i "think" i got it.
cant check for certain yet because windows search indexer decided to do its thing and is now preventing sleep lol.
My USB stick holds miscellaneous stuff. One of those items being icons for various shortcuts I use. My other running pc insta connected to that USB stick in order to use that same icon for a shortcut over the network as opposed to locally.
I "assume" thats what did it. My gosh some times these problems put you through the ringer. A normal human would just resort to putting the pc to sleep when their done with it.
Not this savage ocd animal.