Nerd Girl Goals – August 2022


Well, it’s that time of year, and I’m as ready as I’m going to be to tackle a month of daily blogging, with community focused Blaugchievements to earn, and a full content calendar to work from. After a frankly disappointing effort last year, I’ve set my sights on both a Rainbow Diamond award and a Platinum Trophy.

I’ve already earned my first four achievements, and posted a couple times about joining up and getting ready. I’ll link those posts just in case you missed them!

If you want more information, read all about Blaugust 2022 over on Tales of the Aggronaut. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for Blaugust 2022 here, and join us in the Discord as well. If I influenced you to give this craziness a try, please let me know so I can grab the associated nerdpoints.



Planned games for the #JustOnePercent Project for August are Lawn Mowing Simulator, Black Book, Life is Hard, Twelve Minutes, Space Scavenger, Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery, Tinytopia, The Big Con, Cloud Gardens, Lake, Yerba Mate Tycoon, and Falling as Lightning.

I’ve made it past the two-thirds mark now, and have decided to finish out the project when I run out of games that were released in 2021. I’ve got everything already installed (and shhh, don’t tell but I’ve already started playing a couple). The majority of titles this month are games that I purchased (either by themselves or as part of a bundle), with three of subscription-service games and one free title rounding the month out. Black Book and The Big Con are the titles this month I’m going to play on the Steam Deck if all goes according to plan. There are a dozen games on the schedule for this month, and since I’m planning to post daily for Blaugust, I’m setting the goal at 12 #JustOnePercent project posts.

Other Gaming

I’ve gotten away from posting this the last few months – possibly because I feel like most months my goals post has gotten a bit overly-long, but I figured the beginning of Blaugust was a great time to bring it back. Sometimes, I forget that this is all supposed to be about having fun, not about meeting whatever arbitrary metrics I set for myself.

Outside of my planned project posts this month, I didn’t plan too much that was game specific. I do, however, plan to do at least a quick look at Clanfolk this month, because I’ve been kind of obsessed with it since it came out in mid-July. I’d also like to revisit the project I planned to start on prior to taking on #J1P, and play something I’d previously stopped playing before I reached my gaming to satisfaction point, so look for a So We Meet Again post later in the month.

To recap: I’ve got myself put down for at least two game-specific non-project posts this month.


I’m sure some of you are probably thinking by now “Damn, Krikket, isn’t that enough?” and while the answer is most definitely yes, yes it is more than enough, I’m going to put myself down for at least another four books read this month. I’m comfortably ahead of my yearly challenge goal right now, and there’s a lot of other stuff I plan on focusing on this month, but I’m still in the short books part of my 87th Precinct re-read, so I don’t anticipate finding them time to listen to another four of them to be outside the realm of possibility.

I do still have a lot of stitching to work on, but I’ve accepted that I was a bit overly ambitious with these last couple projects, and that they are going to be somewhere between acceptably belated and outrageously late, but I’m going to plug along as I’m able and see where I end up.


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 31 posts during the month of August & get the Blaugust 2022 Rainbow Diamond Award
  • Obtain the Blaugcheivement Platinum Trophy
  • Write at least 12 #JustOnePercent Project posts
  • Write at least 2 game-specific non-project posts
  • Do not forget this is all for fun and do not burn myself out
  • Read / listen to at least four books

Getting Ready for Blaugust 2022

I’m sure that no one who’s been hanging out with me here awhile is going to be surprised when I say the past couple of months, I’ve been blogging while riding The Struggle Bus. In fact, if I weren’t smack dab in the middle of a big project, which I’ve already done the lion’s share of the organizational work for, I might not be blogging at all right now.

So the announcement for Blaugust 2022, while not unexpected, has left me very very conflicted. While I do love a good challenge (and Blaugust always seems to be a Very Good Challenge), I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to really dedicate the time and energy this year to participate in the way I prefer – which is to say, I’m a Rainbow Diamond girl or bust. In order to do that, I need to post 31 times during the month of August, and right now, I’m scrambling to do half that every month.

One of the many panels of Hyperbole and a Half which has spawned a million memes.

And then I signed up anyway.

Of course, participating in Blaugust doesn’t mean you need to post 31 entries next month. In fact, a single post a week over the course of the month is enough to get you a bronze award. Heck, if you’re new to blogging, just the act of creating a new blog and participating at all means you have succeeded!

This year also brings a new component – Blaugchievements! As a almost-but-not-entirely reformed chaser of Nerd Points in everything, this was probably the thing that tipped the scales. While I still want my shiny Rainbow Diamond award at the end of the month, I’m also planning to collect me some trophies. In fact, I’ve gotten the first one already!

(click the button, and it can be yours as well!)

Looking at my content planning calendar, there is some good news. I’ve been bumping a lot of non-project post ideas forever forward, and I already have 18 of the 31 days of August with a planned post. That’s more than half and I haven’t even checked the prompt list yet. I’m going to do my best to have the whole month full of post ideas before the kickoff date of August 1st.

I will say that I’ve been kind of hyper-focused on building and participating in communities right now, so the addition of community-focused (but totally optional) achievement goals definitely influenced my choice to jump off the struggle bus and onto this crazy train for another year.

Oops, I got another one, and so can you if you click!

In Review – June 2022

  • 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.

