Geeking Out

Being the wife of a closet computer geek, as well as the mother of two boys, video games are ever-present at my house. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up playing Nintendo in its’ various forms, and have been known to play the Legend of Zelda for an hour…or five…but whatever. However, my guys take to video gaming the way other boys do to sports. They play video games, they talk about video games and they reference video games so often it’s like we have our own secret language.

As for me, my video game time has certainly declined over the years. I’m a working mom, and I have more important things to do…like cooking, cleaning, brushing my teeth and finding time to beat back my sentient laundry pile.

But then came the iPhone…oh, how I love my iPhone. It has all kind of nifty games, and they are great for waiting in line, which is something I’ve never been very good at. My handy-dandy iPhone has saved me from going batty at the doctor’s office and the dreaded DMV. After chastising my husband for a year that he needed to put the dang phone down, I have now become just as attached to my phone as he was…a fact about which he loves to remind me…the booger. Ok, not really, because he definitely has a point, and turn-about is fair play.

If having my addiction-inducing iPhone was not enough, my kids introduced me to the most ridiculous game ever: Plants Versus Zombies.

This entire game is based on the premise that cartoon plants must defend your house against cartoon zombies. It’s cute…in a must-be-laced-with-crack-because-it’s-so-addicting kind of way. I confess that, after watching my kids and husband cackle like loons over this computer game, I had to try it. I just hated being left out, and I wanted to know what all the dang fuss was about. But, alas, I didn’t have time to sit in front of the computer…I get enough of that at the office. Then, my boys informed me that I could play it on my iPhone…and that was all she wrote.

If you need me, I’ll be under my desk with a Diet Coke and my phone. Just don’t tell anyone I told you.

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