Nerd Girl Goals – February 2020

GAMING

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

Ten Games to Tackle in 2020

  • Finish up Far Cry Primal.
  • Start Borderlands.

#DatingSiMonth – Community Game Along

To tell the truth, my initial reaction to #DatingSiMonth is “What the hell am I going to play for this?”

As it turns out, I had more options than I realized. This, friends, is what happens when your gaming library gets out of control.

I’ve already played Danganronpa 2, and put over 100 hours in to Stardew Valley.

Then there were a few that seemed to be … miscategorized. (Of course, if Killer is Dead is actually a dating sim, feel free to correct me.)

I settled on Purrfect Date to be my primary Community Game-A-Long game this month, although I did also take a peek at free Dating Sims on Steam, as well as browsed through Itch.io for free dating sims, so it’s entirely likely I may hit up more than one.

Other Gamestuff

  • World of Warcraft: I’d really like to put some time in grinding out the rep for BfA flight. Also, there’s that bee mount I’ve been ignoring that I would like. And two plus worth of patches to check out. I guess I’m back (but I’m still on token-time, so we can see if I can also rack up some gold while I’m at it).
  • Utomik: For my birthday, I was gifted an entire year of Utomik subscription. Since I checked last, they’ve added Rise of Industry, Coffee Talk, and Ministry of Broadcast to their offerings. I would like to try out at least one of those this month.
  • XBox Gamepass for PC: Although I currently have my sub paused, it’s active through mid-month or so (and let’s be real, I’ll likely renew it because it’s only $5). Here there are also a handful of new-ish games that I’m interested in, namely Gris, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Children of Morta. I’d like to dabble in at least one of these as well.

I think that’s probably more than is realistic, honestly, especially if I’m going to read another 3 or more books, finish up the deck building, and maybe even start trying my hand at making some custom Magic: The Gathering lands and tokens.

I’ve ordered myself an inexpensive set of acrylics, and bookmarked a couple of tutorials, and I absolutely intend to document the process. I have very little innate artistic talent, but a near insatiable drive to make stuff, so this should be interesting if not immediately successful.

In Review – January 2020

Where did January go? This month simply FLEW by! I spent far fewer hours gaming than usual, but as a result, I felt as if my leisure time was more balanced this month than usual.

Low Spend 2020

I am on track!

Ok, admittedly that’s not saying much. It’s been one month. That’s barely even self-control.

However, Temtem released in early access and tested my resolve, because the people I follow who are playing it seem to be really loving it. I assume this temptation will be back if it comes out in full release before the end of the year – I can tell myself that an EA MMO is fine to miss out on, but there’s nothing quite like an MMO at full release.

The Nope List

With only two games this month, I decided to put the Nope List back into my In Review post this month. I’ve already talked a little bit about why I ended up shelving Ori, so no need to rehash that other than to say I am still terribad at platforming games.

However, Hero of the Kingdom III was a huge disappointment. The first two games in the series weren’t life-changing, but they were enjoyable RPG-lite, hidden object adventures that were satisfying to play. The third installment managed to suck any iota of fun out of the concept, and after less than an hour, I realized that there are far better grinds out there, were I to be in the mood for grinding. I don’t expect this is anything I’ll go back to – it’s not a case of the being the wrong game for my mood, but instead, for being just wrong.

Community Game Along – #PlatforMonth

After shelving Ori and the Blind Forest halfway through the month, I instead played through Type:Rider and enjoyed it, not in spite of the lack of challenge, but because of it.

Ten Games to Tackle in 2020

I put about 10 hours into Far Cry Primal, and it’s showing me to be at about 20% completion. It’s highly unlikely I’ll go for the full 100%, but I figure I’ll get another 20 or so hours out of it before I call it finished.

I’m surprised how much I’m enjoying it, especially since I got off to a really rough start with it. For the first couple of hours, I felt so very clumsy and aimless, but I’m glad I kept going because once it clicked, I found it a lot of fun.

Plus, I get animal companions I can (and frequently do) pet.

Of course, if I proceed at this pace, there’s no way I’m getting anywhere close to the 10 games I put on my list, but I also know my both my game time and interest tend to ebb and flow, so I’m sure there will be months where I put in 40-50 hours on this project, rather than the meager 10 for January.

Other Gaming

I can’t even blame it on playing too many other games.

