Journal Entry – 039

Played the old video game Rocksmith on my old gaming PC. The game actually still works! It was released like maybe 7-8 years ago? It's great that it still works. I still think it is one of the more fun ways to learn how to play the guitar.

What do we tell ourselves all the time? That we're not happy because we don't have all the things that we should have or that we want to have. What follows from this is that life becomes a constant quest to get, to acquire, to attain possessions.

Do you remember the parable about the foolish rich man? When his barns were filled with all his possessions, he decided to tear them down and build bigger ones. Why is he a fool? Because you have everything you need right now to be happy.

What makes you happy is always right in front of you because what makes you happy is love. Love is willing the good of the other, opening yourself to the world around you. Love is not a feeling. It's an act of the will. It is the great act of dispossession. – Daily Gospel Reflection from Bishop Barron

I have everything I need right now to be happy. Also, love is not a feeling, it's an act of the will. That is the first time I've heard of “love” characterized as an “act of the will”, though now that I think about it, it does make sense.

Installed the wireless backup camera on my car last night. It truly is a wireless install. There are no wires running from the back of my car to the inside. There is no need to splice wires to power the backup camera as it is solar powered. The only drawback is that it added clutter to the interior of my car because I had to mount the camera monitor somewhere. At least it's not a permanent install though, so I can move it to a different car in the future if need be.

In case you are wondering what wireless backup camera I bought, it was this one. And before you buy the same one, know that I eventually returned it because water seeped through into the solar panels and so the camera stopped working.

Wifey wanted to buy me an early Christmas present, so I decided to upgrade my old Xbox One into an Xbox One X. – I am so lucky to have her as my wife. I love you Dearie!

We drove to our local Microsoft Store and got the discounted Xbox One X Gears 5 Bundle. It was only Wednesday night but their prices were already discounted. The store wasn't full which was awesome for us, but I can't help but think that people are making a mistake by waiting to buy stuff on Black Friday. – They could be buying stuff on this day, minus the chaos and the crowds.

Davin bought a huge Venom action figure from the Disney Store after my wife bought me my gift. – It seems like Davin picked up one of the traits that my wife has, a fascination for villain action figures. My wife has a Night King and Supreme Leader Snoke action figure in our bedroom.

Davin kept singing the “Hot Dog Dance!” song from Mickey Mouse Club House. He was not just humming (which is what he usually does), but he was really singing his heart out. – It was funny and cute at the same time to watch and hear him do this.

I finally opened and started using the Xbox One X. Doing so caused us to do some more de-cluttering. Wife decided to sell some of her books.

The paint job on the Gears 5 Xbox One X console is awesome! It's like a 2 layered paint job that gives it some depth from certain angles; it looks really good. The new console is heavier but smaller than the original Xbox One console. – I don't have any pictures of my own Gears 5 Xbox One X console, but this unboxing post has some good photos showing how nice the paint job is.

The graphics on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is noticeably better on the Xbox One X, even if we don't have a 4K TV. Cal Kestis' hair in the game for instance is no longer blurry. It's like the game used low-res textures when playing on the older Xbox One console.

Played so much video games that I actually got tired of playing.

It was a foggy morning for my drive to work on Black Friday.

Was interrupted on my lunch break to help out on an issue. This is why I try to go out during lunch breaks.

We pretty much stayed at home the whole day, but went for a family dinner at that Filipino restaurant near my office. I ordered Lomi for myself. It is a different take on what I'm used to eating as it had an egg, fish balls and crispy pork belly. It was very good though. Their Boneless Bangus (Milkfish) was also delicious.

We did not wake up early enough to go to Mass once again. The problem is that we sleep really late on Saturday nights that we don't wake up early enough the next day. As the father/head of the family, it is my responsibility to bring my family to church on Sundays. I need to do better. We also need to stop sleeping late on Saturday nights.

It's not just the Mickey Mouse Club House “Hot Dog Dance!” song now, Davin has started singing other songs with lyrics. – It is like all of a sudden he now knows how to sing a song with lyrics, when before he would just hum along.

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