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Fireside Chat: June 2020

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June took me for a ride this year. Read on for interesting happenings this month.

Video Games

Pfft, big fail this month. I played a little bit of Shovel Knight and didn’t touch Super Mario Odyssey. After consulting with my Magic 8-Ball, it has been determined that these two are going back on the shelf for now. July is a new month, maybe I’ll only a try picking one game and see if that makes a difference. Summer hours are hitting harder than I anticipated. Next week won’t be much better because I’ll be working 10.5 hour days for three days, to make up for having Monday as the observed holiday in addition to having Friday off as well.

Currently Playing

I’ve continued to dabble in Animal Crossing. Paula has moved on (no love lost there), to be replaced by Fuchsia. I finally got my first shooting star shower. I’m not sure if it’s a timing thing but I can finally start on some of my recipes that require star fragments, at least.

Looking Ahead

I bought’s “Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality,” so that added some considerable heft to my backlog. Will it shake the world? No, not by a long shot, but the proceeds went to worthy causes. It’s a starting point.

The Steam Summer Sale has kicked off. I’m not sure what I’m going to buy yet, if anything. I really need to sort through my wish list, though at this point I may torch it and only focus on what I added to it this year. Honestly, I’m not mad at the point shop though. I like the concept that it’s open year round and has neat profile enhancements featuring games I own. I’m also not mad there’s no special event; those have been very hit or miss the last few years.

In terms of new releases, I am most excited for Stray. Cyberpunk theme and starring a cat? Sign me the hell up.


This month I binged Itai no wa Iya nanode Bougyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu (Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense) in all of two days. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s lighthearted and pokes fun at all kinds of MMO tropes. It was like a nice piece of sponge cake for my brain. Sidebar, I will be super disappointed if Bandai doesn’t pick up the rights to turn this mech into a model, cause I’ll be first in line to pick it up.

I’ve also been binging Kim’s Convenience on Netflix. I had no idea it was a play first. I think I might try to find the original script and read it. So far I’m enjoying it; it doesn’t induce belly aching laughter but the story is relatable and I personally enjoy the subtle conflicts between characters.

Image courtesy of IMDB

Health and Fitness

My next blood panel will be end of this week. I don’t expect things to have improved at all. At least it makes opening my explanations of benefits slightly more entertaining.

As for 75Hard, not as big a fail as June’s backlog objectives, but still not great. I did not adequately prepare myself. I thought I could be slick with just a calorie deficit, but as it turns out tracking calories in MyFitnessPal is a dumpster fire. No two entries for one food item are even remotely similar. Some serving sizes are way out of whack. I hate it. For now I’m taking a step back from it to regroup and evaluate if this is really something I can plan for and commit to.

Fitness studios are opening up again, with safety precautions in place. On the one hand, I’m thrilled for them. On the other, I’m not as eager to jump back into a group class as I thought I’d be. I’ve been able to manage on my own for the most part, and I’m willing to bet money come fall/winter they’re going to close again.

Save State of the Blog

June was not a productive month for me in regards to content generation. The only thing I could mostly reliably get to was Seriously Geeky Sundays, which I still plan to do going forward. There’s also been a big uptick in spam. Maybe Google’s finally taking notice, ha!

I’ve been struggling to engage with the community at large. I really want to read everyone’s posts thoroughly and offer engaging feedback, but in that regard this month I’ve failed spectacularly. It’s partly me keeping my head down to focus on my own work, partly being overwhelmed by IRL activities, and partly just wanting to disengage from the Internet when I get home from work, since the brunt of my day is spent on it. First world problems. I will work on being a more involved netizen over the next month.

Overall, this month has been an object lesson in trying to do too much at once. Clearly my brain did not believe in my plans, so it didn’t throw any extra motivation behind them. Back to the drawing board I go.

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