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    Out of Body Experiences and a Busy Mom Who Requires Wine, and Lots of It

     

    Hello, Mommy Gamers!

    My name is Brittany, or Brie. On gaming platforms, I have some iteration of QueenBrie going on. I’m from the Pacific Northwest, a short jaunt from Olympia, Washington to be exact. I have two boys, 8 and 10, which qualifies me as the mommy part. But I game as well. I’ve been a gamer for most of my life, even as a kid on classic Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Atari and so on. When I started dating my husband, that’s when I became addicted to gaming more in the sense that it was a ritual to get friends together to play Call of Duty, Halo, or Borderlands.

    This being my introductory article for The Mommy Gamers, I figured I would give you guys an insight to my life and introduce some of the weird mumbo jumbo that I believe in or am on the border about, and maybe things that really annoy me. Because it’s life and my fingers like to do all the talking.

    Whether you believe in the astrology, planets and stars aligning or not, it’s been one hell of a week. Please tell me you’re with me on this one? It’s been one of those weeks where I’m thinking today is Sunday, and Wednesday I was thinking Friday would be the next morning, to only wake up Thursday thinking it would be Saturday. And it isn’t just me. It’s my neighbor, the kids, my co-workers, and everyone else so this has to be a thing, right? I mean, it can be an off week where there is just more wine consumed then normal, but I seem to think that this could be to blame?

    These are some cute kids!

    To outline my week, it’s also conference week at my boys’ school, so we’ve had half days all week. Nice, right? Wrong. Monday was pretty lazy and didn’t plan on being called in to work. Tuesday was pure chaos in itself. Sent the boys to school and went in to the doctor for the annual lady visit. Not only was I there on time, but I sat in the doctor’s office till 9:50 when I finally got called back. I sat cold and naked on the table, covered in paper for another 10 minutes. Granted, these visits are typically pretty quick, getting out didn’t happen till about 10:30am. Since I was off, I took the advantage of running more errands and by the time I got home, it was time to get the kids off the bus, moving out to their conferences and then rushing home to make dinner. I went through a bottle of wine Tuesday night. Maybe we should turn this into a drinking game?

    Wednesday was pretty simple and nothing too crazy; same with Thursday, although both days did feel off. Friday being payday, I spent time grocery shopping, took the kids to breakfast, vacuumed, dishes and the five loads of laundry that seemed endless, and oh the errands, but I knew had to get done at some point. On top of it, friends were coming over, so I was cooking an Easter Dinner and also went through more wine. By the evening, I realized I hadn’t had wine and I was exhausted.

    It was a week where I felt so blah and lazy, parts of it went by fast, others not so fast.

    But let me get through the good stuff. Remember that lovely doctor visit on Tuesday? I finally quit being lazy and picked up my prescription. With Obamacare when it was put into place, women should have a reduced cost, or no charge at all for their birth control. Granted, I had three months, she rang me up for $72.99. I grabbed my chest, hoping I had air in them. She took my prescription card and the price was $65.48. What a savings! Granted, I can get a reimbursement for scripts, on a following paycheck, I wanted to cry. Mommies, do you have a similar story?

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    TERA MMO Console Release Date Announced

    En Masse Entertainment announced today that TERA, the true action MMO designed for consoles, releases for free on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 April 3, 2018. Come launch, gamers will be immersed in a massive world that combines the high adventure of epic MMORPGs with TERA’s own trademarked fast-paced precision combat mechanics.

    Gamers too eager to wait for April 3 can purchase TERA Founder’s Packs beginning March 27 for $29.99. Founder’s Packs include a full week of Head Start access, also beginning March 27, and grant a variety of compelling in-game items to diehard players.

