Journal Entry – 034

Picking up where I left off, with entries from back in November...

11/04/2019 – Monday

Did not feel like going to the office this morning, but managed to drag myself out of bed and into the shower, into the car and eventually, into the office.

I'm thinking of moving my Game Log posts from my gaming blog into my online journal. – I made this change some time after. You can find the gaming log posts here.


11/05/2019 – Tuesday

Drove the wife's CX-5 to work today because she has the day off. Perfect timing too, because I unexpectedly got stuck in really bad traffic. – As much as I love driving my Speed3, getting stuck in traffic is never fun in a car with a manual transmission.

Bought new floor mats for the Speed3. – After over 90,000 miles of daily driving, I tore a hole on the floor mat where I position my right foot.


11/06/2019 – Wednesday

It seems that the new clutch on my Speed3 has renewed my excitement in driving it. It got me excited enough that I am now once again looking at more mods for the car.

It almost feels like my Speed3 is going through a rebirth after going past 100,000 miles. It just had its AC serviced, got new brakes and now a new clutch. Also bought new floor mats for it. All that's left is to replace the suspension and it will be like a brand new car!

Regarding those floor mats. I really wanted to get the rare Mazdaspeed3 floor mats with the red stitching, but at $98, I just couldn't afford it. So I bought the regular ones for $40 on Ebay. It is important to live below your means, so as not to incur more debt. – I have found that Ebay is a great place to look for OEM replacement parts. They are usually legit OEM parts and are cheap compared to buying from a dealer. Anyway, floor mats should be good for another 90,000 miles.

If you have two coats in your closet, one belongs to you; the other belongs to the man who has no coat.

I have not listed the source for that quote in my journal, but doing a quick search online reveals that this might be a quote from St. Ambrose. It also seems to be based off a verse from the Bible, Luke 3:11.

Anyway, regarding that quote, I find this to always be a struggle for me. How do I know if the amount of stuff I have, is more than enough and that I need to donate the rest? An earlier quote from a pope said something like, “If you have enough to cover the basic needs of necessity and propriety, the rest can be given away to charity.” Still a struggle for me, but that is a good place to start figuring things out.

Ever since I started my quest for digital minimalism, I have felt a thirst, a hunger for spirituality in my life. Like as if I've been away from God for a long time. Like I've drifted away and am only finding my way back. I don't know what it is exactly about the practice of digital minimalism that triggered this, but my guess is that since I'm no longer tethered to my smartphone and social media, I now have time to think about what I'm doing with my life. I now have time to reflect on my choices in life. I now have time for God in my life. - Digital Minimalism will force you to think about what is really important in your life.

I found a new trick to stay focused while doing online compliance training – turn off my second monitor to avoid distractions.

An idea for another experiment – stop looking at the website stats for this online journal. – This turned into this experiment.

Google is buying Fitbit. There goes my health data. I need to look for an alternative to my Fitbit Charge 2.

I tried to look for an alternative to my Fitbit Charge 2, specifically an alternative from a different brand. I could not find one. Garmin was the closest but their products all had fixed bands, which is a deal breaker for me. – I have yet to find an alternative and currently no longer use it every day. Did an experiment on it too.

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