Video Game Ornaments

The holiday season and video games are intrinsically tied together in my memories. It was always when the games to play were released. I had always wanted to have a video game focused tree, and fortunately we’ve had one the past few years. My wife was a huge supporter of this idea (and wants me to get a larger one) and has helped procured a lot of these ornaments. Also, kudos to Hallmark for tapping that nostalgia market and making some incredibly high quality ornaments.

My Top Music 2020

Man, a lot of people use Spotify. Until they allow me to upload my own music (like Apple Music does) it’s never meant to be. You can’t play the Donkey Kong Land soundtrack on Spotify.

(And before someone busts in here telling me about the local files option… yeah I know, it’s dumb. I’m talkin’ cloud music library baby.)

My top albums/artists/songs for 2020 include:

  • Zelda and Chill II – Mikel
  • Zelda Dark Side of the Triforce – Epic Game Music
  • The Donkey Kong Land OST
  • Playing With The Boys – Kenny Loggins
  • Carrisa – Desert Star
  • River City Girls OST
  • ZeroRanger OST
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Tetris Effect OST
  • Hamilton

You guys are sleeping on that Donkey Kong Land soundtrack… just sayin’

Fall Colors

Autumn is generally not one of my favorite seasons. But I’ll have to say with everything going on in 2020, I am welcoming it with open arms with it’s cool nights, and beautiful colors. I should probably go somewhere this weekend to capture the peak colors before they are gone.

Pikmin Short Movies

These were originally released in 2014 as paid downloads for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. I of course bought them on both platforms. This was after Pikmin 3 launched on the Wii U. I love these shorts. They were storyboarded by Miyamoto and made me really wonder why Nintendo hasn’t pursued using their characters in any form of independent animation. These are what I’d call Pixar quality both in animation quality and charm. I’m glad they published these SIX YEARS later on Youtube.

Return From Vacation

Guess who’s back. Back again. Jared’s back. TELL NO ONE!

2020 is a year that we will not forget. But fortunately Erica and I were able to get some much needed reprieve. Beach Jared lived again this year. I didn’t do much other than chill, take photos, read, and rest, and play with our friend Alison’s doggos. It was time well spent.

Will this be enough to get through to the end of the year? I don’t know, but I will say every evening had an almost magical sunset. The first night we arrived, we were greeted by more stars than I can remember seeing in about a decade.

Here are some of the photos I took during the trip. I kept a couple of the sunsets to myself.

I hope you have made time for yourself if possible. We’re not out of the woods yet.