Me, Myself, and the Voices in My Head

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Survived another sleepover!

Why is it when Youngest Son has a friend or friends over to spend the night I’m the one completely exhausted the next day?  It’s not like I’m up watching movies at 2:30 a.m. or trying to finish the last slices of the jalapeno pizza they ordered on a whim!

Fortunately, Youngest Son’s friend (to whom he was going to introduce the game Warhammer 40K) enjoyed it very much.  I loaned him some of my army since he wants to play the same one I have and he picked up the rules very quickly.  They played for over 3 hours and then started another game this morning.  We all then went out-of-town to the closest gaming store and Youngest Son’s friend had left-over birthday money that he used to purchase some figures so he can start his own army.  We even bought him a really cool figure that was already put together and painted that he saw and liked (and it wasn’t too expensive) and gave it to him as a belated birthday gift.  After having lunch and a running a few more errands, we came back to the house and Youngest Son began teaching his friend how to assemble the figures.  They got two done in the short time they had left and they’re both looking forward to the time after school gets out for the summer when they can spend more time together assembling, painting, and playing with the figures and ships for their respective armies.  I’m very, very thankful Youngest Son has friends here.  We were worried that it would be hard for him to make friends since we’re “not from ’round here” but he’s fitting in with a pretty good group.

Well, this is going to be short ’cause in an hour Syfy is going to be showing the new “Treasure Island” with Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland.  DEFINITELY want to see it!!

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Sleepover time again!

Just a quick post ’cause I’m trying to get things ready for tonight/tomorrow.  Youngest Son is having a friend over for the evening and to spend the day with tomorrow.  He attended his friend’s birthday party last weekend and bought him a present that has had the friend fascinated all week.

Husband, Youngest Son, and I enjoy playing the miniatures game Warhammer 4000 (also known as Warhammer 40K).  It’s a fun strategy/tactics game played with miniature figures and vehicles on a tabletop that you “decorate” with obstacles and terrain to make it look like you’re “invading” another world.  Husband plays the Space Marines — humans, and has his battle suits painted with the 35th Infantry Division patch on them.  Youngest Son plays the Eldar — an alien race that is very powerful and has a special character called an Avatar that can basically walk-through the playing area “killing” anything in its path.  I play the Tau — an alien race somewhat based on the Samurai/Bushido code where they believe everything is “for the greater good” and use highly specialized weapons that don’t require the soldiers to be close enough for hand-to-hand combat (VERY long-range weapons).  Youngest Son’s friend was looking at different types of characters and picked the Tau as well.  The gift Youngest Son gave him was the Codex for the Tau — a book published by Games Workshop (the publishers of the game system and who make ginormous sums of money on the expensive figures, paints, books, and accessories to play the game) which explains who the Tau are, what they do, how they fight, what they believe in, and then specifics on each type of character and the weapons, vehicles, and other accessories they can use during the game.

In the game, teams or individual armies face-off on large tabletops and roll dice to determine if they can move and/or attack and must remain in-range of other persons/items/equipment, if required, and everything is based on whatever you roll on the dice required for the type of movement or attack you’re attempting and a chart in the book that tells you if you’re successful or not.  Simple, huh?

Yeah, I’m still trying to learn it all and this game has been out since the 1990s and Husband used to play it a LOT back then.  I never got involved with it and probably wouldn’t be now except that Husband lucked-out on an entire Tau army with additional personnel, vehicles, and lots of extras that had the whole set been sold at a gaming store or online would have cost over $400, easily.  He found it at a thrift shop for $18.  For that low of a price, how could I resist?  Plus, if I ever get tired of it, I can sell-off the items for the going rate and definitely more than double my money!  That is, if Youngest Son doesn’t try to get them — he keeps asking me if I want to trade armies with him.  He just doesn’t like it because my basic strategic move is to set-up my armies at the far corner of the table and shoot at everyone from there because I have weapons that have a range of 36-inches and most tables aren’t that big.  That means, almost no matter what I roll, I’ll hit them.