The early weeks of June felt like they were super-focused and I was feeling really good about everything. By mid-month, the majority of my mental and emotional energy had started to be used up on things that were Decidedly UnFun, as it felt like everyone I know decided to battle their demons all at once. This then went directly into a scary week of sleep deprivation and pet illness – thankfully, both of my girls are back to their normal lazy dog selves now.

So, in the end, June turned into a month where instead of struggling to figure out what I wanted to do, I struggled with finding the energy to do anything at all. I’m fairly sure the only reason I met any of my goals this month was that I got a jump on a lot of things during the first third of the month, so I never got to the point where I was actually pushing up against deadlines until this last weekend. Having both Wholesome Direct and Steam Next Fest to talk about in the first half of the month made my 6 non-project post goal almost trivial.

Everything I failed to complete this month was something I didn’t even attempt to start.


What I was very successful at this month was keeping my spreadsheet up! I lumped together all my demo playtime into one category, as even the demos I spent the most time with were right on the edge of an hour of playtime, which is my normal cut off for the chart. Overall, a huge chunk of my gaming time went into my go-to game to play on the Deck: Atomicrops.


The twelve games I covered in June were Garbage, Big Bang West, Backbone, Beasts of Maravilla Island, Black Mansion*, Wildermyth*, Welcome to Lakewood*, Melodramatica, The List, Runo*, Outsider: After Life and Highrisers. Titles marked with an asterisk were played less than one hour during June and are absent from the chart above.

Non-Project Gaming

Almost all of my non-project gaming time was spend on demos or Atomicrops, although the nearly 9 hours I spent playing demo games doesn’t even come close to the more than 60 I put into this silly little roguelite. I will say that I dabbled in other games on the Deck – I spent a little less than an hour and a half with Endless Fables 3: Dark Moor, tried out a puzzle-platformer in Planet of the Eyes and even played a very short session of Torchlight III before deciding the text size was just a little too small for my middle-aged eyesight. I also played three demos (Potion Permit, Alchemia: Creatio Ex Nihilo, and Dome Keeper), as well as one of my project titles (Outsider: After Life) from either my couch or my bed.

Having the Steam Deck was a huge boon this month – there were several points in the month where my pain was such that sitting at my computer or craft desk was out of the question, but I still had the mental capacity to be doing something that was engaging rather than just wallowing. I will admit to having some small pangs of buyer’s remorse back in May, but after this past month, I feel really good about my purchase.

We also finished up our Terraria run around the middle of the month, and despite my initial hesitancy after bouncing hard off of this one in 2016, I did mostly enjoy my time with the game. To be sure, I still prefer my games to have a little more guidance built-in, but playing alongside someone who really really knows the ropes countered almost everything I didn’t like about it.

Gaming Related Spending

My picks from Fanatical’s Build Your Own Slayer Bundle 6 were Grotto, Nobodies, Iratus: Lord of the Dead, Tunnel of Doom, and Blazing Beaks. Not bad for a little over $1.50 each.

This was a spendy month for gaming, which isn’t terribly surprising as I usually budget an obnoxious amount to spend during the many Summer Sales that tend to pop up in late June. Early in the month, I picked up a few individual games (including two specifically for #J1P purposes) and a bundle from Fanatical. I plan to do a more in-depth look at my Summer Sale buys after the sales have ended and I’m safe from any last-minute impulse buys, but my total June gaming-related spending was $93. This includes – as usual – both my GamePass Subscription and the Humble Choice bundle.


READING: Here again, the first part of the month was great – I flew through the first three books in just over a week. The fourth book – which wasn’t actually appreciably longer than the previous two – I spent almost two weeks on, and then couldn’t make myself pick something new for a couple days afterwards. Finally, I decided to indulge in a re-read / first listen of some very early Ed McBain novels, which I’ll be honest, often feel really problematic 65 years after publication.

STITCHCRAFT: Another place where a good early push saved my bacon this month. The project I’m currently working on has four distinct sections, and I flew through the first two despite my reservations about it being a more complex pattern than I’ve been used to. The third section, however, was just problem after problem. I had to dedicate an entire evening to ripping out several hundred stitches because my count was off by one somewhere that would have made a huge difference. Once I managed to finish that section, however, the fourth is going pretty much the way of the first three, and I’m well past my 75% completion goal, and expect to be fully done before the end of the weekend.

WATCHING: I’m still in a television and movie funk, and other than a handful of episodes of Guy’s Grocery Games, nothing I saw this month was new to me. There were a couple of days when my dogs were feeling poorly that I just sat with them and watched comfort movies – Happy Feet, Disney’s Hercules, and Ice Age, but they were really basically background noise for me. I’m sure this current disinterest is due in part to my aversion to giving all my focus to something that’s non-interactive, but mostly due to the fact that I can now play a game pretty much anywhere so I don’t need the entertainment provided by the TV right now.

Nerd Girl Goals – July 2022

I’ve decided I wanted to try something a little different this month – and perhaps going forward – and flip the order of my goal & recap posts. In other words, Nerd Girl Goals will be on the last day of the prior month, while the recap will be on the first day of the following month. Partially, this is for the sake of increased accuracy, but mainly it’s because I realize that I almost always write the posts in this order, and then post them in the reverse. We’ll see how I end up liking it, but this idea was sort of a “eureka moment” for me, and yes, I realize how completely silly that sounds.



