Enthused: let me wow you with my athletic prowess!

Probably the last thing you think when you see me is “athletic prowess”. But I’ll have you know… I played soccer for a full season. Back in seventh grade. And um, yeah, we only won once. But I did surprise my friends in China when we played badminton — apparently my spastic reactions do help some.  And there are at least two touchdowns to my name from my youth group days in high school.  But this has nothing to do with soccer or badminton or parking lot football.

It has everything to do with me apparently dominating on the basketball court.

Thanks to Nintendo, I’m a superstar athlete.  At least virtually.

The ever wonderful folks at Nintendo and Brand About Town invited me, and 29 other ambassador teams, to try out Mario Sports Mix for the Wii.  I was pumped.  And super excited.  And quickly contacted Rebekah to see if she would be my partner.  Sadly though, a trip to visit her was just not in the budget… so I ended up playing solo.   It was just me versus Ilina (of Dirt & Noise) and her husband.

So it was time to practice.

thumb warm ups

Luckily, Nintendo & BAT sent us these awesome sweatbands to get us motivated.  And because, yeah, it was time to kick some butt.

Mario Sports Mix is awesome.  It’s got 4 games — Basketball, volleyball, hockey and dodgeball.  And despite the nervous and tiny middle-schooler in me, I was most excited about dodgeball.  I know, I KNOW.  But at least this time I would actually have balls flying toward me, and I wouldn’t have to rely on cowering in fear in the back until I was inevitably one of the last people standing.  (Why oh why was this my strategy?)  However, Wii dodgeball?  Bring it on.

I tried out the games, realizing that volleyball and hockey weren’t really in the picture for the competition.  In all fairness, I didn’t quite give hockey much of a try.  I blame that on the stage I picked.  Some western junction.  It had a turntable in the middle of the playing area.  Which turned.  AND THEN A TRAIN RAN THROUGH MY GAME.

And volleyball?  I’m going to blame that on playing AGAINST Bowser Jr.  That little guy is a BRAT.  Each player has a special move, and his?  He blobs paint all over the court making you slide around, unable to stand up and get the ball.  But is it oh so awesome when your Mii breaks the screen and gets this killer “oh it’s on” face and does their special move.

So, Ilina, her husband and I decided on Basketball.  I had beaten the computer a couple of times, and was feeling confident.  I even tried playing the computer on “hard”… which well… you can see I barely scraped by playing AI versions of my mom and brother…

Eventually… it was time for the game…

bring it.
bring it.

It was me and Yoshi vs Ilina and her husband!  I’ve got to admit, I was really nervous.  Not only had I not met Ilina before — so I had NO CLUE if she or her husband were avid gamers or not — but I was going to be playing 2-on-1.  But there was no going back now.

action shot! taken during the game.

Well, I think we were all in for a little surprise.  It’s hard to sound humble, or be humble, when you are completely dominating.  (Maybe I’m too used to Rachel COMPLETELY PWNING MY ASS in Mario Kart, that I didn’t realize I was kinda good at this stuff…)  I never thought I would have loved a basketball game so much, and that’s not just because I was winning.   Game play is relatively simple.  I used a nunchuck, but you don’t have to.  It’s a lot of running around, shaking the remote and pressing A.  Or at times, pressing as many random buttons and shaking the Wiimote as much as you can as soon as you are close to the goal.  There still is some strategy.  Setting up combos, passing to your partner (and if you’re playing 1-player, then you can change characters — a very helpful thing).  But yes, there I was… rocking out on the court like I was Lebron or something.

I WON. 56-9.

I’ve got to completely thank Ilina and her husband for a fun night.  Before we could play another game, her boys had the Wiimotes and my 10-year-old sister was itching to play as well.  It was a fun time, and I’m looking forward to meeting Ilina at a future (super awesome) Nintendo event.

I’ve also got to thank Brand About Town and Nintendo for this awesome opportunity.  This game is a lot of fun.  I’m looking forward to more games — so if you want to play, send me your friend code!  I’m curious to see if more than two people can connect online to play (*ahem* Rachel & Jenn)…  But yeah, gotta thank them for the uber fun night… plus, what I am now dubbing my lucky socks:

As a Brand Ambassador, Nintendo & Brand About Town occasionally send me free stuff, like this game.  However, the opinions above are my own and in absolutely no way influenced by either Nintendo or BAT.

Enthused? Try Elated.

Remember how I said my Saturday night was going to be amazing?  Well, it was.

