Full Contact Yoga and a Geeky Finalist

Filed Under: Tech/Videos/Video Games

I mentioned I’m doing yoga now and since starting, I’ve missed two days: Saturday and Sunday. But Saturday doesn’t count since Tucker, the kids, my mom and I all went to the local nature center and walked around for three hours or something and I sweated off half of my body weight.

Sunday? Sunday I took off because my muscles need to rest and recuperate. I don’t want to risk an injury. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact I’m a lazy bum.


This morning things were back to normal with the kids.

Oliver trying for some boob. Tucker and me telling Oliver, “NO!” Ollie screaming at us and telling us to, “STOP!!!” Cara stumbling into the living room saying, “I WANT MAH BREAKFAST!” as she sits down in front of couch ready to be served and for the TV to be tuned to PBS.

Tucker went to work. The kids were fed. I checked my email.

I knew the yoga thing was coming and I had been looking forward to it which is odd for me. The girl who has never run a mile in her life. Looking forward to physical activity. Weird.

The kids had already spread my yoga mat out on the rug and were sitting in front of the TV with these looks of anticipation on their faces. Sort of like when they’re about to get a treat of some sort.

On comes the DVD and then they jump me. Really. Two kids – both around thirty pounds – pounced on my ass the second I hit the floor. It was like full contact yoga. If it didn’t exist before, it does now.

My 35 minute yoga workout ended up taking about 45 minutes due to the dislodging of children from appendages and from around my neck. I still got all sweaty and winded but could have done without the random outbursts of “Get off my mat!!!” that were necessary since I didn’t feel like squishing a child.


Notice that Voices of the Year thing over to the right? That’s over there because I made the finalists list at BlogHer for the keynote. In Geeky, no less. heh

I wrote the post when I still worked for b5 in about ten minutes because I had to get something up so I would keep getting paid. I don’t want to link to the post and I wrote it so I’ll just quote it over here in case you want to read it. On a side note, unfortunately my Fight You Must Fight post didn’t get chosen as a finalist. I still feel it’s something some people need to hear but I guess it wasn’t right for this kind of venue.

I was really first bitten by the “gaming bug” when I was in high school.

My first love [insert flying doves and shit here] was a huge gaming nerd who was in love with me but whose first love was Lunar: Silver Star Story on the Sega-CD.

Up to that point in my rather dismal gaming life, I had only played the occasional game of Mario Brothers or Duck Hunt and played WAY too much Lion King on the Sega Genesis [DON’T JUDGE ME!].

Since I wanted to keep boyfriend interested in me and I liked spending hours at a stretch in front of the television, I let him talk me into playing Lunar. The boy even loaned me his prized Sega-CD.

Within ten minutes of sitting down with Lunar, I was officially hooked and playing the game quit being so much about pleasing the boyfriend and became about the wonderful story. Lunar was my first experience with an RPG and that is a love obsession that has lasted LONG after the first love was left in the dust.

Before I had kids, I would spend HOURS playing video games.

My usual choice was RPGs though I occasionally dipped into games like StarCraft, have been known to play a round or two of online Call of Duty:4 and have a tendency to become obsessive about all things Sims franchise related.

While I was at a blogging conference this weekend, I started thinking about what I was going to write for “work” and I realized that I haven’t really played a video game in I don’t know how long. The closest that I’ve come to being immersed in a game was Fallout 3 and before that it was Oblivion but I haven’t played Fallout in a month or two.

I don’t know if life has just gotten in the way or if I’m lacking a game that inspires me but I WANT to love gaming again. Actually, I never stopped loving gaming…I just stopped having something to love. I want to get back that feeling that I had with Lunar where I cried near the end – the game moved me THAT much. There was a time when I could listen to one of the themes from Lunar and it would take me back so strongly to playing that game that I would get emotional all over again.

Where is THAT game?

Right now, I don’t care about co-op. I don’t care about any online components or DLC. I want a story that connects with me. A story that grabs me by the shirt and makes me want to spend hours on it. That makes me miss it like a far off friend once I’m done with it.

I hope that game is out there because I miss gaming.

And now, I shall go shower. I’m fairly certain I have Honey Nut Cheerios in my hair from the full contact yoga earlier.



  1. I feel ya on the kids thing. This is why I shell out for a gym membership, it hurts the pocketbook, but man does it keep me sane. That said, I’ve ventured back into USING said membership and I kind of feel human again. Sick as it is, I missed the gym or maybe I just missed being able to be left alone for 45 minutes.

    Congrats on the Voices of the Year, even if it wasn’t your favorite post ever.

    • That whole thing made me sound like the winiest bitch, ever didn’t it? Blah.

      Not the day to be replying to comments. Can you tell?


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