     

    Watch the new TERA Coming Soon trailer HERE:

     

    “There is a lot of excitement in gaming to finally see the action combat TERA is so famous for realized on console,” states Matt Denomme, Sr. Product Manager at En Masse Entertainment. “We had an amazing reception to our Open Beta test from TERA veterans and newcomers. We are pumped to finally bring the deep, challenging, definitive MMO experience gamers have been waiting for to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”

    Featuring streamlined interfaces, intelligent button mapping and new gameplay systems to compliment TERA’s trademark fast-paced combat, all of the skills, tactics, and high-octane combos that make TERA’s combat so deep and satisfying are now in hands of console gamers. With a character type to match nearly every play style and innumerable customization options, TERA gives every player a gameplay experience that is uniquely their own. Quest solo, bring your friends, make new allies and take on Big Ass Monsters (BAMs)… the world of TERA awaits.

    TERA will be available across the Xbox One family of devices and the PlayStation 4 on April 3, 2018. Head Start for Founder’s Pack purchasers begins March 27.

    For Founder’s Pack details, please visit: tera-online.com/founders-pack

    Download the new TERA Coming Soon trailer and images HEREpress.reverbinc.com/5

    For more information on TERA, please visit the official site tera.enmasse.comand follow the game on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 177: Of White Russians and Crunchy Doritos

    This week Marcia and Carrie bring some Doritos to the podcast to discuss the trending lady-like Doritos topic. As you’d expect they chomped down on their Doritos in the most non-ladylike fashion. Keeping with the junk food theme the ladies also chat about a nutritional study claiming pizza IS a healthy breakfast choice. Gaming talk covers Staxel, Super Lucky’s Tale, Halo 5 and a lot more.

    Listen to Episode 177 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast for that, and the story behind the white russian in the picture for this episode. Hint: It has to do with breast milk…again.

    If you missed the live stream recording of this episode here’s the video on YouTube:

    We’d Love to Hear From You!

    Regardless of how you watch, we’d love your feedback. Leave a review, click like on YouTube, drop us some comments to respond to. We’d love to interact with you more and we hope you are loving our show as much as we are loving creating it for you!

    You can find The Mommy Gamers on Twitter, and Carrie, and Marcia too! We’ve also got a Facebook page where you can find our content and some random gaming/parenting memes from time to time. Just do a quick search for The Mommy Gamers and you’re sure to find us…sometimes in some odd places.

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 176: 360 No Scope Titty

    Here’s our very first episode of 2018. Finally! We explain all the craziness that has been happening to both Carrie and Marcia and we have Mike Robles back on as a guest. This episode is full of gaming chat, movies, noisy babies, hair pulling, and news stories about pee. Just what you’ve come to expect from our show.

     

    We’d Love to Hear From You!

    Regardless of how you watch, we’d love your feedback. Leave a review, click like on YouTube, drop us some comments to respond to. We’d love to interact with you more and we hope you are loving our show as much as we are loving creating it for you! You can find The Mommy Gamers on Twitter, and Carrie, and Marcia too! We’ve also got a Facebook page where you can find our content and some random gaming/parenting memes from time to time. Just do a quick search for The Mommy Gamers and you’re sure to find us…sometimes in some odd places.

    Catch our next podcast live on Twitch! twitch.tv/themommygamers You can subscribe to our Twitch channel for free by linking up your Amazon Prime with Twitch, or sign up for Amazon Prime, support the stream and get some great game perks! Details are in the image above. 

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 175: Baby Needs A Biscuit

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 175: Baby Needs A Biscuit

    Carrie and Marcia present to you the final podcast of 2017. We have enjoyed bringing you yet another year full of entertaining conversations about gaming, hot topics, television, movies, and butts. This week the ladies talk about the hot garbage mess that is PUBG on Xbox One, the Fortnite 50 vs 50 Battle Royale mode, Predator on Ghost Recon, and Star Wars Battlefront II. Marcia once again paid good money to check out the latest shenanigans from the folks at Cards Against Humanity, sharing some of their “Saves America” campaign. Carrie gets to say “I told you so” about Lucifer, with only minimal spoilers (you’ve been warned).

