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Pain in the Neck


Like you wouldn’t believe.

We had the best weekend with our visitors. They got to Fayetteville around 9 on Friday night and the fun didn’t stop until they left yesterday at noon. They brought a Kinect for the Xbox which is a motion sensor system that recognizes your movements, so you essentially become the controller. It was awesome. *Or so I thought. We played Kinect Sports all night on Friday.


NOT me in case you’re wondering

Saturday we went to lunch and then drove 20 minutes north to Fast Lane Entertainment a.k.a. Heaven for 12 25 year-olds. Josh and Alex even came up for the day from Fort Smith. Six hours of Lazer Tag, arcade games, and Go Karts later, we left many, many dollars poorer and with a few alcoholic beverages in our tummies.

Despite all of this excitement (or rather, because of the aforementioned alcohol) the only two pictures I have of the day are this photo-booth strip

and this shot in front of the cotton candy arcade machine. Yes, as in a machine that takes tokens and in turn spins you fresh, delicious, warm cotton candy. It was every bit as amazing as it sounds.


After we left, it was quickly decided that we would continue our night with a dancing marathon.  But not just any kind of dancing: Kinect Dancing. Josh and Alex were persuaded to join us. Our friend Anna was called to come over. Pizza was ordered. Good times were had by all.

You haven’t had a video game dance party until you’ve had 9 people dancing to Poker Face in your living room. source

I had a blast. I even stayed up until 2 a.m. both nights, which is way past my big-girl bedtime. Unfortunately, the good times came to a screeching halt when Jacob and I both woke up yesterday morning in immense pain. Everywhere. My legs ache. My shoulders are so sore I could barely lift my arms to get dressed. I can’t turn my head, my neck is so stiff.  I have never in my life experienced this kind of soreness and pain.

Don’t get me wrong, it was all worth it. I guess the beer gods are just punishing me for having a little too much fun this weekend.

So instead of doing a training run for the 5k we’re doing this weekend or shopping for a dress for the wedding I’m coordinating Saturday, tonight I will be camping out in my jacuzzi tub popping Ibuprofen like they’re Skittles.



Oddly enough, ‘suffer from excruciating neck, back and shoulder pain’ was NOT on my To Do list this week.

Anyone have any advice on how to cure my video game/Lazer Tag/Go Kart induced ailment?

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  • Melissa Strayhorn March 1, 2011, 12:56 am

    For your neck alternate heat and ice….Heating pad for 20 minutes then an ice pack for 20 minutes! My neck always bothers me and this helps!

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    • Jessi March 1, 2011, 2:24 pm

      Thanks Melissa, I’ll try that!

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