MomGamer

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from Redmond, WA

  • Activity

    • I'm confuzzled....

      8 years ago

      MomGamer

      I feel dumb. Where is the link to get to the forums from here? Or like from anywhere?

    • Toy Story 3 Hankies

      8 years ago

      MomGamer

      I just got back from seeing Toy Story 3 with my 19 year old daughter. Pro Tip: DO NOT get stuck behind a garbage truck for two miles on the way home from the film. It's hard to see to drive when you're weeping like a Miyazaki heroine.

      It's a brave film. I'll give it that. But anyone who is under the impression that's a kid's film is sadly sadly mistaken. I'm gonna say it - if you are thinking about taking anyone under 12 or over 17, please be aware this one is not just cute and happy. Some of this thing is scary, and some is just frelling hard. I'm going to spoiler the middle bits, just in case.


      The story hits on many levels.

      I've been a toy. Not literally, but I've had friends who were written off by others. Many people wrote off my son when he was a teenager. Heck, I damned near did so many times. It can be so easy to just write people off right back. Watching them jump into that box was hard. I can't even be mad at the "bad guy". I've been left behind myself, and it does break something inside. And just sucking it up and pulling yourself back up by your bootstraps like everyone says is sometimes just not possible. We're not all Atlas, standing with the planet on our shoulders. And even if you do manage to get to your knees, things have still changed.

      I've been Andy's mom. Both when she was trying to get something (ANYTHING!) done around the house because you really do have to get the work done sometimes, folks, and in the end when she got all weepy in his now-empty room. The worst part isn't in the film; it's my own baggage. Kids don't leave just once. You have to watch them walk away over and over again. I did it when my daughter went down the aisle in the ugly green acetate bathrobe, again when she did it in her wedding dress, and I have to do it every time they come over for dinner and she has to go to her home. I have to do it again every time my eldest leaves on deployment. Some days it's hard to watch the ones who still live at home go to work because each day is one step closer to a bigger goodbye. They will find many reasons to go, each in their own way. They have to. It's all part of growing up and raising them. They are supposed to end up with their own lives out in the big world. I'm always glad when they come back and see me for a while, but there's nothing in this world that makes it easy when they have to go again.

      I've been Andy. I was proud of him at the end, even as I was bawling like a hungry, angry baby. That time of your life is full of those moments when you get smacked with the fact that the world you lived in up until that point has irrevocably changed and you're probably not nearly as ready for it as you think you are. The look on his face when he drove away was something else. He really did grow through that situation, but that doesn't mean it doesn't suck the chrome right off a trailer hitch.

      I'm still a puddle and the movie's been over almost an hour. I'm sad. I'm angry. I want my babies back. I'm happy for the characters and they're not even @()&% real. I wasn't joking about the garbage truck. It pulled out in front of us at a light and after about half a block of watching it drive on while we sat at the red my daughter and I both burst out laughing and crying at the same time. There was just nothing else to do with the whole welter. Way to bring back a teenage moment - I'm feeling about 17 things at once here and all I know for sure is it's John Lasseter's fault.


      The ending will wring you out. The only reason I can imagine someone not crying at the end of this is that it somehow interferes with their system's interpretation of The Three Laws. Seriously, you should have your cyborg heart looked at.

      Do I think people should see this. Yes. Am I going to watch it again. I don't know. Not soon, I know that.

    • How do you start again?

      8 years ago

      MomGamer

      I kind of fell off the wagon, and I can't find the handle to get back on. So I'm going to give up and just start typing and see what happens.

      I'm not making any promises about when I'll be back around, but I want to.

    • November Confessions....

      10 years ago

      MomGamer

      Forgive me, friends, for I have sinned.

      I started Valkyria Chronicles last night. I'm not sorry.

      See you next month. ;)

    • November Bites...

      10 years ago

      MomGamer

      Or blows, or something....

