OMG you guys, I’m such a liar.
My last post was about how little free time I have, and I swear I believed it at the time. Then later as I was crawling into bed, I picked up my Nintendo DS, and I realized I’m totally full of shit.
A couple years ago, I posted about my other part-time job: Animal Crossing (read it here for the backstory). As mayor of Cat Town, I pull weeds, deliver my town’s citizens’ packages, hunt for rare bugs, and continually redecorate my house. It’s an important job that requires a daily check-in, otherwise things get a little out of hand. This job takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes before I fall asleep – it’s been built into my schedule since something like 2004. (No joke).
But for as completely satisfied as I am with my current version of AC, last September they released Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. The description reads:
As the new designer at Nook’s Homes, you’ll get to create homes, yards, and buildings—and make all your new animal friends happy.
Dudes, I have been training for this game for almost a decade.
No longer am I the mayor (and the lack of status does irk me), but now I’ve been hired as an interior decorator. When local animal says, “Design a tropical room for me,” I already know: the Cabana furniture series. Or when I was asked to design a school, it was like OMG I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for yearsssss. And let me tell you, my school has classroom libraries, collaborative spaces for flexible grouping, and a print-rich environment.
And let’s not forget the restaurants, hotel, concert hall, shopping mall, corporate office, and hospital I’ve designed, and redesigned.
As much as I love the new and old game, it presents a curious dilemma: how do I best manage my video game playing time? Do I alternate nights? Do I play a little of both each night? This leaves very little time for reading a book before bed…
So when I boo-hoo, “I’ve got no free time to learn how to needle felt,” or whatever, it’s all crap. I’ve made the choice to devote a percentage of everyday to playing Nintendo, and frankly, between Animal Crossing and the daily lunchtime soccer I play with the 7th grade boys at school, and our employee discount at Nike, I’m living the pre-teen dream.
Looking for a GREAT gift for under the Christmas tree this year? I think I’ve given you a very solid option.