May
18
2009

  Thank Goodness For Flood-It

When I gave up facebook for Lent, I found some Google apps to amuse myself, my favorite being "Flood-It". It's a 14 x 14 grid of colored squares (advanced levels have more squares, but you can just play the same size all the time). You start with the color in the upper-left corner and then choose one of the colors adjacent to it, and click on the corresponding dot on the side. The original square turns into the color you chose, and is now bound to all adjacent squares of the same color. You continue to choose colors until the whole board is one color.

Although I discovered it as a Google app, it's annoying to play on your iGoogle page because the page automatically reloads, and if you're in the middle of a game then it's lost. After a bit of searching, I discovered that if you load the app in your orkut.com page (I don't even know what the exact point of orkus is, really, it's just another networking site) you can play it uninterrupted.

The reason I am so fond of orkut now, is because I can play it while breastfeeding. William continues on a fast feeding schedule, every 2 to 3 hours, so between nursing him, burping him, changing him, and coaxing him to sleep, I don't have long periods of time to concentrate on other things (like updating my stock charts and coming up with a current trading plan, I'm struggling to focus enough to get that done, but I really do want to get back to making some money).

And while all the breastfeeding sites explain that you should pay attention to your baby while he's eating, it's a special time of mother-son bonding, yada yada yada, I can only do that sometimes. I've got ADD. The boy eats from 20 to 30 minutes at a time, and as cute as he is, I get bored of bonding before he's done eating. When I just sit there, bored, I get irritable, which starts to negate the bit of bonding I just finished. But when I can occupy my mind otherwise, I'm neutral, and don't care how long it takes him to eat.

It's nice when Terry is around to talk to me, but he's working in the garden many hours of the day (today I could see him in the front field planting trees from my bedroom window). I tried reading, doing crossword puzzles, talking on the phone while feeding, but all those were either hard to do with one hand, or were hard to manage with the micro-interruptions that come with feeding (correcting the latch, adjusting positions, etc).

But I can play Flood-It! It's not timed, so it doesn't matter if I have to stop to burp the baby or change a diaper. It doesn't require quick reflexes, so I can use either hand to move the mouse onto the colored dot and click. It's engaging, but doesn't require concentration so I can pick right back up where I was after an interruption.