No it’s not what you are thinking.
Hi my name is Catherine and I am a recovering Scrambaholic.
Let me give you a little background information. Spelling is not one of my strong suites. Baking: yes, sarcasm: yes, over-analyzing:yes, spelling:no. But I can read, very, very well so in a game like Boggle or Scramble, where the words are already there and I just have to find them, I kick-ass.
Facebook introduced me to this internet time suck/addiction known as Scramble a couple of weeks ago. Okay honestly it isn’t even really Facebook’s fault…it’s my friend Gillian’s because without her I would never have known about it. Just kidding Gillian, you are only partially to blame.
Have you ever played Scramble? If you have you might know what I am talking about if you haven’t I’ll give you a little run down.
Scramble is like Boggle. There is a grid of either 16 or 25 letters. You have 3 minutes to try and find as many words as you can using letters that are are directly next to, below, above or catty corner from each other. The more letters the words have the more points you get, the more points you have the happier you are. You can play this game with/against friends or you can play it solo.
They say an addiction is bad when you do it by yourself, well I was playing solo. I would log on to Facebook just to play one game, and 20 minutes later would have to fight myself to just close the page and walk away. “Just one more game, it’s only 3 minutes” became my mantra.
Pretty soon my brain was completely Scrambled (okay, even more than normal). I was seeing grids of letter when I would close my eyes to go to sleep, I would try to find hidden words in signs, the pages of books and recipes. Words were popping into my head … Star, Start, Starts, Started, Starter oh! maybe I could get stat, state and stated if the letters are right, but wait I’m not even playing, I’m cooking dinner!
I was suffering from what I refer to as Scrambrain, which is a very serious and life changing disorder…or something.
I guess a game every once in a while is okay but when letters and words start to take over your brain it might be time to pull the plug. I am starting to move past my addiction and haven’t played once today. In reality I think I am kind of over it, it just isn’t as exciting as it once was. When I have played in the last few days my head just wasn’t in it. Although I am sure I haven’t played my last round of Scramble, I think it is time for a break.
Is it totally lame that I was so addicted to Scramble? Maybe. I guess this is how it goes with “new” internet things, I love it for a while and then more on. Just not this blog, I love it and I am sticking with it.
Did you really think you could get rid of me that easily?