General catch up for 3-17-18

I have been really quiet lately other then some reviews and a dream post, but that is because life is incredibly hectic at the moment. I figured I owed some explanation and a catchup for everyone.


Wolsey left his job at the DoD and is working at my old place, Washington State State Auditor’s Office. I am incredibly excited for him. It is a great job and he will do awesome. I am only a little sad at him leaving, we have worked together again here for two and a half years, I love working with him. Now he is onto a job with slightly different time and not near me.

This is me right now

I have my foot back in a cast. My foot is still broken from October and I go back in on April 2nd to see if I need surgery. I suspect that will be a yes. Until then I can’t drive in to work anymore so I am on medical telework. Wolsey is no longer working there so he can’t drive me, and my foot doesn’t fit with its boot in his car or definitely not my manual transmission driven car.


Gaming is going to start back up. Due to all of the stuff going on with work I had to travel to Atlanta and our D&D game has been cancelled. This Sunday is the first time in six weeks we have gotten to play. I am looking forward to running it.


I have a new series on my Things You Should Know Youtube channel called “The Great War”. Its like my Civil War series but for World War I instead of the Civil War. I am pretty excited. I have pre-made videos 6-10 weeks ahead for both series, this gives me a breather in case I get hurt again, go out because of surgery, etc.

My History Youtube Channel Click to go to it.

I have started my Udemy blender course for 3d art, but everything else has kind of slowed it down. This week I hope to get back to it. There are a few other things, but the timing isn’t right to chat about them. I hope everything is going well for all of you, and I believe I am back to posting regularly about my life on top of the reviews!


Weird Trailer Diner (dream)

Just woke up from a weird dream freaked out, even though nothing too scary happened.

A group of us had arrived at a diner, it was an incredibly busy and was tiny, maybe 7-8 tables packed with people. These were more like small kitchen tables shoved around then actual diner seating. The weird thing is the shape of the diner and the way it looked had a resemblance to the living room/kitchen of the mobile home I used to own. The big difference was a lot more windows, and there was a side door that went out on the side of trailer towards where the pond would have been.

A group of people cut in front of me after it was my turn. I was frustrated and wandered around this cramped diner trying to figure out where to sit. The people that cut in front of me included a shorter, stockier blond guy who sort of reminds me of a coworker who likes to insert himself into everything… in the dream he just smiled at me and sat down to eat. I was so damn angry at him for cutting, especially since he knew he cut in front of me. However I didn’t want to make a scene so I kept looking around.

Meanwhile the rest of my group had taken their seats and ordered and begun to eat.  I am by myself pissed as hell, trying to figure out where I can squish when the food I ordered appears in my hand (I can’t remember if it was a waiter or if it just appeared). I find a corner to stand in and begin to eat, pissed off the whole time. I couldn’t even tell which table my group had sat at.

That is when there is some sort of commotion. People are freaking out about something, but whatever it was I haven’t seen it. People start sneaking out of the diner through that side door I talked about. Some sort of blueish creature seems to be wandering around and people are getting caught when they are outside and hauled up to the side of the diner, under what would be our overhanging roof/porch area.

Asshole guy gets up and starts freaking out, running around. Meanwhile I sit down and just start eating, thankful that a place finally opened up and I can just relax a bit. I am uncomfortable and I know its dangerous but its a nice break. The lights in the place go out and whatever that thing is comes into the diner itself (or maybe it was there the whole time, I couldn’t tell) and starts doing weird martial arts side flips going after Mr. Ass. He freaks out trying to get out while I keep eating, debating how I want to leave. The whole time I was hoping the thing would eat Mr. Ass’s face… that wasn’t nice and not my normal reaction.

Then I wake up actually a lot more freaked out then I felt in the dream. Heart pounding, wondering what time it was and what was going on. I realize this is probably me working out what is going on with work, but still it was annoying.

The Path (Season 2)

I am beginning to learn that maybe there is something to the “sophomore slump” meaning the second season of a show tends to not hit the same peaks as season 1. That isn’t to say I haven’t like the show, but you can see some changes that should have happened and didn’t and some that didn’t but should have.

I want to say first of all that the acting is just as good, if not better. Aaron Paul is someone a person can identify with even more, Hugh Dancy is becoming more unhinged and the rest just flow together better.

That being said the season was too long. They added three more episodes, but that just made the main point drag way too much. Instead of telling a story the writers had to fill time and that is what made it not as high up on my list. The single biggest plot issue I had was the disappearance of the whole investigating a murder storyline. I realize it is a little bit of a spoiler to say that, but there is absolutely nothing about it in the second season, as if the writers just cut it out completely. Maybe it will come back around in Season 3, but I doubt it.

Pros: Once again Aaron Paul is great, the rest do well in acting. The character and actor for Hawk is just growing on me.

Cons: Sometimes making a longer season doesn’t make the show better. Too much filler means it takes too long to tell the story.

The Path (Season 1)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a show about a Aaron Paul and a cult. I put it off watching it because it really isn’t my normal thing. Then one day I needed something to watch and thought I could blow an hour watching it. Now I have been binge watching it. What I didn’t really expect was how interesting it was.

