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Grab A d12 And A Chess Board And Game!

March 20th, 2010

Kid2 has decided once again to invent a new game with his friends. This one involved a d12 and a chess board. Rules are as follows:

1) Set up the chess board as normal.

2) Grab your d12.

3) Rolling the die determines the number of spaces your chess piece can move up, diagonally or backwards.

4) If an opponent is in front, diagonally or behind you, you can attack.

5) If an opponent is directly beside you in any direction, you can kill them without having to move at the beginning of your turn.

6) If you are advancing, you can only advance as far as another team piece. Exception is the Knight, which can jump over other pieces as it advances on the board.

Last team standing wins.

So there it is. Pretty simple I think. It may sound like a stupid game to some, however I find it awesome that my 10 year decided to take one of his favourite games (chess), grab a die and create something new with it.

Roger Ebert Tweets Out Of His Ass

March 2nd, 2010

There seems to be a lot of things in this world that get me fired up. When I try and put one word that seems to link all of these seemingly different issues that cause me to rant quicker than c, that word would be ignorance. Being a nerd/geek/gamer, I face a lot of it. The entire community does and it really chaps my behind to put it nicely. I’m happy to report that my children do not seem to face the same sort of discrimination as my generation does and even worse, the generations before mine. However it still exists and it really needs to end, especially when this ignorance and discrimination comes from main stream media sources. If what is said was being said about Blacks, Jews, women, gays, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims (insert any other group that has a tendency to be largely discriminated against), the outcry would be deafening. So why are people like Roger Ebert allowed to continuously perpetuate a very negative stereotype regarding this topic. Case in point, his latest tweet:

You know what, I will be the first to admit that as a group of people, we can be an odd bunch. We like to argue the minutia of pretty much any subject that is the object of our obsessions and compulsions. We like to dress up in funny costumes and attend conventions where we unleash our geekiosity upon an unwitting city. We are a very passionate bunch of people and we will allow our passions to be spilled upon any poor unsuspecting person if given the opportunity. We may not always be the most socially graceful people but we have heart and we care deeply. We are willing to stand behind our beliefs despite rampant criticism from our peers.

But I want you to think about that for one minute. How are we any different from the “jocks” who attend their favourite sporting event dressed in team colours and faces painted, screaming and hollering from the stands? How are we any different than that same group of people spending hours debating over the merits of The White Sox vs. The Yankees? How are we any different than any group of people who attend any event in support of whatever it is that gives them that boost of adrenaline.

Ebert made mention of messy pigs. Have you looked into a frat house or looked in the home of the bachelor jock with their beer cans, pizza and take-out boxes, piles of clothes and miscellaneous debris all over the place? The geeks/nerds I know are way more obsessed with order and cleanliness that any other group of people I know. Maybe their gaming areas are not always the tidiest and I know that my desk always looks like it has exploded but I do not know of too many creative types where their creative space is not a complete hazard.

Apparently we smell too. That is a stereotype that really bothers me because again the group that seems to hate us the most (the jocks) have the exact same issue. Especially when it is down to play-off time and they wear their same lucky jersey for weeks on end without washing because it will ruin the luck. And let us not forget about the gross and disgusting play-off beard-o-luck. I have met some pretty stinky gamers in my time. There is no denying that but I will deny that the image of the lone gamer in his/her mother’s basement is far from the norm. It is a very unfortunate negative stereotype.

And now for screaming at the PC. Are you trying to tell me that is not a common occurrence? Because let me tell you something, it is no different than the testosterone-filled group massed together in the living room or bar, hooting and hollering over every single little thing that happens during their all-worshipful game. Are you trying to tell me that because it is being done in a pack it is more acceptable or are you telling me that because it is coming from the “cool kids” you are willing to overlook this same behavior?

Now let me tell you something about geeks/nerds/gamers. There seems to be a lot of press about violence and us. And the odd occasion that it does happen, it is shameful. But our instances of violence are not nearly as prevalent as one would like to believe. I will admit, we can be huge assholes to each other online. We have been known to troll the internet just waiting for the opportunity to allow our words on the screen to cause someone else to cry. We have been known to rage quit and some are even known to get a sick perverted sense of satisfaction when they know they are the cause of this rage quit.  But I do not think I have ever heard of a group of us destroying a city when our team has lost. I do not think I have ever heard of us ever getting into physical fights with someone in a bar or in our homes while we are drunk and someone says some stupid shit about our team. As a general rule, we are a very non-violent group of people who just like to anonymously run their mouths from time to time. It bothers me that you never hear about the dude who beat up his wife or the kid who went on a shooting rampage after watching a movie, reading a book, looking at a picture, attended or watched a sporting event (many more examples can be put here) but music and gaming seem to be two of life’s awesome things that like to get singled out because of agenda and not because it is the real cause.