Planned games for the #JustOnePercent Project for July are Cris Tales, Song of Farca, Reality’s Reverse Side, Last Stop, In Space No One Can Hear You Clean, The Forgotten City, Abomi Nation, Leaf Me Alone, inbento, An Odd Tale, Doomsday Vault, and Dreamscaper.

This month has a pretty great variety of sources for the #JustOnePercent games – three were purchased specifically for this project, three are on GamePass, two were purchased by me individually but not specifically for the project, two were from bundles I purchased but not for that specific game, one was an Epic store giveaway, and one is a game available for free on Steam.

Two of the games that I own on Steam (Song of Farca and Abomi Nation) have been rated as being Playable on Steam Deck, so I have installed those two game there and intend to play them exclusively on the Deck. I won’t say I’ve mastered getting screen shots from my Deck to my computer, but I managed to do it for Outsider: After Life, so I’m confident I can manage it for these titles as well.

At this point, I’m more than halfway through my goal of 100 games, and even if I continue on playing the games I’ve already picked out, I’ll be wrapping up #JustOnePercent in early to mid December with 120 games played. Because I’m so well situated in regards to number of available titles and being ahead of schedule, I’m going to again make my official goal 10 posts for #JustOnePercent for July.

Co-Op Game Night

I’m not 100% sure just yet where we’re heading next with our co-op game night. We still have some new content to look at in Core Keeper, but for the most part, there just isn’t anything new out there we’re overly excited to try out. We’ve started toying with the idea of doing some board game adaptations in Tabletop Simulator, or looking for games more conducive to one or two sessions than epic months-long campaigns. The only thing we have decided is that we want to keep getting together every Tuesday night to do something!

Other Gaming

Like I did last month for my reading goals, I’m keeping my non-project gaming goals fairly unspecific this month. This is partially because there’s a couple meatier titles on the project list this month that I might find myself caught up in, but it’s also partially because I’ve been finding myself craving comfort and familiarity in gaming over challenge or novelty.

However, I will task myself with playing and writing about at least one game that I purchased during the Steam Summer Sale season of 2022 at some point this month.



I’m not quite confident enough to say that I’m definitely past my reading slump, but I’ve started indulging in a re-read of a series I’ve loved for many years, and it’s taken off the pressure of choosing the next book every few days. I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it – there are 55 books in the series – but given the relatively short length of the earlier titles, giving myself another month with a goal of reading six books feels very very doable.


With my July deadline project nearly done, this month I’ll be working on two separate projects with August deadlines. One is fairly small – less than 5000 stitches – so I don’t anticipate any issues knocking that one out in it’s entirety in a week or so. The other I’ve already started on, and is about four times as large in terms of stitch count, which will make July a pretty craft-intensive month. That’ll be great for my reading goals at least. Ideally, I’d like to finish both projects with August deadlines so that I can dedicate all of August to the outrageously huge project I have to finish up by early September.

I’m also due for another gallery post sometime in July, but I only have a couple of new finished pieces since the last one, so I’d like to figure out how to add more to that series than just pictures and pattern links.

Everything Else

I continue to be resistant to using my leisure time for much else besides gaming, audiobooks, and cross-stitch. Sure, there are other things I think miss doing, but in a very abstract way. Even “comfort” television and movies haven’t been particularly enticing, and it’s too damn hot to spent much more time in the kitchen than absolutely necessary. As it gets hotter outside, my motivation for home improvement tasks has fallen off a cliff, and I realize that it’s probably also due to the fact that as much as I want things to be finished, I’m just really sick of working on it all.

In short, I feel like I might want to be doing other things, but I have no idea what those things are.

So instead of setting goals for things I’m just not enthused about, in July both of my “everything else” projects are going to be gaming-related. First, I’m bringing Krikket’s Game Giveaways out of semi-retirement, and hopefully finding loving homes for more of my unused game keys. It tends to make for a bit of a hectic couple of weeks, but I really love doing it. Secondly, I think it’s maybe time to stop messing around and open up Krikket’s Clubhouse, a community Discord server I’ve been working up in an attempt to have a structured place available for people in my orbit to come together to do fun things online, and maybe get some interplay between the different online communities I’m already a part of.


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.
  • Play & write about at least one game purchased during the Steam Summer Sale season 2022.
  • Read / listen to any 6 books.
  • Finish both projects with August deadlines.
  • Do my Second Quarter Stitchcraft Gallery post.
  • Run Krikket’s Game Giveways summer session.
  • Start sending out invites for Krikket’s Clubhouse Discord server.

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.



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.



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.


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!


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.


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.

In Review – May 2022

  • At least 12 posts for #JustOnePercent.
  • At least posts unrelated to #JustOne Percent.
  • Hit level 40 in CSD2 with all gold medals.
  • Complete the chapter story of Elsweyr, Greywood, or Blackmoor in Elder Scrolls Online.
  • Listen to / read at least 3 books total.
  • Read at least 1 print book.
  • Listen to / read at least 1 book from My 12 Project.
  • Finish cross stitch with June deadline.
  • Hit 25% on one other current stitch project.
  • Get new project in a frame with all floss carded.
  • Cancel Starz.
  • Get crafting desk cleaned off and usable.

