Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on Season 4 Wrap Up

Season 4 Wrap Up

zena-season-4Season 4 of Diablo III has ended. I like to take a moment to look back upon a Season and do a “wrap up” of how it went. So far, every Season has been different from the rest (as Blizzard worked on figuring out what worked well and what didn’t).

Overall, I had fun with Season 4. By the time it ended, I had completed my main goals for the Season. There were additional things I was working on, but I considered those to be “extras”.

Season 4 was the first time I rolled more than one Seasonal character. It wasn’t my intent to split my focus between Seasonal characters, but things ended up that way. I started out with a hardcore Wizard named Sparkle, and my husband Shawn started out with a hardcore Demon Hunter.

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Doctor Appointments, Out of Spoons 0 comments on Official Diagnosis

Official Diagnosis

So, today I have my very first appointment with a rheumatologist.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it took a year (and a referral from primary care doctor) to get in.

The rheumatologist was a very nice guy.  He listened to me describe my symptoms.  He asked for more details.  He wrote things down.  It was clear that he believed me – right from the start.

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Diablo III, Diablo Lore 0 comments on Mayor Holus

Mayor Holus


One of the things I really like about Diablo III is that many of the small NPCs (non-player characters) have their own stories. Such is the case with Mayor Holus, the rotund, well dressed, guy who players first meet in Act I of Story Mode.

I suspect that Mayor Holus was placed into the game, in precisely the spot he stands in, for functional reasons. He starts out as an intentionally unlikable character. Blizzard could have left it at that, but instead, actually wrote some character development for him. It is the little things like this that make the game so interesting.

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Neko Atsume, Other Video Games 0 comments on Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

I started playing Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector back when the game was only in Japanese. I kept seeing screenshots from the game on Tumblr, and it didn’t take long for me to want to play it. The game is sort of like a more modern, more adorable, tamagotchi. Only, when you run out of food – the cats don’t die. One can assume they are visiting another player.

In this blog, I have “photo screenshots” of all the cats that I have collected. They are presented here in the order they appear in the Catbook.

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Candy Crush Saga, Other Video Games 0 comments on Candy Crush Saga: Minty Meadow

Candy Crush Saga: Minty Meadow

Episode 5 of Candy Crush Saga is called Minty Meadow.  The path that connects the levels, and many of the levels themselves, are a green color.  I’m not sure if the color palette for this Episode was intentionally selected, or if it just randomly worked out that way.

This Episode features a unicorn that has somehow lost its horn.  Or, perhaps it never managed to grow one?  It’s kind of strange.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on An American Demon – by Jack Grisham

An American Demon – by Jack Grisham

To be honest, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book when I first picked it up. It came to me through a book club that I completely failed to keep up with. I wasn’t entirely certain whether this book was supposed to be fiction or non-fiction, and I had not heard of the author.

This is a really good example of why it can be awesome to jump into a book that you know nothing about. I found the book compelling from start to finish. What would a demon write in his memoir? It was time for me to find out!

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Candy Crush Saga, Other Video Games 0 comments on Candy Crush Saga: Dreamworld Sleepy Slopes

Candy Crush Saga: Dreamworld Sleepy Slopes

A player must complete Episode 4 – Chocolate Mountains in Candy Crush Saga to unlock Dreamworld.  My best guess is that Dreamworld is some sort of expansion.

It is entirely possible to skip over Dreamworld and continue with the regular Episodes of Candy Crush Saga.  Or, players can take a detour and work on the Dreamworld part of the game.

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Candy Crush Saga, Other Video Games 0 comments on Candy Crush Saga: Chocolate Mountains

Candy Crush Saga: Chocolate Mountains

Episode 4 of Candy Crush Saga is called Chocolate Mountains.  It features a Yeti that has fallen asleep.  The Yeti character can be found at the top of the Candy Crush Saga screen.  He is the icon to click on if you want to view the Yeti Shop.

The Yeti Shop, of course, is where players can use real-world money to purchase packages of Boosters that will help them to complete difficult levels.  In other words, Chocolate Mountains an advertisement for Candy Crush Saga’s shop.

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health insurance, Out of Spoons 0 comments on For Those Who Think Being Poor Makes for an Easy Life

For Those Who Think Being Poor Makes for an Easy Life

In October of 2015, I stopped qualifying for Medicaid. (Medi-Cal in California).

Nobody bothered to let me know about this obviously important change.

I ended up seeing a doctor, to set up as a new patient, while uninsured.

Of course, there was no way for me to know that I was uninsured.

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