I got a pcb stuffed and modified the code to use the new rtc ic. It looks to work...but I did find 2 bad neopixels that prevent leds past them from working. I was able to see the seconds tic and the minutes as well. The neopixel are difficult to remove from a pcb. I have some new pixels coming and I borrowed a hot air desoldeting tool. I will try to fix the issues soon. Hope fully there are no other issues hiding.