Coming Clean

I have been hooked on Luxor ever since my trip to Montana. My family invited me and the kids in for what seemed like an innocent vacation and then gave me my first hit. They said it would “help me relax”. At first, that’s exactly what it did.

I could feel the tension draining from my body as I began to participate with the others. This was fun. No harm could come from breaking a few bubbles. It was a social thing. It wasn’t long before I found myself dreaming about it, waking up with the cravings. Forget Fruity Cheerios. I needed more Luxor.

No, it’s not some illicit “herb” I’m growing out in my wild yard. That’s called Rosemary, with a hint of dandelion. But it’s every bit as addictive. Spider solitaire was a passing interest compared with this siren of electronic time suckage. I want to stop. I really do, but I’m not sure I’m strong enough.

Today I used the Luxor as a reward to accomplish a ton of stuff around the house. Fold a washcloth. Pass a level. Clean the dishes and get lunch. Play just a bit longer. Drink a few sips of water. Head to the computer.

By the time Dan got home, the house was fairly clean, but I was ALL hopped up on the game, trying weakly to make conversation while my sore mouse-hand moved quickly back and forth, my lips twitching in time with the sound effects.

When I finally lost, I let out a wail. As Dan comforted me, I swore I would not play again for at least a week. Within 30 seconds, I was back, using a new player identity and shooting again and again. Dan walked into the room without saying a word. “Nothing,” I giggled nervously.

Then I stopped. The game is now off. I plan to stay sober at least until the weekend.

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17 Responses to Coming Clean

  1. Awesome Mom says:

    My husband brought Zuma home which is very similar so I know how you are feeling. Even my son Evan gets all hopped up watching mommy and daddy play. Every time we go near the computer he is badgering us to play “game” and when your three year old tells you to play a computer game how can you say no?

  2. Farm Wife says:

    Luxor I do not know. Chains 2 I know. My Grandmother turned me on to it. She’s evil. A pusher. My computer crashed last week taking Chains with it. What will I do? Call my uncle…he has a copy. I just hope it’s Vista compatable…if not, can I switch back to my old Windows?

  3. Julie Q. says:

    Oh great, another addiction. That’s all I need. I still hold you personally responsible for getting me hooked on blogging.

    But still…..if it helps you get your house clean, how bad can it be?

  4. glittersmama says:

    Those clickety click games will get you for sure. I’ve been clean for 200 days now.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I get the same way with this game called POPPIT. You pop balloons. You crack me up.

  6. Millie says:

    I had to step away from the website before I got involved. Bejeweled does the same thing to me. As does Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Hearts…

    Buy a timer, honey. That’s all I can say.

  7. Carrie says:

    I need to show this post to my husband. He totally doesnt understand the addictive power of mindless games. There are many days when I have to work an hour late to make up for the time I’ve wasted here at the office- the little “5-minute breaks” add up quickly. Good luck with fighting the addiction.

  8. Barb says:

    We do not need another internet game in this house, so why am I about to go wake up my 13 year old and tell her about this one. What kind of mother am I?

  9. sarah k. says:

    I got that with planarity. I’ve been clean for 14 days.

  10. Heffalump says:

    If you like Luxor, you will LOVE Zuma. Its essentially the same concept albeit a little simpler, andI think more challenging. It can be found on the same MSN games site. Now…I have to go play another round of Luxor…thanks a lot. (Do they pay you to push this stuff?)

  11. Heffalump says:

    Okay…I was wrong…Luxor is more challenging, but Zuma will take up less of your time.

  12. my2boys says:

    My mom is addicted to Zuma.
    i went home for a visit and my Dad had to remind my mother that her grandkids were here! HINT: why not play with them?…so she put my 3 year old on her lap and continued to play Zuma!

  13. GaftGirl says:

    I battled a similar addiction with Dynomite. Fingers twitch. Just one more game!

  14. grammyelin says:

    I have been Luxor-free all day. And.. I finished everything on my to do list and still did not play. I reign supreme! At least for today. Tomorrow may be another story. Love that game!!!

  15. I think I may have to call the police in your home town and have you charged with possession with intent to distribute. My wife followed the link you included, and now she is hooked.

    Not only are you hooking yourself, you’re pushing it on the unsuspecting reader! 🙂

    (Great post, btw)

  16. californiazenmom says:

    So I got to level four and I asked myself a question I never thought I’d have to ask myself: “Why am I chasing multi-colored Kix cereal balls around an Egyptian pyramid tunnel when I could be reading my book club book? Hmmmm.” I think I have a slightly addictive personality — these games are torture for me!!!

  17. Angela says:

    Dang you are funny. “Nothing” cracked me up!

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