Nerd Girl Goals – June 2022

I’m not entirely sure I am ready for another month. Like, maybe I could take a few weeks off in between? What do you mean time doesn’t work like that?

In all seriousness, as much as it’s been a huge weight off my shoulders to have a reasonably tidy & useful physical space, I really feel like I need to so something to straighten out my headspace to match. There has to be a middle ground between complete and utter mental health chaos and toxic positivity. I keep trying to remind myself that I can only do what I can do, and to stop letting situations that are leagues away from being in my control throw me off. I’m no good to anyone when I do nothing but mope around.


GAMING

#JustOnePercent

Planned games for the #JustOnePercent Project for June are Garbage, Big Bang West, Backbone, Beasts of Maravilla Island, Black Mansion, Wildermyth, Welcome to Lakewood, Melodramatica, The List, Runo, Outsider: After Life, and HighRisers.

Half of the games on this list this month are things I purchased specifically for inclusion in this project, and two are free titles that I thought looked really interesting. Out of the remaining four, two were included in bundles I bought, although not for those specific titles, and two titles were purchased individually. This is both the first and last month where project specific purchases make up such a significant portion of the month’s games, so I’m hoping I chose well for myself.

I realize it may not look like it, but I went through my spreadsheet last month and pared way down on the number of project games I hope to cover in the next few months. My “I can just do one more” attitude wasn’t serving me well; it almost never serves me well, actually. Going forward, I’m putting a hard cap of a dozen games per month, and I am trying to make sure as many of those games as possible are games I’m genuinely excited about.

I am also going to re-reduce my goal to 10 posts a month, giving me explicit permission to pass on games that just aren’t working for me without scrambling for replacement titles. At the end of four months, I am very nearly halfway through my goal of 100 games, and although I plan to surpass that before moving on from this project, I’d have to drop an awful lot of balls to fall behind at this point.

I’ve also been finding that I’m putting off other things I’d like to be writing about, so I’m hoping to oh-so-slightly up my non-project posts for June.

Co-Op Game Night

I still don’t really understand the full scope of Terraria, so I don’t know if we have another month’s worth of play left to go. However, I think we’re still early enough in that we haven’t even really started talking about a next game, so I have no idea where we’ll end up after this one. I know Starbound isn’t entirely out of contention, but my guess at this point is co-op nights throughout June will continue to be playing Terraria. I’m still liking it well enough, thankfully, but I’m not sure it’s anything I would ever play by myself.

Steam Deck Gaming

Although I’ve been playing Atomicrops pretty obsessively when I reach for my Steam Deck, I would like to mix it up a little this month. I purchases Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch specifically for its suitability for Steam Deck play. I’d like to round things out with something more story-focused (The Town of Light), and something with a bit of platforming (Darq) to see how I like those types of games on the small screen as well.

Other Gaming

I don’t think I’m over my Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 challenge run just yet, although it’s starting to get to be the kind of hard that usually puts me off this kind of madness. I’m going to set my goal for level 50 this month, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to pull that off.

I would also like to go back and finish up Lacuna. In May, I elected to finish up The Wild at Heart instead of Lacuna since I knew I wasn’t going to have time to do both and still keep to my schedule, but I really did enjoy the first section enough that I would like to play the rest of it.

Keplerth left Early Access on May 23, and I have been waiting for 1.0 to dive into this one. I played a few minutes last month, but I’d like to give it a fair shake this month, especially since it might be a good candidate for co-op game night in the future.

I’m also – just barely – starting to get the itch to return to World of Warcraft again. It’s just a tiny tug at the moment, so it’s likely to pass on it’s own, but I’m not ruling out subbing up for a month.


OTHER NERDSTUFF

Reading

Still on track for my GoodReads goal this year, but again, just barely. So, in an attempt to do something just a little bit different, I’m just going to set a goal of six books, any six books, and leave it at that. From my list or not, audio or print, whatever floats my boat. I’m hoping if I take the pressure of the details off, I’ll have an easier time with the quantity.

Stitchcraft

The good news is my next project deadline is about 6 weeks out still. The bad news is, it’s on a project I haven’t even started yet! I somehow got my dates mixed up, and missed getting this one into its proper place in the queue. More good news: I do have it framed up and the floss carded, so I’m ready to start it, and it’s significantly less stitches than anything else I have going on right now. More bad news: it’s also more technically challenging than anything I’ve worked on since I restarted this hobby last fall. It’s got a bunch of petit stitches, and backstitching, and I’ve been avoiding anything that’s not just 100% regular old stitches. As much as I’d like to say I’ll get it all done this month, I’ll be satisfied if I hit 75%.

I’ve also been missing yarn-work lately, and I’d like to find an excuse to pick up a hook or a pair of needles again. Obviously, summer is not the ideal time for big warm projects, but I could work up a scarf or some dish towels. I’d like to get my half-finished projects organized and spend a little bit of time on at least one of them. Or I may stay true to character, and randomly start something new that I will later add to the unfinished projects pile!

Watching

After what feels like a pretty lengthy break from new-to-me television, I’d like to dip my toes back in the pool this month. There’s a handful of shows I’ve heard just enough about to be interested in, but I’d like to sit down with an episode or two of something that looks intriguing. There’s a few shows I’ve been meaning to check out, but I may also just dip into another season of American Horror Story I haven’t watched yet. Other shows I’m considering are The Wilds, Interrogation, Servant, or The Mare of Easttown.

Renovations & Other Non-Nerdy Things That Need Doing

The current state of things around the house is less about what I am physically doing, and more about what I am able to coordinate and pay someone else to do. Currently, we’ve just started a big basement cleanout and reorganization, with the intent of having distinct and separate areas for long term storage, a functional laundry area, and a tabletop gaming space down there. I’m also hoping in the next couple weeks, we’ll have finally finished the bathroom renovations we started last fall. Everything is functional, but it looks rough in there. I’d like to get some paint on the walls, and some storage solutions implemented.

Relatedly, I really need to start tackling the Laundry Problem. We own way too many things that are made of cloth, and a lot of it has outlived it’s usefulness. However, it’s hard to figure out exactly what is what, as one of my go-to cleaning “hacks” is to stuff everything made out of cloth that isn’t where it belongs into giant laundry bags and stuff them into the back of a closet. Not having had the option of doing laundry at home for well over a year now means that I am mostly just barely keeping up with what we use in any given week, and I’d like to push past that and start making some progress. I think if we have a useable laundry room again, I’ll have a much better chance of that.

I’ve also been avoiding the fact that we need to replace our vehicle in the fairly near future. There’s some paperwork stuff that needs to be handled, and the used car market is completely awful right now, so I’ve been procrastinating, but we probably really need to move forward with that this month.


IN SUMMARY

Note: I am slowly learning that I can talk about things I’d like to do without actually making them line items in a checklist. I am, now and forever, a work in progress.

  • At least 10 posts for #JustOnePercent.
  • At least 6 posts unrelated to #JustOnePercent.
  • Hit level 50 in CSD2 with all gold medals.
  • Finish Lacuna.
  • Try out at least one game in a different genre on the Steam Deck.
  • Read / listen to any 6 books.
  • Complete at least 75% of my project with the mid-July deadline.
  • Get my in-progress yarn projects organized.
  • Watch at least 3 episodes of a new to me TV show.

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