Time to Loot Journal: December 2023
Not to tempt fate into saying, ‘Hold my beer’, but I can only imagine, and hope, that 2024 will be a better year. Or at least a less complicated one. Perhaps that’s the more accurate sentiment.
My mother passed in June, but as difficult as that was for my siblings and myself, for her it was the only good outcome remaining. Further adding to the complexity of the emotions, it marked an end to ever-increasing care demands. Something my siblings and I, in the thick of it, could never imagine ending nor see any light at the end of that tunnel. To then so abruptly have it come to an end was a shock, and a rather odd blend of sorrow, relief, and guilt.
This Christmas, to remember her, we went to one of Mum’s favourite holiday spots from when she was still in good (well, better) health. Year after year, we would go to the Bay of Islands, staying generally in or near Paihia. From there, doing anything from taking the ferry across to Russell for a spot of lunch to hanging off the back of a boat, high in the air in a parachute being dragged along behind.
But the one constant was the ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise, a half-day boat ride out to the titular rock, and, generally, to see dolphins somewhere along the way. (This year, it was on the return trip.)
We took a small amount of her ashes to scatter here in the area, and perhaps by coincidence, perhaps not, shortly after we did so, a small eagle ray came to investigate.
But the complications of the year didn’t end there.
- We took in two cats and lost one — after twenty-odd years of not having one at all.
- We made plans to move to a whole new city and build a new house.
- I started a new job — at the same company; but overseeing an entirely new portfolio and customer segment.
Keen for 2024 to be a bit… simpler.
Although moving is never simple. Let alone, I imagine, when it’s to a different city on a different island!
But that aside, let’s get back to the regularly scheduled look at how December went… For goals and games!
Goals for December 2023
Alan Wake 2 — Finish the Game
I did this one! Well… At least insofar as I intended it when originally written. Of course, then over the month of December, ‘The Final Draft’ New Game+ mode was added, which does add new story elements — including a different ending.
I’m engaged enough with the story, I think, that I do want to see this ending for myself — so I’ll have to loop (or should I say, ‘spiral’) this goal back around for January.
- Lies of P — Play for at least a further 10 hours over December.
This one, on the other hand, I did not do.
I don’t think will give up on this one just yet.
So you know what?
Let’s just consider these two goals to be the same for January — except this time Alan Wake 2’s goal is to finish ‘The Final Draft’ mode. *dusts off hands* That’s easy at least.
Games Played in December 2023
|% Gaming Time
|Alan Wake 2
|Monster Hunter World
|Power Wash Simulator
|The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Edition
|Final Fantasy XVI
Surprisingly few hours played this month. Although perhaps not when I consider that essentially as soon as the holiday from work began — I (and the family) took off for a week to the Bay of Islands as mentioned at the top of the post.
I’ll be curious to see how January goes in comparison, but if I was to place a bet on it… I would suggest probably a few more hours than December. :)
Books Read December 2023
I completed Wheel of Osheim, marking the end (once more) of Mark Lawrence’s dual trilogy series set in his Broken Empire world.
I credit going through this series again for getting my reading groove back, although I am now ready to move on to another author for a bit, rather than revisit his second world so soon.
Which brings me to Master of Furies! The final book in Raymond E. Feist’s Firemane Saga trilogy. I reviewed the first two books, King of Ashes and Queen of Storms, right before this first entry was due to release — but then just never quite followed through.
Hopefully I remember enough of the past two books, hah!