      I'm a gamer, but because I'm also trying to have a grown-up life, it's not whether or not I can get a game that limits me anymore. My telling factor is getting time to play. Lately it's been telling me to kiss off. And thanks to the release schedule in November it's getting a little ugly around Chez Momgamer.

      I finally got to play a little Gears 2 with my son (which I will keep offline for now due to EXTREME levels of humiliating suckitude), and he had to open the box to put it in. It had been sitting on my coffee table, just waiting patiently. I had to hide Valkyria Chronicles from myself because I don't think I have the self control not to do stupid things to my schedule to play it.

      I've got eight games in a stack on the coffee table, among them Fable 2, Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, the aforementioned jRPG crack pipe. Top that off with the three more I just picked up (Left for Dead, Naruto: Broken Bond, and Need for Speed: Undercover). Still got Persona 4, Prince of Persia, and something else I can't remember off the top of my head to come here in the next few weeks. That list doesn't touch the ones that I'm not done with yet.

      On top of all that I have that pesky job-thingy, a Thanksgiving dinner to plan, my daughter's importunate boyfriend to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped.

      There are days when you just want to say, "Screw all of this. I'm going to plug in Coltrane and play Bejeweled until the world gets it's sh*t together." But you don't.

      For one thing, my son still thinks cover is only for secret agents and in the bowels of the Burrow that will flat get you killed. smiley4.gif

    • I am now officially old...

      10 years ago

      MomGamer

      If you go to my profile you see the damning truth right there at the top of the page. They are even so kind as to bold it for you. ;)

      Every year my daughters make up a song making fun of me for my birthday. They're not content with the "Happy Birthday to you, you look 62..." version. They can do much better than that. So they parody a song making fun of my gray hair or my geekiness or how old I am. See this for a lovely example.

      I do love it. I do think they're funny, and they work hard on them. This year they came up with two of them. One of them is the usual "mean" one. I don't know what that is yet, but if if's anything like last year's "Mine eyes have seen the glory of Mom's hair turning gray..." song it'll be epic.

      My actual birthday was Wednesday, and since we had church that night we had to move the party. But that didn't stop them from making certain that everyone knew I'd hit the big Four-Oh. We brought cupcakes and let the whole gang sing Happy Birthday. And right in front of the whole youth group the girls sang this.

      Set to the tune of I Loved Her First by Heartland:

      You're standing there and you're looking at me
      And I wonder if it is not a good thing
      Did I forget? Or did I do wrong?
      And you're staring at me all along

      She was enough for me not long ago
      She was my number one
      And I told her so
      And she still means the world to me
      Just so she knows
      So I'll be careful and just check my chore

      Time changes nothing
      but life does go on
      and we're not gonna argue with her

      But she loved me first
      She held me first
      And a place in my heart will always be hers
      From the first breath I breathed
      When she first smiled at me
      I knew the love of my mother runs deep

      I'm sorry we don't say every day
      That we'll always love you this way
      She loved me first...

      It goes on for the whole song. I was a dripping mess by the end of it, right in front of everyone.

      I have the draft lyrics sheet with all the scrawled corrections all over it in both their handwriting. It'll go in my memory box with all the others. They're going to record it for me once I get ahold of the karaoke version of the background.

    • Wow....

      10 years ago

      MomGamer

      A girl ends up stuck at work for a while and I come back and they've re-arranged everything.

      I'm embarassed to say how long it took me to log in. smiley5.gif

      I'll have to come back in and test everything out later.

    • He Speaks Truth!

      10 years ago

      MomGamer

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      Though I would let both Robert Heinlien and Frank Herbert off the hook as well. *

      ;)

      *hint for the un-XKCD-savvy - click on the image and go to their site and hover your mouse over the image and read the text that pops up for the extra funny

    • Necromancy is not a good thing....

      10 years ago

      MomGamer

      rvb.roosterteeth.com/forum/viewTopic.php?id=725318&page=2

      I really don't want to be obnoxious to this guy so I didn't respond to his posts, but this annoys me deeply. This guy has resurrected five threads in the General Gaming forum alone in the last day.