    You all asked some great questions this week too! Please do that again and enjoy the show! We are now including the YouTube version of the Twitch live stream in these posts, as well as the audio version at the bottom of the post. Of course you can still find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music and now…SPOTIFY!!

    We’d Love to Hear From You!

    Regardless of how you watch, we’d love your feedback. Leave a review, click like on YouTube, drop us some comments to respond to. We’d love to interact with you more and we hope you are loving our show as much as we are loving creating it for you! You can find The Mommy Gamers on Twitter, and Carrie, and Marcia too! We’ve also got a Facebook page where you can find our content and some random gaming/parenting memes from time to time. Just do a quick search for The Mommy Gamers and you’re sure to find us…sometimes in some odd places.

    Catch our next podcast live on Twitch! twitch.tv/themommygamers You can subscribe to our Twitch channel for free by linking up your Amazon Prime with Twitch, or sign up for Amazon Prime, support the stream and get some great game perks! Details are in the image above. 

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 174: The Twitch Stream Strikes Back

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 174 The Twitch Stream Strikes Back

    After a nearly two year hiatus, The Mommy Gamers Podcast is back on Twitch for a live recorded show. Carrie and Marcia brush the dust off their cameras and kick things off with a little getting to know you session. Game chat this week was pretty lively as Carrie had some downtime thanks to a nasty case of mastitis. She played ELEX, Turing Test, and Cuphead. Marcia actually gave Destiny 2 a chance, but is still obsessed with Fortnite, and went off on some rant about eating a bush. We’re convinced she’s finally lost her mind completely.

    The ladies reminisce about Supermarket Sweep, which is apparently making a comeback. They also try to sort out whether or not they think the Amazon Key Service, allowing delivery drivers to leave packages inside your home, is a good thing or a straight up “NOPE”.

    The ladies also talk TV & Movies, covering Lucifer, Orville, Baby Drive and much more. The question and answer segment of this episode was one of our best in a very long time thanks to our live audience. Questions such as: What games are you looking forward to, if you binge watch Stranger Things over three days will you die, and a long conversation about craw fish etouffe round off this lively podcast quite nicely!

    Carrie’s new baby was clearly the star of the show, and you can listen to the podcast using the link below as usual, or watch the live stream we included in this post.

    We’d Love to Hear From You!

    Regardless of how you watch, we’d love your feedback. Leave a review, click like on YouTube, drop us some comments to respond to. We’d love to interact with you more and we hope you are loving our show as much as we are loving creating it for you! You can find The Mommy Gamers on Twitter, and Carrie, and Marcia too! We’ve also got a Facebook page where you can find our content and some random gaming/parenting memes from time to time. Just do a quick search for The Mommy Gamers and you’re sure to find us…sometimes in some odd places.

     

    Catch our next podcast live on Twitch! twitch.tv/themommygamers You can subscribe to our Twitch channel for free by linking up your Amazon Prime with Twitch, or sign up for Amazon Prime, support the stream and get some great game perks! Details are in the image above. 

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    A Close Encounter with the Hello Kitty Food Truck…Part Two

    If you follow The Mommy Gamers, you may know that in April 2016 I sought out the Hello Kitty food truck in vain hopes of scoring cute snacks. Unfortunately, the truck was woefully equipped to deal with Chicagoland enthusiasm for adorable Japanese nonsense, and I failed. I get did a mug and a T-shirt (it should’ve said “I visited the Hello Kitty Cafe and all I got was…”).

    This year, the Hello Kitty Cafe came closer to me – specifically, to a mall about 10 minutes from my house. Now, I know this mall. My kid did Gymboree in this mall every week from age 1-3. I do about 90 percent of my retail therapy here. I buy all my books at the Barnes & Noble. I get my Nespresso refills here. Until recently when it closed, I got my regular chocolate Godiva reward here (a free truffle every month!). I occasionally get together with my girlfriends and my book club here.

    Yes, there is a young girl sitting behind the menu. I hope she got some good treats!

