Monday, June 9, 2008

A Good Wiikend

Every weekend I face a struggle not uncommon to most young adults: Do I spend my time cleaning the apartment, sorting through the heaps of mail on the kitchen table, and doing the laundry? Or do I find a way to waste all 3000 minutes of the weekend?

I always end up picking the latter option, which explains why our kitchen smells like garbage and why a quick walk across the living room turns the bottoms of my feet black with dirt, and decorated with bits of dog hair.

Often I will use the state of things with my pretty new clothes hamper to measure just how well I'm being a grown up. Today, I was too embarrassed to even take a picture to show you. It's lid is propped open with dirty clothes, towels cascade down the side, making their own pile almost as tall as the hamper itself. There's a trail of socks leading away from it, as Seamus will select one sock at a time to put in his mouth, hold it for a while, and then drop it someplace else.

Oh, and here's a little tip for anyone facing the same "to clean or not to clean" dilemma:

Don't get a Wii.

I spent all of Saturday promising myself that I would clean the apartment, and then yesterday morning Devin comes home from Best Buy with a Wii and the Wii Fit. He'd been desperately wanting to buy a Wii since they came out, I think partly because he watched a friend of his lose 50 pounds from playing Wii boxing.

I can see now how that would be possible. The Wii is exhausting. We played from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. My arms and back are sore from Wii tennis.

And Wii Fit is the coolest thing ever. It gives you a fitness assessment and tells you your BMI and how good your natural balance is and runs all of these tests. Then it tells you your real age, based on how healthy you are. I'm 32. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Also, you get to make this little avatar of yourself to play games and to do the workouts on Wii. It's called a Mii. And Miis are just adorable. And after you weigh yourself on Wii Fit, it automatically makes your Mii fatter. So that's neat...

By 9 o'clock last night, we were bored of TV, but too tired to play any more Wii games. This is when I remembered that you can connect to the internet through the Wii, and download old nintendo games.

Cut to me at 9:05, playing Super Mario 3. Did you know that the second you get back into a game that you haven't played since you were a kid, you remember EVERYTHING? Where the hidden 1-UPs are, all of the places where bad guys are about to sneak up on you, every note to every song on every level?

You know, I assumed that after Devin and I got engaged, it would mean a lot of new things for our relationship.

And apparently it meant we'd enter the video game obsessed stage of our lives.

I couldn't be happier.


surviving myself said...

I have three words for you:

Mike Tyson's Punch-out.

Julie_Gong said...

I seriously need to get a Wii. I feel like I'm not wasting enough time.

not lisa said...

Between Wii Guitar Hero and Mario Kart, I never get anything responsible done. My parents even got hooked and bought their own system. I've decided that a nerdy obsession with video games is a family trait and I'm obviously not to blame...?

JenBun said...

I can't take another obsession. I had to get RID of my video game console because I would get too sucked in.

And I STILL need to clean my apartment and do laundry.

Grown-ups? Yeah, someday I might be one of those...

Katelin said...

oh man i seriously want a wii, i don't care if i don't do anything else, at least i can lose 50 lbs boxing right? haha.

Felicia said...

I'll let you know what the sun looks like from time to time because you'll never see it again. The only reason I haven't bought a Wii yet is because I'm too poor. Otherwise I'd be right there with you. And you know you can play with other Mii's across the world through your internet connection??

Anonymous said...

I guess the Wii is also appropriate as an engagement gift! Entertaining blog.

cOm said...

haha... "wii"kend

it's like weekend but with a wii.

oh my god... i will quote you on that!!

love yous!!

Lizzie M said...

I pretty much leave the gaming to my husband, but I do love some old school Mario games--my favorite (I think it was Mario 3??) is the raccoon outfit where he flicks his tail and can it!!

Peter said...

You can download old Nintendo games??

I was not aware of this.

As someone said above, Mike Tyson's Punch-out!

zlionsfan said...

Wii Rock Band.

June 22.

However, if that's the game that pushes you into the abyss, never to be seen again, then it wasn't I who suggested it.

margottobed said...

this scenario sounds too familiar.. i've been meaaanning to get sonic the hedgehog.. i love that shit.

Hollywood Sucker said...

surviving- Funny, I almost downloaded that.

julie- No, you aren't. Plus you can count wii time as workout time.

not lisa- Precisely. Don't blame yourself if you can blame others!

jenbun- You keep changing your pic.

katelin- You should get one. It rocks.

felicia- Yes, I did know that. However, I only know about 1 person and he lives with me so I havent used that feature yet.

whatmenthink- Thanks! And yeah I think I will start giving them as engagement gifts because it forces the couple to spend more time together. They can't leave their house because they are too obsessed with wii.

com- I love getting quoted! Score. xo

lizzie-Yeah mario 3 is the one with the flying racoon. And the frog suit for better underwater swimming. I played for 4 hours last night.

peter- I almost wish I hadnt told you because now you will be sucked into the pit of sloth with me.

zlions- OH MAN! I am so excited.

margot- I loved sonic but the whole time I played I never really knew what I was doing. He was just bouncing and spinning all over the place.