October 14, 2020

A Trip Down Memory Lane

A shopping trip, that is.

A few weeks ago, my mom called me to tell me she bought me something at a garage sale... the board game MALL MADNESS!! I was SO excited, to say the least. When I was a kid (maybe 10?) my friend Shannon and I played Mall Madness all the time. We loved that game!

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about vintage board games that I loved, and I included Mall Madness. I had the original 1989 edition back then. The one my mom bought was the second edition (released in 1996). Even though the editions were slightly different, playing the game made me so nostalgic!

Yesterday, I opened up the battery compartment and hoped that it wasn't ruined from having batteries in it for so long. It didn't look very good; the batteries had leaked and the conductors were a little rusted. However, I spent some time cleaning it up and I inserted new batteries. It worked great!

My mom bought the game for only $5, and I was shocked to see that it wasn't missing a single piece. I was excited to put it all together, and then of course once it was set up, I just had to play it. So I recruited Jerry, Noah, and Eli, and we played my first game of Mall Madness since the early 90's. Everything about the game was just as I remembered!

So many memories! Jerry actually said he liked the game. The kids weren't as thrilled, but I expected as much ;)

I have been LOVING the fall weather we've had lately. I've been heading outside early in the mornings with Joey for our walks, and I like being able to wear sweatshirts or a fleece jacket. This morning, we happened to be walking along the lake during sunrise. Look how pretty!

When I got home, I went to Wal-Mart to return some things and I went to the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store (looking for nightstands). No luck on the nightstands. (I really want to build them, but they would be so expensive!) So I went home to work on the shelves I told Jerry's sister that I'd make for her.

She'd sent me a picture of some IKEA shelves (the kind with the little cubbies) and asked if I could make something similar (32"x32"x16"). I was excited to have a project to work on! I went to Lowe's yesterday to buy the materials and today I got to work on it.

I had Lowe's cross-cut the plywood (a 3/4" x 4' x 8' board) into thirds. Then I just had to rip each one of those into thirds on the table saw. I had planned to make nine cubbies, but I thought they'd be too small, so I made six instead.

I used my Kreg pocket hole jig and wood glue to put it together. That's as far as I got today. I still have to add the backing onto it, sand the heck out of the whole thing, caulk, prime, and paint it. But I'm glad that it's working out so far! I get nervous making things for other people.

I may be able to finish it up tomorrow. I'd like to make one of these for myself, too--it's so much better quality than the cheap ones I have from Target or Wal-Mart.

Speaking of wood, Jerry sent me this meme and I thought it was so cute!


  1. I also LOVED Mall Madness, and just reading you talk about it makes me so nostalgic. My best friend and I played this game SO often when we were little. Did you hear that Milton Bradley rereleased it for the 2020 Holiday season?? After looking at the pictures I think I still like the 1989 version the best, and really wish I'd held on to mine!

  2. That wood/ostrich meme made me think of this wood grain on the side of our gun cabinet - I swear if I look at it one way, I think an owl is staring back...another it looks like the torso of a woman (boobs instead of owl eyes LOL).


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