Apparently, in my world, May is grumpy and full of procrastination. I was super ambitious with goal setting, and by the end of the first week, I was worrying that I wasn’t going to get anywhere all month long. I was super stressed about, well, pretty much everything – projects at home, frustration in my social circles, and the whole entire state of everything in the U.S. and globally, and I just … couldn’t focus or relax. All of this led to my first setback in the #JustOnePercent project, which, in retrospect wasn’t too much of a setback – I did end up skipping over one game out of my planned thirteen for May, but other than having to shuffle some post days around, everything else I managed to get done.

But as much as I enjoy checking off entries on any sort of to do list, I never expect to complete all of my goals every month, so I’m not too upset where I ended up. My desire to play ESO again passed as quickly as it appeared, and I didn’t even open the launcher all month long. My stitchcraft goals were perhaps a little overly ambitious, but getting derailed mid-month while I waited for a magnifier light which got lost in transit probably didn’t help. I did better with books, but am still mostly disinterested in actually reading (as opposed to listening) or to diving into any of the books that have been recommended to me.


Since receiving my Steam Deck earlier this month, I have accepted that my gaming hours chart will likely never be accurate again. I’ve made an effort to record hours spent playing stuff away from my PC, but I also am relying on memory and my own faithfulness to entering it in manually before I forget. I primarily played two games on the Steam Deck this month (Bugsnax and Atomicrops), and since I did not play either of them before the beginning of the month, I went with the hours played stat in Steam, but I would like to have a better system going forward because this is unlikely to always be the case.


The twelve games I covered in May were Unforgettable You*, Before We Leave, Polyville Canyon, Subnautica: Below Zero, Just Die Already, Lacuna, The Wild at Heart, Tainted Grail: Conquest, Scoot Kaboom and the Tomb of Doom*, Solasta: Crown of the Magister, Overboard!, and No Ghost in Stay Home*. Titles marked with an asterisk were played less than one hour and are absent from the chart above.

Non-Project Gaming

Once I dropped all the games that I played for less than an hour, I was down to only five games again outside of #J1P gaming. The first part of the month I was obsessed with Bugsnax, playing through it twice on GamePass before purchasing it on Steam and playing through a third time on my Steam Deck. The last week or so, Atomicrops has been my go-to portable game; I’m dreadfully bad at it, but for whatever reason, that’s not putting me off, and I am … oh so slowly … starting to see some improvement in my handling of the controls. This may be my gateway drug to twin-stick shooters. It’s a genre I’ve always been interested in, but I’ve never been able to manage the required controller dexterity.

Terraria is still the co-op game night game; progress has slowed a bit as the loot gods have not been kind to us, so we end up redoing a lot of boss fights. We have now moved into “hardmode”, which means a lot of time spent gathering resources and gearing up for the bigger fights that I know are coming and am sort of dreading.

Somewhere around mid-month, I missed my first day of Cozy Grove in over three months, and since then, I’ve found myself less and less interested in doing my ghost bear chores. Frankly, I’m surprised that this one lasted as long as it did, and having sunk more than 50 hours total into the game, I’d say I definitely got my money’s worth of out it, even if I never actually finish it. I only have a handful of ghost bears left to help in the base game, but I find the later characters far less interesting than the early game ones.

I feel like I played a lot more Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 this month than my actual hours show, because there were a lot of sessions where I’d try two or three shifts, fail them all early, and walk away frustrated. If my count is right, I have completed 87 gold star shifts to get enough experience to reach level 40.

Gaming Related Spending

I made a handful of individual game purchases in May: Bugsnax, Abomi Nation, Recipe for Disaster, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Forest, and State of Decay 2. Other than the Humble Choice bundle for May, I managed to not buy any bundles this month.

Most of my fun money this month went to other hobbies, but I still managed to spend $85 on gaming. This includes my Humble Choice subscription, my XBox Game Pass subscription, and six new games for the library.


READING: It really hasn’t taken too long for me to go from being basically disinterested in audiobooks to almost completely being disinterested in print. The anywhere anytime advantage of print pales in comparison to the hobby multitasking of audio for my current situation. I’m not really going places all that often, and I’m getting to enjoy two hobbies at once that engage different parts of my brain. The major downside is that I can read way faster than I can be read to, so finishing these four books took approximately 35 hours!

STITCHCRAFT: I learned an important lesson this month – while I might be fine stitching on 18 count with my readers on, 20 count is just enough smaller that I need more help to be able to see comfortably. I tried to push through with stronger readers, but those would make me queasy every time I looked anywhere that wasn’t my work area. I finally gave in a splurged on a magnifying lamp, and I took a few days off while I waited for it to arrive.

Amazon lost the first lamp I ordered, and when I had given up hope of it ever arriving, I ordered a different one. I feel like this is another sign from the universe to stop cheaping out on everything, since when they both arrived, of course the more expensive one suited my needs far better. I managed to rig it up to my stitching-in-bed setup, but it also was the impetus I needed to finish getting my desk cleaned off and usable. I expect I’ll be able to make more progress and be more comfortable doing it going forward.

WATCHING: I cancelled my subscription to two different streaming services this month – Netflix and Starz – and it sort of feels like the perfect time to have done so because it seems like all of the televisions in the whole house are off more often than they aren’t these days. I have been watching some Guy’s Grocery Games during dinner or while waiting for things to be done cooking, but I just haven’t been willing to put on anything that requires more from me.

