I was born in Valparaiso, Indiana but my family moved down to Florida when I was only a few years old. So, technically I grew up in Gainesville, Florida. I’ve been blessed to have two parents who are still married after 37 years. I grew up and got to watch video games grow up at the same time. I remember getting excited when I learned to program my TRS-80 computer to make a block shaped ball bounce across the screen. I remember when PC games came on cassette tapes, and I played the heck out of those. I’m probably also one of the few people that can say that they are part of three generations of gamers that became part of the first generation of gamers. That may sound a little confusing so let me explain… my grandfather was always the one who got his hands on the newest Atari system to come out, and my father and I would eagerly anticipate each new system launch because that meant we would get the older one. We cycled our way through all of the Atari game systems until we moved on to the Nintendo family of consoles and handhelds, I actually still have my original gigantic Game Boy somewhere around here.
Along the way I have been lucky enough to have produced the three most adorable little hellions seen since that one My Little Pony went rabid. I’m so happy that I am able to pass on my love of gaming to yet another generation. In between my many years of being a single mom and being really bad at being married, I found my home in the gaming community and some of the best “family” anyone could ask for. Around the time of the launch of the Xbox360 I had been working as your smiling and perky Xbox rep in central Florida, making me fall completely in love with everything Microsoft and Xbox, and the reason behind my gamer tag JaXboxChick77. This led me to the GamerChix on the Xbox forums which eventually started this whirlwind of podcasting, writing, and now…The Mommy Gamers.
A year after attending the World Cyber Games event as a part of the GamerChix I was contacted by Alicia Cabase, one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, who randomly called me and asked me if I wanted to do a podcast. After googling “podcast” and figuring out what it was I said I was in, and we spend the next few years producing the SGPink podcast for SarcasticGamer.com. I was told I was a capable podcaster with a penchant for sarcasm and blunt trauma wit, which I think might be an insult, but I’m not completely sure. Sadly, after 114 episodes, various events, random YouTube videos (please don’t google them), and a line of t-shirts left behind at SplitReason.com we had to hang up our bras and move on.
So there I was, not doing a podcast, and not doing much of anything in the gaming community when Kelly Brown of The Married Gamers podcast reached out to me and suggested that I get back into podcasting and talk about gaming and mommy stuff too. The Mommy Gamers podcast was born.
And that leads me up to now. I was so incredibly smart to scoop up Desirai (see how I’m taking credit for all of this) who has taken my podcast idea and turned it into a website where we can blog about Mommy things to our hearts’ content. I think that as long as we can juggle our kids, marriages, jobs or school lives, blah blah blah…this could be epic and I’m so glad you’re here to join us on this adventure.