I spent one evening on We Were Here Together with a friend of mine – this one felt way more challenging than the first two, but not entirely in the best of ways. I felt like there were several puzzles where it wasn’t clear at all what we were supposed to be doing, and having played the first two games, I don’t think that we were failing the communication challenge. It was just more obtuse than what I had been hoping for. Unfortunately, scheduling with my co-op partner is frequently a nightmare, so I don’t know when or even if we’ll get back to it to work on the second half.

I am close to being finished with Pirate Mosiac Puzzles – Caribbean Treasures, but I haven’t really been particularly drawn to it.

Lastly, I did spend a couple of days getting my Deathwing Mount in World of Warcraft. I expected to go back and poke at my reps for flying and start on my pre-expansion prep, but I haven’t so much as logged in. Still, I’m satisfied with having completed the anniversary event for the cost of a token that was just sitting around.

GoodReads Challenge (3/36)

Here again, I am also precisely on track. I’m poking at my Kindle library, just sort of picking things on a whim. All three of these books were solid reads, but none of them were anything I’d rave about.

Other Nerd Girl Stuff

What I have been doing a lot of that’s been keeping me away from my PC is finishing up the sort of our Magic: The Gathering card collection, and starting to build up a bunch of decks for the Commander (or EDH) format.

I’ve always enjoyed playing Magic, but if I’m being completely honest, I’m a mediocre player. What I do really enjoy, however, is the challenge of putting together strong decks, and both the larger deck size and more constricting rules have made this something I keep coming back to.

So far, I have completed four decks, and I have another half dozen or so in progress. I’m fairly certain all the money I’ve “saved” by not buying games, I have managed to squander away on MTG singles. The upside is, once I have everything put together (and I’ve satisfied my inner need for documentation by putting them into my ManaBox app), we can put the rest of our cards back in storage for awhile.


Well, for a month that seemed to fly by, I guess I did a whole lot more than I thought when I sat down to sum up my January!

Always Running Late

For someone who is meticulous about being timely IRL, I still can procrastinate for the Olympics. I feel like this post has a sort of an Inception-style thing going on for it, because it’s a short story about waiting until the absolutely last minute, and also, it’s written and posted more than a week after I intended to.

Sorry about that, folks.


It seems like it’s been forever since the information about the 15th Anniversary event in WoW came out, and I was pretty sure I was going to reactivate my WoW sub in November to take advantage of it.

Then, I saw that the event was going to be a long one, running all the way through January 7th, so there was no rush. And rush I absolutely did not. Before I knew it, November had disappeared, and then it was December and I was stuck in bed sick for over a week, and then it was the holidays, and that token just never got spent.

At the beginning of January, I again claimed I was going to get my act together and go get that Deathwing mount. Finally, on Sunday, January 5th, a mere 48ish hours before the even was over, I reactiavted my account.

And after approximately 10 months off, I had to remember how to play (thank goodness for muscle memory), scrounge up 10 item levels, and actually get through all three LFR events. Easy peasy.


Having missed at least a couple of patches, making up that iLvl was far easier than I could have hoped. One random world quest for a trinket, and several quick upgrades while opening up Najatar (not to mention the hella boost to my necklace), and I hit 380.

All in all, it was easier than I anticipated all around. Monday evening, my husband and I started queuing up for the LFRs (I know, I know!!!) – Outlands was flawless, Northrend was … less flawless (stupid dance, stupid defile, stupid old person memory for mechanics), and we only had one wipe on Cho’Gall in the Cataclysm content. The whole shebang, including figuring out how the heck one gets to The Caverns of Time these days, took about two and a half hours.

So, let’s say that this mount took approximately 5 hours of effort, and about two months of procrastination.

As it stands now, I have not logged back into WoW since then – I still have 20 days remaining on my sub – and yet, I’m still thinking about going back for real for Shadowlands.

Nerd Girl Goals – January 2020

I figure there’s no time like the a new year to mix up the format a little, right?

January 2020.
Subscription Game Service: XBox Game Pass for PC
Paid MMO Subscription: None
Community Game-A-Long: Ori & The Blind Forest - #PlatforMonth

GAMING

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

I decided to double up my goals this month by making sure I play something on XBox Game Pass for PC and by doing this month’s Community Game-A-Long so I decided on Ori and The Blind Forest for #PlatforMonth. Platformers really aren’t my jam, overall, but I’ve been wanting to check this one out for awhile.