    Just last week I made my houseguest from Kansas go visit so she could bring me some Nando’s Peri-Peri. Oh, I also get my hair cut here. And when I have giant stress knots in my shoulder from livin’ the glamorous freelance writer lifestyle, I go to the Mario Tricoci in this mall so someone can (attempt to) knead them out.

    This is a definite advantage when scoping out Hello Kitty food trucks. When I heard it was going to be by the L.L. Bean, I knew exactly where to park when everyone else was complaining about no parking. So I arrived right at 10:30 and got into line immediately. I know this place so well I could tell without even looking that my wait would be shorter than last year.

    This year I was somewhat more prepared, although I still didn’t bring any sunblock (it’s October in the Chicago area, who knew – and it looked cloudy when I went to Zumba that morning). I also forgot a snack. I had a giant book. The fourth in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, to be exact, which I’m re-reading for an online book club. I had a water bottle because my kid was in Orlando riding Space Mountain without me, so he could not make a tea run. I had my workout bag, with a wrap inside in case it got cold.

    The people behind me clearly didn’t know what they were getting into. They’d just come from a dance class, following a slumber party that was making their two little girls very grumpy because they’d stayed up so late. After I told them about my four hours in line last year, they decided their kids wouldn’t be able to stay a half hour, let alone four, and left.

    The people ahead of me were a bit more knowledgeable, and had done this the previous year as well. Nevertheless, they disappeared somewhere between my arrival and the front of the line, and I ended up talking to a nice group of three people – one of whom had the exact same name as me.

    We all took lots of pictures and selfies. The point where you get to the menu sign is A Big Deal. Kids are running around, people are refreshing their pals in line with Starbucks coffees (there’s one right near where the truck was parked) and snacks (ironic, right?), and we’re getting to know our neighbors.

    Actually, come to think of it, when I stood in line to see Hillary Clinton this past Monday at a local bookstore, it was basically the same thing except that Peet’s Coffee came by every so often to offer free samples of cookies and brownies. Now that would have been a good marketing ploy for someone at the mall.

    Apparently I like standing in lines in order to spend money on stuff. Capitalism loves me.

    Anyway, it really didn’t feel that long before I got to the front, where all of us took pictures of the Hello Kitty truck’s tires – well, they were decorated with images of bows! It felt like a triumph, especially when the only thing they’d run out of were the small thermal water bottles (18 ounces). Everyone takes longer than they should at the front because they’re deciding, once they actually see the product in the window. Today, they were selling handmade bow headbands that were not listed on the menu.

    Sadly, I was assuming the t-shirts and mugs would be like last years, and they weren’t. So of course I had to buy one of everything. Although I never wore my t-shirt from last year, so I was able to resist that.

    Here’s a picture of my haul:

    A Quick Review

    So, I finally got to try the food. Actually, it’s pretty good. I don’t eat macarons that often so I’m not sure how they compare to the regular stuff, but they were pretty, tasty, and sweet, and you could even tell what the flavors were supposed to be. The mini-cakes were denser than I expected, rich and flavorful. The cookies – whoa, I forgot about the cookies! I know what I’m having for lunch…

    I bought a freaking $36 thermal mug! But it’s totally cute and I’m just going to put it somewhere prominent in my house and stare at it with adoration from time to time. And the regular mug, with the bow handle, is going to hold lots of chai tea this winter.

    Was it worth the money and effort? Well, I guess it depends on your point of view. I had been in Chinatown just the day before, and if all I’d wanted was cute Hello Kitty stuff I could have gotten it there at a fraction of the price. The best part of doing the Hello Kitty Cafe, I’ve learned, is the experience. Being there with other geeky people who are willing to stand in line for the privilege of buying overpriced merch is most of the fun.

    No, I don’t regret it. Yes, I’ll probably do it again. Yes, I’m probably a bit crazy. But if you’re not willing to do it, too – or at least laugh with me about my doing it and bring me lattes while I wait – you’re really not my people anyway.

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