Christmas calories are simply fuel for New Year’s Resolutions.

Posted by dkidwell on December 25th, 2006 — Posted in Christmas, parenting

Red Velvet cake, miniature chocolate pies, and egg nog with tuaca – yum!

Have a Very Merry Wii Christmas!

Mike Musgrove – In the Wii-PS3 Playoff, Nintendo Upsets Sony on the Fun Factor –

Posted by dkidwell on November 23rd, 2006 — Posted in Christmas, parenting, reviews, Wii

Mike Musgrove – In the Wii-PS3 Playoff, Nintendo Upsets Sony on the Fun Factor –

This article in the Washington Post is a concise look at some folks experiencing the Wii and PS3 side by side. If you are trying to decide, it’s a good read.

“While the people in my group preferred looking at the PS3’s games, they preferred playing the Wii.”

Wii remote review

Posted by dkidwell on November 19th, 2006 — Posted in Christmas, interface design, parenting, reviews, Wii

The whole family (even Grandma) gives initial thoughts from the family about the Wii remote:

Harry (age 13)-

  • “It’s really light and like a small DVD remote – it’s great!”
  • “It’s small, and fits in your hand.”
  • “It’s really simple to use the buttons.”

Epiphany (age 10) –

  • “At first it’s a little hard to control, but in less than 5 minutes you can really get good with it.”
  • “This is probably the coolest Nintendo thing ever.”
  • “Straps are required. If you don’t wear the wrist strap, it could fly off and hit the TV or the wall”
  • “It’s cool how it makes noises when you do stuff.”
  • “I really like having the B button on the botton, instead of on the top.”

George (age 7) –

  • “It’s really cool. It’s really easy. You barely notice that it’s wrapped around your wrist. You can move it really fast”

Mom (age 36) –

  • The sleeves will be a good idea – no fighting over who’s remote is who and if one is lost we’ll know who lost it.
  • Definitely – wear your wrist strap.
  • Make sure you have room to move around in the living room. It’s hard not to really move and get into the sports games.

Dad (age 36) –

  • It’s really good in the right or left hand.
  • It’s good for any size of hand.
  • I was expecting more weight out of it, but it’s really light. The batteries add weight on the bottom and I myself would like a little more balance in the weight.
  • In the Bowling game, you can get alot of precision with the spin and speed of the ball of the remote.

Grandma (age 66) –

  • With one hand, it was fairly easy to use. (Grandma had a stroke a while back and can only use her left hand.)
  • “I really liked how easy it was to use and type, especially when you personalize your Mii.”

These impressions do not include the nunchuck, since we have been Bowling and playing Tennis all day. [And for those that are keeping track, the kitten is sleeping in the other room and is quite content.]

Wii in motion

Cables, components, manuals and surge protectors….

Posted by dkidwell on November 19th, 2006 — Posted in Christmas, console games, parenting, Wii

So…we are nearly the Wii hour…but not quite yet…

Turns out that before we could do any Wii Sports, we needed to spend a few hours doing the Cable Dance. Jack seems to think that I have held up the show – I apparently have pretty serious ‘cable issues.’ “All this would have been done a while ago, except she has this issue with seeing wires….”

Hmmm….I’m still seeing wires, so I’m not sure about just how dire my ‘cable issues’ are. I certainly don’t want to be tripping over wires, or unable to close the cabinet doors because of them. Apparently a trip to Fry’s will make all this much easier. Fry’s is the purveyor of a very particular magic box (High-def component switchbox). Jack’s TV is somehow lacking – it has a mere 2 imputs. This is the same TV that we waited for patiently and is the only TV worth watching certain football games.

We finally have Wii!

We nicknamed our Wii, Zakalwe, a mercenary for hire from the Ian Bank’s Culture books. We don’t know how’s we’ll end up using the nickname, but once we do I’ll let you know so you can name yours approrpriately.

Now, we pick up Grandma, and make up our Miis. (What is the plural form of Wii and Mii, anyway?) While we are waiting, you can make your own Mii here.

Again soon!

[The kitten has been sleeping all day on the sofa. She is content, as are we. 🙂 ]

Kitty checks out the wii


Posted by dkidwell on November 19th, 2006 — Posted in Christmas, console games, parenting, Wii

We just brought home the Wii….wooo! The chronicle:


9:00pm: Last night we cruised to our local Target, GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart at I35 and Parmer and scoped the scene.

  • Walmart’s line was already longer than their inventory (28).
  • GameStop had presold it’s inventory.
  • Target expected to have 24.
  • Best Buy expect to have 15 (but ended up selling 45), and ToysRUs had 22 (plus their 10 preorders.)

[Sidenote: there was a 4 mth old kitten on our porch that we hadn’t seen in the neighborhood, we left her some food.]

9:30pm: We went home and tried to sleep. [Kitten had eaten all the food and was sleeping on the porch.]



3:00am: Jack left to get in line. Target and Best Buy were full, and he ended up 7th in line.

6:30am: I came by to let him get coffee and a bathroom break. [Kitten is freezing on the porch so we let her come inside. She is immediately comfortable.]

7:30am: The folks at Toys-R-Us handed out tickets and let us head home.

8:04am: With kolaches and coffee, we checked Target just to see how they did and picked up Zelda, Super Monkey Ball and Red Steel (and a $20 Target gift card – w00t)

8:30am: Began to clean and prep the house for the Wii festival to come. [Kitten meets dogs, that seems to go well. Hmmmm….do we have a new cat? Let’s leave her on the porch when we leave.]

10:00am: Purchased our Wii at Toys-R-Us…victory!
We’re at home now, getting set up. [The Kitten was still home and expecting to come inside when we arrived. No one seems concerned that we have both a kitten AND a Wii.]

More Wii news to come. [And if you happen to have a Wii inspired name for a kitten – drop us a comment! ]

Wii collection