Additionally, I’d like to start working on the list I set for myself for 2020 with Far Cry: Primal. It’s the shortest of the titles I’ve selected for myself, and I think that’s probably a good way to ease myself into some of these more overwhelmingly lengthy titles.

Even though I have less than a week to pull it off, I’d still like to hunker down this weekend and try to get my Deathwing mount in World of Warcraft. I’m not sure I can pull it off – I haven’t played for almost a year, and I have to get a significant boost to my iLvl before doing the event, and I only have a few days in which to do it. I guess procrastination doesn’t always pay off.

I’m really not sure what else I’m going to be poking at this month. I have a date set up to play We Were Here Together with a friend. Maybe I’ll dabble some more in Guild Wars 2. I also have a handful of new games from the Winter Sales, and the January Humble Choice releases on Friday. Anyway you look at it, I’m not short on options right now.

WATCHING

I’m actually hoping to spend less time watching television over the next few months. I’m trying to get back to working my mind, and creating things again. It’s not that I don’t think television and movies are worthwhile as media – they absolutely are – but they are also the path of least resistance.

No watching goals this month.

READING

I came in just under the wire for finishing my GoodReads challenge for 2019, and yet I still upped it for 2020. I set my goal for 36 books, which is a meager increase, but I am planning on at least half a dozen of those being non-fiction.


All in all, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I’m painfully analytical, and I am always trying to smooth out life’s rough edges year-round. However, I do usually pick some sort of focus.

Last year, I went for monthly, to concentrate on things as they presented themselves.

This year, I’m trying to focus more on experiences, and less on things. This didn’t really solidify for me until after I decided to try out having a low gaming spending year, but it all fits together really well.

So this year, I want to play rather than collect. I want to try new things, and revisit old favorites with new friends. I might even take a few steps out of my comfort zone.

In Review – December 2019

There isn’t a Nope List this month, because I played so little overall, and there was nothing I walked away from due to anything but lack of time and other shiny things calling to me.

What I Played This Month

My Time at Portia: A carry-over from last month, but I played a LOT more this month. This is a game I would have really loved to have finished, but here’s the thing – the crashes killed it for me. Although it doesn’t seem to be a very common problem, I had random crashes to the point where I’d have to do some days five or six times before I’d make it through to a save. I was forever tweaking graphical settings, and I finally just gave up, shortly after flipping over into year two.

Cosmic Express: I wanted to try out a new (to me) puzzle game for the December Community Game-Along (#PuzzleGameMonth). I played about a dozen levels over a couple of days. I did like it, but it’s something I feel like I can step away from for awhile without having to start over.

Pirate Mosaic Puzzle – Carribean Treasures: Mosiac puzzles are probably my favorite type of bite-size gaming, and sadly, I’ve blown through almost all of what I have managed to find on Steam. This one is solid, and despite having very little time for gaming, I zoomed through it.

Peace, Death: This one is probably better suited for play on mobile (or at least on touch screen), but it’s a fun little game where you decide who goes to heaven and who goes to hell, based on an ever-increasing list of things you need to keep an eye out for. It’s not super long, but I feel like it’s something I’ll go back and do a run of from time to time.

Master of Pottery: Not an exciting game, but more of a toy. It’s pretty to play with when I’m burned out on everything and just want to unwind.

Sunset Overdrive: Why oh why can’t I quit you?!? I’ve more than finished the game on XBox Game Pass for PC, and now I’m replaying it on Steam. At least this time, I’ll have those sweet sweet nerd points to show for it.

Hero of the Kingdom: A cute little hidden object quest-a-thon. The story is nothing to write home about, but it’s a relaxing game which takes less than three hours to blow through beginning to end. Not my first time playing, but my first time completing it.

In Review – November 2019

For the most part, November was a month of dabbling in some lovely stuff, but rarely finding myself tremendously invested in any of it.


What I Played This Month

Aurora Hex: Pattern Puzzles – A fun little puzzler which is great for nibbling on between more meaty entries.

Sunset Overdrive – I downloaded it on a whim, and I got a good 20 or so hours out of it before I wandered off to do other things.

Happy Color – We upgraded our phones at the beginning of the month, which meant actually getting to download new apps for the first time in a long time – for reference, I couldn’t update the OS on my old phone because it had so little memory. Happy Color was a huge hit with both me and my husband – a very chill, almost meditative experience. There’s so many pictures to work on, I didn’t even hesitate to spend the $5 asking price to get rid of all those pesky ads.

