So I broke my New Year writing streak yesterday. Unless you want to substitute in that day I did two posts in one, in which case I’m right on track!
But if you don’t count that, I have a good excuse.
It was raining a lot, and that made me lethargic.
Plus I was playing a lot of Breath of the Wild.
That’s right, after talking all about my desire to return to Hyrule earlier this week, I actually went through with my threat and popped the game back in.
After a year-and-a-half break, everything about this open-world Zelda experience feels fresh again. It seems like I’m getting through the map way faster with just as much of a fine-toothed comb.
I actually cleared out two portions of the map in just the last two days, which included finally making my way into Death Mountain…
… finding my second Divine Beast…
… and destroying the blight inside…
… to bring peace to Goron City!
I think the most astounding thing about Breath of the Wild to me is how easy it was to pick up and play again after so many months.
It only took a few minutes to re-familiarize myself with the controls before I was running all across Hyrule, solving puzzles and slaying baddies with a bunch of very powerful weapons I saved up. Even most of the side-quests came right back to me as soon as I saw brief reminders in the Adventure Log.
For having such a large map, Breath of the Wild actually has a lot of landmarks that made it feel like I haven’t taken a single day off. It’s a bit uncanny, honestly.
Oh and in case that video I put on Twitter didn’t make it clear, I’m having a blast doing neat things. Plus the NPCs are far funnier than I remember!
I don’t know who you are random Hylian lady, but you have a great little backstory packed into one line.
So yeah. Breath of the Wild has actually been a godsend for the end of my Winter Break, where I haven’t had too many chances to see my friends. Perhaps it’s less of a godsend for the work on my novel I was planning to finish but…
I’ll get that done.
To be fair, BotW hasn’t been the only distraction in my life. I went on a strange adventure with my Mom today.
About a week ago I got a letter from the State Controller of California.
As it turned out, I apparently had some dormant savings account at a bank that isn’t what my family uses. We don’t remember making it or anything, but the Controller let us know there was about $80 in the account — and that if we didn’t claim it soon, the money would go directly to the State.
I’m not one to let $80 slip away that easily.
So I followed through with that bank and went over there with Mom today, assuming she set it up the account considering it has been dormant since 2010.
However, when we arrived, it turned out there was no longer that much in there.
For some reason the information we got from the State Controller just a week ago was accurate to the balance over a year ago? As a result of the upkeep cost, by the time we showed up there was only about $20 to pull out.
Don’t get me wrong, $20 is $20 and I was happy to get a little extra cash in my pocket. It’s just strange that we had gotten such a misleading number from the State.
So… I guess moral of the story is… Get your records together State Controller Yee.
The rest of my afternoon was right as rain — in the rain. Mom and I got coffee, then picked up my sister, came home and I pretty much just played more BotW.
Before stopping to write this post, of course.
I’ll probably be playing Zelda a lot in the next few days, so I’ll try not to bother you all with it unless some really cool stuff happens. It just felt pertinent to give the world an update on how my prior indecision turned out to be a net positive.
Sometimes the world just needs some feel-good stories like that.