I also rekindled an old addiction. Back in like...'93 or something...BEFORE the internet was invented and I spent my time making up fake identities in chat rooms...all there was to do on the computer was play games. And there weren't that many games, especially in my house. But one game I remember having on the computer was Mahjong. And I don't remember anything about it except that I would play for hours on end.
But then the internet got invented, and then there were chat rooms and email, Facebook and Twitter...and my love for Mahjong got kicked to the curb somewhere along the way. RIP, weird Chinese game.
UNTIL THIS WEEKEND.
Matt and I bought ourselves a new laptop on Cyber Monday and got our little paws on it Saturday morning.
This is the first time in my life I've had to open up/break in/figure out a new computer like a grown up. Normally my dad does it for me. So this seemed intimidating. Luckily, it was a piece of cake. Slash I'm a technological genius (pay no mind to the fact that I needed help downloading something from iTunes last week).
So this new laptop has a touch screen!! It's very exciting. And you can put apps on it! Also exciting. As I was browsing the app store, I noticed that there was a Mahjong app. Happy childhood memories (of hours alone in front of a computer??) flooded me as I excitedly downloaded the app. Ahhhh...Mahjong. This is going to be AWESOME.
AND IT WAS.
After playing one 'beginner' level game to refresh my memory about what the game even was, I quickly advanced to EXPERT games...and dominated them. It was so awesome. I probably played Mahjong for like 20 hours between Saturday and Sunday. But it's okay because IT MAKES YOU SMARTER and it's what old Chinese ladies play. Or at least it's what they're always playing in movies and books, so obviously it must be true.
So to conclude, now I'm not just an old lady with a bad back, I'm a smart old Chinese lady with a bad back. I feel like that's an improvement.
I'm back to work today. It's ambitious, but I felt like I should give it a try. I came prepared, though-- this is a bird's-eye view of the inside of my tote bag.
I'm packing two pillows, my trusty heating pad, and a candle. Ambiance is very important when you have a herniated disc. Or something.
I'm also working on a very important decision I have to make this week. I got my long-awaited 'IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!' email from Starbucks that entitles me to ANYTHING I WANT FOR FREE from their store. WOOO! I've been waiting my whole life for this! Anything! Any size! Any amount of add-ins! The possibilities are endless and I really don't want to screw this up. I feel confident that with all the brain exercising I've done this weekend I'm bound to make a good choice. I just don't know what it'll be yet. So I should probably go play some more Mahjong.