The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

About Me

I play a lot of computer games.  Ever since Free Cell.  Not too many people know this about me. Only the Facebook contacts who play Bejewelled and Farm Heroes Saga and the like.  And my niece and nephew who called Civilization III “The Lame Game.”  (I forgive them.)

I play too much.  My dentist has noted that my teeth look well-worn – do I grind them in my sleep? he asked. Uh, well… no.  I seek chiropractic and massage therapies for the aches and pains in my arm, neck, and hip.  Granted I’ve had several bona fide injuries over the years from horseback riding and a whiplash accident, but…

More than the physical harm, there is the shameful realization of the time wasted.  The tally of hours spent flipping cards in a solitaire deck, leading my troops to battle, and reigning supreme over the Zombies, is way too big.  Much, MUCH too big.  Bigger than big.

I consider myself a writer.  But I don’t have much to show for it.  One of my profs told me that my work is good, and should be published.  Another friend suggested that I write.

It’s time to put “inactions” into words.

For more information… will take you to a more descriptive, well, description of who I am and what I’m about.  This is an album of photos.  The zombie stays at the head of this “About Me” page until the time the game is erased from my computer.  I hereby declare it!

If you have been blogging for any length of time, you will have no doubt encountered awards and accolades. They are fun and a great boost to the ego. But… well, read this page to find out why I’ve decided to make mine an award-free zone.

Postscript February 22, 2014. I’m in a quandary about where this blog is heading. You can read all about it, here. Further musing in April led to this post: I blog to read. It’s all about reading, ‘riting, and responding.

 

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130 replies

  1. Civ is by no means “the lame game.” I rarely play it anymore though. It’s one of those games where a few minutes turns into an hour turns into three. I’d have to make sure I’d get a babysitter.

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    • Hi Janna! – oh, you can imagine the hairy eyeball I’d give the kids. Loved that game. I don’t play it anymore either, mostly because of an upgrade in computer hardware. Now it’s Plants Vs. Zombies. Thanks for your message. I look forward to reading more of your work! Ciao.

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  2. Girlfriend, the stories I could tell of wasted time… oh, wait I have. I started way back… way way back… probably before you were born… with PacMan… and Pong before that. (Have I mentioned, I’m old?) Can’t wait to explore your blog. :>

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  3. Best About Me photo ever. Must follow this blog title. It has the word “zombies” in it.

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  4. Maggie, thanks for visiting my site and choosing to follow along. Obsessions. I understand.

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  5. When I clicked on this page this wasn’t what I was expecting. I love starting my days with something unexpected. And Zombies!

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  6. I don’t play games online, I love The Walking Dead, and thanks for the follow!

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  7. I’ve enjoyed my visit here and look forward to following your posts. Also – thanks for visiting my blog , commenting, and following! I really appreciate it. 😀

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  8. Thank you for your dedicated consumption of the posts on my blog and the decision to follow! I’m not crazy about the zombie digesting your brains, but how could I not follow you now, and not urge you onwards? Write (and maybe change your illustration?) — and you shall be read! That’s how it works. 🙂 262 followers? You’re doing fine already!

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    • I know [sheepish grin]. It’s such a cornball illustration, but it’s a form of penance until I outgrow the bad habit of playing computer games so much. (Notice the qualifier there?) Thanks for the follow, Nina!

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  9. Civ is a great game!! I play it quite a bit while watching TV. Lots of other games too. They don’t do much for my physical activity but I’m convinced they keep my brain and reactions sharp. (I play action-adventure, RPGs, and FPSs.)

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  10. You are one prolific lady. Your posts are always interesting, and because you post so frequently, that is a pain in the rear. Who has the time to keep up, darn you?
    Then you have to go and read everything I’ve written, and read all of ’em in an hour, just to show me up. Okay, already. I’ll brush up on my Evelyn Wood…

    (Seriously, thank you. How flattering! Thank you, thank you!)

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    • You are most welcome, and your blog should have more readers. You are a firecracker. Sorry about the pain in the rear thing. I’m a noob and still caught up in the honeymoon phase of the blogmobile. Now, to give you some relief, please note that I started to read your blog a month ago, or so, after Michelle from the Green Study mentioned you. I like to read chronologically, so that I don’t miss any detail. I’m kinda lowercase ocd that way.

