Friday, January 1, 2010

Stimulate the Brain

Oy! My brain has been mush. Seriously. Total mush.
The other day someone asked my age and I had to do the math...THAT is how bad its getting.

I've come to the conclusion that it could be because I am getting old, but it could also be lack of sleep. So I have decided to stimulate the brain a little bit more this year by doing some brain games. I figured I'd share, so try this one out and let me know what YOUR answer is and I'll tell you if you're right!


Rod and Steve play odds-or-evens throughout the week to decide who buys beers after work on Friday. Winner gets a beer; loser buys. In a player's individual tally, however, 1 win and 1 loss cancel each other out (they keep a master tally on a bar napkin). When they arrive at the bar on Friday, the napkin shows that Rod has won 5 games of odds-or-evens but is getting no beers and has to buy Steve 4 of his favorite brew. How many games of odds-or-evens did they play that week?

Don't you just love story problems? Hated them in school and still do!

Now on the off chance that my brain is failing because of lack of sleep, I got a prescription for some sleeping aid (starts with an A). Anyhow, if you've never taken this stuff let me tell you the warning label that came on the container;

After taking A, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. You have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy with A. Reported activities include:
  • driving a car ("sleep-driving")
  • making and eating food
  • talking on the phone
  • having sex
  • sleep-walking
Call your doctor right away if you find out that you have done any of the above activities. Sleep medicines may cause a special type of memory loss or amnesia.

I'm not kidding this is for real what it says on the patient medication guide that comes stapled to the packaging. The reported activities kinda wanna make you take 'em huh?!?! WTH?!?!

After taking it the first couple of nights, hubby has decided that HE will hide the medicine after I've taken the dose because indeed I do get up through the night and wander around. He doesn't want me to accidentally take another dose through the night. Apparently I have texted him through the night too telling him some jibberish that he finds totally humorous, and saves in his phone for future reference to humiliate me!

But all that being said...the stuff really works and seems to help the brain a little. See I was able to figure out that little story problem above, AND I know how old I am ;)

BRAIN TRIVIA: Your brain can actually grow if you put it to use. Brain scans of cab drivers in London have shown that the hippocampus-the part of the brain that helps us navigate-is larger that that of other people.


Anonymous said...

Oh man, I remember when Melanie (mom) took "A" when she was pregers. In the middle of the night after sleeping for a bit she came upstairs asking everyone for a "Skittle Spoon". When asking her what she was talking about she explained "The spoon you use to get the skittles out of the bag!" She was very upset we didn't know what she was talking about.

LOL good times
<3 daughter c

Luke said...

Answer to the story problem....
Two guys work an honest week, then get to go out Friday to enjoy a couple of beers to relax and decompress.
As long as it only takes a couple of hours, neither gets sloppy drunk, and they both go home to their families and are good husbands/dads.... I don't really care how many games they played !!

Erin said...


Katy said...

I know someone who got had lots of that stuff happen. The only time I ever took it I lived alone, so I have no idea if I did crazy stuff or not.

baby trevor's mommy said...

Yes...taking "A" is how moms of more than two kids still party! ;)


Anonymous said...

come on mama- I'm too lazy for the answer. Hell, I can't even figure out HOW to do the answer.