The First Day of the Rest of My Life

In January of 2011 I happened to be working at the grocery store. It was a cold winter Sunday evening and we had few customers. I had lived in the town for several years and being near graduation I knew most of the people in town that were around my age. But when the young man turned by the impulse stands with his parents, I did not recognize his face.

I tried for a few heartbeats to get a better look at his face. I had a difficult time because I didn’t have glasses and he was wearing a hat.

I proceeded with my bagging of their groceries, making small talk with his father. His mother and him hung back a bit and as they came into full view of me I noticed that this young man wore a hat with the Cerberus symbol on it and a jacket with the N7 stripe on the right arm.


I grinned to myself in recognition. Taking a bold step I asked, “Mass Effect?”

His face lit up like Fourth of July and asked me if I knew what it was. I giggled, of course I knew what it was.

We spoke for mere moments before I mentioned his parents were about to leave him behind. I had watched his mother usher his father away, clearly unaware that his son was being hit on, even if only slightly.

I thought nothing of the conversation until a little later the cashier called my name. I turned to see the young man standing by our cart stand. Worried that I had made an error I approached and asked if everything was alright. He informed me that everything was fine but that he wanted to talk.

We talked for what felt like forever and for what had to have been only fifteen minutes. The entire time I was worried that I had snot crusties in my nose from the cold. What if there was something in my teeth?  If there was anything askew he didn’t seem to notice.

We talked at length about Mass Effect and other video games we shared an interest. He was cute AND nice.

By the end of our conversation he had asked me for my Gamertag, of which I gave to him. I did inform him that I did not sign in as often as I once had and that it was a poor form of communication. He didn’t seem worried.

That evening I went home and got online for the first time in several months. I found his Gamertag and added him.

And then I realized something…

I didn’t know his name.

It really wasn’t fair because he could cheat; I wore a name tag.

The next day when I signed in I had a message from him. He was surprised but happy that I had added him so quickly. He clearly didn’t understand my bad habit of losing small papers.

A few days passed before I asked him to add me on Facebook, a social platform that I frequented more often. He obliged.

His name was Shelby Steiner and that was the day we met. The first day I laid eyes on my future, my best friend, and my husband. It will forever be one of my favorite days.



Mass Effect 3-Why all the love?




My countdown begins with the exploits of one Commander Shepard and it doesn’t take long for the one game per franchise rule to throw up a serious dilemma. How do I pick my favorite Mass Effect game! Is it Mass Effect with the epic battle against Saren? Mass Effect 2 and the engrossing Suicide Mission? Or Mass Effect 3, the tremendous closing chapter to the trilogy where you must face the Reaper threat head on?

Mass Effect is a strong beginning to this truly wonderful sci-fi franchise. While I am glad I got to experience it when it was finally ported to the Playstation 3 in 2012, the combat mechanics felt dated by the standard of other third person shooters of the time.

Mass Effect 2 is magnificent in it’s own right. The gameplay was greatly improved from the original. The time spent recruiting each character, and earning their…

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The Best Damn Turian in all the Galaxy

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By Colin Almeida

Forgive the insubordination, but this old friend has an order for you. Go out there and give them hell. You were born to do this. –Garrus Vakarian

Garrus Vakarian, aka Archangel the turian sniper, former Citadel cop, best friend to the legendary commander Shepard and all-around badass. I love this guy, I really do. He’s sarcastic, calm in the heat of a firefight, and always has your back throughout the Mass Effect game series.

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Xbox or PlayStation?

I deactivated my Facebook last week after I had a not so friendly conversation with a little boy about the world of Xbox and PlayStation. He informed me that I am clearly unaware of the business aspects of either company (I neglected to mention my own stint of running a business. Oops). At the very end of every day can you guess what any company really cares about?

Money. Profit. Growth.


My amazing husband did a blog about why he prefers Xbox to PlayStation. You can read it here. I share his opinions.


With all of that being said, allow me to continue.

I have not experienced gaming on every console ever made. Sorry. However, I did start my gaming life at a very young age. I cannot tell you how old I was because I have been gaming the entirety of my memory. That should tell you something.

I have five older siblings. Let’s get this out of the way first. My oldest brother (we will call Tom) is ten years older than me, the next one (Hank) is seven years older than me, and the last one (Phil) is two years and give a few months older than me. (I also have two sisters but they don’t game).

So you can imagine where I got my love for rock music and video games from, right?


Tom and Hank convinced our parents (with their magical powers) to let them get a Super Nintendo… If you don’t know what that is then please turn in your “nerd” card.
After so many years of playing that (again no idea how old I was) they got a Nintendo 64. I remember Mario in its finest. I remember Donkey and Diddy Kong. I remember Golden Eye. I remember Mortal Kombat. I remember trying SO hard to be better than my brothers. Yeah, cuz that was gonna happen.