RENOVATIONS: This time last year, we were in the middle of contractor hell, so I’m glad that what we’ve got left is mostly smaller projects. I didn’t make a lot of noticeable progress in my personal space (or honestly, anywhere else in the house) this month, but I’ve found that just small jobs of tidying and organization in here to be very satisfying, and I’m generally not a fan of slow work with little visible effect. I’m still planning to get some shelves up, and dithering about what art I’d like to buy for my space, but it’s really past time I start moving onto other things as well.

Nerd Girl Goals – May 2022

Spring is in the air, at least most days, and I still don’t want to leave the house. Which is probably for the best, because despite a lot of energy being put into “say(ing) it ain’t so”, there’s still a pandemic going on. I’m sure I’ll take advantage of the opportunity to hit up a few outdoor events before the oppressive heat of summer kicks in and I enter into a committed relationship with my air conditioner, but I also don’t anticipate having any difficulty knocking some nerdy goals out this month.


Planned games for the #JustOnePercent project for May are Unforgettable You, Before We Leave, Network, Polyville Canyon, Subnautica: Below Zero, Wild at Heart, Just Die Already, Lacuna, Tainted Grail, Scoot Kaboom and the Tomb of Doom, Solasta: Crown of the Magister, Overboard, and No Ghost in Stay Home.

If nothing goes sideways, I’m looking at another thirteen game month for #JustOnePercent. That said, if for some reason I have to drop a game or two, I’m not going looking for replacements – I’m far enough ahead that I don’t need to keep this pace, but there’s so many games I’m interested in every month. Several of these are pretty hefty titles that I expect I’m going to want to play for significantly more than an hour, so I’d like to have the freedom to do that if the spirit moves me.

I’m planning to stick to Monday – Thursday – Saturday for project posts because the spacing feels right. GamePass is coming in clutch this month – four of the thirteen titles I’m planning on I will be playing through the service. If I had purchased just those four games at full price, it would have cost me around $115.

I have absolutely zero reason to believe that with our super-casual 3ish hour a week schedule, we’ll be anywhere near the end of Terraria before the month is up. If either Core Keeper or Wildermyth gets additional content added, we may pop back over, but I foresee this being a game that will carry us through a couple of months, easily.

While I probably should keep my non-project solo gaming goals extra light this month, I do have a shoot-for-the-stars kind of plan. Firstly, I’d like to hit level 40 in my all-gold playthrough of Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2. Secondly, I want to dip back into The Elder Scrolls Online on a super-casual basis. Before I took my last break, I’d rolled up some alts that I never got around to leveling up, and I’d like to pick one and cruise through one of the Chapters I’ve never done. For me, ESO is best when I play it like a single player, story-focused game, and that’s really all I’m hoping to get out of it this time. Initially, I’m not planning to re-up my subscription, but I also realize not re-upping means I basically can’t touch my leveled characters or use my bank. I admit it, I’m a virtual hoarder.


Reading: In an attempt to compromise with myself by setting reasonable goals, I’m going shoot for three books this month, at least one of them print, and at least one of them from my recommended book challenge. I am currently just barely on track for my 2022 Goodreads challenge, and I’d like to not fall too far behind.

Watching: I’ve already cancelled my Netflix subscription; I cannot remember the last thing we watched on there, and it’s the most expensive streaming service we pay for by a good margin. I figure if we end up missing it, we can always re-subscribe. My promotional period for Starz ends mid-month, so that one is going to be the next to go. Lately, I’ve found myself less interesting in watching things than in figuring out how to spend less money on television. I may carve out some time to check out The Wilds on Amazon Prime, but it’s equally possible that I’m just going to try to have the television on a whole lot less than I normally do.

Stitchcraft: Once I wrap up my June deadline project in the next week or so, I’d like to get one of my other August projects in frame and carded. I also want to hit at least 25% on either of the two massive projects I currently have going. That really isn’t going to necessitate picking up the pace, just maintaining my current momentum.


  • At least 12 posts for #JustOnePercent.
  • At least 4 posts unrelated to #JustOne Percent.
  • Hit level 40 in CSD2 with all gold medals.
  • Complete the chapter story of Elsweyr, Greywood, or Blackmoor in Elder Scrolls Online.
  • Listen to / read at least 3 books total.
  • Read at least 1 print book.
  • Listen to / read at least 1 book from My 12 Project.
  • Finish cross stitch with June deadline.
  • Hit 25% on one other current stitch project.
  • Get new project in a frame with all floss carded.
  • Cancel Starz.
  • Get crafting desk cleaned off and usable.

In Review – April 2022

  • At least 12 posts for #JustOnePercent.
  • At least 4 posts unrelated to #JustOnePercent.
  • Pick out something and play it just because I want to.
  • Read at least 4 books.
  • Read at least 1 book from My 12 Challenge.
  • Complete at least half of the stitch-craft project with a June deadline.
  • Move all my stuff into my new room!

There were a lot of other things this month that don’t show up on this sort of checklist – my husband had his third attempt at a spinal fusion, and there were a lot of things that needed to be done around that. We were pushing hard on renovations as well, and trying to contract out some other work that needs to be done around here to folks able-bodied enough to do it. For the first time in awhile, real life was doing it’s damnedest to get in the way of my nerdstuff. Winter is not my favorite season, but it’s by far the quietest, at least once the holidays are over.

