“I definitely earned the cheevo for agony.” Link said as we drove away from the doctor’s office. It took me a moment to parse this statement and I only half succeeded when I remembered that cheevo is video gamer slang for achievement. It refers to badges one can earn by accomplishing things in video games. We had not been playing video games, we’d just exited the doctor’s office after having Link’s ingrown toenail removed.
“You earned a cheevo?” I said, trying to sound like I knew what he was talking about while gathering more information.
“Yup. I need to write it down in my notebook.”
“You have a notebook for cheevos?” I was an awesome conversationalist on this particular day.
“The one I got in my stocking for Christmas. I’m using it to keep track of all my cheevos.”
Further conversation clarified that when Link is faced with something challenging, he makes a cheevo for it in his book. When he accomplishes that difficult thing, he draws himself a little badge as a reward. It seems to me that a notebook full of cheevos is a good thing to have. I love that he made it for himself.