      Why!?

      If he had something useful to say about the topic, it might be one thing. But his responses are less than helpful. If the topic had suddenly become relevent again, that might be different too. None of that is happening anywhere I can see. Just this guy lamely flopping into the conversation three years too late.

      Would one of Velgoth's friends please educate him on the fine art of looking next to the post number and seeing how long it's been since a given thread was last touched before he strikes again?

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      And before you ask, heck yes I'm grumpy today. My asthma is being a @)%&@ and I had to spend most of last night and this morning at the ER, my younger son is being a dork and not doing his chore (or much of anything else), the email server here at work is being an intermittent harpy, and my officemate the political junkie is listening to talk radio and going off like a flash-bang at intervals because of what someone said in the blogo-sphere or pundito-sphere about the election.

      And to top this off I'm here at work instead of home playing Spore, Infinite Undiscovery, Vesperia, Heavenly Sword, or Uncharted.

    • I survived another PAX....

      10 years ago

      MomGamer

      .... and all I got was about eight awesome t-shirts. ;)

      More notes later. This regular life thing is seriously cutting into my geeking today.

  • Comments (144)

    • Stonesword

      9 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

    • littlebit74

      10 years ago

      Go gamer moms!

    • Stonesword

      10 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

    • Stonesword

      10 years ago

      I just have my sons together now to check them out, but now I have to find where I downloaded them.
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    • Stonesword

      10 years ago

      Just downloading the newest video?

    • Stonesword

      10 years ago

      It's good to see them win something, it was getting pretty desparate for a while..

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    • Stonesword

      10 years ago

      Hey, they have nine now...

      sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/can smiley1.gif

    • Stonesword

      10 years ago

      Caught you on.
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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Just thought it would be amusing.
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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      New journal?
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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      My sons still play Mario Kart 64.

      They will probably eventually get the Wii version

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Back again?
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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Caught you on smiley1.gif

    • nodhawk

      11 years ago

      Hey there long time no see. Hope everything is going good for you.

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      A coworker emailed it to me.

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Dreaming's ok.
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    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      My best story was the day my mom had to have one of her eyes removed. She'd been blind in it due to diabetic retinopathy for close to 20 years, but it just started to degenerate too bad. So they removed it and sent her to stay with a friend with the temporary spacer in (you can't get the final glass eye until the orbit heals). Her friend goes to the store or something and my mom decides to do the dishes for some reason passing understanding.

      So I'm at work and I get this frantic phone call because the spacer fell out into the dish water and she's not sure if she should put it back in or what.


      D'Oh! Well, I can understand after surgery being worried abut what to put near a surgical wound. Best to be cautious. But I can imagine the list of things the surgeon gave her, lol. I have an embarrassing story from the other side of the surgical mask. I had removed an eye from this guy in my residency ... as I recall it was an eye that suffered a severe trauma, and after the eye implant healed etc he went off to the ocularist to have the custom glass shell made. Then like 18 months later he happened to be in the clinic with a relative and he stopped me to say hello, and I said to him, "Wow, the prosthesis is amazing. No one would ever guess it is artificial. It looks as good as your natural eye there."

      It turned out I was looking at the good eye.

      Whoops.

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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      I have a group of people that share stuff like this (jokes/pictures), so usually I do not know where they come from.

    • drdocter

      11 years ago

      thats pretty smart man. how come ive never heard of deviant art before?

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      We had some Japanese guests give us an occasional supply of Pocky

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Merry Christmas
      +1 mod friend day!

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      That was pretty good actually.
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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Right! Margarine that tastes just like butter.

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      "It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature... "


      I forget what that's from, the old "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoon?

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Took me a second to get that.
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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Yeah, just about anything is fun with the right people.

    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      Or you could totally rawk PAX Enforcer Black - HINT! Then you could not only look down your nose at our historically stupid pirate wench from your lofty perch, you could call out your own personal horde of black-clad Tycho's Musketeers to teach her the error of her ways.


