Monday, July 6, 2020

The State of Things

So, it's been a while. Almost 3 years to the date.

And so much has changed.

A world wide pandemic. A reality tv star is running the White House like their former television show (or worse), and it's been more than a fiasco to say the least. More, unjust deaths of black folk. I am grateful that people are protesting and creating civil unrest to put the pressure on, making the call to action. To get the justice needed for those killed.

People, if you have a face covering - a mask, a bandana, an old t-shirt that you can repurpose - plase wear it. It helps more than you think it does. No, it isn't the n-95 medical grade masks, but anything to dampen the moisture coming out of  your mouth from spreading to surfaces etc (You glasses wearers know what I'm talking about when you come in from the cold). Remember to wash your hands for the count of 20.

I'm also trying to navigate this world and be the best ally I can be to those who experience more disparagy than myself, owning up to when I make mistakes and trying to become a better person from them. As a white person, I've found these resources helpful to my understanding of things and what I action/s I can take to help others:

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo - A quick blurb from her website: "Professional: I have been a consultant, educator and facilitator for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. I have worked with a wide-range of organizations including private, non-profit, and governmental." With her book, DiAngelo addresses, in part I feel, the elephant in the room, of how white people have a responsibility to challenge their own perspective and actions, in the way it can drastically impact non-white people. To be able to change the invalidating behaviors (to say the least) to more supportive one, one of ally-ship. (Some are excelling at this, but as a whole, we need to better at this).
  • 13th - a shot film that was originally on Netflix. I was able to watch it on YouTube, but as of publishing this, I'm not sure if it's still available there or not. A little search on the internet will be able to tell you where you can watch it. It's about an hour and forty minutes
  • 97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack - This article does date back to 2017, but lists things that you can do, resources for people to learn from. 
  • And support locally if you can.
This is no way an extensive of exhaustive list, but it is a start.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


So the summer solstice came and passed, and the weather is finally warming up. Like a warm, wet blanket warming up. :P

The year's half over and I still feel like I've done nothing [notable], and I'm ok with that. Meh. I'm on par with my reading challenge over on (though, just barely. And I'm ok with that), finally got my first tattoo and just waiting to get it filled in with color, and I haven't been geocaching as much as I'd like to. It also doesn't help that I work weekends when the majority of the events I want to attend are (not just geocaching events, events in general).

I've also been wanting to blog more, actually writing stuff because I use to really enjoy that (still do), and I've just gotten out of the habit of doing it!

Hope your week's been treating you well!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Adulting and Life

At what age does "Adulting" start? I feel it's like a math problem, if you've done x, experienced y, and accumulated z, by or on your "blup" birthday, then you're free to adult at your discretion. If not, here, take this pill.....

It's sort of a thing that feels like you should be adulting by a certain age, standards are very different (what age you should be "adulting", etc). Where the social [perceived] norm is wack, and not really the norm.

I don't know.

This past week I finally saw Deadpool at a 2nd run theatre (they get the films either after or at the tail end of it's run in the main theatres), LOVED it. A friend ended up joining me, and for both of us to get a ticket, and a large popcorn, two large sodas, and a concessions candy, it was a little less than $26. TOTAL. Yup, you read that right, $26 for two people to see a main stream flick, a huge ass bucket of popcorn, two huge things of soda and a thing of candy.

I loved the fact Deadpool breaks the 4th wall (and then some) several times through out the movie, and his sense of humor (sort of reminded me a little bit of Dane Cook).  If you haven't seen it, you should, unless blood, and stuff offends, then don't. Whatevs.

Have a good one. Put the fun in funky again.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Some Days...

There are days where I feel I'd be a kick ass, lip sync performer.

In other news...

A little over a year ago, I found full time, that paid decently about an hour away from where I live.  Granted, you start off as a temp, then a year to a year and a half, if all goes well you get hired on as a "real" employee (there are some departments that have a high turn over).  I was glad for the work, enjoyed it well enough to see it through until I could get something that I would be happier doing (either with in the same company or something a little closer to home). The commute isn't horrible, I'm heading against rush hour traffic when I go into and from work, and the plus side is that my weeks alternate between 3 and 4 12-hour work days (long days, esp. when you take into consideration my commute each way but that means I get a 3 or 4 day "weekend").

About 4 months into working there, the company had shift change and I got bumped from mine (went to working an 8 hour shift, 5 days a week from 3pm - 11pm. Wasn't too happy about the whole situation). Fortune smiled a little, and I was able to not only go back to the shift I was orig. on, but go into a position where 1. I'd be getting paid more than what I was getting paid, 2. I had become a full time employee with all the benefits that it entails, 3. I was moving around more during the shift (the fist position I had, I was sitting on my ass for most of the 12 hours), and 4. I got to work all by myself.  I couldn't tell you how happy that made me. Didn't have to directly deal/interact with the drama (the company is located in a small, rural town, where most of the employees are from that town - to give you perspective of it's rural-ness (I just learned this a couple days ago), the head honcho for a certain discriminatory "club" for the region lives in town).  Just saying.

Anyway, I digress.

I've been working independently since the end of August of last year, for about 6 months. Now the company introduces a couple more steps to what I need to do, to do my job. This just threw a monkey wrench into things, because it now meant, I need another person to help me get stuff done. Daily. ~.~ Not horrible, b/c with the extra steps I need to do, I want a 2nd pair of hands to help.

They eventually get the 2nd position filled. Unfortunately with someone whose skill set doesn't quite match what the job/position needs.  I know the guy is new to the position (like almost straight off the street new), but after being there for about a month, he still wasn't quite getting it, nor really making progress towards where he needed to be. Yes, the finer details would come with being in that position and doing the job for a little while, but the general gist of it should have started sinking in. :| The down side is, the area/department I/we work in, doesn't really have direct supervision the other departments have. We have a supervisor, but she oversees the ENTIRE plant production flow (we mail mail from the facility, and she makes sure that once we get the information for printing the mail, it gets to where it needs to be with in the facility and out the door, when it needs to be out the door).

I did talk to my supervisor about it this past week, and we saw eye to eye on the situation, fortunately.

I am hoping something positive comes from this.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Books and Things...

I love to read books.

Every start of the new year, I set a goal for myself to read roughly 50 books, figuring on reading 1-ish book a week.

I love for this very reason (and many more). It helps me keep track of what I've read, where I've left off in a book (if I remember to keep what page I'm on up to date), how close I am to reaching (and exceeding) my reading goal, to name a few.

I can't stress how much I ***LOVE*** how it keeps track of my books and some statistics (like how many pages I've read in 'x' year). Yay numbers!

One of my favorite books I've read this year is Nimona. It's a graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson, where the main character is a strong female character. Here's a little blurb I found on

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

It's awesome in an unexpected way. Its a refreshing read about the antithesis to the normal "hero" (and usually male) perspective. It is told from the main male character's perspective but the story line heavily revolves around the the female character.

I am currently, since Jan 1 of this year, I'm 50% way through my goal at 25 books, have only done a handful of rereads, and broadened my reading scope to include more graphic novels.

On a slightly different note, I need to plan a visit to the beach. A "long" weekend, and fortunately since my work week includes the weekend (Sat, and every other Sun), my "weekend" is during the week, kudos for hitting places slightly off of their busiest times.