Goodbye 2023, Hello 2024

Wow it seems like 2023 just flew on bye! As is tradition let's take a look back, and think a bit about the future.

I (kinda) failed both my goals

At the start of 2023 I had 2 new goals: observe Lent, and do more hiking. Welp... I definitely did not observe Lent, which is sad to have to admit. One thing that made it really hard to try fasting was that I was in the middle of training for a triathlon. I dont think thats a 100 percent valid excuse, but as someone who in general needs to put on calories instead of take in less, it was was easy to convince myself to not skip meals.

Am I going to try to actually do it this year? Maybe... I want to talk to my pastor about it at the very least. I would also need to figure out how to overcome the "fasting while training" problem. I guess I have until February 14 to figure something out!

The other goal was to hike more. My wife and I did go on a weekend hiking trip, but I think there's room in my life for more hiking. While talking with my wife, she brought up how she really enjoyed a time when she went with me to a park and hiked while I trained for my tri's. Bringing the whole family to places I can train while they explore seems like a good way to get more nature in our lives. I think that's the real goal for 2024, more nature.

Here's a rapid fire of other things I read, played, and did in 2023!

Ran in 2 Sprint Triathlons, and a 5k.

Trishark Sprint, June 3 2023
Swim 600 Yards T1 Bike 13 Miles T2 Run 5k Total
16:44 2:53 44:17 1:40 29:26 1:34:41
Lake Springfield Sprint, July 29 2023
Swim 500 Yards T1 Bike 12 Miles T2 Run 5k Total
16:48 2:16 40:13 1:40 28:18 1:29:13
ISU Homecoming 5k, October 14 2023

participated in 3 Game Jams

Overall I feel like my quality has continued to go up, which makes me glad I (hopefully) haven't peaked. I'm proud of every game listed here!

Played 18(ish) Games

I don't really set goals for the games I play, but it is interesting to note the increase from 12 games played in 2022. A part of that is because I've been playing smaller and shorter games, a trend I think will continue in 2024.

Title maker Start Completed
Splatoon 3 Single Player Nintendo August 9, 2022 January 14, 2023
Outer Wilds: Echo of the Eye Mobius Games December 12, 2022 January 22, 2023
Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask Nintendo January 28, 2023 February 16, 2023
Wavetale Thunderful February 16, 2023 March 4, 2023
Metroid Prime: Remastered Retro Studios March 12, 2023 March 26, 2023
the Racheteer (Playdate Season 1) Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm, Charlie Davis March 11, 2023 April 1, 2023
Zniw Adventure Azure Mountain March 15, 2023 Abandoned
Portal Valve March 26, 2023 March 30, 2023
Portal 2 Valve March 30, 2023 April 15, 2023
Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Nintendo May 12, 2023 Still playing...
the Order: 1886 Ready at Dawn August 1, 2023 August 22, 2023
Planet of Lana Wishfully Studios August 24, 2023 September 3, 2023
INSIDE Playdead September 10, 2023 September 10, 2023
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror HAL Laboratory September 24, 2023 October 6, 2023
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories Square Enix October 6, 2023 November 20, 2023
Drill Dozer Game Freak November 20, 2023 December 1, 2023
Goodboy Galaxy hot_pengu, exelotl, and friends December 1, 2023 December 24, 2023
Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap Nintendo and Capcom December 24, 2023 December 31, 2023

Read 11(ish) Books

This is up from the previous year's 8 books, which I'm happy about!

Title Author Start Completed
Fairy Tale Stephen King I forgot... February 10 2023
Water from a Deep Well Gerald L. Sittser February 10, 2023 July 22, 2023
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle March 5, 2023 March 8, 2023
Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne March 8, 2023 March 24, 2023
The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle March 31, 2023 Abandoned
50 Years of Text Games Aaron A. Reed June 15, 2023 Abandoned
Dune Frank Herbert July 28, 2023 November 25, 2023
Hypermedia Systems Gross, Stepinski, Akşimşek August 1, 2023 November 12, 2023
the Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien September 8, 2023 September 23, 2023
Out of the Silent Planet C. S. Lewis December 2, 2023 December 11, 2023
An Architectural Approach to Level Design Christopher W. Totten January 2019 December 1, 2023

What's in store for 2024

The big event is that I'm expecting kid number 2 in June! I expect much of the year to revolve around him (yes, it's another boy).

For my hobbies at least, here's what I'm hoping to accomplish.

  1. Participate in 3 game james. Both Ludum Dare's, and the GMTK jam.
  2. Run the TriShark Triathlon, and the Crystal lake Aquathlon. Thankfully the Tri is before the baby is due, which means that I will be able to simply "maintain" my endurance leading up to the Aquathon.
  3. Read 12 books: thats 1 a month. To accomplish this I plan on turning off screens after 9pm and reading before going to bed. I tried this sort of thing in the past and it worked great. It's funny how good habits can just slip away..
  4. Play short games: and write about them. I've really enjoyed writing about all the GBA games I've been playing. So expect more posts in that format!
  5. Renovate my bathroom. This is less a hobby, and more just something that needs to be done. The plan is to do this in February with the help of my Dad. Hopefully I'll gain some new skills, spend some good time with my father, and have a fancy new bathroom.

Again, these "goals" are for hobbies. This to me means they come second to my family.

If I fall short on any of them, but am present to my family, that's the way it should be.