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Back On Schedule…Maybe

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Goodness…it’s been a while!   I was starting to get this nagging feeling that I had abandoned my blog, so I scheduled some time to sit down and actually do a little writing this afternoon.

Once again, I’m doing a little tweaking of my schedule.  Whatever I was doing before really wasn’t working for me.  It became obvious to me because I found myself flat out ignoring my weekly planner and letting quite a few unproductive days pile up.  I mean, a little “unproductivity” is nice when we do it once in a blue moon, but I was starting to make a habit of it.  So, I paid close attention to what was sucking up most of my time and I think I figured out what it was.
I don’t think I’ll even admit to it here because it’s just too darned embarrassing.


Okay, I’ll fess up.

It’s Facebook.

Now, before you all judge, I’ll have you know that I was a virtual hermit for the beginning half of this year.  I was sick in bed for months with mono and I had practically no interaction with anyone other than my teddy bear and my teenager.  (Okay, so I don’t really interact with my teddy bear, but he sat faithfully at the foot of my bed during the mono-months.)  Anyway…when I was finally feeling better this summer, I realized I felt completely out the loop, socially.  Not that I was much of a social butterfly before this, but when we feel good we want to share it with others and I just realized I didn’t have many others to share it with.

So, I dusted off my old Facebook account, which I never really used before and I found tons of old college and high school friends.  It was pretty awesome actually.  I’m not much of a phone talker…which might surprise those who know me because I actually can and do talk.  A lot.  I’m the kind of person who has to leave 2 answering machine messages because I say too much and the machine cuts me off.    LOL   The problem I have with phone conversations is that I also like multi-tasking and when I talk on the phone, I usually can’t get much else done at the same time.  So, I just don’t like talking on the phone very much.

Anyway…back on topic…so, I went on Facebook and now I have a wonderful way to actually stay in touch with friends and family, while still doing other computer tasks at the same time.  Last Saturday, I met up with my old college roommates.  I hadn’t seen them in almost 12 years, but we met up again on Facebook and made the plans and there we were.  Hanging out and reminiscing about old times.  It was so much fun.  :)

So that’s the good stuff.  The stuff that is taking up a little too much of my time are those gosh-darned FB applications.  I think I have mentioned before that I come from a family of gamers.  Competitive gamers.  It doesn’t matter what the game is…we compete.  Facebook has a plethora of games – word games, arcade games, life-simulati0n games…you name it, FB has it.   And, I am beginning to realize that this might be what is messing up my schedule every day.  So sad, I know.  :)

What usually happens is that I usually make some breakfast and as I’m eating it, I’ll log in, check up on friends, respond to wall posts and then visit the games.  That is when 15 minutes turns into an hour.  I could swear that time ceases to run at a normal speed when we are online.  I think we get sucked into some kind of time altering vortex and while the rest of the world is running at normal speed, we are zipping along even faster.  Or something like that.  I think there was a device in the Stargate series that did that.

So I downloaded a little timer for my browser and I have added FB to my To-Do list everyday.  I am actually making it part of my schedule so that it will have a definite beginning and a definite end…instead of it being a filler activity that bleeds into the rest of my daily schedule.  I set the timer, do my little bit o’ socializing and game-playing and then I finish and get back to work.  I should know in a few days it this works or not.  If you don’t hear from me in a month, look for me in the Facebook Time Vortex.

In other news, Meghan may have finally been properly diagnosed for her chronic low-grade fevers, sore throats, headaches.  The doctor thinks it’s a sinus infection.  They gave her amoxicillan back in September for it, but he thinks it never really cleared up completely and it’s been slowly getting worse again for the past 2 months.  So, he put her on Augmentin and we’re hoping this is what she needs to blast those germs into oblivion.    When she’s better, I’ll be taking her to the doctor for her H1N1 flu shot, too.  They actually vaccinated the kids at her school this past Friday, but it sounded like quite an ordeal.  Kids were passing out and I think one of them has a seizure.  I’m not sure what all that was about, but I’m kind of glad Meg was home.  Sounds like it was a little chaotic.  I guess we’ll get more news about what happened when she goes back to school tomorrow.