I have nothing against jocks. The only reason I am using them here is because that is the group that is stereotypically pitted against the nerds. And this is one stereotype that does have a good basis of fact behind it unlike the stereotypes that people like Roger Ebert like to fart out of their asses and post on Twitter. When the reality is, if it were not for us geeks/nerds/gamers Roger Ebert wouldn’t be able to fart anything onto Twitter again because guess what, we invented the thing! All of these awesome technological things that people use without a second thought (computers, cell phones, social networking, blogs, intertubes, games, technology to create movies which Ebert makes his life from, engines, microchips, television, bridges, buildings, space shuttles, telescopes, sound mixers, etc., etc., etc.,), none of it would be available if it were not for us. Pretty much every job and every single person’s sources of entertainment would not exist if it were not for some geek spending hours dreaming of how to make something work. I think maybe the only exception to this would be painting as it does not require some type of mechanical device to do.

So Mr. Ebert maybe you want to think about that next time you decide to spew ignorance on the internet. We made it possible for you to still have a voice. You should be thanking us for all that we have given you because without us, you would have no way to hand out your venom.

As The Curtain Draws To A Close

December 18th, 2009

I have said before sometimes thank you is not enough. But I am going to try my best to express the flood of thoughts that is going through me at the moment as I prepare for my final Geeky Pleasures radio show tonight.

I was going to do on air thank you however I have been prone to spontaneous eye leakage all day today and I am afraid it will happen tonight while people not only listen, but worse, they watch.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me for the past year and half while I did my thing at Party 934 | 102.5 FM Hudson Valley NY.

Thank you to everyone who not only allowed me to entertain myself but allowed me to entertain you in the process.

Thank you to everyone who has embraced (as one listener put it) my unique brand of geekiness.

Thank you to everyone who laughed at me while I laughed at myself.

Thank you to everyone who supported and allowed me to feel normal at least one day of the week, as normal as a geek/nerd can feel. This is a big one. My radio shows allowed me to have a few hours a week where I could pretend I was doing something productive and meaningful, and I was not living with Lupus (except for the one time I almost fainted during my show). From the bottom of my heart, you will have no idea how much this means to me.

Thank you to all the people behind the scenes who have laughed with me and cried with me while I went through the roller coaster that is my life. Thank you especially to those who just listened. Those that didn’t try to fix it. Those that didn’t try to compare battle wounds. But those who really just listened and allowed me to feel what I was feeling and let it pass when I was ready to let it pass and not when they wanted it to pass. If it were not for your support, I don’t think I would have been able to maintain my normal level of insanity. It would have spiraled into something not as fun.

I hope that sometime (sooner rather than later) I can find a way to make Geeky Pleasures live again in some audio format where we can all come together and geek out in real time with the world. Being able to geek out with people from all over the world in one place and allow the world to listen in is a truly unique and special thing. You are what made it happen. Without your input, without your contributions, without your own unique brand of geekiness it just would not have been as awesome as it was.

Thank you.

So Long, Farwell

December 17th, 2009

Apparently I need to blog about this again as some people seem to have missed the memo. And you know, I think that angers me just a little bit.  Consider this my two week notice to the internet.

Two month ago and without warning due to a lack of funding, I lost a contract that made it possible for me to be online, made this blog possible, made my Geeky Pleasures website possible and made my Geeky Pleasures radio show possible. I am an independent contractor and every single dollar I earn is the difference between keeping a roof over my family’s head and food on the table, and being homeless. The contract was not a huge amount by most people’s standards but it is a devastating amount to my family and me. It is what paid for me to do everything else that you see me do. Because even at the radio station, I am an independent contractor and I did that as a labour of love and not because it made me money. The joys of helping start up a new business venture is that you do not always get paid for the work you do even if it is a legit media outlet.