So Youngest Son and his friend are going to attempt to play the game tonight since his friend is really, really desperate to see how it all works.  I told him I’d loan him a few figures to play with so he can get the idea.  Then tomorrow when we go out-of-town to get the huge bags of dog food I need for Celeste and Harley and to take Husband for an early birthday lunch, we’re going to swing by the gaming store so that his friend can spend some of his birthday money if he wants to on an army (or parts of one).  Then the two boys will be able to play each other at their houses once school is over and might be able to enter some of the tournaments at the gaming store during summer vacation.

I’ve tied the voices in my head to the back of my skull for the day.  I’m not in a manic mode today and I’m holding well on keeping myself out of falling into the depressive side.  I’m sure they’ll get free and the story will continue again sooner-or-later, but for now I have to decide which figures I’ll let the kiddo borrow for the evening.  Fortunately, my metal figures (which they no longer make) are really too powerful (and expensive) for a beginner and he can use my plastic figures (which are easy to repair if one should accidentally fall off the table and break).

And, yes, May the 4th be with you!

Youngest Son: Unplugged

Teenagers.  They think they know it all.  They think that they’re the first person to ever think of or do something in the history of everything.  They believe they’re invincible, physically and emotionally, and that they can do what they want, when they want, how they want, and that parents will never know the difference.

Where have I heard this before?  Oh….that’s right!  I posted about how Youngest Son tried to abuse his Facebook privileges and posted items that were not appropriate.  And that post was only two days ago!  And guess what?  He tries to pull another stunt like I won’t punish him twice in a week.

Today I allowed him to look at his Facebook page while I monitored everything he viewed.  I only allowed him 15 minutes of time online because he’s still on my naughty list for the previous infraction.  Today, however, he did use common sense and didn’t repost items from his friends and even avoided watching videos some had posted because he knows that the house rules say he’s not allowed to open documents or watch videos without prior permission (because of the possibility of viruses, etc.).

This evening, he went into where the family computer is and asked Husband if he could look at his Facebook page.  Husband was in the process of signing-in to a website and told him that he (Youngest Son) could not look at his Facebook page at that time because he (Husband) was using the computer.  Youngest Son stomped into the living room where I was watching television.  I had not heard anything from the other room and asked why he was so upset.  He told me that Husband had stated that he (Husband) would never supervise him while he looks at his Facebook page and was upset about it.

I went into the other room and asked Husband why he wouldn’t share the responsibility of supervising Youngest Son on the computer.  Husband said that he didn’t say that and called Youngest Son into the room.  Finally, I got to the truth — that Youngest Son had lied to me in order to try to get me to make Husband let him (Youngest Son) use the computer.

Wrong move.

My kids have known all their lives that one of the worst things to do is to try to play Husband and myself against each other.  Asking for permission from one and getting rejected and running to the other to ask the same question hoping for a different answer is not allowed.  And getting caught doing it, well, that’s just going to make any punishment worse.

So, tonight I decided that Youngest Son needs a good example of just how much he won’t die without Facebook.  Or the Internet as a whole.  Or his cell phone.  Or any other electronic devices.

That’s right.  I’ve unplugged a 13-year-old, much to his disappointment, and he can now learn for the rest of this week and all of next week (into the weekend as well) what it was like when his father and I didn’t have video games or text messaging or television (except when the news was on when our parents watched it).  Nothing electronic will be allowed.  Not even small toys that run on button batteries.  He can read, draw, walk the dog — lots of activities that generations of us did before every child seemed born with a Nintendo DS in their hands.

He’ll only be allowed to have his cell phone when we leave home (in case of emergencies) and when he’s at school (for emergencies only as well).  No portable game systems.  No console game systems.  No MP3 players.  He can use his calculator for math class but he won’t because he doesn’t need it.  And he can listen to the radio when he’s going to bed because he’s got the same problem I have — if it’s too quiet when trying to go to sleep, sleep never comes.

And Husband and I won’t be punishing ourselves through this.  We can use all of the electronics we want.  We can watch the only television in the house when we want (he’ll just have to go to his room).  And we can play all the video games we want, even though we won’t.  I’ve always hated it when trying to punish a child and ending up being on the receiving end of the same punishment (no television, etc.).  Now he’ll have to deal with hearing us going on with our lives while he contemplates the error of his ways.

Hopefully he will learn from this, even though it does give me an easy topic to blog about when nothing else happens during the day.

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