The Board Room

18 Dec

Hi all. I’m still trying to muster up the motivation to write about my day-to-day life when the lives of so many others have been profoundly altered this past weekend. One of the things that is helping me is doing some readings by Pema Chodron, a Buddhist teacher. One of things she says relates to grief, which I really identified with:

“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that’s all that’s happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction. On the other hand, wretchedness–life’s painful aspect–softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody’s eyes because you feel you haven’t got anything to lose–you’re just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We’d be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn’t have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.”

So it’s still a little rough going around here, but I’m working on it.

In the spirit of trying to get back to normalcy, I want to tell you about a fun new discovery in the city. The girlfriend of Stefano’s cousin was celebrating her birthday yesterday and Stef met up with me after work so we could walk over there together.

We arrived at an unassuming bar called the Board Room and walked inside, imagining it to be a typical bar. Wrong!

This place is not your average bar. Upon entering, you notice a large cabinet right inside the doorway and tables line the main floor and upper level. Inside the locked cabinet? Scores upon scores of board games! Every kind of board game you can imagine, from Parcheesi to Risk.

board-room-barThe decorations inside were all board game-themed, complete with a chandelier made out of dice and chess pieces. Even the bar counter was themed, with Monopoly-esque characters decorating the top.

Front-Bar-PatOur group grabbed first grabbed ‘Taboo’, but finished up the night with a new-to-me game called ‘Telestrations’, which is a kind of a cross between ‘Telephone’ and ‘Pictionary’. It was pretty hilarious and some of the final guesses were nowhere near the original word (one word started as ‘Picasso’ and ended as ‘wheelchair’).

Since I knew I was going to a happy hour right after work, I got my workout in during lunchtime in the form of a spin class at my gym. This was my first time with this particular instructor and it’s pretty amazing how different the styles of coaching are with each person. So far, I have experience three different spin instructors and they each have their own strengths: one is very encouraging and very well suited to beginners. She reminds me of a yoga instructor in that she’s very focused on each person honoring their body and what they’re individually capable of. Another instructor is totally different, she has much more of a push yourself, ‘go go go’ style. Each is nice, depending on what I’m looking for that particular day. The third instructor I’ve only had once, but had the best playlist, by far.

It feels like one of those days where I would like to get in and own out of the gym, so today I’m thinking about doing my own circuit workout, along with some cardio. I’ve got lots of loose ends I want to tie up before Stef and I leave for Seattle on Saturday!

Hope you all are having an enjoyable day, sending you all big hugs from over here in my little corner of the world.

Food for Thought: What is your favorite board game? Do you prefer board games or cards?

My favorite board game is Trivial Pursuit, because it finally rewards me for being a total nerd and knowing useless facts about absolutely random topics. I’m also a big fan of Settlers of Catan – it reminds me of a board game version of the Oregon Trail!




3 Responses to “The Board Room”

  1. lookgoodfeelgood4good December 19, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Hi! I’m new to your blog, but saw this post and had to ask. Where is this magical place?! I’d love to try it out some time as well!

    • Sara @ Magia e Pasta December 19, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      Welcome! Thanks for dropping by, Natasha 🙂 This is just north of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave.


  1. With a Side of Sweet Potato | Wicked Healthy Washingtonian - January 15, 2013

    […] It’s crazy how the addition of one ingredient can change a veggie side completely. The combination of lemon, garlic, and parmesan was awesome.While the delicious veggies were cooking, I managed to cook up a chicken breast (seasoned with rosemary, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper) and a sweet potato (seasoned with cinnamon)Post delicious Saturday night meal, Will and I went to a place in Dupont that we’ve been meaning to go to. It’s called The Board Room and basically it’s a bar all decked out in board game theme where you go, drink, and… rent/play board games! It’s a really cool/unique concept. They don’t serve food at this joint, but allow people to bring in their own food which I also think is interesting. My friend Sara recently blogged about this place and her experience there as well. […]

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