I would have been offline two month ago if I had not borrowed money (which I still feel sick over as I have never been in debt until now) 1 small design project and a donation that helped pay my bills for this month. And let me tell you, I have hated every moment I have put into all of this ever since. I use to do all of this only for my own amusement. Then people told me that I can’t go offline and they love what I do and it can’t go away etc., etc., etc. Well harm fuzzies does not feed my kids, pay my bills, put a roof over our heads or presents under the Christmas tree. My children do not get to have that part of Christmas this year. If it were not for living in wonderful socialist Canada and the help of a couple of friends and food banks, I would have no food in my cupboards at the moment. If it were not for the fact that I qualify for disability and Canada at least has some decent socialist safety nets, I would be homeless come January 1. I think it would be fair to say that I am resentful at the moment. Not so much at the support and kind words, but at the fact as a result I have become an unpaid, debt laden, dancing monkey.

I even gave people options as to how they could help out if they felt so inclined, if they indeed did really care, and I got nothing but more warm fuzzy words that at the end of the day don’t fix the situation even if they are appreciated.

This past weekend I was able to escape for a few days thanks to a really close friend who decided I needed a change of scenery and I needed to be surrounded by people who really care. He kidnapped me for the weekend and thanks to a visit with another friend, I was able to gain a better perspective on the situation. I told her of something I was doing for someone and she asked, “Are they paying you?” “No”, I replied. Then we got to talking about how people expect me to do all this stuff for them for absolutely nothing. And since we do not live in Gene Roddenberry’s future, I am the one that is getting seriously buggered as a result. Honestly, would you do what I am doing for nothing? Somehow I really doubt it yet you all expect me to do it for nothing and then when I say it is going away, you feel you are entitled to get upset over it. Well you aren’t willing to pay for it so I am no longer willing to provide a service for nothing.

My Geeky Pleasures website hosting is paid up for a couple more month. There is a possibility that I can use my landlord’s internet connection to at least maintain that from time to time. But as for the rest of it, it just is not going to happen as I will have no phone, internet or cable come Jan 1. I am not going to put 40+ hours of my week into what I do with no return except for warm fuzzy feelings from the masses and have my family continue to go without as a result. Maybe sometime in the future the rest of it will be revived but until someone is willing to pay for it to happen, my answer will continue to be “it ends here.” I refuse to be a dancing monkey any longer and have people take advantage of the services I provide.

Happy holidays and have a good 2010.

Because Bills Just Don't Go Away

November 12th, 2009

*sigh* Something I have been doing a lot of lately. I am not going to enjoy writing this post and I honestly wish I didn’t have to. Friends of mine have been pushing me for weeks to write it and I keep saying no but now I really do not have a choice.

I don’t know if people realize this or not but I am self-employed which is a huge YAY. I do not have to get dressed to go to work, I have complete creative freedom over what I do, and when I am going through a Lupus flare, I do not have to worry about losing a job because of my health. Being an independent contractor has a lot of bonuses for me. Especially during seasons such as these ones where my doctor has once again decided that I need to be in reverse quarantine and am not allowed to mingle with the general population in order for me to remain somewhat healthy.

This also comes at a huge drawback. If I lose even one contract, then I am completely screwed financially. And this is what happened a month ago and with no warning. It is a temporary loss due to funding restrictions and the contract will become active again sometime in the future, I just have no idea when. This has hurt my pocket book immensely. And I do not have the luxury to find a temporary “real” job outside of the house because of the severity of my Lupus. So this leaves me in a quandary. And because I really suck at pimping myself out, self-promoting and refuse to use “connections” like many have suggested to me, this leaves me with even less options that I feel comfortable with. Even so it bites me in the ass from time to time, I am not the type of person to do things I am not comfortable with, well that is until now. *sigh*

I have been working so hard on so many different projects lately and most of them are finally starting to pay off in one way or another. I wrote last month that I may be going away again but thanks to a generous offer from a friend, I was given a months reprieve. I was hoping in that time I would finally hear back from some potential sponsors of my Geeky Pleasures site and all would be good. Despite numerous emails asking for an update, I still have not heard back from the one I am most excited about and another one said not at this time but we will keep you in mind for the near future. Well shit that doesn’t really help.

Many friends have been telling me I should put a donate through Paypal button on my site. My reaction has been “I am not comfortable with that and I would feel guilty.” They come back at me with some variation of “But Geeky Pleasures needs to stay around. It can’t disappear. It just can’t.” Even so their sentiment is appreciated, I still get taken a back every time someone messages me or emails me telling me how much they appreciate and enjoy both my website and my radio show.