      I don't think you can possibly underestimate the terror evoked by my fist. I am the least physically intimidating person there is.

      I can look sort of grim... and am pretty good with sarcasm... but "enforcer"?

      Not so much.

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    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      I've only been as far west as Ottawa.

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Sorry, double post

      Post edited 10/26/07 3:17AM

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      That moutain looks a little bit bigger, though

    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago


      My daughter got in trouble in math class for using the FOIL method to factor a binomial into a polynomial. You remember? First, outer, inner, last. Apparently that's not in fashion anymore. I guess because it frelling works. Unlike the polysyallabic nonsense that was in her book we both spent half an hour trying to figure out.


      Oh I know! Like they don't teach them:

      If A = B, and B=C, then A=C.

      They're supposed to just work these things out by approximating or rounding up from 10 or some such crap. And everyone uses calculators so they can't multiply 7x8. We were watching Apollo 13 and there was that scene where they are figuring out trajectories using slide rules and I pointed that out to my kid and he was in shock. So I bought a slide rule off of eBay. And I made him read Robert Heinlein. Luckily I still have my old Calculus book, if ever someday he gets there.

      I am so annoyed by the namby-pamby approach to teaching these days. One teacher actually apologized to the parents at an open house because she said she was going to deduct poins for incorrect spelling or grammar.

      ?????

      And the "Quest for Health" teacher handed out a sheet which listed "qualifications most sought by employers: 1970 vs today" and 1970 it was writing skills which is now #9 or something. Today it is "works well with others"

      ?????

      Kids today with their rock-and-roll.

      Oy.

      EDIT: I meant to type "points" up there, and not "poins". -1 for misspelling. smiley8.gif

      Post edited 10/12/07 7:28AM

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      I've had a few of those meetings myself. smiley1.gif

    • Stonesword

      11 years ago

      Thanks.

    • zerowing

      11 years ago

      through volt

    • drdocter

      12 years ago

      well, anyway, you should see my new journal.

    • drdocter

      12 years ago

      but thats most likely caused by the way i was raised. and where i come from, see, theres just alot of things lost in translation.

    • drdocter

      12 years ago

      hey, remeber, i said OPTIONAL. that meant that you could answer, or just skip it. like ieven stated, not everyone is as sexualy open as me.

    • Thesentry

      12 years ago

      you know stories about the irish that are more unbelivable than Harry Jolly shooting at the community?

    • Elnea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      12 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up... I won't get the fan. I have to hope that when they send the replacement it will be a bit more resistant to overheating.

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    • Thesentry

      12 years ago

      just because you're a mom who is into gaming I would give you a medal if I had one.......

    • drdocter

      12 years ago

      1. john
      2. because you is teh amesome
      3. three: english, spanish, latin.
      4. mountains of madness, by h.p lovecraft
      5. combat boots
      6. green

    • xnickerx

      12 years ago

      hooray for gaming moms. we are indeed not common...... smiley0.gif

    • drdocter

      12 years ago

      um... my journal. and stuff. go see it.

    • drdocter

      12 years ago

      dude, awesome pic i drew. check my images.

    • JESTER567

      12 years ago

      hi.

    • TigerEye

      12 years ago

      Hi, I read your comment on the 'violence in video games' and thought i'd pop in. I though what you said was inciteful and well though out and wanted to applaud your efforts. Also I wanted to comment on how much it means for a kid to have a parent to play games with. I know children don't take the time to tell their parents what that means to them. I know because my dad is one of those incredible people who plays warcraft with his kids and i don't think i've ever told him just how cool that was and is. It astounds me how few parents take the time to learn to play video games with their kids. Anyway, congrats to you for understanding that childhood is fleeting so you might as well play a game with your kids.

    • drdocter

      12 years ago

      you should see my journal,

    • JESTER567

      12 years ago

      my mom's feelin the smae way. i'm just waitin for Resevoir Dogs the game to come out...gonna be awesome....

    • JESTER567

      12 years ago

      hiya what's goin on?

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