Sunday, November 22, 2009

Can Wii Have Fun? Yes, Wii Can!

I have been fortunate to be able to attend many blogging events in the past couple of years, but I've never been the one who gets to actually host one before. But in my new capacity as a Nintendo Brand Enthusiast with Brand About Town (see bottom of the post for disclosure), I was lucky enough to be able to host a Wii Fit Plus party for some of my good friends!

Yay, me!

I wish I could have invited each and every one of you to this party. I actually had a lot of private angst over my invite list. We ended up with a wonderful group of women from both my blogging and my non-online circles.

We met at the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, where I immediately embarrassed the friends I carpooled with by taking a lot of photos of the outside of the building. Evidently, they haven't been to a lot of blogging events with me. 'Cause I'm the photo queen. On a related note, you can all go see the Flickr group for the party here.

The great thing about the gallery is that three of its walls were made of glass, so all the passersby could look in and see us being silly.

At one point I had to engage in a making-faces contest with some small children. Because I am evidently six years old.

The Brand About Town people definitely wined and dined us. I gotta say though that their green smoothies freaked me out a little bit. (And I wonder why my kids are so insane about what they eat.)

I drank one of the strawberry smoothies.
Which was by far the least scary smoothie.

Here we are learning about the new features of the Wii Fit Plus. I will not go into them here, but if you are so inclined, you are welcome to read about them in my review, which is posted on my review site.

We split up into groups to play, based on the highly scientific drawing-a-rock system.

I was "believe," as in "I believe I will make smart-alecky
comments throughout this event."

We started with yoga, which I do not normally do. Here is my friend Heather doing what I refer to as The Charlie's Angels Pose.

Here are Leticia and ALW flapping, flapping, flapping for all they're worth, trying to score points in a flying game.

Naturally, all *I* was trying to do was balance my camera and my glass of wine.

It was so wonderful to see my friends. It was also wonderful to see my friends grin when the Brand About Town people gave them each a Wii Fit Plus with balance board.

Above you see Jill, me, and Leticia in the front row and ALW, Robin, Susan, Kate, Andrea, Sue, Sandie, Kimberly, Joanne, Heather, and my non-blogger buddy M in the back row. My friend E is not pictured because she had to leave early because her husband locked himself and his kids out of their house and car. E's husband? You're on notice.

Thanks to Nintendo, Brand About Town, and all my friends for coming. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Also, I'll be giving away a Wii and Wii Fit Plus with a balance board on my review blog soon! Stay tuned for that announcement!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for hosting this party. However, I also did not have to plan or pay for it. As a brand enthusiast, I am sometimes sent free things, which I review on Things. And Stuff., my review site. While my guests were each given a Wii Fit Plus with a balance board when they left the party, I walked out with a (fabulous) Wii Fit warmup jacket. (Which was promptly stolen by Jack.) My guests also each got a jacket.

(He insisted on holding a Wii remote and standing on the balance board
while I took his photo. Seriously, HE should be the brand enthusiast.)


  1. OMG...I'm so sad I missed this! Looks like you had a great time and the free stuff, wow! Damn flu!

  2. Thanks, again, Jean! I had a blast. but i missed the smoothies. I guess the whole getting lost and running through Bethesda thing, messed me up. The green ones do look a little scary, but strawberries sound yummy. darn. i am now hunting for wii deals, actively hunting...

  3. Thank you so much for including me at least so I could verify that the green smoothies weren't actually algae infused swamp water. Seriously they were good!

    And you better believe that I'll be stalking your blog so I can try to win the Wii so I can play the bird flapping game all the time! 'Cause you know if I don't win, I'll be inviting myself over to play with Quinn!

  4. And yes, Jack should absolutely be a mini Wii enthusiast! It isn't child labor if they only get "paid" in Wii games, right?

  5. SQUEEEEEEE!!! I am *so* bookmarkingyour review site to win me that Wii! Ahem, I mean, to check out your reviews.

  6. GAH!! My college-roommate reunion was postponed until this coming weekend (leave it to the ole UD girls to mess things up--), but I had already told you I couldn't go. It looks like it was a BLAST, and I'm so bummed I missed it.

    I did, however, get to see New Moon last-minute with some bookclub pals, so I guess that makes up for missing out on (hmmmmm.....) green smoothies and a super-awesome Wii party in Bethesda with my cooler-than-cool pals.

  7. So I am trying to think of something witty to say, but I am too depressed, being a B-lister with no strange smoothie or wee fit+. Maybe Santa will come through.

  8. I"m so sorry I had to miss it! Cause ya know, I was in the hospital birthing a baby. But I'll bet I would have looked sillier than Tech Savvy Mama flapping my wings

  9. "I wanna win, I wanna win, I wanna win"

  10. It was so much fun! Thanks for the invite and thanks Nintendo for the Wii Fit Plus! I've been flapping and Segweying all day!

  11. Awesome for you guys!!!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time, and hooray for having time with friends. Also, those green smoothies look GROSS. Patrick drinks those sometimes when we get stuff at Borders; they come in a bottle, I think BareNaked makes them? More power to him, and I try to smile and encourage his healthy choice while gagging quietly on the inside. Blecch!!!!

  12. Jean I had so much fun! Thanks for inviting me. You could have knocked me over with a feather when they brought out the Wii Fit Plus for us to take home, I had no idea that was coming! I didn't try the bird flapping game, but I definitely will and I know my boys will have fun with it. Now we just need to get a Wii!

  13. Wow. Does my ass always look like that? Crap.

  14. Gah! So I totally made the wrong decision to visit my parents instead of attend an uber-awesome Stimey-hosted bash! I will not make the same mistake again. (And am also totally directing all my lucky karma toward your upcoming giveaway!!!)

  15. Sorry I missed your party...but I also had a great time the ngiht before!

    Sad thing is, I am not sure I'll ever get to see you again. At least not until 2010?


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