So because bills just don’t go away and I have two children to feed, I have given in. I have become affiliates with a few companies. This means that my Geeky Pleasures site (which I was hoping to keep ad free) is no longer ad free. From time to time I will posting deals from said companies because in return for placing their ads on my site, I get a commission from any sales. One of these companies is Tiger Direct. Also my affiliates page will be updated as more affiliates are added. Once a week, I will be posting their weekly deals and any other promotions that they send me. The two major drawbacks to this are: I worry I may lose readers over this and I do not get paid immediately for said sales. However, if you are looking to make a purchase for say hardware or software for you computer, games or other such things, I would greatly appreciate you check out my website and go through my affiliates if you are so inclined.

My book is also available for purchase. I posted that news on my Geeky Pleasures site but did not do so here. People have been purchasing it or they tell me they plan on doing so soon. This is awesome and I so appreciate it especially since partial proceeds will be donated to the B.C. Lupus Society where the money will be earmarked for Lupus research and treatment. However, just like the affiliates, I do not get paid for those sales immediately either. There is a hold back. And when I decided to finally finish this book, I never intended to make money from it. The purpose was to raise awareness, fundraising, to get a message out and to leave something for my children. If my only reason for it was to make money, I would have gone through a publisher like I was offered. However, I refused their offer because of the reasons mentioned and self-published which may have been a mistake as people are still leery of self-published books. If you are one of those who have already bought my book or plan to soon, my deepest thanks.

And now finally, I am now accepting donations on my Geeky Pleasures site. This decision was the hardest for me to make. However after strong urging from a few individuals and the need for an immediate solution, I am very reluctantly doing so. If I do not find an immediate solution, Geeky Pleasures will be pulled at the end of the month. And I personally feel this would be a shame. The biggest reasons why I think this would be a shame is because of the platform I am able to give independent artists and musicians. Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with me. Also, it has given a platform for other contributors to get their geek on and readers a little hub for many things geek related. I have had many inquiries lately from people asking me if they could contribute on my site and I really want to be able to give them that. I find it awesome people want to take part in it and that it is starting to become a little community. Without any real promotion or advertising of that site, I have had more page views in the first 3 months than Fark had in its first year. I personally feel this to be a huge accomplishment. When Fark started a decade ago, there was little competition. However in today’s world that is not the case. My site is but one in millions upon millions and the fact it is doing so well blows my mind on a daily basis. The feedback I get on a daily basis blows my mind. Every time someone contacts me for an interview through my site instead of through the station or wanting to contribute or just tells me how much they enjoy it and are happy that I am doing what I do, I honestly get a little teary and think “Wow, I cannot believe this is my life!” I just hope coming to this decision does not have the opposite affect and that I do not alienate my wonderful readers. That would really suck. But because bills just don’t go away and I need to fix this until a better, more permanent solution presents itself, it is time for me to “swallow my pride” as one reader put it to me and just do it.

I really hope you understand and thank you for your understanding if you do.

Walking In My Footsteps

September 24th, 2009

I have written before that when I was younger I use to play a lot of make believe. When my friends and I played “Transformers”, “G.I. Joe”, “Justice League”, army etc., we did not play those games using toys. We would run around the neighbourhood and be those characters. We took RPG off of the page and into our environment.

Kid2 is now doing the same with his friends. He is home sick from school this week and he just told me the most awesome story.

They have created a fantasy-type RPG for the entire neighbourhood. One of the basic rules is you do not get to pick your race. Your race is chosen for you depending on which street you live on. Another rule is once you are Level 1, you need to kill 5 people to level up. Once you reach Level 2, you need to kill 10 people, Level 3 = 15 kills, Level 4 = 20 kills, etc. Once you reach Level 80, your character becomes a guardian of the newbies. Your role becomes the protector of the n00bs from other races.

If you are a Human (this is Kids2’s race) the classes you can be are: Barbarian, Rogue, Wizard and Blade Master. Kid2 has two characters: Human Barbarian and Human Rogue. If you are a Gnome, the classes you can be are: Wizard, Warrior, Druid and Shaman. If you are a Dwarf, the classes you can be are: Miner, Healer, Paladin and Hunter. If you are an Elf, the classes you can be are: Druid, Hunter, Warrior, and Wizard. If you are an Orc, the classes you can be are: Hunter, Warrior, Blade Master and Barbarian. If you an Undead, the classes you can be are: Wizard, Rogue, Hunter and Blade Master. If you are Goblin, the classes you can be are: Rogue, Hunter, Blade Master and Shaman. If you are a Half Wolf /Half Human, the classes you can be are: Wizard, Warrior, Blade Master and Shaman. If you are a Troll, the classes you can be are: Shaman, Wizard, Warrior and Rogue. If you are Tauren, the classes you can be are: Hunter, Barbarian, Warrior and Shaman.

