We still haven’t solved extended power outages.
Bend, Don’t Break - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/bend-dont-break.php * > The only way to succeed each day is to inject plenty of flexibility. There may be an “ideal” time to get something done, but there are also plenty of other acceptable times, too. ➕
Walmart pickup order missing three items. Chatbot doesn’t give you the option to report an item missing from order, so you have to call in. 10 more minutes of my life wasted to fix their mistake. Not great.
Scriptural Confession - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/scriptural-confession.php * > Despite my failings, God always reminds me of the unfathomable depths of His mercy, greater than any sin I may commit. And if I doubt, I can read the words He spoke to the prophet Malachi thousands of years ago and half a world away, as if He spoke them just for me ➕
* > …put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. __ __
At this point, the “Buy Apple or Die” marketing line is gauche.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Launches Formal Biden Impeachment Probe - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/politics/mccarthy-biden-impeachment-inquiry-b9cc6530?mod=mhp * > Democrats have painted the probe as unfounded and an effort to get political payback. Huh.
Georgia Special Grand Jury Recommended Charges Against Lindsey Graham, Others in Election Probe - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/politics/elections/georgia-grand-jury-lindsey-graham-charges-91700d3f?mod=mhp * > recommended that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham be indicted, as well as former Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler Wreckless, unserious, dangerous stunt.
How is it that websites still struggle with Safari?
Potential Energy - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/potential-energy.php * > We can’t always see the change happening, especially within ourselves. The only thing that we can perceive is our daily actions, and the trajectory that they send us on. ➕
Late summer storms. img
The Genius of Mass - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/the-genius-of-mass.php * > For one hour a week, we have to do none of that. We don’t have to worry about the report that’s due, the sink overflowing with dishes, or the cars that we haven’t waxed in nine months. It’s the one protected hour when we can finally rest. ➕
Bicyclist Wants To Be Treated Like A Car But Also Be Able To Just Kinda Break The Rules When He Wants To - Babylon Bee https://babylonbee.com/news/bicyclist-wants-to-be-treated-like-a-car-but-also-be-able-to-just-kinda-break-the-rules-when-he-wants-to/ * > The man then continued riding directly in the middle of the road at 15 miles per hour even though the speed limit was 65. Sources say Skuzz then ran three traffic lights and stopped once to adjust his GoPro
Bottomless Tasks - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/bottomless-tasks.php * > Life is impermanent, always ebbing and flowing. By definition, you’ll always be ahead of your work or behind it. Adding more hours to your schedule will get more done, but is unlikely to have an overall meaningful impact. ➕
There’s nothing like the first breath of fall at the end of a hot summer. 🍁
I almost always read nonfiction books. I was in the Apple audiobooks section and this one was in a summer reads sale. The cover art drew me in, and when learned that the story was a WWII espionage thriller, I couldn’t resist. _My Father’s House_ is a novel that, only after finishing the book, is a dramatized version of a true story. I typically don’t mind historical fiction, but when I don’t know the true story, I find it more disorienting to read the fiction. The theology was good, but the writing led me to believe that the author was paid-per-adjective. It was descriptive to the point of tedium, with bizarre sexual non sequiturs sprinkled throughout. These weren’t frequent, but they were always gratuitous. I enjoyed the radio theatre aspect of the audiobook, but all told, I wouldn’t say it was very good. Much like books turned into the movies, I much prefer the original version of this story. Would I recommend: NO ISBN: 978-1609458354 https://www.amazon.com/Fathers-House-Rome-Escape-Trilogy/dp/1609458354
Legal challenges to Biden’s student loan plans have borrowers anxious ahead of payment restart - The Hill https://www.woodtv.com/news/nexstar-media-wire/legal-challenges-to-bidens-student-loan-plans-have-borrowers-anxious-ahead-of-payment-restart/ * > This lawsuit is nothing but a desperate attempt from right wing special interests to keep hundreds of thousands of borrowers in debt, even though these borrowers have earned the forgiveness that is promised through income-driven repayment plans,” an Education Department spokesperson said. Except they haven’t earned it. The “promise” says a certain number of payments, but DoE wants to count non-payments as payments. If I don’t pay my mortgage, my mortgage company doesn’t pretend that I paid and lower my balance. Why are student loans so special? * > Borrowers already saw relief snatched away from them in June when the Supreme Court ruled against Biden’s plan for all 45 million borrowers to receive up to $10,000 in loan forgiveness, and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients. Pathetic journalism. “Snatched away,” really? Maybe they should’ve written that the President lied when he told all 45 million borrowers that he was forgiving their loans. * > “I’ve been working in this space for a long time, and I never really seen regulations be sued at this level,” Abrams said. Abrams must’ve been asleep from January 2017 - January 2021. * > Due to Biden’s “on-ramp” program, borrowers will be able to miss payments up until September 2024 without financial repercussions — BESIDES THE ACCRUING INTEREST ON THEIR LOANS. (Emphasis added) Tiny detail. * > “When it pertains to the confidence of the Biden-Harris administration, I think, truthfully, a lot of borrowers were hurt because they feel as though there was a lot of tokenized or false promises given kind of the landscape of the legislative but then also the executive and judicial actions of our institutions of government,” Rogers said. Astute. Probably a more valuable lesson than these students ever learned in a lecture hall. * > “But I believe also there’s still faith in the people seeking an education but are burdened with this debt, that whether it’s going to be the president, whether it’s going to be their congressional figures or their state legislatures that they’re going to do the right thing,” he added. Oops, I spoke too soon.
