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I have a confession to make.  I collect exercise paraphernalia.  I am one of those people.  I see some new piece of exercise equipment or workout video and I fall right into it’s trap and before you know it, it is in my living room.   Yes, I even had a Tony Little Gazelle at one point.  I’m so ashamed.  It’s a good thing my house isn’t bigger or things might get ugly.

I have made a vow that at some point I am going to create the ultimate workout, incorporating them all.  Maybe it will make me millions.  I could make quite the circuit workout using the circular floor plan of my house. Hmmm, that’s a thought.

In the meantime, I have just discovered an alternative and fantastic use for all this crap.  This morning I pulled out the mini trampoline, which I actually do use while watching tv.  It’s fun, what can I say.

By the way, have you caught the The Starter Wife mini series that led to the new tv series on USA.  I ran across it Monday morning by accident and I have to say, I really like it.  I think I am going to tivo the series even though I can’t imaging having more TV I feel obligated to watch.  No wonder I’m so fat.

Anyway, I digress.  So,  I am making lunch for the kids after preschool today and all of a sudden the wining for food and milk and crackers and “I’m hungry” and “When’s lunch” etc.  came to a halt and all I could hear was laughing coming from the living room.

This, I had to check out.  What did I find?  Ian was happily bouncing on the mini trampoline and Ada had turned over the Bosu Ball in the trampoline’s spot in the corner and was balancing, struggling, falling off and trying again.  I also saw the pilates ball that they love to roll around and chase, usually leading to them chasing each other and the bands which make for great, if not a little dangerous, tug of war ropes.  It was a little bit of an aha moment.

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This stuff may go to good use after all.  See, I live in Seattle and if you know nothing else about Seattle, you probably know that it rains a lot here.  And I mean a lot.  It is cloudy and dreary and a stay inside day here more days than not.  Why do we live here?  You got me?  No really,  there are lots of really great things about living in Seattle, the weather just isn’t one of them.

Anyway,  heading into the winter months with small kids has to have all Seattle moms a little nervous.  Without the backyard or neighborhood park at our disposal, how do you keep the kids and yourself from going completely stir crazy?  Well, I think that I may have just found myself a solution.

The exercise equipment playground has erected itself in our living room.  A little messy?  yeah.  A little rambunctious?  Yeah, but just for a little while and the tired satisfied look of children that just had a good romp and now are ready for a nice long nap is priceless and worth an hour of chaos any day.

And you know the best part? I can’t wait to play with them.  Exercise and family fun for everyone. Ahhhh.

I am easily distracted by computer games and this is my latest obsession. Anyone of my generation should fully appreciate my love of Super Mario Bros. Mario and Luigi filled hours and hours of dead air during my younger, less productive years.

This little online flash game is called Mario Star Catcher and is rather addictive. Collect the coins and reach the big star. Use the left and right arrows to move and the space bar to jump.

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Beware: Play at your own risk and not when you have anything better to do.

For more online and downloadable Mario games visit Mario Brothers Online. I especially like Mario Forever.