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Snacktime at Caterpickles Central

I’ve been making a lot of green smoothies lately in an attempt to painlessly increase my fruit and vegetable intake. I love them (usually). The Seven-Year-Old is much less enthusiastic.

The Seven-Year-Old, eying the concoction I was spooning out of the blender: “What is that stuff?”

Mommyo, cheerfully: “My smoothie. Want some?”

The Seven-Year-Old, disgustedly: “Definitely not.”

Mommyo, determinedly cheerfully: “Ok. You can say no to frozen spinach yogurt blueberry apple deliciousness if you want.”

The Seven-Year-Old: “It’s the spinach yogurt part. I don’t think that would be very good.”

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6 Responses to “Snacktime at Caterpickles Central”

    • Shala Howell

      Thanks for the question, and for stopping by Caterpickles. Although the 7YO does play lots of games on her Dad’s iPad (and uncle’s phone) when allowed, she hasn’t yet shared with me her thoughts on them. She’s too busy slicing fruit and setting traps for bad guys to do more than grunt at me to go away. I’ll ask her to see if she would like to give more extensive reviews of her favorite iPad games for Caterpickles. Ultimately, though, this blog is unlikely to become a hot bed of video gaming info as the 7YO is more interested in reading than gaming. I can’t even get her to play Minecraft, if you can believe it, although she LOVES loves loves to read the Minecraft strategy books. Go figure.


  1. jgarbuz

    Hi. I suppose reading about Minecraft is probably more exciting than playing it. I’m a 68 year old former teacher and just love playing video games, only the more “hard core” and story-rich games rather than the “puzzlers” and “arcade” ones that people tend to play on tablets and “smart” phones. There are so many genres. I do believe that video games (and virtual reality in general) will be to the 21st century what movies were to the 20th and long novels were in the 19th, i.e. the premiere entertainment media of era. But it’s a difficult field to discuss in general since just playing as a typical game may take anywhere from 8-50 hours or more to play through. And most players are under age 40 and so its a hard field to cover journalistically. A typical movie might take two hours or so view, and a typical novel probably a day to read and even less to skim through. You cant skim through a video game, but some of the better ones have some good narratives between all the shooting and gameplay. And it’s hard to describe the emotions and satisfaction gained from “beating a boss” in a hard fought battle. Anyhow, thanks for responding and do have a Happy New Year.


    • Shala Howell

      Sorry for the slow reply. I put away my computer (and subsequently, blogging) for the last week of the year. I agree with you about the more complicated games. It’s one reason I think it’s unlikely that Caterpickles will ever include much by way of gaming reviews. Unless the 7YO becomes really interested in them and posts about them herself. Between all my other writing goals, I don’t see myself having the time to do the more complicated strategy games justice in a review. Have you thought about starting a gaming blog yourself? You clearly have the interest required, and I bet what you’d have to say would make interesting reading.

      Thanks again for stopping by, and Happy New Year!


      • jgarbuz

        Happy New Year to you too. I have thought about the fact that there are no blogs for gamers over age 40, and that is a shame. It’s a vast potential market benig ignored by the industry, but rthen it’s almost impossible to get oldsters to try something new, especially when there is a bit of a learning curve involved with the inevitable frustrations. It’s frustrating for me not to have anyone my age to discuss some of these great games with, as it would be for avid readers not being able to discuss their favorite books with functional illiterates who either could not or did not want to learn how to read. But as young gamers grow up and take over the culture, the medium will become as mainstream and accepted as literature, plays and moves and other forms of widespread entertainment.

        Be well.


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