The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. I really enjoyed reading this book. A case worker, named Linus works for the department in Charge of Magical Youth. He is assigned a highly classified assignment to observe and make recommendation for Marsyas Island Orphanage. An orphanage where six children reside along with their care taker. Each different in their own way, but they are look at as a threat.
An amazing story about family, not judging those who look different and setting aside your own bias view.
How do you deal with extrovert people in the work place? At work there have been many people leaving the company which has left several duties needing to be filled. Which leaves me filling in since my position is a little more flexible. One of the people I have to work with is a extrovert guy which I would say is gay. He is the type of extrovert guy that has way to much extrovert energy or a big personality. For me it becoming annonying. Like I can pass him by cause his cubical is in between where I need to go sometimes. He will say later when he see me, like you didn’t say “hi”. Me, am thinking like chill out dude. Another thing he does which is starting to get on my nerves is this. There are people who like to take their lunch break, eat and then maybe read a book or just surf the net on their phone. There are time I don’t feel like talking, I tell people how are you, how their day, short and brief. He is chatting and having lunch with 8 other people, but when they are done, he will like come over to my table to try to start a conversation with me awhile am reading. Am use my phone when I am reading. Me am a common sense type of person, if I see someone focus on their phone or reading a book, I know they don’t want to be disturb. I respect that they want to be left alone. I feel like this guy thinks he is the center of the universe and need to interrupt people “my time” or needs to make people feel like he special. Like not saying “Hi” to him. I really not sure to tell him, he need to chill out or just go let it go and deal with it. I really would hate having to now take my lunch as my desk just cause this guy will just keeping interrupting my reading or whatever I may be doing.
It been a year and two months, give or take since this pandemic started. Here in south Texas we are begin to see a transition into normalcy. Finally we are coming out at the end of this dark tunnel. I know in other cites and countries it may not be the same story, but hopefully this give hope. Mask are coming off even though there still debate on that. Should they be wearing them when in public?
At work, this past week it was decided that mask would now be optional and up to each individual. Even the building that the company in housed at, lifted their mask rule and abandon the social distancing rules. Meaning, now more than two people can now get on the evaluator at the same time. I still wear mine and other people I know still wear their. I wear mine just cause we are in an office building and some building aren’t well vented and might not have a good enough air circulation. Beside with things transitioning back to normal, the company has decide to slowly bring back people working from home. Of course this will be done in stages, but for the past few days preparations are underway. Such preparation are arranging people who are currently working in the office and placing them closer to their department or teams. My department was move to another floor in the building cause we are a small team. Social distancing protocols are no longer in effect so the break room people may now sit together.
Just to give some stats from the last two COVID-19 briefing related my home city. As of May 28, 2021 there were only 138 new cases of covid-19 reported along with 2 deaths. As of May 27, 2021 1 million + first dose vaccines were administrated in the county
It been awhile since I lasted posted. Hope where ever you may be reading this that you are doing well physically and mentally. If you are struggling mentally, please close the web browser and seek help. Your well being is much more important then reading my blog. I think in some parts of the world COVID-19 still has it grip in some countries. Here in south Texas thing are transitioning to normal. More about that in my next post. What isn’t normal is the weather we’ve been having for these past few months. Could we be experiencing a covid-19 weather effect? Remember at the beginning of COVID-19 there were reports of the effects that lock down had on the environment. Since people were sheltered in place and not using their cars and traveling was halt, the air quality change, the smog clear out. Well is that effecting our weather? Some would say global warming, but I would say it COVID-19 effect. Here in Texas we had the bad wintering weather, where we experience multiple days of below freezing temperatures and snow fall. Very unlike in south Texas. Check out my post, south texas vs old man winter. For the month of May and last week of April we have had constant rain fall just about every weekend. Not to mention a few days of hail. It been raining so much it difficult to cut the yard. If you were lucky to cut it, the next day it would rain and you end up having to cut it again and repeat! As am typing this post, it is currently raining. Here in south Texas we usually have our spring rain in April and few showers in May, but never where it would rain every week or weekend. Is this the result of COVID-19 lockdowns. Is it effecting the weather? How has the weather been in your area?
May 1, 2021, just strange that we are already in the month of May. Even stranger is a year ago the month of May was different then it is today. Last year, around this time we were still reacting to this pandemic. Society was shutting down. We still didn’t know what we were dealing with or how to treat it. Reflecting back, I felt that we would never move forward. Time was at a stand still and we would still be trying to figure out how to defect this virus. Today society is moving out of this dark cloud that hover over us for awhile. With the development of these vaccine, society is returning to normal. Kids are returning to school, there a lot more traffic as people begin to eat out and move about. In other parts of the globe, people are still facing death that this virus brings. Cities and town are still in lock downs. Hopefully the rest of world will start sending resources in helping those countries, cities and towns this virus still has a tight grip on.
A little bit of a challenge coloring this one. One of the challenges is being able to work with the colors you have. Next would be the different shades of brown and then the blending of the colors. Still trying to figure out how to color hair to make it look like hair.
Dune by Frank Herbert. Am not sure about his book. I didn’t really feel like I was connected to the book nor the characters. It probably why it took me so long to finish reading. Just reading, I felt there was just to much going on. Am guess the author really wanted to take the reader through the characters journey. About who they are and their purpose.
I do like sci-fiction and this will probably be one book I would need to read again in the future just to see if my opinion changes.
Another journal full. This is my Covid-19 pandemic journal that I started last year in March. Have a lot of written entries and few art work here and there. I would say this journal kept me mentally in check and from going crazy. Not being able to interact with people and being stuck at home the majority of the time. It will be interest to look back at this journal in a year or two from now and read what I wrote down.
The one thing I wish I could have done with my journal is add newspaper clippings. I remember asking a family member if they could buy me the newspaper because of the launch of space X in May 2020. I wanted it just to haven cause it now part of history. Every store they went to didn’t sale the newspaper. That the sad part about everything being online and something the younger generation are missing. Clipping newspaper articles of important events. I old newspapers of 9/11, the begin of the gulf war in the 90s.
Receiving Gratitude! About two week ago I received my stimulus checks from Uncle Sam or from China Biden. Many Americans did and if they have children received a bigger stimulus check. That weekend, Saturday, my mom and I went to the grocery store to buy food for the week and my lunch for work. Of course I also buy my dog her dog food and doggy treats. My mom and I routine when buying grocery is we go half and half on paying. Other times, I’ll pay for it all, now that am working full-time, I can help out a little more financially. So we go to the store on Saturday and ended up not getting everything we needed cause it was crowded with people. Most likely people who received their stimulus check, buying their grocery. The next day we head to another grocery store and got the rest of the groceries we need it and headed to the check out line. Am at the check out counter waiting for the cashier to finish scanning our groceries. My mom and I see the total and I say we just go half and half. She gave her half in cash and I would pay my half with my debt card. Awhile we are doing this there a young lady, maybe in her late 20 with a little boy behind us. As am about to pay my half the cashier tell me and points to the young lady saying, she wants to pay for your groceries. The cashier hands back me the cash my mom gave for her half. I tell me mom what going on and the young lady want to pay. We tell the young lady, “that not necessary, we are fine.” “We always go half and half on groceries.” She insist that she wants to pay for our groceries. From the time we got in line to check out till our interaction with the cashier, we made no actions that would give any idea that we were poor, we didn’t tell the cashier we aren’t taking these items, we didn’t have coupons or food stamps. I believe that one time someone help this young lady by paying for her grocery and now that she had enough money, she wanted to return to the favor to someone else. Who knows, but my mom and i accepted her generous offer in paying for our groceries.