Onirim – Solitaire Card Game: A surprisingly difficult solitaire game that’s (almost) completely free on Steam. Although there are a couple of paid expansions, I don’t see myself spending an extensive amount of time with it – and if I do, $1 per expac is cheap enough.

West of Loathing: I really just wanted to take a peek while I had access to this one XBox Game Pass for PC. Surprisingly, I played for about 8 hours before the repetitiveness got to me.

Guild Wars 2: It was barely a dabble – maybe an hour, but it was enough to make me want to go back and play some more. I have completely forgotten everything I once knew.

My Time at Portia: When this showed up as one of the December Humble Monthly early unlocks, I remembered I already had it, and wanted to check it out. I’d say I was loving it if it weren’t for a bunch of random crashes making me replay days. Still, it’s enjoyable enough that I’m dealing with it.


An impulsive decision to subscribe to Disney+ meant a lot of time I would have normally spent gaming or watching other things was taken up instead by some Disney animated movies from the vault. We did also finish watching the first season of The Boys, and watched some of American Horror Story: Hotel.

I also finished up the first volume of The Boys (graphic novel), but I didn’t make much progress on the rest of my reading interests this month.


Finally, I got all of my 10 games to tackle in 2020 installed and put into their own little category in my Steam library.


Finding time to actually blog this month was far more challenging than I expected, and I chalk that up in part to how little time I actually spent at my computer.

Ten Games to Tackle in 2020

Since I’m not going to be buying much in the way of new games next year, I decided that I’d use at least some of that time to tackle some games that have been lingering in my library that just seem too damn long or overwhelming.

Now, I don’t actually expect to finish all of them, and it’s possible I won’t even start all of them, but what I am doing is getting myself prepped and making sure things are installed. I chose ten games with some pretty significant potential play times, because really, the only better time to play these monsters than during low-spend 2020 is if I had played them when I actually bought them.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

[How Long to Beat: 29 – 81 hours]

Received in the May 2019 Humble Monthly

I have a weird relationship with the Assassin’s Creed games. Weird, in that, I buy them but I don’t really play them. After my third or fourth attempt to get into the first game, I decided that playing them in order was overrated. Although there are some earlier entries in the series I want to spend some more time with, I decided to go for Origins.

Borderlands

[How Long to Beat : 22 – 63 hours]

Purchased Jan 3, 2013 for $4.99

I have played a little bit of Borderlands quite a few times, but never really stuck with it. Rumor has it that’s it’s better in co-op, but that’s not really my thing, but I feel like my recent interest in shooters filled with mayhem and destruction mean it’s time to give it another go.

Crusader Kings 2

[How Long to Beat: 65 – 291 hours]

Purchased September 2013 in a Humble Weekly Bundle (total bundle price: $6.00)

Crusader Kings 2 is another game that irks me – I should like it, I want to like it, I keep buying more and more DLC for it, but I don’t actually play it long enough to get up and over the learning curve.

Dying Light The Following Enhanced Edition

[How Long to Beat: 20 – 83 hours]

Purchased July 6, 2018 for $15.99

I really have no excuse for not diving into this sooner (except maybe that I keep going to back to the Dead Rising series whenever I feel the need to get my zombie killer on).

Fallout 4 GOTY

[How Long to Beat: 34 – 208 hours]

Purchased November 25, 2018 for $19.98

Here’s another series I had to finally give in and tell myself it was ok to play the later iterations without having completed the early games. I still probably SHOULD start with 3 or New Vegas, but I think I want to go into this one with very low expectations if I want to actually get my money’s worth.

Far Cry: Primal

[How Long to Beat: 14 – 36 hours]

Purchased August 22, 2019 for $5.50

I have no idea if I’ll even like this one – I’ve never played further than half an hour or so into any Far Cry title, but I love the concept, and I just kind of want to mess around and be all prehistoric and make my tools out of sticks and stones.

Grim Dawn

[How Long to Beat: 22 – 106 hours]

Received in the October 2016 Humble Monthly

This one I’ve dabbled in, but never really gotten into for no real reason I can fathom.

Slay the Spire

[How Long to Beat: 10 – 234 hours]

Purchased July 5, 2019 for $12.50

True confession: I’m worried this one is going to be too good, too addictive, and I haven’t had space for that kind of game in my life. Guess we’ll see how it goes.

Starbound

[How Long to Beat: 21 – 192 hours]

Received as a gift June 2017.