Everything else is pretty much the same.  I’m slowly saving up my funds for my last 3 college courses.  I think Christmas gifts will consist of lots of homemade items this year.  I’m going to have to get really creative, which actually sounds kind of fun.  I’ve also been taking a peek at some of the leaked Black Friday ads.  I usually just go out on Black Friday to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere – all the holiday shoppers, Christmas music, decorations, etc.  But I think I need to do some bargain shopping this year, so I think I might actually venture out to do some honest-to-goodness Black Friday shopping.  We’ll see if I’m still feeling that brave a few weeks from now.

A Very Subeta Christmas

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So, this is my first Christmas playing Subeta and I am really looking forward to seeing what kind of fun stuff they’ll have for us.  For those who don’t know about it, Subeta is an online virtual pets site.

Just like Neopets?” you ask.
Pshaw! Bite your tongue!

Neopets is (in my honest, humble opinion) the sickest, saddest excuse for a children’s site online.  They hide behind cute pictures and fun games, but the people who work there are mean.  They think everyone is a liar.  They will treat you like a child and find nothing wrong with that.
I don’t think you would believe the story I could tell you about my recent experience with Neopets.
I didn’t feel this way a year ago.  I was a member for almost 6 years.  I joined with my daughter and I mostly kept to myself and just interacted with my family and friends.  It was a fun way to let off some steam between college classes, etc.  I always played fairly and honestly (like I always do on these sites)
I promoted the site, I made lots of NP, I supported them financially and …. and over the course of 2 months last year, I experienced the rudest, coldest treatment I have ever experienced from an online site.

I would never ever allow my child go through that. It was frustrating.  They hold all the cards and they know it and they love to use it.  I’ve personally seen them frustrate some little kids to tears by telling them that they are liars and cheaters when they were not.  It’s so sad when a company becomes so big that they no longer take the time to really make the place a personal, comfortable place to visit.  They allow way too many negative things to go on there…they allow way too many inappropriate things to be said on the boards.  Perhaps one day, I’ll tell the story and I give actually provide quotes and copies of my correspondence with their staff, but it makes me VERY cranky to think about it and I would much rather focus on happier sites.  Like Subeta.

The people who on Subeta are kind.  They are there for fun…not for creating a ruckus or annoying other players or cheating other players.  There in no tolerance for nonsense on Subeta.  The main goal is to keep the fun site…fun!  I am amazed at how many people on this site actually came from Neopets after they, too, were wronged by them.   We know the staff by name on Subeta.  We know the owner and creator of Subeta.  (Keith!!) They players get to know each other and we work very hard to make it a nice place to visit.
Luffles to Subeta! XOXOXO
I know it’s just a little online gaming site, but it’s really nice to have a place that doesn’t stress me out.

Thus ends my little talk about Subeta.  Go visit.  Join now.  Be nice to others…and say hi to me – my username is Jenflower.


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For those of you who like little virtual communities, you might want to take a peek at
It looks like they are still in the beginning stages, but the creators are active and seem to be adding news and features on a monthly/bi-monthly basis.


Neopets – to be young again.

Posted by Jen in Gaming, Parenting |

Being a mom. Well there are some days when I feel as though I am growing from the experience. I feel as though motherhood helps mature me. Then other days….it’s more like I’m going through my second childhood. Meg has been playing on a web site called Neopets. You adopt up to four unique little pets and then you feed them, play games with them, battle with them…etc.
She asked me to give a try and now I find myself logging on once a day to take care of my little Neopets.
It’s fun to have an activity to share with my daughter, but I have to wonder if I am the only mom who finds herself participating in childhood activities (and liking it!)
Oh dear.
I think I need to take a few days to spend with my peers. It’s fun to spend quality time with my daughter and to get down on her level, but there are some days when I would really like to feel 28 again. Motherhood is such an interesting experience!

The Sims

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When I was younger, I used to tell my brothers that when they grew up they had become computer programmers and make me a game called “My Life”. The point of the game is to play a character and live life by going to school, getting a job, getting married, etc. (According to my brothers, that sounded like a terribly boring game)
The old Commodore 64 computer system had a game very similar to what I wanted. The game was called “Alter Ego” – it was text-based, but you played a character from birth to old age and made choices and gained points by the choices you made. These days, I have found myself slightly addicted to another computer game – The Sims. Although it is not exactly what I had wanted when I was younger, it comes pretty close. It’s embarrassing how addicting this game can be. Even my 8-year has fun playing. It’s definitely a “chick game” and it’s “wicked awesome” as my daughter would say. :)