She didn’t like that he was giving too much of himself to this. A common complaint of a person that has spouse with a busy life outside of the relationship, whether you’re a celebrity pilot, or a chef that works 8 days a week. Pretty normal.
I think you're just supposed to fill in the circumstances with nameless horror because that's pretty much all the subject seems to have experienced. When reading I was thinking about the lack of specific detail and the limitation of the main character's viewpoint being our only insight into the story's world. I would say that the goal is to put the reader on the same level of awareness as the thing in the basement and allow our minds to fill in whatever is upstairs. That is what makes it most relatable to the real world; our experiences will conjure up things we abhor to fill the gap in detail about what's outside the basement.
I lost way more than 100 games this year alone (there's a recreation/board game section at my maths department). Progress block happens to me quite often: I can get quite far on raw instinct/smarts, but then I hit a plateau and making progress feels Sisyphean. Not saying I'm not gonna try, just that it's best to leave hope out of it.
I've had really great matches so far and met some people who have been very helpful with learning strategy. It's set up for a vast variety of different game styles from multiday to 10min matches. I was completely clueless coming into the site. Learned a lot about it with the resources of the site too. A lot of puzzle and lessons. And it's free!
The whole smorgasbord! Two turkeys and a ham this year. Ham was roasted. One turkey injected and roasted. One turkey brined and deep fried. This year was easily some of the biggest turkey successes I've had. Will be doing two small turkeys from now on instead of one large.
Not pictured: Sweet and Spicy Bar Nuts, Smoked asparagus, bourbon ginger glazed carrots, shrimp fresh rolls, and all the desserts (there were a lot)