Mother’s Day?

Geek Mom & Family

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my fellow moms — especially those who are geeky, or who are raising geeky children.

I know Mother’s Day marketers would like me to think I deserve “stuff” today. Gifts of jewelry, flowers, perfume, etc. And perhaps some mothers really DO want breakfast in bed and lots of extra togetherness with the children.

I’m not there yet.

Make no mistake — I do love my children. I’m glad to be a mother! They’re with me every day, every night, and extra on the weekends and during school vacations.

Mother’s Day? I don’t need expensive stuff. I don’t need extra togetherness. What would I like?

Mother’s Day Off.

Ta-daa! It’s a new holiday! For those of us moms who are still surrounded by children, who still have them attached to us by breastfeeding or diapering or night terrors or “Mommy, carry me.”

For those of us who can’t sit on the toilet for a few minutes without being interrupted or having little fingers and notes being pushed under the door…

For those of us who spend all of our time at home caring for them, helping with homework, picking up toys and laundry and school papers and sports equipment…

For those of us who cook three different dinner entrees every day because the kids have food allergies to different ingredients…

For those of us who love our children, love being mothers, but just need a little break…

Mother’s Day Off!

I suspect I’ll crave the “traditional” Mother’s Day togetherness when my kids are older, more self-sufficient, and less constantly in my hair. But for now, I wouldn’t mind having a one day vacation from all of that intimacy.

So I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day, no matter how you celebrate it. You are appreciated. Keep up the great work!

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You!

Free Star Wars Rancor Booklet

My kids have been playing their new Kinect Star Wars game, having lots of fun with light sabers and podracing and such. I got a nice Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you…) message from the Xbox e-mail robot today.

It included a free gift that you might enjoy, so I’ll share it here! It’s a booklet on the proper care and feeding of your pet Rancor, which could come in handy if you get a new pet Rancor for Star Wars Day. You can view and download the printable booklet here. Enjoy!

Family Guy Online Game

Family Guy online game

If you’re a fan of the funny, ridiculously offensive, animated series Family Guy, you should check out the Family Guy online game. It’s being billed as “The World’s First MMO-LOL,” or massively-multiplayer-laugh-out-loud game.

The game is currently in beta mode, but you can register for an invitation to get in early. It took just a day for my “Key to Quahog” to arrive. I haven’t played yet, but I expect the game to be weird, funny, and offensive, just like the show.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Trailer

Hey, gamer girls! You know I’m a fan of Call of Duty, and I’m looking forward to the next installment of Black Ops, due out on November 13, 2012. Today, the trailer for Black Ops 2 was released!

It shows a conflict in the year 2025, with some future vehicles, weapons, and gadgets. The narrative alludes to a plot where our enemies have taken control of the technology and machines that were developed to keep us safe. That’s where the elite humans of Black Ops take over. Watch the trailer and let me know what you think!