Currently reading: Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection by Brandon Sanderson 📚

I’m on a Brandon Sanderson kick right now, I think I’ll try something new after this so I don’t burn out!

My Goals for Q1 2024

For 2024, I’ve decided to break my year into quarters for goal-setting and planning purposes. This method is popularly described in The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington. I can’t say I’m doing this the way they describe it in the book, but I got the idea from them. For the first quarter of 2024, I’ve set five objectives, two related to my day job and three personal:

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Finished reading: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson 📚

I’ve decided to be extra about this D&D campaign and keep an in-character journal. My first entry was over 1,300 words… I can’t remember the last time I wrote that much.

As much as like the idea of snow and real winter weather, it does make my morning runs quite a bit less enjoyable. I guess I’m training mental endurance as well as physical!

Currently reading: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson 📚

I wanted to get out of the apartment today, so I went to the Queens County Farm Museum. I imagine the farm really shines in the warmer months or harvest season, but it was still nice to see something like this in the middle of Queens!

Photograph of a blue tractor with a bright orange trailer attached. In the background there are high rise apartment buildings.A sheep standing in a shelter with a basket of hay hanging on the wall above it's head.A very large white pig walking through a leaf-strewn field.A close up photo of large black and white pig.A white goat laying on a wooden cart and looking at the camera.A large quantity of hens gathering in the corner of their fenced-in area. They think I have food for them.A brown cow standing in a field with row houses/apartments in the background.

I’ve been playing around with “side quests” as a way to add a bit of color to my weekly to-do’s. This week is “visit a local museum.” Thankfully I won’t have any trouble finding one in NYC, but picking which one might prove difficult!

Finished reading: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 📚

Working on my character journal for the new campaign my friends are starting!

An image of an open binder with a role-playing game character sheet. On the left, there's an image of a nonbinary character with dark hair and glasses, surrounded by information like ancestry (Changeling, Half-Elf) and background (Sage). The character's alignment, "Chaotic Good," is noted below. The right page, meant for the character's backstory and traits, is blank. A pencil, a roll of double sided tape, and an eraser lie on the desk (which is a horrible mess just out of frame).

📝 Writing never been a strength of mine and I’d like to work on that this year. I also want to have more of a public presence/record of my work. And as such, here I am!

Year in books for 2023

Here are the books I finished reading in 2023… kind of. I wasn’t very good about updating my bookshelf on last year. At the very least this list should have Dracula, Carmilla, Never Let Me Go, and a lot of Brandon Sanderson on it.

Currently reading: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 📚

Making a character for a new Dungeons and Dragons campaign. I’m writing out a more detailed backstory and plan on keeping detailed notes this time. I even picked up a fancy binder!

Image of a faux-leather-bound six-ring binder with bronze corner protectors and a button clasp.

We went to a winter lights display in Stockbridge tonight. It was chilly, but we found some hot cider and the lights were certainly worth it!

Cozy time.

A small brown chihuahua with a gentle expression is resting inside a cozy, fluffy grey dog bed. The bed is placed on a carpeted floor in a warmly lit room with a Christmas tree, glowing with multicolored lights, softly blurred in the background.

A little later than usual, but we decorated the tree today!

Just about done assembling my new wardrobe! Now I can finally keep my clothing in my bedroom.

Image of an open IKEA Pax wardrobe. The left section displays an array of neatly hung shirts in pastel shades of pink, blue, and white. The right section contains darker clothing, including charcoal and navy suits and pants. Below the hanging clothes on the left is a set of white drawers, on the right is a shelf with two pairs of shoes neatly arranged.

I’ve been playing with the Shortcuts app a lot lately, there are so many opportunities for automation!

One would think that a shorter week would entail less work than a regular week; but alas, it seems like this week has more! I’m very much looking forward to my days off.