I am really happy with where I ended up as far as gaming & blogging was concerned, but some other stuff fell by the wayside while I was doing it. The biggest area that took a hit this month was all things reading-related. Most nights I was exhausted enough that concentration was an issue, so it was just more comfortable to fall into my habit of comfort television re-watching. I blew through the first four seasons of Criminal Minds in the latter half of the month, which meant a lot of hours I might have otherwise spent with audiobooks went there. When I made my goal post, 4 books felt like a no brainer, but I’m like that with reading anyway; either I’m stuffing myself silly or I’m going completely without.


Because I clearly lack good sense, I upped my #JustOnePercent coverage to thirteen games this month. I’ve still managed to completely avoid despair, but this is the first month that I’ve had multiple irritating roadblocks on the project.

I ended up swapping out some games from my original list as the month progressed. The first was a free-to-play online game that had, less than a year after release, already been taken offline despite still being available to download on Steam. The second was a game demo that I thought was a full game until I started it up.

This was also the first time I bailed on multiple titles short of hitting the hour mark or end credits. Both games I ducked out early on should have been right up my alley, but both ended up being the wrong kind of challenging for me. I’m just over 1/3 of the way through the project now; I suppose I shouldn’t be too put off by a couple titles that just didn’t work for me.

The thirteen games I covered in March were Safari Zone, The Cryptologist Room*, Rain on Your Parade, Ashwalkers, Secret Government*, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, Robin Hood: Hail to the King, Cryofall, Island Farmer, Legend of Keepers, The Invisible Hand, Eternia: Pet Whisperer*, and Redeliver*. Titles marked with an asterisk were played less than one hour and are absent from the chart above.

I really expected this whole project to be … harder than it is turning out to be. Now that I have a workable schedule (and lord knows, I love a schedule), I’m not struggling to keep up. I already have access to the majority of games I plan to play throughout the project, and I’m on track to far exceed my goal of 100 games in a year. I’ve gotten to play a lot of things I probably would have otherwise passed over, and I’m actually making use of my subscription services and the game library I’ve been building up for years now.

Non-project gaming continues to be significantly lighter. Part of that is the heavy focus on #JustOnePercent, part of it is just life in general, and part of it is the fact that I’m actually working steadily on crafting projects.

Other than a quick dip into Rift – and I do mean quick, it took me far longer to re-download the game than the 10ish minutes I had it running – this month was free of MMOs and the only co-op gaming I did was my weekly game date. We finished up the currently available content in Core Keeper, and moved onto Terraria, which is a game I’ve had issues with in the past. Unsurprisingly, it’s a lot easier when you’re playing with someone who has already beaten the game multiple times, and who is perfectly happy to do most of the hard stuff while I look for ore and spend a bit of time fishing.

I did also poke at a few different things in my solo gaming time. I played a good amount of Nanotale: Typing Chronicles before getting frustrated with my lack of map reading skills in the later parts of the game. I am also pretty officially back on my bullshit with Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2, which manages to both scratch a weird itch and fill the niche of a game I can play for a few minutes here and there.

Wrapping things up, no one could possibly be more surprised than me that I am still playing Cozy Grove every day. I still don’t love the real time aspect of it all, but it fits so nicely into most of my days, giving me something low-key to do while waking up and having coffee. It is absolutely 100% a chore-fest, but it’s a comforting chore-fest. I average about 30 minutes a day with it, but almost through my third month and I haven’t missed even a single daily check in.

This was also a slightly less spendy month; my gaming related spending was only $59, which includes my XBox Game Pass subscription and the Humble Choice. I picked up on game on Steam (Overboard) which had been on my wishlist and also happens to be a qualifying game for #JustOnePercent. The rest of it went to Fanatical, where I grabbed a couple of bundles that caught my eye, and the Blackwood Upgrade for Elder Scrolls Online while it was under $10.

I may have also pulled the trigger on my Steam Deck, which does not count against my budget since it’s my (now very very late) 2021 Christmas & birthday present from my husband.


I only managed to finish two books this month, both audio on Scribd. Friends Like These was delightfully twisty, although somewhat short on likeable characters. Desperation was a re-read, but a book I’d read so long ago I’d forgotten just about everything but the biggest plot points, so it was still really enjoyable.

This month I came up against Scribd’s manner of imposing limitations on their supposedly unlimited reading & listening. Once you pass a certain number of titles read in either format – I believe it’s four, but I’m not 100% sure on that – since your last subscription payment, Scribd starts removing things from your search results. You can still find them if you search very specifically, but they’ll have a banner indicating that they’re “temporarily unavailable” until your next payment clears.

This would be outrageously annoying except for one teeny loophole – anything already on your saved list when you hit your soft cap is still available. If, like me, you tend to click “save” on anything that looks remotely interesting, you should never run out of things to listen to or read. Just bear this in mind, if you plan on binging a series, make sure you add all the titles to your saved list at the beginning so you don’t get locked out.

I guess you could say that Scribd is sort of unlimited, but I’m still finding it a better overall value than Audible & Kindle Unlimited.


RENOVATIONS: I can’t quite say that we’re done with my new space, but it’s 100% useable, and I am moved in! Sure, I’m still working around some lingering construction materials, and there’s a few boxes of accumulated junk I need to go through. I’m also planning to incorporate some more storage, and do some decoration, but it’s been lovely to have some actual space and not feel like I’ve been crammed into any available corner.