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      • re: firecracker–golly–thank you! this cracker does show pattern of burning out and going silent for long periods. re: more readers–silent periods don’t help, but–I don’t know why I have many 2-hit days. It is discouraging to see spanking-new blogs out writing “Hi world! Here’s what I had for breakfast! Oh–and I got 12 new followers today! Isn’t that NEAT!”. Guess I just ain’t favored cup of tea for most. Glad to be a flavor you like.

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  11. People are so different from one another. I suppose that’s what makes life on this one planet with billions of other people interesting. We are free spirits. I’ve been involved with the personal computer when they were invented and started being sold back in 1978. I owned the first IBM PC running DOS 1.0.

    I never could become interested in computer games. I suppose my creative, artistic side couldn’t cope with the brain numbing repetitive nature of Space Invaders. That was over 30 years ago now and I don’t have a single game on my computer. To each his/her own.

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  12. Played so many I’ve lost count. But blogging has put paid to them. Score! 🙂 x

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  13. Hi Maggie, I guess you could be the person that I confess to that I’m on level 357 on Candy Crush. My daughter says that it’s nothing to be proud of, but I feel like you might understand my need to beat the darn game!! My Bejeweled skills are right up there, too!

    Thanks for following me and visiting my blog. I’ve just followed you, too, so maybe we can share some time-wasting computer gaming hints from time to time! 🙂 Have a great day!

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    • Well, hello and thanks for such a lovely comment! I have given up on Candy Crush. I’m stuck on 207. Instead, I kill time on Bejeweled and Papa Pear and Farm Saga. I am far, far from ready to close the door on the games. I look forward to reading more about your journey, and I thank you for joining mine! 😀

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  14. thanks for the follow, Maggie. One of my favorite games was Little Computer People on the Commodore 64. Yes, old as dirt but I loved making that little guy smile! 🙂

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  15. Hi Maggie and thanks for visiting and following my blog. I only play Candy Crush on an iPad when I am bored or hit the writer’s block wall, but my husband loves Solitaire on the PC. He’s addicted when he has time to sit down and play it.

    I love the Zombies theme, and look forward to reading more of your blog. I will be reading. 🙂

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  16. Hope “wild” in a good way!

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  17. Thank you for liking a recent post of mine. I will admit to being a computer game addict myself. Love, Love, Love them and I would be happy to play all day!!

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  18. Hi Maggie! Thanks for reading and responding to my blog. I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Reader Membership Award. If you don’t have time, I completely understand. 🙂

    http://goinroguedotnet.com/2014/04/08/thank-you-coach-muller/

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  19. Thanks so much, Anna! I appreciate the thought.

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  20. I think adequate therapy could be The Longest Journey, or Syberia even. (Come to the other side! There’s Inventory!) Well, that’s MY therapy, anyway. Your writing style is very much like my own. Shockingly so. Must say, I like your style.

    (Does that make me a narcissist?)

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  21. Love your blog, you’re definitely a writer!

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  22. You’re funny. So… I don’t really know if this is your kind of thing, but I have become a fan of you and your page so I decided to nominate you for a Liebster Award… Check it out on my page at tamzentemple.com.au where I have shared a link to your page.thanks.

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  23. Hi from one Maggie to another. I used to play Candy Crush but got stuck in the 100’s my son was nearly up to 400. At the moment, I’m hooked on Pearl’s Perils which is a Hidden Object game with mini games In between and a jigsaw every day. Thank goodness I didn’t have access to computers when I was young. The first computer my children had was a Commodore 64 ( I still have it in the shed) and my favourite game was trying to land a plane by bombing the high rise buildings. We also had the old tennis games, so simple compared to the sophiscated ones today. I was born just before the war so didn’t have access to vouchers though I do remember taking bottles back to get money.

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    • Hi Maggie! Delighted to read your comment! I think that I share the same sentiment about not having access to computers when I was a girl. TV was addictive enough with cartoons and game shows. Dad used to come into the living room and snap of the set and say, “Go outside and get the stink blown off you!” In a nice way. But firm.

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  24. It’s so nice to meet another soul that has interacted with zombies. The zombie apocolypse is upon us. I believe it started in Washington D.C. and spread from there. Apparently they eat your brain the moment you attend your first session in the Congress or Senate, and it’s all down hill from there. In the mean time, I enjoy your blog. 🙂

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  25. Thanks for the follow – looking forward to the stuff that spills out from your brains.

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  26. Just want to say thank you for the follow. Hope you are entertained. I much agree. Only my obsession is to do the laundry, clean house, paint the porch, mow the lawn, etc. The etc. stands for anything but writing. Seems to work since the writing doesn’t always get done.