Disrupt - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/disrupt.php * > To grow as a person, as a spouse, as a parent, and as a Catholic, we must continuously disrupt the lifestyle choices that hold us back. It’s a well-worn concept, one that St. Francis took to fanatical levels. It’s what Pope Francis meant when he instructed us to go out into the world and make a mess! ➕
Yesterday, I completed the 75 Hard challenge. Since mid-winter, and through much of spring, I had a sense of being adrift. I was working a lot, walking infrequently, not praying much, and almost always 30–45 minutes late to bed. This unregulated, unmoored feeling was disquieting, and I knew I needed a reboot. I had seen many online programs, but with the new cohort-model, none were ready when I was. They also had many aspects that I not only didn’t care about, but they actively turned me off. I don’t remember where I first found 75 Hard, but when I found it, it clicked. The premise is simple. To steal a phrase from Shia LeBouf, “Do it!” The 75-day challenge has a daily task list: __ __ When you do an item, you check it off. Miss an item? Start over at Day 1. Looking at the list, it describes perfectly my ideal day. I want to work out, read, drink water, and stick to my diet. The only thing really missing is time for daily prayer. img The program is designed to be inconvenient. Two workouts a day was my biggest hurdle because it meant I had to give up 90 minutes each afternoon/evening to work out, cool down, and shower. 75 Hard is also meant to challenge you when life gets crazy. I did not control every aspect of my day for 75 days. There were two days that we drove across the country. We spent two weekends away from the house. There was all the daily busyness of raising four kids, homeschooling, running a business, and more. It took extra effort to make sure that I created the circumstances that I needed to accomplish my goal. Yesterday, my last item of the challenge was my second workout of the day. As I walked around the neighborhood, essentially my victory lap, I felt a real sense of accomplishment and joy. Before the challenge I was out of control, now I was back where I wanted to be. These 75 days allowed me to build back the momentum and the habits that I know I need to practice every day to reach my personal and professional goals. I will carry this accomplishment through my life. I will forever know that I have the capacity to commit to myself and execute on that commitment, no matter the circumstances of my life.
New coffee day ☕️ img
I bought the Relient K album the day it came out in 2009, my senior year of college. Listening it today, I’m taken back to fall on campus in Ohio fourteen years ago. Incredible music. img
Merrick Garland Names David Weiss as Special Counsel in Hunter Biden Investigation - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/merrick-garland-names-david-weiss-as-special-counsel-in-hunter-biden-investigation-a2ad0ba4?mod=mhp * > Garland said Weiss on Tuesday had told him that his investigation had “reached a stage at which he should continue his work as a special counsel, and he asked to be so appointed.” At least now we know who’s been lying.
Joe Biden Officially Wishes Student Loans Away By Blowing On Dandelion - The Onion https://www.theonion.com/joe-biden-officially-wishes-student-loans-away-by-blowi-1850717749 * > I realize that student debt cancellation has failed in the past, but if need be, I will make this same wish when I blow out the candles on my birthday cake this year.
Finished reading: My Father’s House https://micro.blog/books/9781787300835 by Joseph O’Connor 📚
Inconvenience - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/inconvenience.php * > When we let inconvenience loom large in our minds, we miss an opportunity to sharpen ourselves. We let a tiny detail derail our whole day. We welcome defeat without the least bit of resistance. Inconveniences happen; we choose our response. ➕
U.S. Warns of Trade Fight Over Canada’s Digital-Tax Plan - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-warns-of-trade-fight-over-canadas-digital-tax-plan-751ffa30 * > Freeland said that Canadian officials remain in talks with their Group of Seven counterparts about a compromise whereby Canadian interests “can be protected and recognized.” Which one is Canada, again?
These Financial Advisors Say ‘No Thanks’ to Helping Rich Clients Get Richer - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/financial-advisors-money-job-satisfaction-happiness-20c40e17 * > Advisers like Dole said making rich people richer as the sole goal of their work makes them uncomfortable. Please signal the next time you’re about to get out of your lane.