Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HabitRPG - Party with Lion Mounts

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I wrote last month about HabitRPG, a free online game that helps to reward productive behaviors.

I'm a member of an interactive, fun, supportive party. We've named ourselves "Onwards and Outwards" from a quote by Walt Whitman.

We find that questing keeps us motivated to complete our Dailies and To-Do's, so we try to keep an active quest at all times. Since we live in different time zones and different parts of the world, this can be challenging, especially if someone takes a big damage hit while other party members are sleeping.

In my last post, we had all earned Polar Bear mounts and were riding them.

This month, we spontaneously decided that we'd all try to get a Lion mount. There are 9 of us in the party, and each was trying to get a different type of Lion. There are 10 types of Lions you can hatch from eggs: Base, White, Desert, Red, Shade, Skeleton, Zombie, Cotton Candy Blue, Cotton Candy Pink, and Golden.  You determine the type of pet (in our case, Lion) by hatching an egg (in our case, Lion egg) with a hatching potion.

I took this picture of our party on their Lion mounts since I thought this was a huge accomplishment. We all were able to get a different Lion mount,  so we have 9 out of the 10 Lions in this picture.

We're planning something similar for Fall Festival which is an event that just started in HabitRPG, so I'll post that picture when we all get spookified in our costumes and scary mounts.

(I'm not in any way affiliated with HabitRPG - just a player having alot of fun with the game)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Coffee Substitutes

I'm on the hunt for a great-tasting, satisfying coffee substitute. One of my first symptoms with celiac disease is that I'm having bad reflux with is aggravated by coffee..

I'd been drinking decaf coffee with Acid Check acid neutralizer for years, and then suddenly, it started causing me stomach and esophageal problems.

I really enjoy the taste of a roasted beverage.  Tea is OK, but it seems too thin for me.  So here's what I'm trying (or have already tried):

- decaf green tea:  It's OK.

- decaf green tea with carob:  Much better. The carob gives it a little body and flavor.

- decaf chai tea (black tea):  It's better than plain tea and I really like the spices.

- genmai cha (green tea with roasted rice):  Did not like it at all

- Teeccino dandelion tea:  It's OK but the chicory leaves an aftertaste. It's an acquired taste.

- Ersatz coffee:  Have not ordered any samples yet.

- Roastaroma by Celestial Seasonings:  Really liked it, but it has barley so I'm not going to finish the package I bought.

- Other chai-type teas by Celestial Seasonings: I like them although they're a little strong on cinnamon-flavor. I've helped this by diluting it with another green tea bag.

- roasted chicory:  As I said above, it's an acquired taste.

- carob: Haven't tried it alone yet.

- roasted chestnuts:  Have not ordered any samples yet.

- roasted soybeans:  Have not ordered any samples yet.

I'll continue experimenting and I'll post any updates as I try new coffee substitutes.

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