Friday, August 12, 2011

Stupid - O - Meter

So while we seem to be discussing fatigue this week, I thought I'd share my latest fatigue assessment tool.

I've always wished that I had some kind of gauge located on me somewhere. A gauge that would measure my energy reserves similar to the gas gauge in Goldie. My body sends me cues when I'm overdoing things, but if I've had a double shot espresso latte, I'm zooming along on fake energy and blithely disregard my symptoms.

It's so important that I know how much energy I have because, as we all know, a TIRED JULIA = STUPID JULIA.

It's so, so true. Last week during my impressive crash and burn state, I was talking to Terese and Susan about....I don't remember...whatever. But I opened my mouth and said something, and the two of them looked at me incredulously.

Do you realize that sentence didn't make a bit of sense?, Susan said. And we all laughed because, thank goodness, these two understand the TIRED JULIA = STUPID JULIA equation completely.

However. I may have stumbled onto a remarkably accurate energy gauge, or as I like to think of it, a Stupid - O - Meter. It doesn't have a readout or empty and full markings. No, this thing is in a very surprising form.

Have you ever played the Facebook game Bejeweled Blitz? It's a game in which the object is to line up three matching jewels and score points.

Well, there you go. It's perfect. My ability to conceptualize the configuration of the jewels is an astoundingly accurate measure of my TIRED = STUPID levels.

Score 100,000 points and blowing up jewels like crazy: Green light. Go do whatcha need to do, girl.

Score 50,000 and panicked when that annoying game guy voice says TIME UP: Yellow light. Proceed with caution.

Look at the screen and think blankly, Wow. That's a lot of pretty colored rocks: Aooogaaa! AAAoooggaaa! Warning, warning! Stop immediately! Step away from the computer and fall into bed!

So far, it's been a pretty accurate indicator.

John: Hon, are you feeling up to doing a few errands for me today?
Julia: I'm not sure. Let me consult my Stupid - O - Meter. (play play play play play) Hmmm.....only scored a 20,000......sorry Babe. Wouldn't be prudent at this time.


Anonymous said...

OMG, I need that laugh today, thank you.

Jenny P said...

I think that's genius:) As a former Bejeweled addict, I think that makes a lot of sense! We all have games - solitaire, minesweeper, sudoku - and they use play as therapies and diagnostics in plenty of other conditions. I think you may have hit on something!!

phsymom said...

What a great idea and a humorous post to boot. It's always nice to be able to have a good laugh, especially when your morning has already been spectacularly crappy.

I laughed out loud at the "AAAoooggaaa". I can hear it perfectly in my head. My Grandfather had one of these horns on his old Chevy and loved letting me play with it. Or perhaps what he really enjoyed is annoying all the other adults ... LOL

Anonymous said...

LOL! Very cute! I'm off to see what my score is, with a migraine I am seeing that I should go to bed without playing, but I have been there all day, so I should change things up and see what my base go to bed score is!

GrandmaMarilyn said...

That is very cool, Julia. I am the same way. When I can't go to sleep, I will play myself stupid with this game so that I fall to sleep. Getting ready to write a Squidoo Post on my addiction to this game. Can't stay away from it.