Periodically, instead of staying up late to work (either for "work" or home stuff), I'll sit on my bed and play some Nintendo DS games, prior to going to sleep. Well, this past week has been COLD in St. Louis, so I was much more inclined to crawl into my nice soft and WARM bed, than being up and about.
It was early in the evening, for me, at 10:30, so I figured I had a fair amount of gaming time in front of me. I settled in to play a little bit of the "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box" game that Dianne gave me for my birthday.
I was having a great time playing, and Dianne was in bed next to me reading a book. Eventually, she decided to go to sleep and turned out her light. I decided to continue playing for a while...in the dark...as I commonly do when she is ready to go to sleep. Can I have a hooray for back-lit LCD screens? HOORAY!
I was playing for a while, sitting with the blankets over my lap, propped up on some pillows when suddenly I heard a very loud sound. It sounded like someone slammed the back door leading into our kitchen.
This was odd, as I knew everyone was in bed, and I knew the back door was closed. Also, none of our critters even budged. My dog remained asleep in the living room, and our youngest cat, Mozart, was curled up next to me. She didn't even lift her cute little head! Our oldest cat is deaf and probably wouldn't have noticed anything, anyway.
I decided NOT to get out of the nice soft and WARM bed, and continued playing the game.
Suddenly, BOOM!!!, the sound came again. This time, the wall behind me (plaster - and solid as a rock) shook. Even the picture on the wall over the bed rattled a little. OK, I was NOT imagining things. What was going on? The cat next to me lifted her head, looked around, and went back to sleep.
Again, I decided NOT to get out of the nice soft and WARM bed, and continued playing the game.
This time, I very nearly dropped my DS game, the shock was so great. The cat again looked around.
I sat in the bed, very very still, hoping to hear a clue as to what was happening. Something must be going on outside, I thought. I didn't hear any voices, or other activity. No dogs were barking in the neighborhood, either. Strange. VERY strange.
I went back to the game. It is a fun game, if you like riddles and puzzles. I recommend it! (Shameless Nintendo plug. BTW, Nintendo, I'd be perfectly willing to host a Nintendo party in my home. Hint. Hint. You're the greatest! Even better than Boar's Head Horseradish sauce and that is saying something!)
Did I mention that I went back to the game? Yes, I did. I went back to the game.
This time, the impact ended up knocking me back, and even off the side of my pillow a little bit! Holy COW! What was going on? Why did no one else hear this or wake up? It was LOUD and the wall was even shaking, for goodness sake.
It was then that I realized what was happening. I was actually briefly falling asleep, my head would fall back and SMASH into the wall behind me, which then woke me up. OUCH. It happened so quickly, I didn't even realize I was falling asleep and getting woken up by the impact of my skull smashing into the rock hard plaster wall.
Sadly, this is not the only experience I've had with falling asleep playing video games. It has also happened on my couch. The neighbor's house was on fire that time.
I'm pretty sure I deserve that Nintendo Party. I'll be waiting.