Friday, January 29, 2010

It’s 7:57. Do you know where your wife is?…

Once a month, several ladies from the neighborhood get together for game night. We eat yummy appetizers, drink wine and then have a nice dinner prepared by the hostess-of-the-month. This month, the hostess was me. In case you’re wondering, I made stuffed cabbage rolls, cauliflower gratin and garlic bread. We had spinach dip, cream cheese with raspberry chipotle sauce and bacon wrapped shrimps for appetizers. It’s fairly obvious that my friend Jenny was not invited to this party.

Here is a picture of us, at 7:57, enjoying dinner and talking trash about who’s going to take home all the goodies:

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After dinner, we refill the wine glasses and play Po*Keno.

Po*Keno is similar to Bingo in that you have a card and the caller calls stuff.  That’s where the similarity ends. After that, it’s like Poker, because your card has poker hands on it and you’re calling from a deck of cards.

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We each bring a $10 wrapped gift. The first round, with each person having a turn to call the cards, the winner of each hand chooses a gift.  She opens it and we ooh and ahh and drink more wine. After the first round, we serve dessert, and more wine. Then we get started on the second round. This time, if you win, you can steal a gift from some one else.

In the event that two or more people win the hand, you can decide the winner by the “hand” on the card. Notice how each row is a poker hand? And that would be a really good way to determine the winner, except that we’re girls and don’t really know what beats what, so we just draw a card. High cards wins the prize.

Our husbands suffer our Po*Keno, or Keno Night as we lovingly call it, every month. CGMan has been known to go shopping with me at the last minute for just the right gift.  When I see something I really like (and want to keep!) he suggests I get two, so I don’t have to try to win back what I brought. But that’s no fun at all.

In December, we have Couples Keno and invite the husbands along. We have a large dinner (turkey, ham and trimmings) and lots more wine. We up the ante to two $20 gifts, one for a boy and another for a girl. We are teams, playing our card. The boys steal from boys, and girls steal from the girls. The men? Are just as silly as we are when it comes to stealing gifts!

So anyway, that’s what I was doing last night. If you enjoyed the peek into my house at 7:57, you can thank June over at Bye Bye, Pie. She gave us a challenge to take pictures of the people in our house and what they were doing at 7:57 pm. And we always do what June says because she’s the cool kid.

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