As one of the half a dozen people worldwide who couldn’t get into Terraria, I’m afraid I won’t like this. Or, more precisely, that I won’t get it.

The Witcher 3

[How Long to Beat: 52 – 191 hours]

Not yet purchased.

Will the hype machine kill this one for me? Will I finally discover that I no longer enjoy long & meaty RPGs? Will I finally understand what Gwent is all about? I suppose we’ll find out.


Honorable Mentions

  • Bioshock Trilogy
  • Call of Cthulu
  • Divinity: Original Sin
  • Endless Legend
  • The Witness

These didn’t quite make the cut, but if I wanted to leave them here in case I nope out of any (or, god forbid, all) of my top 10.

Because I really struggle with giving myself permission to play even one massive, life-eating game – actually listing out a bunch I really want to spend some serious time with feels kind of overwhelming. However, since I’m also not restricting myself to these titles only, I’m hoping to open myself up to a good balance of intimidating titles, with some lovely little palette cleansers from my library in between.

Nerd Girl Goals – November 2019

This month’s focus point has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Nerd Girl life, but I’m going to put it here anyway. When things get busy (or we get too deep into whatever), our eating habits suffer a lot. Will more time cooking and meal planning translate into less time for gaming, reading, watching and blogging? We shall see.

GAMING

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

Since I’m fairly certain I’m keeping XBox Game Pass for PC, at least as long as it stays at the beta price, I am going to let myself dive into The Outer Worlds, which means that might be the only thing I play this month. However, I would like to check out a few games while I have Origin Access Basic during November (Unravel, Fe, Vambrace: Cold Soul, & They are Billions look the most promising to me at the moment). I tacked on Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, one of the November Humble Monthly early unlocks, but more likely than not, I won’t actually get to it because…

Reactivate my World of Warcraft Account

I have tokens burning a hole in my bank alt’s bags, and renewing my sub this month means I can earn two mounts on a single token – I didn’t go for the bee last month, and who am I to turn down a Deathwing mount?


WATCHING

I am sure we’re going to finish up The Boys before too long, and I figured I’d switch it up this month, and put Westworld, Undone, and the seasons of American Horror Story we haven’t seen yet on deck.

We’re also planning an evening in which we watch Unbreakable, Split, and Glass. I think it’ll be interesting to see them all back to back (and only Unbreakable will be a rewatch).


READING

I need to get through four books this month to stay on track (which is absolutely doable), but I never seem to know what I’m going to want to read before I read it. Still, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m currently partway through both The Boys, Omnibus 1 and The Haunting of Saxton Mansion. I’ll add in Kind Nepethe and Locke & Key Volume One to round out the month.


Interested in seeing my October 2019 recap? You can find it here!

In Review – October 2019

With things returning – more or less – to normal around here, I found myself with more leisure time than I’ve had for several months. As a result, I did a lot of gaming, reading and watching throughout October, and this blog is WAY longer than I anticipated it being.


What I Played This Month

Haunted Domains – The first week of October was hectic as well, heck, so I picked something that I could play in REALLY little increments if needed. This creepy time management game fit the bill – each level is only about 5 minutes long! I didn’t finish it, but I would say I played to satisfaction.

Gourmania 2: Great Expectations – I remember really liking the first Gourmania, so when the second one showed up on Utomik, I thought I’d give it a whirl. It wasn’t great, but I managed to run through from beginning to end in under three hours, so, I guess I can’t say it was completely awful either.

Elder Scrolls Online – After barely touching ESO for almost a month, I started logging in daily again for the Dragon Rise event – not because the event interested me, but because I still needed two berries for my Onyx Indrik.

Dead Rising 3 – Completing the main story with the “S” ending took me just over 20 hours. By far, the easiest of the Dead Rising games I’ve played – I really enjoyed the more relaxed time limit, although I could have done with a LOT less driving.

Monster Prom – It took me a little while to “get” this one, but it has grown on me. It’s perfect for when I only have a little time to game (I read fast enough that the 60 minute game is about half that), and it oh-so-vaguely reminds me of Long Live the Queen, which I played obsessively for awhile.

Yoku’s Island ExpressI spent a lot of time confused, and ho-boy, I am bad at pinball, but I just kept going back to it over and over. I couldn’t really play in long bursts since using the controller makes my hands cramp after awhile, but it was charming and adorable. Despite one very frustrating part, I was able to finish the main story.