What I am trying to get at is that gaming has been my life for my WHOLE life. I am not one of those girls who is a “gamer gurl.” Not me. Actually I am the kind that does a REALLY good job of hiding that side of me. I mean, if you completely neglect the N7 jacket I wear.


The point of this post is not to inform you of my serious nerdiness, but to allow you to understand the depth of that nerdiness.

Which brings me to my next point.

I. Am. An. Xbox. Fan.


Plain and simple. There is LITERALLY (correct usage of the word here people. Pay attention.) nothing you or anyone else (husband included) that could ever convince me to become a PlayStation fan. Not happening.

Allow me to tell you why.

First, my memories of PlayStation (one and two) are of Spyro (love that guy), the new weird Mortal Kombats, any sports game you can think of, and Final Fantasy. That is it.


When I think of Xbox I think of Mass Effect, Halo, Knights of the Old Republic,  and Deus Ex: Invisible War. Just to name the ones that come to mind. Now I realize that these games are also accessible on the PC and some (Mass Effect) are now on the PlayStation but not the point, okay? These games scream Xbox to me.

Second, the controller dude, the controller. I cannot STAND the PlayStation controller. And don’t come at me with, “Oh but you’re just an Xbox fan so blah blah blah.” I have played both. I spent a lot of time on the first two PlayStations. Shut your cake hole (Supernatural anyone?).



Third, the dashboard and interface of the Xbox is more readily accessible and easily understandable. I have watched the husband mess around on his PS4 (yes, yes it lives in my house) and I get SO beyond lost. The Xbox allows you to customize the interface just a bit more than the PlayStation. By a bit more I mean that you can’t do shit on the PlayStation to make it your own. I am pointing this out because I am first a woman and second a ten year old child.

I am not trying to say that people should not play PlayStation (play play?). I am trying to point out why I love Xbox versus PlayStation. I will point out that it seems like more young people buy PlayStation and parents buy PlayStation for their children. Or so it seems to me. My husband says that Xbox janked up their release. I can agree with that since I continued to play Skyrim long after the Xbox One was released.

Anyway, I hope that you guys have enjoyed this little semi-rant!


Seeking Adventure

I am going to skip over the post I wanted to do next for one regarding adventure… I probably won’t make you laugh on this one. Sorry (no I’m not).

Do you ever get the feeling that you need adventure?

I have played several Role Playing Games that involve characters who go out exploring new and strange worlds. Games such as Mass Effect or Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion give me a sense of adventure.

I often find myself gravitating back to those games because adventure doesn’t really exist in real life. I mean we wake up, eat the same bland breakfast (or nothing at all), go to work (same boring job), come home, eat dinner (or don’t), and go to bed…




So that leaves us with video games. I mean you can pop in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones (if you like to mix BEWBS with adventure) to get that fix OR you can play an RPG.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt are three games that really kick the adventure craving in the ass. So much so that I really do have to play it just to get a fix.

Now don’t go around telling people that I am some crazed video game addict, that just isn’t true. I just get bored with life. You know, the same shit every single day kind of life. I also have to point out that my husband isn’t a bore to me. We laugh, and joke, and have good fun, but we have been married for a minute which means there isn’t much adventure. AND who can afford to take vacations just because whenever they get a wild hair? Not I.

Video games are the answer to all of your adventure seeking needs.

In Oblivion you can kill whatever jackass insults your race or because he/she looked at you funny. You can also spend hours and hours and hours and hours (you get the point) running around the vast map doing whatever you want. This one is my favorite just because the music was badass, the scenery was gorgeous, and the Thieves Guild missions were freakin epic! (DUH)…

Skyrim also gives you hours of roaming around. The scenery is more bleak and the guild Oblivion meme.pngmissions are nearly as gnarly. BUT it is fun and you can kill dragons. SOOOOOOOO, yeah.

I wish that there was a closet I could walk through and be teleported to whatever world or galaxy I so wished. Now, upon teleporting I would also want to be given awesome armor, skills, and money so I wouldn’t die (dying sucks).

I would visit the Mass Effect world just to travel on the Normandy and say “HI” awkwardly to Garrus just to see if he would say it back. Siggghh..

AND I would travel to Oblivion so that I could become a Master Thief and steal EVERYTHING… Because I can’t get away with it in real life.

I would die within five minutes of being teleported to the world of The Witcher. Not kidding.

So, what worlds would you travel to and why?

Goodbye peeps. Have a great weekend!

Wanna read something else that I have written? Click here and read some Oblivion fanfiction! I also have a hubby that does video game reviews. Click here to view them!