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This is a blog about trying new things, tasting all the good things in life, and making every day an adventure.

Do things that make you happy. Try things that will make you better. Look to your friends for inspiration. Everyone has a talent or a special gift to offer. Sometimes just doing the smallest thing can provide a sense of accomplishment, enhance our wellbeing and increase our self-worth. 

And if you feel uncomfortable...good! That means you're growing. See as many places as you can on this planet. Meet new people and try new things. There's so much I still want to do and try so you're invited to follow my adventures...the big and the bitty. We can enjoy them over Cocktails on Monday...or any day of the week.

Cheers!

A Night with the BINGO Betties!

A Night with the BINGO Betties!

This is not your childhood Bingo. This is not your school Bingo. This game doesn't even use the letters B-I-N-G or O. This Bingo is all grown up and it's serious!

Four of my girlfriends came to my place for some celebratory Bingo Bubbles, nibbles, and to open our Bingo bags before we went Bingo-ing. They were equipped with all the Bingo Betty essentials: fake red-rimmed glasses, I heart Bingo badges ("buttons" to us Yanks), Bingo blotters, I heart Bingo magnets, Tic-Tacs, a scratcher card, Kleenex, a coaster, and a small bottle of vodka. Just because.

 

Once we arrived (late) and filled out our registration cards (with fictitious information "Hello my name is Lasey.") we were given a little Bingo briefing then went into the Hall to select our seats. But let me back up to the fictitious info part. You may wonder why the need for secrecy and covert actions at this fine Bingo establishment. Well, I'm not exactly sure, except that maybe none of us felt like we'd be going back? Or that maybe we thought they would sell our information to the chavvy-type characters playing slot machines in the front area who would then follow us back to Marlow and kill us in our sleep? Not sure. Just kidding! It wasn't that bad but we were definitely in a different "atmosphere" than the granny filled Bingo Hall I had imagined.

It was a huge room with lots of people and it was as quiet as a library. We were all giddy with excitement, ready to play some Bingo (and probably slightly buzzed from the bubbles) so we quietly-as-we-could found a table. (Unfortunately, said table was located near the men's loo and the door to the smoking patio but I think the aromas just added to the evening's ambience.)  The session was already underway so we had to start with the new game coming up. And wow! It was fast! A very nice Gala Bingo Agent asked the caller to slow down a bit for us as he saw the stress on our faces as we tried to keep up with the pace of the game. There was no time for chit-chat or our usual hilarious banter as the numbers were being called fast & furious. Forget that race car movie, this was intense! We managed to get the hang of it and played the next few games without breaking into a sweat or making high-pitched squeaky sounds (cuz that really draws negative attention). When they called a 30 minute break we hit the bar and the concession stand! We had--my favorite--little small bottles of wine with REAL wine glasses (hmm, kinda upscale afterall) and chips (french fries) to share! This is where those coasters really came in handy.

When the next and final round started we had the confidence to don our red-rimmed glasses and keep up with Slough's finest! Our blotters were banging, baby! (Especially Marian's which gave me a case of the giggles. And there's no giggling in Bingo people!) Sadly, none of us won money. But, we won lots of fun memories from a night of Bingo playing at the beautiful Gala Bingo in Slough, England! God save the Queen! And Bingo!

After our Bingo experience we headed back to the safety and comfort of Marlow. And a local pub, the Marlow Donkey. By this time food was no longer being served so we shared a couple of bottles of Prosecco and some bags of crisps and nuts for dinner. As you do. It was a great evening and I'm so glad we went. I just love having girlfriends that are silly, fun, adventurous and open-minded. I think it's so important to get out of your comfort zone, leave your safety bubble behind and experience something different! And I, Lasey, would actually go back to Gala Bingo in Slough for another round of fast & furious Bingo!

And if you haven't BIN you should GO! (See what I did there?)

{I actually found out that there is a cocktail called the Bingo and another one called the Blueberry Bingo! I've included both recipes here for you to try. I haven't made them myself yet so if you do, please let me know what you think! They sound like they might be winners. (Unlike me on our Bingo night...) Cheers!}

BINGO Bags

BINGO Bags

Tea for Three

Tea for Three

Modern Calligraphy, of course!

Modern Calligraphy, of course!