The World Next Door – True confession – I was totally in this for the frenetic match-3 game play, and that aspect of the game did not disappoint. It was super short, which, to be fair, I apparently missed a lot of side quests, but nothing that detracted from the actual combat game play. Overall, I was pleased for the $3 I paid.

Night Call – I’d never heard of this before browsing the XBox Game Pass for PC library, but I am so glad that I did. Totally captivating.

Taptiles – I had completely forgotten about this game, but I was in the Windows store looking for something else, and I re-discovered it. I was even going to pony up and pay for it to get rid of the ads, but apparently, it’s not a one-time purchase but a subscription? Oh no. I’ll live with ads, thanks.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – It makes me a little sad when a really interesting concept becomes a mediocre (and sometimes frustrating) game, but I am going to poke at it for a little longer, because the good stuff is oh-so-good.

Viscera Cleanup Detail – House of Horror DLC – I only dabbled a little in this, to have something to keep my hands busy while I watched scary stuff on TV. Although I’ve enjoyed VCD in the past, this is a LONG level, and I’m not sure I’ll ever actually complete it.

This month I played 2 games on Utomik, 2 on XBox Game Pass for PC, and 7 from my own library!


What I Read This Month

I read five books this month – all of them ghost stories, and three from the Riveting Haunted House Mystery series. I abandoned one book, and have two in progress. Not bad, coming off a couple of months where I didn’t read much of anything at all. I’m at 22/30 for my 2019 Good Reads Challenge.


What I Watched This Month

The Boys – Although I initially wasn’t much interested, this is the dark and awful super hero show I didn’t know I wanted. I’ve been savoring it, so I still have a couple episodes left to go, but I’m surprised how captivating it is.

Halloween Baking Championship – I not only watched the new season, but devoured the past seasons available on Hulu as well. This also reminded me how much I hate waiting for new episodes.

Hallotober Movies Galore – I’m sure I missed some, but every chance I got, I tossed a horror movie on TV.


Whew, that was a lot. Sure, I deviated a bunch from my initial monthly goals, but I’m really satisfied with all the good stuff I got to enjoy in October.

Nerd Girl Goals – October 2019

There’s another week or two of the busy, and then we have a couple days parceled out for doing Halloween-y stuff, so I’m again anticipating less leisure time than normal. Knowing this, let’s try to be a smidgen more realistic this time, shall we?


GAMING

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

On the agenda this month (maybe):

  • Dead Rising 3
  • Equilinox
  • Monster Prom
  • Rise of Balloons
  • Saints Row IV
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Go Get a Bee

This is one of those things I’ve been waiting awhile for, and had long ago decided it was worth popping one of my game time tokens to acquire. I always say I won’t go back to WoW, and I always do. I was interested in the anniversary event anyhow, so two mounts, one token, as it were.

Try Out XBox Gamepass for PC

I’ve surprised myself at how much I’ve been digging the gaming subscription services, and this month, it’s Microsoft’s turn.


WATCHING

It’s October. I’m going to watch a lot of horror movies. Probably really bad horror movies, and I’m going to be totally okay with that. I’m likely going to even stay up too late a few time to do so.

If I make time for some series watching, I’m planning to stick to the spooky, creepy, and oh yeah, The Halloween Baking Championship (the only new entry in this category this month).


I’m going to skip READING this month because either I will or I won’t, and if I don’t start picking up some kind of book sometime soon, I won’t make my yearly GoodReads goal, and I will be displeased with myself, but cooler weather is coming, and that usually leads to oodles of reading in bed.


September Goal Review

Can I just start off by saying I did not do well? Because I did not do well this month. I did spend half the month being crazy busy (and dealing with the accompanying exhaustion), but it’s not like I didn’t know that was coming, and I was absolutely overly ambitious.

Gaming

Play to satisfaction: 3 of 6. 1 of 6 still in progress. 2 of 6 untouched.

ESO: Didn’t log in once, but I did at least remember to cancel my ESO+ so I can stop paying to not play.

Key Cleanout: Fanatical keys sorted, everything else not sorted.

(and this? this was my most successful category!)

Watching

I finished watching Mindhunters S2. I attempted to watch Sucker Punch, but got derailed by a case of wrong-movie-itis. Otherwise, I occasionally stared at what my husband was watching, or put on Murder She Wrote for reasons.

Reading

I read absolutely nothing except clickbait articles and an absurd number of Reddit posts this month. Ugh.