Nerd Girl Goals – December 2019

I always feel like the winter holidays are such a polarizing time for people. Some people love this season – they go nuts with the decorations and send out a million cards and organize cheerful get-togethers. Others, like me, just go into survival mode until it’s all over.

We’ve just had our first major snowstorm of the year here, and there’s more anticipated for tonight, and I’ll be honest – the last thing I feel like doing right now is setting any kind of goals for myself. Solitary leisure time is going to be scarce, and I expect that most days, brainless entertainment is going to look mighty good to me.

So I’ve decided to pass on having Nerd Girl goals this month. I’m sure I’ll still find things to write about, but I’m going to just take the month “off”, so to speak, and make sure I’m prepared going into my 2020 goals.

A Clean Slate

After a bunch of frustration with my not-entirely-kosher Windows 7 install – culminating today in being unable to open a PDF file to pay my electric bill – I finally bit the bullet and found a repair utility that would allow me to update to an entirely kosher version of Windows 10.

Unlike the last couple of times I’ve had to deal with PC problems, for once, I didn’t lose all my files, but any programs that were installed? All gone.

Getting the functional stuff back online was easy – I keep installers for most of the things I use all the time in my downloads folder. Reinstalling my web browser (because, no Edge, no), Discord, Steam, and the other launchers I use took minutes.

Now, the game re-installation marathon has begun. I grabbed Ode and Aven Colony right off the bat – I have one more level to go in each, and I plan to finish those up over the next couple of days. But everything else is a clean slate – thousands of games at my fingertips, and with nothing installed, every one of them is just as likely to get played next as any other.


And since I was updating my OS anyway, I decide to opt in to the new Steam beta. Now, maybe it’s just me being resistant to change, but I don’t love it.

It’s not just that it feels slow and clunky (which it does), but it feels like it’s just not up to the job of dealing with as many games, and as many categories, as I have. It has also, somehow, resurrected from the dead any of those old free to play titles I have long since uninstalled and they had previously disappeared themselves from my libraries. Which would be fine, I suppose, but it has also resurrected categories that no longer worked for me, so I now need to recategorize to get rid of those categories, and …

Look, I like organization. I don’t like the process of getting organized.

Sure, I could opt back out for the time being, but that’s just stalling. I’ll need to figure out how to make it work for me – at least until GoG Galaxy 2.0 hooks a girl up with a beta key.