Monday, December 22, 2008

Nintendo: You Had Me At 'Spa'

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Nintendo to attend an event called the Ultimate Mom Playdate. I'm sure for some of you this conjures up visions of half-naked cabana boys serving up trays of martinis and truffles and gyrating to Beyoncé while us moms whooped and hollered and grabbed at their man parts - but no.

Even better - and more sanitary - we were treated to an indulgent spa day. A day of pampering to help all us stressed, over-worked moms relax for a few hours and forget about carpools and making sandwiches and multiplying fractions. I can't speak for the other women there that day, but somehow Nintendo knew exactly what I needed to kick off my hectic holiday season. Okay, so a martini would have completed the picture, but my luxurious hand massage and manicure and oxygen facial lasted me for days afterward, which is probably longer than that cabana boy ever could.

Also, in addition to our pampering beauty treatments, we were given a one-on-one training session on the Wii Fit. I got a Wii Fit this past summer following a search that equaled the quest for the Holy Grail, but even after I got it I never really learned how to use it properly. After spending hours getting the hair just right on my Mii, I didn't have the energy to attempt a yoga pose or gyrate my hips doing the hula-hoop simulation. Mostly I've been content to watch Kira and Kiyomi use it - although I did make sure I encouraged them while they were working out by yelling things like, "Good job!" and "Ten more jumping jacks and I'll give you half of my cookie!" It's the Don't-Do-As-I-Do, Do-As-I-Say school of parenting at its worst and saddest, but it did allow me to have the couch all to myself.

The 'face' of Wii Fit, trainer Ashley Borden was there to take us through various exercises, and I have to admit it was a little depressing watching her do countless pushups and hold yoga poses for hours while I kept falling off the Wii balance board just trying to get my weight calculated. Who wants to look at someone's perfectly toned, abs-of-steel body when you keep flashing back to earlier that morning when you contemplated calling 911 to get help zipping up your pants? But Ashley was so warm and encouraging and funny, and when she told me that I could have a body like hers, I almost believed her even though I could have sworn I saw her crossing her fingers behind her back.

The event took place at Bliss Spa in The W Hotel. I wrote about The W before, how Rigel and I stayed there on our anniversary and how a few of their very cool complimentary Bliss toiletry kits may have mysteriously found their way into my suitcase. So I was a little afraid that I wouldn't be able to control myself if I saw one of the hotel maid's carts stocked with those nifty little courtesy packs, but you'll be happy to know I was content with just tucking a few bottles of Bliss water into my purse. You know, for that long drive home.

Energized from my spa day, I came home with a new determination to get in shape and fired up the Wii Fit for the first time in weeks. And even though it said I had gained a couple of pounds since my last session and it told me my Wii Fit age was 'deceased,' I managed to keep my balance through a few yoga poses and even beat Kira's score on the Ski Jump. After all, I'd like to be in shape in case those cabana boys show up at the next Nintendo event and challenge me to a hula-hoop contest.

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  1. 1) I want your job.

    2) I've been trying to find a Wii Fit but with no luck. I followed your link about using Wii Alert and will have to check it out. But does it only tell you how to purchase online, or will it tell you when units come into the store?


  2. Sounds like fun, I'd gladly challenge some cabana boys to a WiiFit yoga-off!

    Maybe the Nintendo coordinators could take care of that for you? :)

  3. Did they tell you how to get the dust off the Wii Fit board?

    Cause I am unsure of how you would go about that...

    Ooops. Did I say that out loud?

  4. You get to go to the COOLEST events!

    OK Nintendo, there are some nice spas in Nashville...hint hint. ;)

    I sorta covet the Wii Fit. Since I haven't made it to an actual gym in months, I'm thinking it might help. Maybe. Well that and a cabana boy to dab my brow with a towel.

  5. But you got the spa treatment after the Wii thing, right? Because the other way around would just not motivate me.

  6. Why has my Wii Fit character started to snore? Oh that's right I haven't used it. My daughter has created a Mii character for every person we have ever encountered. I think they need to diversify the hair options on the Mii's. It simply doesn't cut the mustard, but the cheese. I wish they didn't have so much weight emphasis for the kids though ... kind of gets out of control and the failure music with hanging head can seriously be trashed for the younger folks. For me it just gets me in obsessive complusive mode to defeat the machine. I am a hula hoop master, but I can't do it in real life to save myself? Hmmm ... strange ...

  7. You just need more hints and competition to be more successfully playing Wii Fit! Find cheats and hints of the world's best Wii Fit player at the Wii Fit Top Dog blog and all his world records at Go!


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