I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite power couples is Leslie Knope & Ben Wyatt.
Rising civic star, lover of Belgian waffles, and pantsuit connoisseur meets board game inventor, fan of all things early 90s, and calzones? Match made in heaven.
If I had to guess what those two are up to these days, they’d probably already have some ridiculous plan to hit Valentine’s Day out of their tiny park. AND, in the spirit of true blue friendship, I imagine they’d have also arranged something for all their Galentines (and Guyentines?)…maybe like personalized crossword puzzles – signed, sealed, and delivered the day before.
That sounds about right.
If you’re not familiar with Leslie and Ben, let’s just say their level of devotion to one another, along with their knack for friendship is certainly something to aspire to. And they’ve unexpectedly been serving as my muses for this post.
Get Your Clues
This week, I thought it could make for a fun date to create a few crossword puzzles from scratch, each one personalized to send to a friend or family member.
They could be personalized with clues based on shared memories, inside jokes, favorite places, or even mutual friends. Or, they could be topical, with clues based on something the intended recipient enjoys, such as a hobby, tv show, or team. And if you’re a little fuzzy on the details, you can wikipedia the heck out of anything these days.
Either way, it’s a chance to talk about your favorite people behind their backs in the best kind of way. And that’s always a worthy pastime.
So, I did a little research. As it turns out, there are different crossword puzzle styles all around the world. You can see the difference when they’re side-by-side. So far, the Bengali ones I’ve seen are the most interesting!
Of course, there are also puzzles that don’t have a visual pattern, and are much easier to create. I tested out the crossword puzzle generator linked below and it worked perfectly. And, it’s incredibly simple! All you have to do is:
- Enter your clues and answers into the data field (you’ll need 12-20 to make a good puzzle)
- Click “Create Puzzle”
There you have it! If you don’t like the design it spits out, you can remix it and get a new arrangement you like better.
Oh, and the free version of this generator displays an advertisement above the crossword which you can either leave or crop out on your own. Or you can pay to fancy it up with some 90s era clip art!!
Ben Wyatt would probably be into that.
But, it’s up to you.
And then don’t forget to drop them in the mail, either with or without explanation, to all your friends. It’s tax season guys. We’ve got to get the good mail ratios up.
Don’t Forget the Waffles!
“We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope
Since I’m taking inspiration from Leslie Knope this week, it feels only appropriate to pair this date idea with some waffles.
I am always on the lookout for new waffle recipes and have been wanting to try this recipe for Lemon Ricotta Waffles with Poppy Seeds. Here’s a Gluten Free version that looks good too. Can’t wait for these!
May you enjoy each other’s company this week, and fill some mailboxes with happy mail.
TOP ILLUSTRATION: ANNIE LIAO
HEART WAFFLE PHOTO: PIXABAY
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