It’s Now Bird Season

In the epic sequel to Alto’s Adventure, there is Alto’s Odyssey. I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical of this game. On the surface, it seems like a reskin of the first game. After playing for a bit more, I noticed that they added some new mechanics. They’ve added new ways to gain points by doing tricks. You can ski along walls and jump up and down on balloons. Also, you’re not just skiing in one location. There are three locations that you are able to ski through. It adds more variety which is very much appreciated. Because of that, there is the urge to continue going to get to the next location. Another thing they changed was that instead of having llamas running along with you, there are colorful birds flying with you. Also, you not being chased by a creepy person in this one. It’s a lemur that you woke up from your skiing. If you enjoyed the first game, you are sure to love this one. You have to get a couple of levels into the game before the new mechanics kick in, so hang in there for a bit.

You can get this game on Andriod and iOS.

Saving the Sacred Forest

In a stream-line of games that I probably finished faster than the game developers think it should have been, I played Ori and the Blind Forest. Throughout the game, I had to prevent myself from crying. The beginning was emotional. The few lines of dialogue were emotional. The cut scenes were emotional. The ending was emotional. I honestly do not want to spoil any part of the game because it is an emotional rollercoaster. I feel like the most I can tell you is that you are a magical being tasked with saving the forest from the darkness. The story is moving, the art is some of the most beautiful that I have seen in a game. The only thing I didn’t like was the really picky platforming. It did get pretty frustrating when you had to have your jumps precise in pixels because of how tiny the landing place was, but again, that’s just me being really picky. I would suggest that anyone plays this game and keep a tissue box handy.

Playground D&D

Let me preface this review with I would never have played this game had my friends not told me to. If anything, she forced me to play it, and then I blew through it in only three gaming sessions. That game is South Park: The Stick of Truth. I have never seen the show, I just know that they make fun of everything, and make fun of everything it does. My friend had to explain to me some of the back stories for the characters, but it was pretty straightforward. First off, I love these types of RPG games, so that was just one check mark in the awesome category. I just don’t know what about the game was so addicting. I wasn’t apparently supposed to complete the game as fast as I did but I was totally into it. I also tried to get all of the flavor text as possible. I was just having so much fun. I might need to watch the show after all.

HGTV: The Game

I game that I literally spent a week binge playing was House Flipper. I saw it all over YouTube and I wanted to have more of a chance to review it myself. I absolutely loved it. I did every single mission and I’m in the process of flipping the houses from the Buy menu. I think I love this game so much because I spend lots of my free time watching HGTV. I was fun for a chance to do the actual designing. I honestly wished that there were more options for furniture or lighting. I now that the team would need to spend time programming it, but I think that’s really the only thing I would change. I enjoy the puzzle of figuring out what each buyer wants and having fun trying to design based on their different tastes. I feel that if in games you spend a lot of time designing your living quarters, this might be the game for you. I know that I spend hours at a time building my houses in Minecraft, so this is the more realistic version with painting.

Not How You Start a Romance

In my desperate attempt to feel something, I decided to read a sappy romance that I had read before. I choose The Lucky One by Nickolas Sparks (because his writing is the definition of sappy romance). For those of you who have not read the book or seen the movie, The Lucky One is a story about a marine who finds a picture of a woman while out in Afganistan and ends up believing that it kept him alive. After coming back from tour, he goes on a hike across the country looking for this woman. Let me start by saying that this would only be possible in a romance novel. In real life, this would get you arrested, but when you suspend your disbelief and is a really interesting way to develop the relationship. You see the majority of the relationship building from the marine’s point of view which, giving him some props, his thoughts on everything was not creepy. He just felt the need to help her out after she “saved” his life. He was not expecting anything to come out of it. For this one reason, it’s kind of cute, especially in comparison with another male character in the book. After reading the story from the other guy’s point of view, I felt the need to take a shower. This was definitely a book that you cannot over think too much. You just have to take in at face value. If you think about it realistically, the entire story is a plot hole, but a fun read either way.

One Shot Assassin

I never expected an endless runner styled shooting game, but there is Mr. Gun. The game is minimalistic in plot and design, but I think that’s the beauty of it. You play as an assassin that is trying to take down a bunch of bosses on your bucket list, but first, you have to get through their minions. You are going upstairs, shooting your way up to the boss. The stairs are randomly generated along with the minions, so there is no telling how tall or short the starts are going to be, and you only have one shot or your dead. What I like about this game that is not present in most endless runners is that there is a leveling system. Instead of facing a bunch of minions and facing the exact same bosses every single time, you begin at the first level you haven’t defeated a boss on. There is still the ability to try and get a higher score every single time that you play, but it doesn’t come with the feeling that after you die, you have to start over at the very beginning. Also, there is the ability to change guns, once you own them. Each one has slightly different abilities. There are also different outfits. After I got the Hitman 47 skin, I didn’t bother looking at the others, so that’s something you for you to discover.