Depending on class, you start of with a specific weapon which the player fashions themself. An example is if you are a Barbarian, you start off with a club. Basic game play is that you start off with basic clothes and weapons. There are quests that each of the players makes up. You need to talk to the other players to find out how to proceed throughout the game and level up according to the rules laid out by that player in order to  finish your quest. The player also has the ability to free play and kill monsters to level up. You can join groups and guilds, create your own guild and explore the whole entire world (AKA neighbourhood even so Kid2 states that eventually he and his friends are going to map the entire world and assign races to each street) in order to create and develop your character.

They have not created character sheets for this. They do this on an honour system and trust that everyone is playing the game fairly.

I think it is just beyond cool that Kid2 has herded his friends together and has brought the love of gaming to the outdoors.

Is It Really Friday?

September 18th, 2009

I have been really lax the past few weeks when it comes to updating my blog. There are many reasons for this: I was away for 2 weeks in August; I am sick; I have been working on my book which I am happy to report is being completed much quicker than I thought it would be. Turns out that I had more of it written that I had thought.

This week has been a very emotional week for me for many reasons. It has been a roller-coaster between many moments of surrealism and “Wow, I can’t believe this is my life” to moments of fear and panic as my book gets closer and closer to being ready to go to the printers.

One of my followers on twitter asked me why I am so terrified of publishing this book as I am on the radio, and tweet and blog personal things. The answer is really simple. The radio is a fleeting moment in time. Tweets and blogs can be erased. This book will be in a permanent print form available for the whole world to see.

And to be honest, this scares me. One on one, I am an open book and will share anything. This book is not one on one and once it goes to the printers and becomes available, I will lose control over how some very personal information about me is distributed. On one hand this excites me as I feel I have a very important message to share. Then when I really think about it, I feel as if I am going to vomit. There is a small part of me that feels I am about to do something pretty awesome. This may be the most important thing I do aside from being a mother. This part needs to be the loudest voice in my head at the moment so that I do not chicken out yet again and not publish.

But it is now beyond the point of no return. The word is out there and all that is left is for me to receive the cover and off it goes. Earlier today I received the sales copy for my book. When I read it, it brought tears to my eyes. I am going to take time right now to once again thank Chris Knight for all of his support as I go through this process. Without him, I do not think I would have found the personal courage to continue through this process. Besides providing emotional support he also proofread my manuscript and wrote the following sale copy.

“Julia Sherred’s From the Mundane to the Insane is the touching tale of one woman’s love of life and hope for the future despite overwhelming challenges. Written as a love letter to her two children in an intimate, conversational tone, Sherred explores the contours of her fascinating life as a dancer, actor, daughter, mother, and Lupus sufferer. It is a tender and humorous celebration of life and family, of creativity and geeky obsessions, and is an inspiration and invitation for each of us to grab life by the horns and truly enjoy every aspect of our wonderful journey without destination.

One dollar of each sale is donated to the scientific search for the treatment and cure for Lupus.”

Panties For Breakfast

August 12th, 2009

Sometimes I get these crazy ideas.  And I always find them quite hilarious.  Others tend to disagree from time to time.  I just chalk that up to them not being in my weird and wonderful head space.

The following is about one of those weird and wonderful ideas that has been in my head for awhile. Today, reading these comments on Wil Wheaton’s blog about PAX made it come from the back of my mind to the front once again:

Melissa: What’s this about dodgy lingerie?

Wil: DODGING.

DODGING.

Like, all the pretty ladies will be throwing their lingerie at me while I’m on stage, and I’l be all, “Oh my! Please stop! I can’t possibly continue dodging all of this lingerie!”

You know, like I’m Tom Jones or something. (Which I kind of am.)

Me: Cause you eat panties for breakfast (at least that is how my youngest interpreted your Tom Jones tweet)

Now to back up further, here is that whole sequence of events:

@wilw “Anne: Dude! Look at that billboard of Tom Jones! Me (Tom Jones Voice): “I’m an old man, but I’ll still eat your panties for breakfast.””
To which this conversation occurred that I just had to tweet:
Kid2 (reading over my shoulder): Why is @wilw eating panties for breakfast? Me: Because he can.

One morning Wil tweets this:

@wilw “Anne: Dude! Look at that billboard of Tom Jones! Me (Tom Jones Voice): “I’m an old man, but I’ll still eat your panties for breakfast.”

To which this conversation occurred that I just had to tweet:

Kid2 (reading over my shoulder): Why is @wilw eating panties for breakfast? Me: Because he can.

