Sunday, November 21, 2010

Virtual OCD

So, today is a lazy day in the Tatted household. Hubby is playing Call of Duty, Z and the kids are Simming it up, and I am running through my daily blogs, venturing out to include more in my reading circle. I feel like I need a new look to my blog. I know, I've only had it for about a month now, but I feel it needs an overhaul. We'll see. I'm thinking maybe I just need to divert my need to design something to my Etsy store, finally get that up and running. Oh, Ebay. Almost forgot my auctions are about up. Definitely need to go check that, and the items I'm bidding on for the kids for Christmas....

Today I want to share with you all a 'need' of mine. It must be confessions week here at The Inklings of Life, considering earlier this week I shared a deep dark secret of mine (which, let me tell you, was put to the TEST this morning while I was reading a very horribly written blog about how to make money using your blog. Hubby and Z had to hold me down from copying the blog, editing it in red in one of my photo programs and emailing it to the person. Thank goodness I don't remember where I found this blog, and can hopefully never go back to it, though someone needs to clear my browsing history, now...).

I need to control things....

Okay, that sounds so wrong, doesn't it? I don't have this need to control my loved one's lives, or the finances, run the household, tell everyone what to do- that kind of stuff. My need to control things goes much deeper than that, to a level past human interaction....

I need to control virtual things. I will break this need down...

  1. My Blog. It seems on Sundays I go through my blog, rearrange things, add things, take things away. I'm striving for a neat, orderly, helpful, yet fun and entertaining look that keeps people coming back and isn't a burden on my readers (or an eyesore- that's the worst thing in my opinion). Today I added to my BlogRoll, added to the sidebar a little, and am contemplating losing some things in my sidebars. Urgh, always striving for perfection...
  2. Strategic Life-Simulation Games, aka 'The Sims'. Back in the day, I used to get off of work, fire up The Sims on the Playstation 2, and, before I knew it, it was 2 in the morning. I had to break that habit quickly, and now, because games like these are a flat-out addiction for me, I try to stay away from them altogether. But, when the need (itch) hits me, I end up staying on the computer for hours, barely having contact with the real world. There's nothing more satisfying than having complete control over 'people' and 'situations'. You want to go to the bathroom? No, clean up the mess you left in the kitchen, first, and then I'll let you go to the bathroom. Yes, I kept you up until 2am reading about Cooking so you don't go and burn down the kitchen again, but now it's 6am and you need to get up and go to work, damnit. And, yes, I have been known to lock all of the Sims into a room, remove the door, and let them panic. The Grim Reaper that visits them when they die of insanity is kinda cute. I know, I'm a horrible, horrible person, killing virtual Sims. Most recently, this need has been fulfilled by Trailer Park Tycoon. Yes, it's like Mall Tycoon, or Zoo Tycoon, or Rollercoaster Tycoon, but in this one, you build Trailer Parks. Hehehehe. The more rednecked-out your trailer park is, the bigger the turnout, the more money you make. So yes, Trailer Park builder, I would love to add a stack of tires in that resident's yard, or a plastic duck pond next to the pink flamingos in that lucky soul's yard. My trashy points are high enough for me to now recruit that Lottery Winner to move into my trailer park? Hells yeah. This calls for celebration- I'm adding a metal nativity scene and a big plastic dinosaur to the community playground, and I'll lower the prices in your swap shop. Ahhh, satisfaction at it's best.
  3. My Facebook. Sunday is usually the day I do my stalking on Facebook. I recently moved 2000 miles away from family and friends, so those that I still keep up with, I share my virtual love. I do control my Facebook heavily, though. I control who sees what, allow certain people to see what I want them to see, block certain people from seeing things, and, to be completely honest, I don't let very many people on my Facebook. I have to have actually met you, gone to school with you, or are related to you for you to be on my Facebook. There are a few exceptions, but it's a very few. I'm just not a big fan of drama, and Facebook seems to cause a lot of that. So, I keep mine locked up tight as a way to help control the outside chaos from coming into my family and my life. Sometimes it works, sometimes things fall through the cracks. 
  4. Ebay. OMG, the rush I get as that timer counts down to the last second and I'm still the high bidder. Thank goodness I won that set of Lego figurines for my son- he'll love them. WHAT??? Outbid IN THE LAST SECOND? CHEATERS!!! Oh, that makes my blood boil. But, it sets me out on a mission to find even a better deal than the one I was outbid on. And selling on Ebay is addictive, too, especially if you don't check it for a while, and load your 'My ebay' screen to see that you have been paid $63.24 in the past few days. Cha-ching! Money for more shopping on ebay. It's a vicious circle, yes....

Sunday does seem to be the day to feed my virtual control need. Hell, it's after 1pm here and I'm still in my jammies, with 4 tabs open in my Google Chrome. There were 7 tabs open before I started blogging, so, at least I've cut back a little. Yes, dinner will be started here soon, the kids' homework finished up, a load or two of laundry done, and a family movie watched (We watched Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore last night- everyone in the house, including me, hubby and Z, were laughing so hard, especially at the pigeon, Seamus. Amazing!!). But for now, I will feed my need a little bit more. Auctions are ending on Ebay, need to double check my blog look, and pull up my Etsy store....

Ahh, lazy Sundays....

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by and following me! I'm following you back

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  2. I -love- Sim games too - they can be such an addiction! I generally try to just steer clear these days - it keeps me a better mom :-)

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  3. Trailer Park Tycoon! LOL. I love it. Frontierville on Facebook is keeping me too busy to add another addiction though. :) New follower from Bloggy Moms.

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