Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on The Condition – by Jennifer Haigh

The Condition – by Jennifer Haigh

I’ve always found it interesting how siblings who grew up in the same home, with the same parents, can experience completely different childhoods. Parents, despite their best intentions, cannot possibly treat all of their wonderful, unique, frustrating, children in exactly the same way. The result is that everyone in a family ends up with memories of events that don’t quite match up. I think this concept is a good place to start from when you read The Condition.

Paulette and Frank got married, and had children, in the 1970’s. The book stars with Paulette and her sister Martine who are driving to to Cape Cod to spend some time in a cottage by the beach. It is the traditional vacation for this extended family. Paulette’s children, Billy (age 14), Gwen (age 12), are in the backseat. The youngest sibling, Scotty (age 9), has been relegated to the rear of the vehicle because he is so energetic and excited that he is impossible to sit next to.

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Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on Paragon Leveling Achievements (Season 1)

Paragon Leveling Achievements (Season 1)

Season 1 in Diablo III included several Achievements that were “Season Only”.  One group of them was the Paragon Leveling Achievements.  As you may have guessed from the name, these Achievements were earned when a player reached a certain Paragon Level on his or her Seasonal character.

One of the goals I set for myself during Season 1 was to hit Paragon 100 on my Seasonal character.  In part, this was because I wanted to get all the Seasonal Paragon Leveling Achievements.  The bigger reason, though, was because I had never before gotten a character from Level 1 to Level 70 and then gone on to get that same character to Paragon 100.
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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on Waiting – by Debra Ginsberg

Waiting – by Debra Ginsberg

The full title of this book is: Waiting: the true confessions of a waitress.  It is the memoir of Debra Ginsberg as she looks back upon the years she spent working as a waitress.  If you are like me, and have never worked as a “server”, the book will give you an interesting glimpse into what that experience is really like.  She gives the reader an insider’s view of the job, of how various restaurants function (or dysfunction) and a lot of interesting social observations about both the waitresses and their customers.

Those of you who have worked as a waitress, waiter, or server, might find that some of her stories resemble something you have lived through.  Anyone who is interested in sociology will find the stories she shared about the people she worked with, or waited on, to be very insightful.

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Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on Feats of Strength Achievements (Season 1)

Feats of Strength Achievements (Season 1)

Season 1 in Diablo III is coming to an end “soon”. We know there will be a Season 2. However, it isn’t completely clear which Seasonal Achievements from the first Season will re-appear in upcoming Seasons.

This blog focuses on a section of Seasonal Achievements in the “Feats of Strength” category. They were really easy to obtain – just keep playing the game and you will earn them eventually. Each of these Achievements unlocked something special for player’s banners.  One unlocks a special transmog for helm and shoulders.
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World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft Pets and Mounts 1 comment on The Champion’s Treadblade

The Champion’s Treadblade

In 2014, Blizzard Entertainment paired up with Paul Jr. and his team from the television show American Choppers.  The purpose was to have two choppers created – one based on the Horde and one based on the Alliance.  This mini-version of the regular show was called Azeroth Choppers.

You can now obtain the Alliance Champion’s Treadblade in the World of Warcraft game. Start saving up your gold!

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Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on Monster Slaying Achievements (Season 1)

Monster Slaying Achievements (Season 1)

Season 1 in Diablo III is coming to an end “soon”.  I wanted to take a minute to record some of the Seasonal Achievements that I earned before the Season ends. These Achievements might, or might not, appear in Season 2.

The Monster Slaying Achievements are Seasonal-only.  You cannot earn them unless you were playing a Seasonal character during Season 1.  The cool thing about this group of Achievements is that you could earn them as you played through Story Mode or while doing bounties and rifts.  It counted either way.
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Hearthstone, Other Video Games 0 comments on Hearthstone: Free Packs from Goblins vs Gnomes Expansion

Hearthstone: Free Packs from Goblins vs Gnomes Expansion

Blizzard Entertainment did something that I thought was very generous. When the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion launched, they gave all players three free packs of cards to open. These packs held cards from the new expansion.

Naturally, I did not hesitate to open those packs! This blog shows what cards I received. All the screenshots you see in this blog were taken on December 15, 2014.

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Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on Leveling Achievements (Season 1)

Leveling Achievements (Season 1)

This blog is part of the series I am putting together about my experiences in Season 1 of Diablo III. In this one, I wanted to point out a batch of Seasonal Achievements that players could earn as they leveled a character through Season 1. Admittedly, these were some incredibly easy Achievements to obtain.

For that reason, I suspect that this batch of Achievements won’t be a part of Season 2. I could be wrong about that, though.

I’m basing this assumption on something I vaguely remember being said at BlizzCon 2014 about the removal of some of the Seasonal leveling Achievements. We will have to wait and see what ends up happening.
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Hearthstone, Other Video Games 1 comment on Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes Pre-Launch Event

Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes Pre-Launch Event

I would describe myself as a very casual player of Hearthstone.  I have been doing Ranked Play (when I like the card back enough to fight for it), but I typically find it frustrating.  As such, I rarely ever venture into the Arena.  It just doesn’t seem like the right place for me.

So far, I’ve gone into the Arena twice.  The first time was when I got a quest that let me get into the Arena for free.  The second time was this one – when Blizzard let everyone into the Arena for free (one time, only) so they could check out the new Goblins vs Gnomes cards before the expansion was released.  This was the pre-launch event for the expansion.

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Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on To Level 70! (Season 1)

To Level 70! (Season 1)

This blog is part of my series about what I did in Season 1 of Diablo III. I rolled a brand new Barbarian and named him Gurr. He was my only Seasonal character for Season 1. My first goal for Season 1 was to get Gurr all the way through the Story Mode content (Normal difficulty).

This blog focuses on my second goal for Season 1. I wanted to have Gurr hit Level 70. My hope was that he would do that at the same time as he finished up Act V. That didn’t happen. So, I ended up running through bounties and rifts for a while in an effort to level him up.  The screenshots you see in this blog are from September 14, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2014.
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