- Make at least 8 blog posts during May.
- Complete the 10.1 story content in World of Warcraft.
Play and write about at least one game for #MetroidvaniaMay. Play and write about one title purchased in April 2023. Participate in the group review of the May Humble Choice. Spend at least 10 hours gaming on the Steam Deck in May. Read / listen to at least four books.
- Watch at least one new-to-me movie.
Watch at least one new-to-me series, mini-series or season. Do 5000 stitches during the month of May.
The only miss I’m somewhat annoyed with myself about is the blog posts, otherwise, I did far better than I actually expected I would this month.
This was another really weird month for me gaming-wise. A little light on total hours and still not a huge amount of variety. Sun Haven still took the top spot this month, but I’ve hit the point where I only have really tedious things to finish up in my solo game, so it’s less appealing than it had been. My World of Warcraft play felt like a more acceptable level for a game I’m paying to play every month, although I’m still finding myself a bit overwhelmed by how much is available to do, even if it’s not all necessary or even useful.
I’m still playing Tumblebugs pretty compulsively on the Steam Deck, and I’m pretty regularly reaching about the 75% mark of the game before losing all my lives. I might be skill-capped as far as playing this one using trackpads, but I’m not yet frustrated, so I keep plugging along.
Everything else this month was pretty much a dabble, and I’m still hoping to find the next game I want to sink a whole bunch of hours into, but I have no idea at this point what that might be.
Gaming Related Spending
I grabbed the Easy Going Games: Whitethorn Showcase from Humble for $12. There were a handful of duplicates, but in the end, it averaged out to about $2 per game I was keeping, so it seemed worth it. I bought the mid-tier of the Build Your Own Breakout Bundle on Fanatical for another $7, and then picked up a few wish list titles that were on sale on Steam. I also replaced my fading-fast keyboard this month, and when I add all that to my subscription spending, the total for May was $93. Not too bad, considering that included a hardware purchase.
It was another all audiobooks month, and honestly, I made some less than stellar choices for myself this month. Three of the titles I read were via Scribd, and four I borrowed digitally from my local library. While I didn’t actively dislike any of the books I listened to this month, several of them felt like they dragged on, and I found myself less motivated to keep listening than usual. Still, that leaves me ahead on my annual goal at 28/48 books completed this year.
The highlight of my TV watching this month came at the very end. I’d been (very impatiently) waiting for the end of the second season of Yellowjackets, and then spent a whole day curled up in bed watching all nine episodes. Despite the fact that it wasn’t as good as the first season, and had some outrageously difficult to watch scenes, I’m still a big fan of the show, and am not looking forward to having to wait a year or more for the next season.
The prior week, I rewatched the first season as well. I also finished up watching the most recent season of Next Level Chef and filled in the gaps with a season of Top Chef I hadn’t seen yet.
I didn’t watch a single movie during May, new-to-me or otherwise. I’m not sure why, but movies still feel like a commitment, even though I can sometimes sit and watch episode after episode of a show.
I’m glad that I went with my gut and didn’t double my stitching goal. Even though May still felt very productive. I ended the month having done just shy of 6,800 stitches, which is still a pretty respectable amount.
I did have a couple of things that might have contributed to less time spent stitching. The first is that my computer chair finally got to the point where it was too broken to comfortably use, so for the last half of the month, every time I wanted to change between using my computer and sitting at my craft desk, I had to move chairs around. I just recently moved the broken chair out, which makes chair switching a whole lot less irritating, and I’m hoping to have my computer chair replaced within the next couple of weeks.
The second was that I chose a couple of books mid-month that dragged on a bit. Sometimes, I think I sit down to stitch just so I have something to do with my hands while I listen, and during those less compelling books, I was far less likely to even start stitching on a given day, and quicker to set it aside.
This is the first month all year that I feel like I was myself again. Sure, I always want to do more, always think I could be doing more, but I feel pretty good about May and hopefully this will mark the end of what felt like an eternal slump.