Chaperoning my daughterโ€™s 4th grade field trip today to our state capitol. Wish me luck. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hoping iOS 17.2 and its feature that stops music from counting toward your stats is released before the new year. I want my kids to have 0 influence over my 2024 Apple Music Replay. ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿˆ Saturday’s Iron Bowl loss was brutal, but the people calling for a head coach’s job when he took Alabama to the last seconds of the game with the worst roster Auburn has had in years are crazy. I’m sad at how impatient so many college football fans are now.

๐Ÿ“บ Yesterday’s Doctor Who special, “The Star Beast”, was just great Doctor Who. Does that mean it was a campy and hand wavey at points? 100%, but that’s Doctor Who. It’s fun to have Tennant back for a short run, and I’m excited to see the next 2 specials.

The Muppet Christmas Carol will forever be my favorite Christmas movie, but no one in my house likes it. So since I canโ€™t watch it with anyone, I got these Funko Pop on Black Friday sale to keep the season Jolly and Joyous (falala) at my desk.

Two Muppet Christmas Carol Funko Pop in boxes, Scrooge and Charles Dickens+Rizzo

If youโ€™ve ever thought to yourself, โ€œI wonder if there is an SNL sketch that perfectly encapsulates Craigโ€™s sense of humor,โ€ the answer is now an emphatic yes.

This marriage is officially a teenager today. Grateful that it keeps getting better.

๐Ÿ”— ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ Pilot Custom 823 Fountain Pen Re-Review

It’s funny that sbrebrown posted this today, because I was thinking of posting the opposite. I’ve had this pen for about 2 months now, and it might be my desert island pen. It’s not flashy, but that nib is SO good.

Got to spend the weekend in Atlanta having a date night with my sweet wife and helping our friends Knox and Jamie celebrate 10 years of The Popcast as volunteers for their live show. No kids, good friends, great weekend.

My wife and I dressed up for a date nightMy wife and I in our volunteer shirts for The Popcast LiveThe Popcast Staff on stage at the end of their live show

A little shy of 48 hours since I last took it off the charger and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 still has 27% battery. That includes an hour long workout and some cellular usage along with everyday things like messaging and timers. I am so happy with this watch.

Last photo of my Series 7 and first with the Ultra 2. Even in a quick, crappy photo you can see how much brighter the Ultra 2 is outside. I love the Apple Watch, and am really excited to have the screen and battery life of the Ultra.

Apple Watch Series 7 on a WristApple Watch Ultra 2 on Wrist

๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ New Pen Day!

I am starting a new role at my company and celebrated with a โ€œwork penโ€. This is the Pilot Custom 823 in Smoke with a Fine Nib. I have a few Pilot M and an EF, but this is my first plain F, and it writes perfectly.

Fountain Pen and Ink Bottle in Box

Literally the only reason we pay for cable is college football, and now I canโ€™t because Spectrum and ESPN canโ€™t work out a deal? Itโ€™s the first game under a new Auburn head coach, and I have 0 way to watch it. ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ

๐Ÿ“บ Itโ€™s almost Ahsoka time, and my expectations are so high it will be almost impossible not to be let down. But I love these characters from Rebels so much and Iโ€™m so excited to see them in live action.

Today I did my bi-weekly therapy session over FaceTime on my MacBook Air running the Sonoma Beta. Twice I set off the balloon reaction without any clue how or why. It gave my therapist a good laugh, but I need to figure it out before next session. ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿ–‹๏ธI got my Plotter 2024 Weekly and Monthly Refills for both my A5 and Bible sized plotters. I learned my lesson last year that even if you aren’t sure you’ll want them, go ahead and get them. I decided I wanted them later, and they were gone.

๐ŸŽต The Band CAMINO - The Dark

Speaking of favorite bands with new albums, this came out yesterday and has been playing non-stop. Very different from The Arcadian Wild, but still fantastic. Favorite track is Save My Life.

๐ŸŽต The Arcadian Wild - Welcome

I have loved this band since I saw them open for one of my favorite artists a little while back. This album is everything I love about them. Fantastic harmonies and original writing. Check out the song Dopamine.

For as long as I can remember, my Dolly Parton obsessed wife has wanted to make the pilgrimage to Dollywood. Yesterday, we finally made it happen with our oldest 2 kids.

So much fun, and such a well thought out it park.

Family in front of wooden structure with Dollywood sign

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ John Mayer - Tetragrammation with Rick Rubin

Over 2 hours of one of the best producers to ever live interviewing my favorite musician? Yes please.

Iโ€™ll almost done with the episode and it is incredible.