My Mother’s Day Weekend: Strong Like Mom

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My Mother’s Day weekend this year I did nothing. Honestly, I actually forgot about it until it was staring me in the face. I made no plans except to do what I was already planning to do – Grind my Destiny 2 characters in the new Warmind expansion that just came out – and it didn’t help that one of the kids is not feeling well.

My Mother’s Day wasn’t a total bust though. We moms get to spend this day however we want and given that one kid was sick (and still kinda is) I did my own thing. Like old blue eyes said, I did it my way. Mother’s Day doesn’t need to be this elaborate thing. In fact, most of the time I choose to be low key about it. I prefer to spend a quiet day at home or going for a hike. I’m not big on the whole, “Let’s go celebrate” thing.

While some moms choose to spend their Mother’s Day Weekend planning outdoor activities to share with their kids and others choose to spend a day at the spa, I chose to play video games. To add to my game filled Mother’s Day weekend I had finally received my package from Bioware. Their online store was closing so I splurged a bit and ordered a bunch of hoodies and other little things. They came in just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Plus, a Dragon Age Sweat Jacket and Andromeda socks not pictured and my Mother’s Day gift to myself was complete. Despite the weekend being about gaming though I did still spend time with my boys. We had our normal weekend routine where I get one day with Adam and the next with Conner. Adam and I went for a walk and Conner talked me into watching Captain America: Civil War again. Thank God I love those Super Hero movies eh?

But first I have to interrupt this gaming talk…

I do want to take the time to talk about the other part of my blog title, Strong Like Mom. My son Conner says things like that to me every now and then. He sees me as the strongest woman he knows. He admires me for my strength and that is going to go a long with for him in his life. He will become a man who not only sees women as strong individuals but he will value that strength.

Adam is less vocal about this but even he, the teenager, will sometimes point out to me that I am strong. I think this is very important for my sons to learn and to understand as they get older. This has been my goal since they were born. Being raised around men who only see women as property or “less than” I was determined to raise my boys to have a different point of view.

Except that I didn’t really know how to do that. It wasn’t any one thing I did intentionally that set them on this course. This is more about what they have observed in me. Their observational skills of the people in their lives, to determine who others are through observing behavior, is a unique and amazing skill to have. I’m so proud of them.

Now back to our gaming talk…

Gaming with other moms is also a great treat. The best thing about Destiny 2 is that I have met some amazing women. The ages span from early 20’s to 40’s and we have a blast gaming together. I will be posting a YouTube video about my Destiny 2 experience later in the Month but my Mother’s Day weekend wouldn’t have been complete without these ladies to make me laugh my ass off at our crazy antics. Check it out below.

So that was my weekend. How was yours? Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms out there!

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Dragon Age Inquisition: Gettin’ My Gamer Girl On!

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So the past two weeks have been kind of a lazy, yet productive time for me. I got a few personal things done that I needed to get squared away but during this time I really needed to zone out by getting my gamer girl on!

It started out as me thinking of my future YouTube channel and mulling over the different reviews I want to do. Of course one of my first reviews will be my take on Dragon Age: Inquisition. Yeah, I know, for all you gamer geeks out there, I am coming into this a bit late seeing as how the game is almost two years old already and won game of the year.

dragonagegameofyear_rockinrandommomAnywho, So what started out as my attempt to refresh some of my memory of the game so that I can portray an accurate assessment of my opinion, ended up with me geeking out and playing the game for days on end, completely ignoring other things. Being aware of this flaw, I always made sure the things that needed to get done, got done before I started my gaming binge, as I like to call it.

I am lucky, too, that my boys are old enough now that I have a bit more freedom to play but I always make sure my babies are taken care of and on the nights when their dad had them, oh it was on like Donkey Kong baby! I rocked out in my jammies, drinking lots of coffee so that I could stay up as late as my 39 year old body could stand, propped up on my couch with three comfy pillows, only getting up when I needed to use the little girl’s room. This, my friends, is me getting my gamer girl on!

I also had my notepad and pen next to me to write down notes for my review. See, it wasn’t all wasted, ha ha! However, this was more than just me needing to jot down notes and prepare for a review. I needed this time to zone out from the world. I barely got online, with the exception of the occasional ding I would get on my phone when someone sent me a tweet, or check an email or two. Mostly, though, I stayed away from the internet. I even stayed away from Cable TV.

Yes, I have missed the last two episodes of Game of Thrones and three episodes of Outlander. I even missed three or four episodes of Fear the Walking Dead… That’s what DVR is for! I have a lot of catching up to do so no spoilers please! That’s another reason I’ve stayed away from Facebook in particular. I don’t want any spoilers of my favorite TV shows!

As I said earlier though, the past two weeks weren’t all fun and gaming. I finally got my student loan stuff worked out. I am also finally getting rid of my old car because it’s just too broken for me to fix it. There were some housing issues that I had to deal with. On the plus side, I finally got my resume looking pretty good! All is well but I needed a breather.

Back to my game. So, yes I use gaming as a way to escape this world sometimes. It doesn’t happen that often anymore as I have found several other ways to zone out. However, this time I had a date with my characters in Dragon Age: Inquisition. They gave me the solace I needed to help me hit that refresh button on my soul when the world just gets to be a little too much.

In Dragon Age: Inquisiton I can be one of four races – Dalish Elf, human Noble, Qunari Tal Vashoth, Dwarven Carta. Within these classes are races. I can be a warrior, a mage, or a rogue either male or female. I have two of every single character, both male and female! This game allows me to step into a new world where I get to fight dragons, use magical armor and weapons, have a romance (or two), and save the world! Below is the video that I absolutely love and sums up the game perfectly! The band who sings the song is called The Phantoms! If you like this song, be sure to check them out as well!

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