If you would like the play this game, you can find it on Andriod, iOS, and a variety of online sites.

Holidays in September (2018 Calendar)

Welcome, everybody, to September, the 9th month of the year. September is also Hispanic Heritage Month, Classical Music Month, and Self Improvement Month. As a continuation of last month, I’ll do my best to have more than American holidays in this list. If a country isn’t named in conjunction with the holiday, just assume that it’s America. And yes, I know that this is late going up. I got caught up with school work. Give me a small break.



  • Emma M. Nutt Day – the first woman telephone operator
  • National Cherry Popover Day
  • World Peace Day (Germany)
  • Constitution Day (Slovakia)
  • Knowledge and Literature Day (Armenia)
  • Independence Day (Uzbekistan)


  • International Bacon Day – always the Saturday before Labor Day
  • VJ Day – for some
  • Father’s Day (multiple countries)
  • Janmashtami (Hindu Holiday)
  • Day of the Independent City of Ceuta (Ceuta, Spain)
  • Independence Day (Vietnam)
  • Daylight Saving Time starts (Namibia)


  • Labo(u)r Day – always the first Monday of the Month
  • Skyscraper Day
  • Armed Forces Day (Taiwan)
  • The Feast of St. Marinus and Republic Day (San Marino)
  • August Bank Holiday (Saint Helena)


  • Newspaper Carrier Day
  • World Sexual Health Day


  • Be Late for Something Day
  • Cheese Pizza Day
  • International Day of Charity


  • Fight Procrastination Day
  • Read a Book Day
  • Smhlolo Day/Independence Day (Swaziland)
  • Jeune Genevois (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Armed Forces’ Day (Sao Tome and Principe)
  • Unification Day (Bulgaria)


  • National Salami Day
  • Neither Rain nor Snow Day
  • Independence Day (Brazil)
  • Victory Day (Mozambique)
  • Constitution Day (Fiji)


  • International Literacy Day
  • National Date Nut Bread Day (or December 22)
  • Pardon Day
  • Knabenschiessen (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • German Language Day (Germany)
  • Garl Carner Federal Lands Cleanup Day
  • The Feast of Our Lady of Victories (Malta)
  • Nativity of Our Lady (Liechtenstein)
  • National Day (Andorra)
  • Day of Asturias (Asturias, Spain)
  • Day of Extremadura (Extremadura, Spain)
  • Virgin of the Victory (Melilla, Spain)
  • Kosrae Liberation Day (Micronesia)
  • Nativity of Mary (Lebanon)
  • Independence Day (Republic of Macedonia)


  • Grandparent’s Day – always the Sunday after Labor Day
  • National Pet Memorial Day – always the second Sunday of the month
  • Rosh Hashanah – begins on Sunday and the date varies
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Knabenschiessen (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Children’s Day  (Costa Rica)
  • European Heritage Days/Day of the Open Monument (Germany)
  • Day of the Homeland (Germany)
  • Day of the Victims of Holocaust and of Racial Violence (Slovakia)
  • California Admission Day (California, US)
  • Day of the Workers in the Energy Sector (Turkmenistan)
  • Turkmen Bakhshi Day (Turkmenistan)
  • National Day (North Day)
  • Father’s Day (multiple countries)
  • Independence Day (Tajikistan)


  • Sewing Machine Day
  • Swap Ideas Day
  • Knabenschiessen (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Rosh Hashana (Hebrew holiday)
  • Gibraltar Day (Gibraltar)
  • Repression Victims’ Day (Mongolia)
  • Children’s Day (Honduras)
  • St. George’s Caye Day (Belize)
  • Teacher’s Day (China)
  • World Suicide Prevention Day


  • 911 Remembrance
  • Make your Bed Day
  • No News is Good News Day
  • St. John the Baptist Day (Eritrea)
  • Geez New Year (Eritrea)
  • Rosh Hashana (Hebrew holiday)
  • Patriot Day
  • Our Lady of Coromoto (Venezuela)
  • Day of Catalonia (Catalonia, Spain)
  • Ethiopian New Year
  • Pohnpei Liberation Day (Micronesia)
  • Coptic New Year (Egypt)


  • National Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • National Video Games Day – also in July
  • Islamic New Year/Muharram
  • Amun Jadid (Muslim Holiday, Philippines)
  • Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu holiday)
  • National Day (Cabo Verde)
  • Tzom Gedaliah (Hebrew Holiday)
  • Eid-al-Adha (Melilla, Spain)
  • International Day for South-South Cooperation
  • Hijra New Year (Morocco)


  • Defy Superstition Day
  • Fortune Cookie Day
  • Blame Someone Else Day – always the first Friday the 13th of the year
  • Friday the 13th
  • National Peanut Day
  • Positive Thinking Day
  • Uncle Sam Day – anniversary of his image being first used in 1813
  • Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu holiday)
  • International Programmers’ Day


