Transitioning Back to normal

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 Social distancing protocols are no longer in effect so the break room people may now sit together.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

Covid-Weather

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?

Covid-19 pandemic Journal

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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.

Did you keep a journal during the covid19?

Working 8 months during a pandemic

At the end of February, I will reach my 8th month working at my job during this pandemic. It been an interesting ride working during this pandemic. Having to wear face mask awhile am in the building or having to walk through the office to talk with co-workers or other people in other departments. There are still a lot of people I haven’t met since the company has people working from home, but they have hired several new people who are working from the office. Lunch is an interesting time since the break room has 9 tables, but only one chair for each table. The company is follow the guide lines of social distancing, so now during lunch the few who eat there look as if their in a detention class. Most people eat at their desk which I don’t know how people can do that. I just need to get away from my work and enjoy my lunch. Just able to walk and stretch a little and not seeing all the work I still need to do. Speaking of my work, I handle a lot of paper work that I review, make small correction if needed, review the information on the data base that it matches what on the paper. If something is incorrect on the database I correct. Then I scan it, and enter into another data base where I also review the information previous entered. In addition, I enter in other information. There are certain paper work that I can’t correct for example, forgotten signatures or wrong person signed or incorrect/unreadable personal information, that where I have to send the paper work back to the department who worked on it and communicated with the client who filled it out. That basically my day and every now and then I be ask to do something different. It kind of boring, but for now it a job and until the job market pick-up I’ll be there for awhile.

Happy New Year!!! 2021

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all celebrated welcoming in 2021 safety and with close family members. Hopefully 2021 bring us much more happier and social time that we all have been deprived of this past year with the pandemic.

2021 Goals

Personally I hope to get back to reading a little more. Didn’t do to much of that in 2020.  Any suggestion on books to read?  Trying to stay healthy and workout more.  With work, I only have time to go to the gym on the weekend. Am trying to get myself in  routine  working out here at home.  Already brought me one set of weights and just need to get a work out matt. I did gain a little weight during 2020 cause of the pandemic. Career wise, well am still working at the job I started in late June 2020.  I’ll be doing a separate post on this and giving an update on how that being going. I really hope 2021, I can do some traveling. Traveling has been something on my bucket list. I haven’t left the state that I live in nor the country.  The one thing that holds me back is money.  I don’t know how people travel so much and able to afford it.  Now that I working, am also saving, so when that time comes, I hope I can visit another state before taking the leap to travel to another country.

Six months

September is here, Wow!!!  Just thinking that six months ago we were at the beginning of a pandemic.  A Pandemic with so many questions and even today we still don’t know the answer to some of those questions.  A pandemic that change the world and our lives.  It brought the us the words, “social distancing”, “staying 6ft apart”.

A lot has change these past six month and it still feel odd trying to comprehend what has happen.  Reminding yourself before leaving the house, do I have a mask.  The adjustments from working in the office to now working at home.  Along with now having kids doing online learning instead of actually physically going to school to learn.  Parents now having to take the role of being a teacher.

Awhile we are adjust to this new world, we can’t forget the events that are changing and having an impact in our society.  In the U.S. protest and rioting.  The launch of spaceX, sending two American astronauts to the space station. Of course we have a presidential election, so in a few months will see how this pandemic has or hasn’t influence on the outcome of the election.  I don’t know what events are going on in other countries around the world, but please feel free to share them by commenting below.

A mask problem

Yes, that picture is of me. Wearing a mask awhile at work. Each morning before I leave the house to work, I grab a mask and make sure that I have a back-up just in case. Its required that you have a mask on before entering the building and that awhile you are walking in the building or are in the elevator. Through out my day, I see employees wearing their mask as they walk within the office. When they are at their desk, they take off their mask, which I think is okay.

For me, I wear my mask all day with the exception when I am eating(lunch) or drinking bottle water at my desk. Maybe am being overly caustiously wearing my mask all day, but might as well be safe then sorry. Beside, my desk is just a small enclose cubical that is near a walk way where people are passing by. Now I will admit wearing a mask is a pain in the butt and through out the day I struggle with my mask. Now I don’t have tell you the struggle we people who wear glasses go through having to wear a mask. Every time your exhale, your breath will fog your glasses for a few seconds. Not a good thing when you are either walking or relay on your glasses for reading. I for one don’t need my glasses for reading, but I do have them on the majority of the day.

