So, Jeremiah Peschka's post on practicing has hooked me into working through this series of word problems. You can use any language to solve the problems. I'll be using PowerShell because I need the exercise and I need to learn how to use Github.
You can try the Advent of Code yourself here and see my answers so far here.
I was able to answer the first puzzle with four lines of PowerShell. Yeah!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!