeah, that's about it. :P But, with about 1/3 of those beaten, I have lots of review fodder coming up.

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  2. Congrats on landing the summer job! Tough market out there for anyone in any circumstance. I'm not a huge fan of Chick-fil-a's food, but I adore them as as company :-)

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  3. Yeah congrats on finding the summer job.

    The only games I've played in May is Super Street Fighter 4 on Playstation 3. I'm looking forward to SSF4: Arcade Edition which is due out the end of June.

    I've drank my Trader Joe's Organic Wake up blend and a Starbucks Yukon Organic Blend. I love the boldness.

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  4. Though I spent most of my time watching DVDs and Netflix, I did manage to play a lot.

    I've spent a lot of time on Golden Sun and my recently purchased Gran Turismo 5. I also play Call of Duty 4 an hour every day at work during lunch time, which is awesome. We usually get some fun 5 vs 5 going on, which is so much better than going online.

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  5. Had the usual Melitta classic for the morning and have been on a green tea kick in the evenings. (many times while playing)

    I think Chalgyr puts us all to shame with sheer volume, but here goes: ( :D )

    GoldenEye 007
    Mega Man 9
    Metroid
    Dungeon Explorer
    Kid Icarus
    Mario Kart Wii
    Bit Trip Runner (demo)
    Super Meat Boy
    Plants vs Zombies (android)

    Been having a blast with 007 and catching the occasional online round with coffee. It's also been more of a VC retro month for me as you can tell.

    Unfortunately the Wii may end up being stored later this month for a move so I need to get in what I can now. I did pick up PvZ and some ad-supported angry birds just to try them out and as a possible gaming distraction during the move. Not exactly the ideal setup, but may help when I don't want to boot a laptop. (despite some minor gripes, PvZ is pretty cool)

    Then again, the DS Lite just dropped to $99. Hmmm... Mario Kart DS.... My only concern is the lack of DSiWare support. At least that's the theory since I haven't looked at dsiware to see if there are even any titles I care about.

    @Jonath:
    COD at work, that's awesome! Going to have to find some kind of gaming routine when I'm actually in a real non-home office again.

    I know, P2 co-op or some LAN StarCraft..

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  6. Coffees:
    Eight O'Clock - Hazelnut, Mocha, and Original Blends
    *Nescafe Taster's Choice - Colombian Gourmet* :D

    Games:
    Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones - PS2
    *Red Steel - Wii* :D
    Goldeneye 007 - Wii
    Jeopardy - Wii (not too sure if this one counts)
    The Legend of Zelda - NES (yes, the original, 8-bit golden cartridge)

    A small undertaking for this month. My brother likes to play Goldeneye online a lot, so I tend to hop on with him. And we'll see in a couple of days here how I should be saving my money for future games (E3).

    @Robert:
    I like your taste in retro games. And I found PvZ to be frightfully addicting. O_o

    @Coffee:
    Echo the congratulations on the summer job. Predictions for E3 (unless you're saving that for other blog postings)? And you can already count me in on the "Goldeneye Game Night".

    @ensigntaiga:
    My hat's off to them as well. :)

    @Charlie Chang:
    I haven't had opportunity to play much of SSF4, but the Arcade Edition will definitely be worth a look-see. Do you intend on purchasing a copy? If so, I would like your input.

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  7. @Coffee

    I forgot to say congratulations on the job!

    @Tim
    Thanks, sometimes there's nothing like the classics. (ps: very cool your nes and gold zelda still works!) I did start Solomon's Key for a few minutes last Monday, but it didn't seem that should count. Got about 30 minutes in later in the week for it to kick my butt as usual. :)

    As for PvZ I'm really digging it, though it is a tad small on a phone. I plan to get it on Steam during the next sale.

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  8. @Chalgyr:
    23 games...I haven't played that many all year probably!

    As for Black Ops, I think I have you on my PS3 friends' list, and if you're hopping online in that, always feel free to shoot me an email, and if I can get on I'll will.

    "No coffee for me this month..."
    I'll pretend I didn't read this. :)

    @ensigntaiga:
    If you don't like the food, I would recommend giving the lemonade a try...it's made fresh daily, and it's really good! We have people that drive-thru just for the lemonade.

    @Charlie Chang:
    SSF4: Arcade Edition? What's the difference between that and SSF4?

    Starbucks Yukon Organic Blend...sounds interesting. Do you know if they they brew it at Starbucks locations, or just sell it?

    @Jonath:
    I have a friend that has enjoyed the Gran Turismo games for a long-time now...as Robert said, playing video games at work must be awesome!

    @Robert:
    Do you special order the Melitta, or just purchase it at a local store? I saw they have a "Coffee Club" of sorts on their site.

    Also, we do own Mario Kart Wii, though I haven't played it yet. Once I play it, I'll make sure to get our friend code and add it to my list, and perhaps we'll find each other online in that as well.

    Also, I have Mario Kart DS, but haven't played it in a LONG time...probably not in more than a year, if not two.

    @Tim:
    I saw some Eight O'Clock Coffee packages tonight when I made an emergency coffee filter stop by Wal-Mart. Somehow, we had made it to ZERO coffee filters, so I made a run up to the store.

    Seeing The Legend of Zelda on your list, as well as Kid Icarus and Metroid on Robert's list, makes me want to hunt down a NES and SNES even more now; though I do have a few Virtual Console games I could start playing...

    Thanks everybody for the comments and new job congrats! If anybody has questions about the games I played(or anybody else), or coffees I consumed, feel free to join the conversation in the comments.

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  9. @coffee:

    No, I just pick it up from various stores. I suppose I should check into it to see about price.

    At one time WalMart had the best price of, I think, $2.99 for the regular 12.5oz can, though they don't carry it any longer.

    Sounds good on Mario Kart. I haven't played online much so I should give it a fair shake along with completing the single player races. I think I've got gold on everything except for a few and may have 1 or 2 tracks I never started.

    Glad our plan worked of infecting you with the retro bug. :)

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