STITCHCRAFT: Against my own rules (and my better judgement), I am currently working on three different projects at once. The smallest is also the one with the closest deadline, and I’m creeping up on 70% completion. It’s working up fairly fast, and I expect to be finished with that one in the next week or two. I’ve also managed to put a couple percent each on two massive projects. They’re both challenging for different reasons, so I’m hoping getting an early start on them will let me take adequate breaks where I tackle some of the smaller stuff in my queue.

WATCHING: The only new-to-me watch this month was a single episode of Castle Rock, which looks like it’s going to be interesting, and I’m loving the cast so far. I was especially excited to peep Melanie Lynskey, who really impressed me in Yellowjackets. Otherwise, I’ve just been background watching TV series I’ve already seen and the occasional comfort movie.

Nerd Girl Goals – April 2022

I’m anticipating two major life things this month that are likely to cut into my time. Firstly, I’m planning to move my PC (as well as quite a few other items) into the newly renovated space that’s going to be a combination bedroom and office / crafting space. Secondly, my husband is going in for yet another surgery on his spine, which if it is in line with previous surgeries, means about a week in the hospital and another week at home where he’s going to need more of my attention than usual. Since I also have thirteen #JustOnePercent games on the agenda during the month, I’m going to really have to manage my time & energy well.


Planned games for April are Safari Zone, The Cryptologist Room, Runeverse: The Card Game, Secret Government, Ashwalkers, Rain on Your Parade, Invisible Wings, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, Cryofall, Legend of Keepers, Island Farmer, Eternia: Pet Whisperer, and Redeliver.

I may have bitten off more this month than I can chew. Trying to write about thirteen games is a lot, but I really struggled with which (if any) I should cut. I’ve plotted out my schedule already, and since it worked fairly well last month, the majority of my posts for the project are going to follow a Monday – Thursday – Saturday schedule. I plan on trying to frontload my month as much as I can, so that once things go a little wacky around here during the middle of the month, I’ll be able to take a step back without sacrificing my planned content.

On the co-op front, I’m hoping we still have enough to do in Core Keeper to not have to move onto another game before the end of the month. I was a little apprehensive about it – I tend to not do all that well at the combat portions of these types of games, but I haven’t been struggling too much with the combat, and I’m really digging (pun only sort of intended) the rest of the mechanics. I’d like to get another three or four gaming sessions out of the current content, but I’m also really looking forward to seeing what else gets added to the game.

I’m not completely abandoning So We Meet Again but I’ve already managed to completely ignore it during two months with less other things going on, so I’m going to pre-emptively decide to ignore it in April. Which means I’ll probably end up doing it, because that’s how things work out a lot of the time.

However, since I’m currently MMO-less, I am going to be looking for something else to play in the in-betweens of things. Very definitive, I know.


Reading: I feel like I’m back on track with reading – well, mostly listening to – books. I’d like to up my total reading goal this month up to four titles completed, with at least one of those being from my recommended book challenge. Scribd has a couple of those in audio, and I bought a third on Audible before I bailed. Scribd also has a handful available in e-book, and at least one I own, so there’s really no reason not to get started.

Watching: The last week or so of April is likely to have an abnormally high amount of TV time, but as of right now, I don’t have anything that I feel like I need to watch. I do want to figure out what I’m most interested in on Netflix, AppleTV, and Starz and prioritize those things – I’d like to drop all three of those services in the near-ish future.

Stitch-craft: My next stitching deadline isn’t until June, so although I know what the next couple of projects on the frames will be, it’s not a big deal if I shift some craft time back to gaming & blogging this month. I’d like to hit at least the 50% mark on the project with a June deadline, but it’s relatively small (under 10,000 stitches) so I feel like this particular goal is a bit of a freebie.


  • At least 12 posts for #JustOnePercent.
  • At least 4 posts unrelated to #JustOnePercent.
  • Pick out something and play it just because I want to.
  • Read at least 4 books.
  • Read at least 1 book from My 12 Challenge.
  • Complete at least half of the stitch-craft project with a June deadline.
  • Move all my stuff into my new room!

In Review – March 2022

March To Do List

  • Put all of March’s planned content into Asana.
  • At least 8 posts for #JustOnePercent.
  • At least 4 posts unrelated to #JustOnePercent.
  • Spend my remaining Audible credits & cancel my subscription.
  • Read / listen to at least two books.
  • Get all non-current stitching project materials into project bags.
  • Finish both current stitching projects.
  • Finish prepping & painting walls in the back room.

So close to getting through it all. The biggest impediment to finishing up the stitching projects is that the baby sampler (which was on hold until the baby was born & I had the name and date to put in) was as finished as it could be, but then the baby came a bit early and showed up on March 28th! Prior to that, I was still about 500 or so stitches behind, which is a mere day or two – at any rate, both should be done and ready for framing by the end of the week.

As for my renovation goal, that’s another one I missed by mere days. The last wall has been prepped, and the first coat of paint is going on today! The flooring will be going in over the next week or so, and then we just need to tackle furniture, and figure out all the wiring to get everything fully functional. I feel like we’ve been working on this one forever, and it almost doesn’t feel real that I’ll actually have all that space for myself by the end of April.


Data taken from ManicTime.