  • National Cream-Filled Donut Day
  • Holy Cross day (Christian holiday)
  • Battle of San Jacinto (Nicaragua)


  • Make a Hat Day
  • Felt Hat Day
  • Independence Day (multiple countries)
  • Shout of Dolores (Mexico)
  • Doy of Our Lady of Sorrows (Slovakia)
  • Nuestro Senora de la Bien Aparecida (Cantabria, Spain)
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day (Slovenia)
  • International Dot Day


  • American Legion Day
  • Collect Rocks Day
  • Step Family Day
  • Mayflower Day
  • Mexican Independence Day
  • National Play-Doh Day
  • National Women’s Friendship Day – always the third Sunday of the month
  • Wife Appreciation Day – always the third Sunday of the month
  • Working Parents Day
  • Swiss Federal Fast (Switzerland – except for Ge)
  • Malaysia Day
  • Independence Day (multiple countries)
  • Valentine’s Day (Colombia)
  • National Hero’s Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
  • Day of Martry Omar Al-Mokhtar (Libya)
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer


  • Citizenship Day
  • Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
  • National Apple Dumpling Day
  • Birthday of Crown Prince Tuputo’a-‘Ulukalala (Tonga)
  • Teacher’s Day (Honduras)
  • Day of Melilla (Melilla, Spain)
  • Extended National Holiday (Chile)
  • Respect for the Aged Day (Japan)
  • National Hero Day (Angola)


  • National Cheeseburger Day
  • Yom Kippur – begins at sundown
  • US Air Force Birthday
  • National Day (Chile)


  • International Talk Like a Pirate Day
  • National Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • Yom Kippur (multiple countries)
  • Foundation of the Slovak National Council Day (Slovakia)
  • The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples, Italy)
  • Independence Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
  • Army Day (Chile)
  • First Day of Yom Kippur (Republic of Macedonia)


  • National Pepperoni Pizza Day
  • National Punch Day
  • German World Children’s day
  • Tassoua (Iran)
  • Day of Ashura (Algeria and Lebanon)


  • International Peace Day
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • Ashura (multiple countries)
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • Founder’s Day (Ghana)


  • Eid-Ul-Adha – date varies
  • Business Women’s Day
  • Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Hobbit Day
  • Internation Rabbit Day – always the fourth Saturday of the month
  • National Hunting and Fishing day – always the fourth Saturday of the month
  • Oktoberfest begins in Germany – date varies
  • Emancipation Day (Ohio, US)
  • Independence Day (multiple countries)
  • National Public Lands Day


  • Autumn/September Equinox – date varies
  • Checkers day
  • Dog in Politics Day
  • Sukkot – begins at sundown and the date varies (Hebrew holiday)
  • International Celebrate Bisexuality Day
  • European Heritage Days (Austria)
  • Mid-Autumn Festival Day 1 (South Korea)
  • Saudi National Day
  • Mabon
  • My Birthday in case you care – probably not


  • National Cherries Jubilee Day
  • Anniversary of the Failed Attack on Lome (Togo)
  • Family and Community Day (Australia)
  • Independence Day (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Mid-Autumn Festival (multiple countries)
  • Constitutional Day (Cambodia)
  • Armed Forces Day (Peru)
  • Republic Day (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Our Lady of Las Mercedes (Dominican Republic)
  • Heritage Day (South Africa)
  • Pitru Paksha starts (Hindu holiday)


  • National Comic Book Day
  • Armed Forces Day (Mozambique)


  • Johnny Appleseed Day
  • North Yemen Revolution Day
  • World Day Against Trafficking Persons
  • Interaction Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons


  • Crush a Can Day
  • Meskel (multiple countries)
  • World Tourism Day
  • World Maritime Day


  • Ask a Stupid Question Day
  • National Good Neighbor Day
  • Native American Day – always the fourth Friday of the month
  • National Youth Day (Turks and Caicos Islands)
  • St. Wenceslas Day (Czech Republic)
  • German Sandwich Day
  • Daylight Saving Time ends (Mongolia)
  • Teachers’ Day (Taiwan)
  • Day of Bosnians (Kosovo)
  • World Rabies Day
  • International Bosniaks’ Day (for Bosniak community) (Republic of Macedonia)
  • National Drink Beer Day


  • Confucious Day – A.K.A. Get a Fortune Cookie Day
  • Micheal and All Angels (Christian holiday)
  • Daylight Saving Time starts (Samoa)
  • Boqueron Battle Victory Day (Paraguay)
  • World Heart Day
  • National Coffee Day


  • National Mud Pack Day
  • Last Day of Sukkot (Jewish holiday)
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day
  • Nationalization of Rocas (Sao Tome and Principe)
  • Hoshanah Rabah (Hebrew holiday)
  • Botswana Day


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