I also had to tweet to Wil one day when he was having nerves about a reading that he needs to tell those nerves to go away because he is Wil Wheaton and he eats panties for breakfast.  Seriously, everyone goes on and on about Chuck Norris this and Chuck Norris that BUT Chuck Norris doesn’t eat mother fucking panties for breakfast, WIL DOES!

So maybe a t-shirt needs to be made that says something along the lines (or other variations):

Chuck Norris may be able to piss his name into concrete BUT Wil Wheaton eats panties for breakfast because he can!

I know the above is way feeble, however I am sure with time panties for breakfast could become epic.

Fruit Anyone?

August 12th, 2009

This is yet another blog about my children and so much more.

My youngest came bursting through the door (as he does quite frequently) to inform me he is selling 2 Japanese Plums to the neighbourhood for $0.25 and he has already made a buck.  Funny thing is, they are not really his plums to sell.  They belong to the landlord.  Even funnier is that the landlord’s teenage daughter is going to buy some from him.

Now this reminds me of myself when I was his age (10).  What a weird year that was.  I started off the school year by getting detention 2nd day of school for getting into a food fight and then shattering my arm on a dare  the 4th day of school(that is another blog in itself).  And let me tell you, this was devistating for me as I was a model child and student.

During that same year, I decided I was going to make money and lots of it.  Not only was I going to make money, but I was going to be “found” for this idea and the whole world would be exposed to my brilliance.  And part of me thinks someone found my idea and stole it (but that is my 10 year old self talking.  Someone else must have had this idea at some point).  However, my brilliance got me in a little trouble at school for “taking advantage of my friends.”  Let me tell you, it is not always easy having great ideas, especially when you are 10 and no one takes them seriously.

I started to draw comics during that year.  My comics were about hamsters.  They were not just ordinary hamsters, they had super powers.  These super power hero hamsters lived in their own little communities with other animals by day and by night would fly around and save the world. The main super hamster was styled after my own pet hamster, Harry.  Do you see any similarities between this and a cartoon that came out later *cough*Hamtaro*cough*?

I put the comics together very quickly.  They were nothing really to look at.  They had a construction paper cover with a drawing, title, price and comic number.  Inside was a hastily drawn, uncoloured comic.  They were maybe 16 pages total.  The price on the cover a mere $0.50. What a deal! And my friends thought so as well.  Who wouldn’t want an original Jules comic?

Well about a month into my venture, my mother got a phone call from the school.  They were not happy at all with this idea.  They had confiscated one of my comics, called my mother into the office, showed it to her and went on to say how I was taking advantage of my friends selling comics for $0.50 and even made a note that the comics were not even coloured.  They were quite disappointment in me as I was this great student and my actions were just not acceptable.  My mom tried to act serious about the matter and told them she would talk me about this.

And thus ended the first of many ideas.  So of course I find it ever so amusing that my youngest is following in my footsteps in a round about way without knowledge of my own attempts to make money as a 10 year old child with brilliant ideas.

Are You Sure You Haven't Had Sex With Ares?

August 9th, 2009

My children are a constant source of amusment and humour.  They ask me random questions all the time. (Note: my youngest is currently reading over my shoulder as I type this and is wanting me to correct the above to: My youngest is a constant source of amusement and humour and asks me random questions all the time.)  Today is one of those days.

I was trying to take a short nap before getting back to the crazy that is going to be my week getting everything together for my vacation on Friday, when my youngest asks as he is bursting through the door after being outside playing with his friends:

“Are you sure you haven’t had sex with Ares?!?”

I give my head a quick shake to make sure I heard him correctly before I respond with shock and amusment, “What?!?! Why would you ask that?”

“Well we both have orange hair.  I am fearless and a daredevil.  I am good in combat.  I find myself escaping near death situations all the time.  I am an Aries.  Like seriously mom, I should have died many times and I am still here.  I could be a demi-god!”

I chuckle and respond, “Honey, I don’t think I have had sex with Ares.  Ares is not your father.”

He walked out of the room shaking his head as if I were crazy to not see the simularities.  I ponder on this conversation for a few moments before I follow him down to the living room.  I then asked him, “What brought that question on?  That was a bit random.”

Looking at me like I should already know the answer, “Mom, this is me.  Most of what I say is completely random.  But seriously mom, just think about it for a bit.  We are like the same person. I know you don’t believe in luck so how else do explain my many escapes from death and my Ares like abilities.  I am a demi-god.”

I have come to the conclusion that I let him play way too much God of War.