The Topsies just celebrated our first anniversary with our Wii, and I’ll admit that in the latter part of the year, the poor little guy had been gathering a smidge of dust on his case. But I wasn’t immune to those cool web ads and demos about the next best thing coming to Wii – – the Wii Fit!!
It has been months since I didn’t have to leave my top pants button unbuttoned, and that means it is HIGH TIME I got serious about getting fit – – and if some techie gadget is willing to motivate me toward my goals, then all the better.
I was hyped. That is, of course, until I found out I was going to have to break into my neighbor’s house at 3:00 in the morning and steal theirs if I actually wanted one. The blooming things were ridiculously hard to get your hands on. Fortunately, there is nothing I like better than a challenge.
Amazon.com was out of stock, of course, but offered to let you sign up for text messages when the Fits were restocked. The first time they texted, my phone was out of power. Missed it by a long shot. A week later the text showed up during church. I could barely concentrate on the rest of the service because I was so busy imagining our next sanctuary upgrade where we finally get free wi-fi alongside the hymnal racks in each pew.
A few days later, yet another text came while I was driving down the interstate. Thank God I still don’t have net access on my phone, or this post would likely be written from the local mortuary.
Finally, one fine afternoon, Amazon texted me that the Fits were in stock, and all I happened to be doing was laundry. It was five minutes at the most between the time I got the text and the time I logged into Amazon only to discover that they were already sold out. I was fairly sure that a personal boycott of Amazon by me and my family probably wasn’t going to bankrupt the company overnight, but the idea was definitely entertained.
But the very next day the little beep on my phone went off, and I never even checked it. I just knew. I jumped up from the couch, ran down the hall, jumped over and across the bed, and bounded into the computer chair. My fingers fairly flew as I typed in the letters. A-M-A-Z-O-N… At this point, I figured that whether or not I got there in time, I had already burned quite a few calories in my attempt to order. Bingo!!! That was the lucky day that my online shopping cart finally got filled up with the Wii Fit.
The big box arrived a few days after Christmas. Just in time to fulfill all my New Year’s resolutions and then some. This is my year to move and groove it, and finally button my pants. I can just feel it….