Journal

Week of March 31st, 2024

By Jon Elordi

This was not a very productive week for me. I blame the rain. It’s been raining so much I’ve debated building an ark. Something about four straight days of downpours really robs a man of his energy. So, only one workout, no carving during the week, and no posts this week.

I was also dedicating a lot of my energy to my W2. We’re wrapping up the build of our new media studio, and I’m working on the plans for the future of the ISI marketing department. It’s a very open problem to solve, and it’s been eating up a lot of my brain bandwidth. I’m blessed to be in a position where I could take the department in just about any direction I want. But it does live in my head—not rent-free, though!

So it’s not that I’ve been unproductive. I’ve just been spending most of my extra energy on my day job.


It rained most of the week, so I wasn’t able to carve until Saturday. I look forward to the day when I have an indoor work area, and I’m not reliant on good weather to carve and woodwork.

I finished up Saint John the Baptist. I’m fairly happy with it. The eyes and facial features were so small, which made things difficult. Going forward, I’m going to work on larger designs. They make life easier.

I managed to cut my finger on my V-tool. Just a finger prick, but it bled like a son of a gun. It’s a well-earned battle scar. I’ve now put blood and sweat into carving. Coming soon—tears.


I have this side project called The Catholic Handbook. It’s an SEO project where I was trying to make some novenas and prayers that are hard to find or, on ugly websites, easier to find. I also think the website Pray More Novenas is up to something. When I research novenas for The Catholic Handbook, Pray More Novenas always has a unique novena. There will be three or four websites with the exact same novena, and then there will be Pray More Novena’s novena, which will be different. I don’t know what’s going on there, but there’s something fishy about that site. At best, they’re making up novenas, which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but still. It’s odd. Anyways, The Catholic Handbook has gotten some traction…

It’s up to 1,333 email subscribers. I’ve been fairly lackadaisical about creating content for the site. And I only added the email sign-up box out of curiosity and best practices. I never actually thought people would sign up. It figures that the one side project that becomes a success is the one I would feel the most guilty making money on. What am I supposed to do with this? It’s got legs to become a real brand. If you’re reading this and you have any ideas, shoot me a message. I’m kind of puzzled and unsure how to proceed.


I started doing my taxes this week. And it sucks. Total scam in every way.


I’ve been consuming a weird mix of media lately. It’s been college basketball, WrestleMania, Marvel Movies, and YouTube videos of guys silently building bushcraft houses. I don’t really like college basketball aside from the first few days of March Madness. WrestleMania has been okay. But I’m not up to date on the storylines, so it falls a little flat. Plus, there’s a female wrestler they all call Mommy, and I find that super weird and off-putting. We’ve been watching Marvel movies just in the background, and they’re getting tiresome. First of all, they’re all at least two hours long, which is way too long. They need to be an hour forty-five tops. And second, they’re way too deep in their universe. If you haven’t seen a previous movie, you’re not going to understand why some random space monster is out to kill people. I like explosions and bright colors. I thought they’d be more fun to have on in the background.

The YouTube videos of guys building primitive cabins have been awesome! It’s a whole genre, and each video gets tons of views. I highly recommend these videos for background watching. My wife likes them too. Here’s the one that started it all off. It’s fantastic.

The Quest for a 225 lbs Bench Press:

I only made it to the gym once this week, and it was my high-rep BP workout. So, I did not attempt 220 or 225 lbs. But I did PR my DL at 325 lbs for 4×4.


What I’m reading this week:

  • Read Write Own by Chris Dixon—It’s still interesting. It’s not really a book you can read for hours; it’s better in small chunks. I find the tech side of crypto way more interesting than the financial side.