When Rachel asked me to co-host a Nintendo Wii Fit Plus party I: squealed, giggled, did a little dance, then said YES.  I have had only one other Nintendo Enthusiast experience — an absolutely amazing dinner during BlogHer that I am still ever so grateful to have been a part of.  However, after meeting the Brand About Town ladies at BlogHer who wouldn’t want to take part in anything they’ve got a hand in?

Anyway.  Time flew and before I knew it, the day had come for Rachel, myself, the awesome folks from the Nintendo Wii Fit Plus team, and a great group of lovely ladies to gather for a super evening.

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Look! My name’s on a sign!

We learned about the features of the Wii Fit Plus — customizing my routine? Thank you!  The new games? Sweet.  Multi-player? Bring it.  Profiles for my kitties? I love you.  After doing a customized routine we were set loose — each of us at our own station.  We played games, tried different yoga poses, snacked on yummy things (their fruit smoothies — amazing!) and had some wine…

I could do this every day.  Gather with awesome friends in a swanky studio in the West Loop, actually enjoy getting fit? Yes please!  The evening did have to end though, and thanks to Brand About Town and Nintendo, we all left with our own Wii Fit Plus and fabulous Wii Fit Plus jackets!

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Learning some basic yoga techniques

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check out my awesome pose, and tights

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Erin enjoying the routines!

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Leah doing what I like to call “Math Butt Bump”

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Leah’s cousin Karina navigating the Segway course

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Rachel and I

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Modeling our jackets

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A handful of the lovely ladies in our new jackets!

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Thank you Nintendo & Brand About Town!

Again, a big thanks to all the ladies who came out!  It was a blast meeting new Chicago gals and hanging out with some of my great friends!  Can’t wait to hear about your experience with the Wii Fit Plus!


Today was Day 3 of my Wii Fit Plus routine.  I love it.  I can tell I’m getting better to since yesterday my Wii Fit age was 33 and now it’s 20.  Who rocks? Oh yea, that’d be me.

what do I wear?!

Tonight is going to be awesome.

I’ll post more about it either tomorrow or Monday… but tonight is going to be awesome.

Rachel and I, along with Nintendo and Brand About Town, are hosting a WiiFit Plus party tonight.

I’m beyond excited.  Even if it means sharing my weight and BMI with a room full of women.  (They’ll be doing it too.)

However… What do I wear?!?!

hold up, did yesterday actually happen?

Okay, so I know yesterday was 09-09-09…. but did that account for the awesomeness yesterday, or did yesterday just rock?

1. Beatles Rock Band came out. I almost feel like I’ve been raised on the Beatles.  My mom has been a fan for ages (hell, that’s her generation.. ish), so being a small child and having Beatles paraphernalia around the house was nothing unusual.  Beatles mugs, throw blankets, sheet music, VHS movies… Soon it turned into figurines, a music box figurine, a Linda McCartney photograph, and numerous tshirts.  Oh course we had a lot of the albums on CD too, and I started getting their movies on DVD for my mom.  Last year? Beatles Monopoly.
So, I can’t afford Beatles Rock Band just yet — and yes, I’d want the complete set, all the guitars and everything.  But I’m hopeful that one day it’ll be in my home.

2. I ate a bacon cupcake. Seriously.  Okay, so it’s a buttermilk spice cupcake with maple syrup infused in it, with a maple buttercream frosting, and caramelized bacon on top.  I’ve seen these at Phoebe’s all summer, and two of my friends had tried them on cupcake dates.  But Lovely and I had steered towards the other ones (mostly the weekly specials).  But I was going on a cupcake date with a dude who’s pretty much obsessed with bacon.  If it came to bacon or sex, I’m not sure which he’d choose.  But yeah.  I ate a bacon cupcake, and it was good.

3. I met another blogger. I had heard little bits about this person, Frank of Frank (Slept Here), via his older sister Rachel.  I didn’t know much about him, other than how to destroy him and um, yeah, this kid likes bacon.  My first interaction with him was one of the weekly Mario Kart games… I seem to remember hitting him with multiple red shells… right before he tried to cross the finish line.  It was kinda awesome.

4. I made out with said blogger.  Hehe.  Um.  Yeah.  Also awesome.

So yeah.  That whole, “I sort of have a little bit of a crush on someone… and I honestly don’t care if it develops into anything” thing, um.. totally lying.  Very happy dinosaur right now.  Frank’s pretty awesome.

I woke up this morning and just sort of pondered over all of that… Did it really just happen?  But well, given the messages in my inbox, I’m sure it did.  And well, if anyone wants to, um, donate, a complete Beatles Rock Band set (or hell, any part of it — beggars can’t be choosers, right?)… You know where to find me… (At Jenn’s playing her copy! or, oh yeah, enjoying some time with a bacon-loving guy…)

we need a moment of your time…

Today I’m posting this message, a very important message, for my friend Rachel. We’re spreading the word and we need your help too.