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    • Hi Don! Thank you for your follow. I appreciate your industrious nature. Those household maintenance things need doing. But I do understand how when you sit at the computer terminal and suddenly notice the dust that has accumulated on the monitor and before you know it, you are in a flurry of emergency wipe-downs. Happy blogging!

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  27. Brain? Lol. The ones I know usually grabs the hands or feet right away.
    I guess yours must be some considerate zombies.
    At least we can’t be seeing them doing it that way. 😀

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  28. Hi, Maggie! You were kind enough to follow my blog today – glad you found something there that you liked well enough to sign on 🙂 So, I came over here to visit you, and I am just loving what I am reading — and I haven’t even gotten off your terrific about me page 🙂 If the rest of your blog is anything like this page, then I’m going to have a blast reading everything.. Sign me up. I’m on board!

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    • Howdy Stacy! What a wonderful thing to read, thanks! I came your way via another chap I follow – he had submitted a before and after shot for your Friday After-Before Friday Forum. Thought I’d check it out. Might have something to contribute from my mineral photography. I’m a notch above novice and a rank, with a capital BOTTOM RUNG, amateur in the photography biz, so I may lurk for a while.

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      • Ha! I’m fairly new to photography myself, but it’s amazing what post-processing can do to otherwise less-than-stellar photos 🙂 Seriously, so glad you stopped by, and lurk away — we’ll be ready whenever you are!

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  29. Thanks for the follow! I absolutely love the title of your blog. It is totally irresistible to click on a blog with “zombies” in the title bar. 🙂

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    • Hey, thank you for YOUR follow, too.

      I have my interview speech all ready for the day when someone from WordPress asks me how I chose the title for my blog. Yes, it’s partly because I want to tear myself away from playing computer games that feature zombies, but it’s also the “flavour of the month”. (It’s been a very long month) Let’s face it, The Lego ate My Brains doesn’t have quite the same zip, now, does it?

      Happy blogging!

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  30. Maggie I passed along an award. I know you probably don’t do them. But it was an award for giving thanks to readers so relax…it’s just a thank you. 🙂 don’t worry about all the rules.

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  31. Well, I can see lots of reading ahead for me, here. I love the way you have organized your blog and the huge dollop of humor. Now off to read more about you, look at photos and confirm my similar decision not to seek or bestow awards. 🙂

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  32. Shoot me an email if you’re interested in guest authoring. =)

    My username (as one word, at gmail).

    Diana

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  33. Thanks for liking “From God’s Mouth to Daddy’s Ear”. Have you ever had the pleasure of living with a domineering man?

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  34. A long way down to get to Your Thoughts! I’ll go back to read all 100+ comments. But first, I’ve got to tell you I love Zombies and your Zombie Guy! Thank you for visiting my blog site. Notice the Zombies Sell post! Look forward to reading more about you and your writing!

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  35. In all honesty, because I keep going from one browser to another, one tab to another, one site to another, I dunno anymore how i got to your page. That said, I’m glad I found your page. Haven’t really read any posts yet, but this About Me page already won me. Actually, you had me at “zombie,” he he. You would have liked my posts last year when the whole office “became” zombies and plants, he he…

    I’ll be stalking–er–FOLLOW-ing you!

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  36. I too….am a victim of “Plants vs Zombies”
    I too…hate the disco zombies.

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  37. An award for you!
    I know you’re a lot busier lately, and you may not want to do this, but I do want you to know that I enjoy your blog, and its variety of topics. I learn a lot from you 🙂
    http://jolenemottern.com/2015/03/12/creative-blog-award/

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  38. Maggie, I came across your blog through Victo’s. It seems that we have some of the same frustrations when it comes to healthcare, although I am not in Canada. I enjoyed reading through many of your posts so far, and your title is wonderful. Such a great excuse for the loss of brain cells. I may have to borrow the zombie concept when I have those moments of forgetfulness. I look forward to reading more.
    Deb

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  39. I love the title of your blog. At least they didn’t eat your sense of humor. 🙂

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  40. I think we’re all in a quandary about where our blogs are going! Looks like you’re doing just fine!

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  41. So fun to see your references to Civ III here (as Civ VI has recently rolled out). I just saw your insightful comment of Ally’s blog and had to come over to say hi.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’d love to stick around for awhile. This feels like a fun new addition to my daily WordPress reading routine.

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