A story about loss of faith, the prison of belief and how to deal with the in and out groups in your life was a lot better show then expected. Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame has moved out form his younger sidekick role and he carries the show. He is surrounded by other great actors like Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan.

The show is fairly quick paced as it explores the cult of Meyerism and the issues of that kind of religious dogma and fanatacism. There is a foreboding of Jonestown or Waco in the subtext, along with petrified heirarchy that seems to insinuate itself into the movement. Followed by the search for truth, not only in religious subtext, but also in what is really happening behind the scenes kind of way. Is the movement corrupt, or is it just a few people? All of it makes it interesting for drama, and that is what it is good at.

Pros: Aaron Paul is great, the pacing is fairly quick and it ends at a good point.

Cons: I am unsatisfied yet again with the main female character. They seem to be following down that rabbit hole of a woman who can’t choose, who is unable to make up her mind. Hopefully next season they will fix that.

Shut Eye (Entire Series)

It deserved more than two seasons.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a stellar breakthrough in writing, but if you enjoyed Jeffrey Donovan in Burn Notice, you will enjoy this a lot.

Following Charlie Haverford (Donovan) who is a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling businesses in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client’s angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new “clairvoyant,” and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths. 

The show was well written, quirky and both fun and serious at the same time. Jeffrey Donovan was the central hub for the first season and that made it interesting. The second season tried to expand into the subplots with the secondary characters and that is where I think people lost interest. Not enough time on Charlie, too much time on his horrific wife. I did like that there was a scammer/psychic fraud underworld in LA. That was a new twist.

The things I disliked other then the expansion was the way the wife’s character was written, and how Charlie wouldn’t do anything about it. I also disliked that the show portrayed Romani as the illegal underground for psychics. I don’t think it was on purpose, but it played into a lot of stereotypes about Romani, when it looked like they were trying to overcome that.

Pros: Good acting, and a very up on it Jeffrey Donovan made this an interesting show.

Cons: The loss of focus on Charlie, the representation of Romani and especially how horrible they made Charlie’s wife.

Even with all that, I am disappointed there wasn’t a third season.

Operation Hail Storm (book review)

Operation Hail Storm (Hail, #1)Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full disclosure, I was given an audiobook copy of this book by the author for a review.

A good techno-thriller novel that is easy to listen to.

First, I just want to say that any criticisms in this review are not meant to indicate the book isn’t good. I enjoyed it immensely. Rather, as someone who doesn’t read techno-thrillers regularly (and who hasn’t read one in almost thirty years) I was surprised by a few things. I hadn’t realized the genre was fairly similar to the romance genre in style. I thought by pointing out here for readers not familiar with techno thrillers things that seem to be normal for the genre.

The writing is smooth, easy to understand. You can start right into it without being familiar with the world. The writing does address technical aspects, but Mr. Arquette doesn’t get lost in big words, rather the descriptions work for people who don’t have a background in science. It makes it easy to understand what he is describing, and more than that it makes the reading interesting.

The story is about a man named Marshall Hail who is super smart, super rich, super famous and like Bruce Wayne seems to be ahead of the villains most of the time. If the main character was a woman, it would be called a Mary Sue. However, it works for the book. Marshall is still very entertaining.

Meanwhile most of the villains are fairly two dimensional bad guys, there as a means to move the story. The end of the book did give a shift in the Russian arms-dealer and hinted at more, but that was it. Even the government characters are more used as foils for Marshall.

Mr. Arquette has a fan now, and maybe I will check out more techno-thrillers to go with my collection of romance novels, and maybe I will try some of his writings that aren’t techno-thrillers.

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A lot of people don’t understand why I am not satisfied with my current employment. I get paid more than I probably ever will again, for a job that is much easier than any job I will have in the future. I have many reasons I am not satisfied, one of the reasons for my dislike is the travel.

I realize it is normal for a lot of couples to spend time away from each other. I hear from some people “that’s healthy”, but not for me. Before this job, over 22 years of marriage I had only been away from my husband for maybe three days at most. Since I started my job in 2014 however I have spent 4+ weeks a year away from him, the pay, the ease of job isn’t worth it to me.

It is probably partially because my parents didn’t spend time away from each other. The only time they did was when it was forced by outside forces (primarily if my dad had to do any time in jail). Other than that, in their entire 46-year marriage they never spent a day away from each other.

I hate being away from him, I would rather work in fast food, living paycheck to paycheck then to spend a night from him. Eventually I will be in a position to change this situation. I won’t wait for some “future date” when all my student loans will be paid off, it will be sooner than later, much sooner.

However, for now at least I have to take a flight this morning to Atlanta where I will stay for five days (one weekend day and four weekdays). I will just be counting down the hours until I can come home to him.

Accidentally Gay

I have had a couple people ask me about my marriage to my husband and his transition status. They were curious why I didn’t talk about it here. That whole subject is pretty intense and I have a separate blog for it called Accidentally Gay ( You are all welcome over there as well, but because that part of my life takes up such a big portion of blogging I keep it separate for the most part.