This is the most important post I have ever written.
I am asking for your help.
I need the help of my regulars, my lurkers, my scanners, my haters.
I need you to help me spread the word.

As many of you know I am heavily involved in the March on DC for LGBTQ equal federal rights. I am involved in the Chicago chapter of Join The Impact, but this March goes further than the borders of Chicagoland. There are LGBTQ needing help, needing support all over the country. This March is for them.

We are not marching for gay marriage, we are not marching to hate on the Bible, we are marching to get federal rights for all of America’s citizens. We are marching so that a person who fights and risks their lives for their country should be able to carry a picture of their partner in the uniform. We are marching so that when a gay man gets beaten and tied to a fence post to die it is considered a hate crime. We are marching so that a good teacher will not lose her job because she loves another woman. We are marching so that a senior citizen can honor the wishes of their partner of 50 years when they get seriously ill and be allowed to stay by their bedside to provide comfort.

Cleve Jones is hoping to have every district in the country represented at Washington DC. To do that we need to get people there. How can you help?

*if you live in the Chicago area or are willing to travel to Chicago you can join me! For $100 (given to JTI Chicago) you can get on a bus Saturday night, march on DC Sunday, be back home early Monday morning. I’m going! We can watch movies, talk, take a million pictures, do some good! What a way to start your fall!

*if you can’t make it but want to help you can donate! See that beautiful yellow paypal button? For the price of a beer or a coffee you can help someone that can’t afford to go, someone that desperately needs to find some support. This money is NOT for me, all money will go to JTI Chicago which they put towards getting people on buses.

*if you can’t spare the funds you can help spread the word! Post this post on your blog. Reference this if you write a post in your own words. Link to it. Tweet about it (#mominreallifefundraiser). Tumblr it. Facebook it. Digg/Stumble/Reddit it. I don’t care what, just keep it going. Be honest, how much work does it take? Let those know out there that you want to help!

Help me help them.


To find out more about the action you can take to help, please visit Rachel’s blog: I’m a Mom in Real Life.

just a mild bit of craziness going on!

So, I was supposed to have this finished and wanted to post this yesterday morning.  But that didn’t happen.  So a lot more has gone on since I started this.  But I’m only going to write this through Friday night and leave Saturday out of this for now.  A lot of stuff has gone on and I’m working through how exactly to write about it all.

I never thought I’d have so much going on now that I’m not working 40-hours a week!  I can really thank BlogHer for almost all of it.  There’s also some other stuff, personal stuff I guess… but yeah.  It’s really hard to believe that I’ve only been out for just a couple days.

Well, here’s a run-down of what’s been going on in just those few days.

  • I went directly from my last day of work to a networking event hosted by Webgrrls.  It was interesting to meet a lot of really talent women (and one man!) and to get some great advice from people who’ve been freelancing for a while.  Not-to-mention meeting another 20sb girl, Rabbit White.
  • I had a little bit of drama.  Some not so happiness, which I guess started early on Wednesday… I’m still dealing with it.
  • Played Mario Kart with Rachel & Jenn (and Rachel’s husband, Dan) rather than going to a huge cocktail party (that had swag).  This game was improved by three-way conference call.  Seriously, so much yelling.  Um.  Needless to say, Rachel owned.
  • Met one of my neighbors.  Well, he’s about a 7-minute walk from my place.  But it was a good visit.
  • I made a good outfit choice for my debut at BlogHer.  Not only did I look good — and get some nice glances (and occasional stares) from guys and gals — but Rebekah was able to recognize my vest thanks to some “WHAT DO I WEAR” tweets.
  • Received SO MUCH free stuffs from the BlogHer sponsors at the expo hall.
  • Had another change in plans for the BlogHer parties…  And I really want to thank Justine from Brand About Town for extending me an invitation to join the Nintendo Enthusiast dinner.  Horse-drawn carriages to take us to the Hancock Building… A great dinner up in the Signature Room on the 95th floor — and even more spectacular views of the city than I could even imagine… I got to spend the evening with my amazing friends and some really awesome other women.  Not to mention a great surprise at the end of the evening.  I am so very grateful for the opportunity to join this event and to be able to stay with my friends that evening rather than going off to parties by myself.  I was so taken aback, that I had tears in my eyes.  Top it off with another carriage ride back to the hotel with my friends.. Perfect evening.