Amy Grant: Christmas Can’t Be Very Far Away

One of my favorite albums of the Christmas season is Amy Grant’s A Christmas to Remember. One of the songs that always gets me into the swing of Christmas is “Christmas Can’t Be Very Far Away.” It’s probably not apropos for those who don’t really have family around but it reminds me of the time that I will share with my family and quite frankly, enjoy good food.

App Review: Fantastical 2 for iPhone

One of my favorite calendar apps used to be Sunrise. Then, Microsoft bought it and supposedly integrated the best features of Sunrise into the Outlook app. The Sunrise app itself was discontinued. The interface was great and just what I needed. But with the Sunrise’s void, it left me searching for the “perfect” calendar app for me. And while iCal has a nice interface, I wasn’t satisfied with it. After trying many different apps (including Outlook), I finally settled on Fantastical 2 and I love it.

The feature that is most important to me when it comes to a calendar app is being able to have a monthly view and agenda view at the same time.

Adding an event is extremely easy. All I have to do is type in 8-8:30 Lunch with Melissa at Jefferson Station, and Fantastical automatically recognizes the time, event, and the location based on the keywords used.

I am also able to add as many calendars as I want, which I primarily use from Google.

But if I’m using Google calendars, why not use…Google Calendar (the app, that is)?

I don’t want to go into too much detail about Google Calendar right now since I’d like to save my rant on that app for another post but my main point of contention is that my monthly view isn’t “sticky” so everytime I reopen the app, it defaults to the agenda view.

Monthly/agenda view (need to tap arrow next to month)
Agenda view (default view)

Fantastical 2 costs $4.99 but there are times when you can score it on sale. (Maybe during the holidays?)

I don’t use the reminders feature (we’ll get to Gmail Inbox one day) but I’m sure once Inbox is no longer supported, Fantastical 2 will have another use for me.

Nerve-racking (or wait, is it nerve-wracking?)

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Nerve-racking vs nerve-wracking is a word I have always messed up. I tend to think that it’s spelled nerve-wracking but it’s actually spelled without the “w.” Think about how nerve-racking it is not to use a W.

Grammar Girl also has a great post on differentiating the two:

The “mental torment” meaning of “rack” in “rack your brain” and “nerve-racking” comes from the idea of the physical torment of stretching bodies on the rack. Those are both spelled R-A-C-K.

 

Grammar Girl also notes the using “wrack” is archaic. “Wrack” is a sister of the word “wreck,” which is in relation to ships. So, unless you want to nerve-ship, use nerve-racking.

Eagles got lucky

The Eagles were SUPPOSED to lose yesterday. That first half was a dismal heartbreaker. But then, miraculously, the Giants fell apart in the second half. Everything that worked for the Giants in the first half suddenly unraveled in the second. Barkley wasn’t being used as much. Beckham complained about his play time. Barkley and Beckham, the two forces that caused the Eagles to stumble at first, were not used as often in the latter half of the game, giving the Eagles the edge they needed to get past the team that is now 3-8.

My personal MVP of the game? Jake Elliott. If it weren’t for that guy, the Eagles wouldn’t have gotten on the board for a while and he’s the one who put them over the top to break a tie score. Kickers just don’t get enough love.

If Doug Pederson didn’t just get the Lombardi last year, he’d be out of a job. But you know, all the other coaches may not be so lucky. The Eagles need a complete overhaul of the offense and defense to get back into shape.

And besides, this is Drew Brees’ year. Let’s give credit where credit is due. (Anyone but Brady, please.)