I was pretty much spot on with both the #JustOnePercent project stuff as well as still producing a limited amount of unrelated content. I covered twelve games #JustOnePercent games this month, which brings my total up to 21/100 going into month three. I’ve been keeping my spreadsheet updated as I write my posts, and as I gain access to new titles that fit the parameters. At this point, I have enough games available that I will be able to cover 100 games that were all published within a 12 month period (between 2/1/21 and 1/31/22), which is twice as narrow as the scope I originally set.

The twelve games I covered in March were Bloodroots, Size Matters, Landlord of the Woods*, Sizeable, Endzone: A World Apart, Machinika Museum, PuzzlePet – Feed Your Cat*, Paradise Lost*, Heart of Enya, Word Wise, Cozy Grove, and Lost Words: Beyond the Page. Titles marked with an asterisk were played less than one hour and are absent from the chart above.

I’ve been making note of how and why each title was acquired, so I decided to make up a small chart of the sources of each of the games I’ve already covered. Just under 2/3 were either purchased by me strictly to play for this project, or purchased by me due to genuine interest or inclusion in a bundle. The remaining titles were either available to me on GamePass, or I obtained free either on Steam directly, through Prime Gaming, or via Epic Store giveaways. Turns out that I grossly overestimated the additional cost of this project initially, and as a result, I’m planning to remove my sponsorship request form, as there really is no reason for it to exist.

So far the most challenging part of the project has been making sure I cover each game before the anniversary of its release – I also expect that this will get easier as I go, although both April and May currently have a gridlock around mid-month, when several titles released either on the same day or within a few days of one another. I realize it’s an arbitrary rule, but it has had the unintended consequence of helping with decision paralysis, so I’m sticking with it.

Non-project gaming has taken a bit of a hit this month, as a result of increasing the number of project titles, as well as trying to juggle my other hobbies, and work on home renovations. Even still, I feel like this was one of my balanced months in recent memory, as well as one of my most productive. I have to give at least partial credit for that to my content planning calendar. Having goals mapped out for the entire month really helps me stay on track and plan my time better than I normally do.

Out of the five games I spent any significant time in outside of the project this month, three were played on co-op game nights (Stolen Realm, Dungeon Defenders II, and Core Keeper). We’ve finally settled on Core Keeper, at least until we run out of current content. The game is newly released, and in Early Access, so we’re hoping to be able to hop in and out of this one as major updates are released. At the end of our third play session, we’ve hit a pretty major milestone, but I’m still optimistic we’ll have enough to do to play at least another 3-4 sessions.

The remainder of my gaming time was spend on MMOs, and I feel like I’ve pretty much wrapped up my time with both of them at least for now. I posted around mid-month about cancelling my World of Warcraft subscription and my conflicted feelings on it. Lost Ark on the other hand, just seems to have petered out for me. Surprisingly, my loss of interest isn’t about the grind, which is significant, but about the amount of time travel takes, and the sheer amount of travel expected at the point in the game I find myself at currently. I’m not going so far as to say I’m completely over it, but I find myself logging in less and less frequently, and spending less time in game when I do log in now. The honeymoon is clearly over.

I did get a little spend-happy this month, resulting in $132 worth of gaming related expenses. A good chunk of that was bundles; I picked up two of the big charity bundles that were available, spending $20 on’s and $15 on Fanatical’s. I also bought this month’s Humble Choice, and spent about $30 during Fanatical’s Bundlefest at the beginning of March. I snagged four more games for #JustOnePercent when they hit deep discounts on Steam, and also purchased Core Keeper the week after it released as well as Loop Hero when it was available for under $5 on Steam. I didn’t break the budget, but I definitely used it all up for March.


Books were definitely where I overachieved in March. Knowing I was planning to cancel my Audible subscription, I listened to I Eat Men Like Air and Fantasticland, both of which were part of Audible’s Plus catalog, early in the month. Switching over to Scribd’s library, I decided to revisit an author I used to really love and picked out Sole Survivor as my next audiobook, but found it dragged a bit for me, which meant I took 10 days to listen to the whole thing. I finished out the month with The Silent Patient (which I binged over two days) and They Did Bad Things.

My sole e-book for the month was Paperbacks From Hell, which has been pretty interesting, but is definitely something I’ve been reading far more casually.

I did manage to spend my remaining Audible credits, going for a mix of things I knew I’d enjoy, and a couple of series that looked interesting enough to try out. My husband requested a copy of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, so that rounded out the package.


WATCHING: It did end up being a slow television month. We watched the final episode of Lovecraft Country, and settled on Castle Rock as our next date-night watch. I binged the first season of Next Level Chef on Hulu, and rewatched most of the first four seasons of House on Amazon Prime. The last week or so, I’ve been watching Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction on IMDBtv, and commercials are still every bit as annoying as I remember them being.

Now that I’m looking back at everything that went on in March, it’s kind of a small miracle that I also managed to check off the majority of my to do list. I went through all my cross-stitch supplies, and put the supplies for each different project in its own bag. I tackled some kitchen organization, managed to bake a couple of different things and made a batch of fudge that never did set up right. I plastered and painted, moved furniture around over and over and put in way too many Home Depot orders. I got the taxes filed, I got my booster shot, I spent a not insignificant amount of time panicking about the state of everything. March was an incredibly full month, and yet I managed to get by without dropping too many balls, so I’m calling that a success.