I don’t know about you, but there are time when am constantly having to adjust my mask because of my glasses or because of the mask itself. I am sitting at my desk, working and I feel my mask moving up toward my eyes. In a few second the mask is just right below my eye and I can’t see. For some odd reason it some how slip under neath the nose paddling of my glasses. Causing my glasses now to fall down awhile my mask is going up towards my eyes. They say don’t touch your face or your eyes, but I have no choice to adjust my mask with my arm. Trying to slide it down but in a few minutes I feel it going up towards my eyes again.

 

 

One whole Month

In a previous post, I blog about that I found a full-time job during the pandemic crises the world is going though. At the same time several cities in the United States were seeing an increase in covid19 cases, even here at home. What a way to enter the work force? Well, am glad to say that it been one whole month now since I started working. So far it going well and am still in training. Basically I am reviewing, scanning and entering employees information into the system. I go through these applications, checking to see all paper work has been submitted, information is correct and signatures are signed. If I spot something that missing or incorrect, I send it back for it to get corrected. It pretty straight forward, but of course there are procedures to follow.

As for the work environment it pretty laid back given that the majority of the employees are working from home. I along with other employee are required to work from the office since we dealing with sensitive information. Of course everyone is following health guide lines and wearing a mask when they enter the building, walking in the hall ways or can’t keep a social distance between other employees. For me I keep my mask on all day even through it a pain in the butt. I explain that in another post. From the time I walk into the building, sitting down at my desk and taking a break and when I leave, I have my mask on. Also I keep in a small backpack, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, a small pack of hand wipes and two extra pair of mask just in case my mask fall on the floor or breaks.

Isn’t it strange, we are already past half way through 2020. Well where ever you are in the world I hope you are doing well.

Anxiety or Fear

I don’t know if there a difference between anxiety and fear or are they both the same. The definition of anxiety if you google it is

“a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.”

The definition of fear if you google it is,

“an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”

In the mist of the COVID-19 am sure all of us are feeling one or the other. Maybe both. Then how can you tell you the difference of what you are feeling, anxiety or fear. To tell you the truth I don’t know and I know am dealing with one of those at the moment. It nothing serious, but does bug me every now and then. It concerning that I unknowingly could be carry this virus and may pass it along to family members who are the most vulnerable to this virus. My parents, would be the most vulnerable cause they are older and I still live with them. Of course other family member are also vulnerable, but from what we know about this virus, younger people are more likely to recover from this virus. It one of those things you don’t want to live with that you/ I cause a family member to get sick and die from this virus. It one of the reason why I haven’t gone to the gym or have gone out in public. The only time I go out is if I need like doctor appointment or grocery shopping. It just a small sacrifice plus wearing a mask when am I work and when I need to be in public.

I hope everyone is doing well and hopefully can related to what I am saying. Where ever you are in world, take care:)

First day of work during pandemic

Last week I started working at my new job, Full-time Job!!:) I never thought I was going to find a job with all this craziness we have going on with COVID-19. I thought with COVID-19, companies were going to hold off hiring since some of them moved to working from home and have postpone their hiring. My first day was two Mondays ago and like any other job my first day was just completing paper work, making sure I understood company polices and all that other stuff. That was basically my whole first day and at the same time the state and city are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Which made this a strange first day at work, since I needed to wear a mask awhile I was in the building and completing all these necessary first day on the job task. Usually your first day of work is meeting face-to-face, but this time to keep the social distancing everything was done on Zoom as I was in one room and the HR personal was in another.

After my first day, I met the people I would be working with and the person who would be training me. My duties and the job I would be doing is pretty straight forward. The only thing are the small little details and rules you must remember and follow. Since my job is dealing with confidential documents and information I need to make sure I follow procedures and that these documents are filled out correctly. I pretty sure I will be doing a lot of on the job training before I start doing things on my own which is cool with me.

If there any right now that am concerned about this job is getting this COVID19. Since this is a office setting environment and everyone is required to wear a mask, am hoping that enough for not catching this COVID-19. As of now they have the majority of the people working from home, but when they return, that mean a lot more people in this office space. Which is scary cause, most office building are not well ventilated.