WEEKEND OVER

My four-day weekend is over and I really don’t want to go back to work. Having four days off was awesome. For the first two days, I did more errands and chores than relaxing. I washed my car for the first time since I bought it. I cleaned my kitchen and my bathroom. I did laundry. I re-potted one of my plants with new, nutrient-rich soil. I took some clothes to get dry-cleaned.

On Saturday and Sunday, I relaxed more and did less cleaning and organizing. I had dinner with my parents and I played lots of video games.

Tomorrow is Monday and it’ll be kinda tough to get back into work-mode again.

TWO WEEKS IN

I am approaching the fourteen day mark since I received my first vaccine dose. By most accounts, my body has now built up whatever immunity I should have received after just a single shot. Some fourteen months after the pandemic started, I now have some fairly good protection against the virus. While I do feel some relief, I haven’t changed a whole lot of my behaviour in terms of safety protocols. I understand I have received only one dose of the AZ vaccine. I need two doses to be considered fully vaccinated and protected. At this point, I am not even sure if my second dose of the vaccine will be AZ. In any case, since I am not fully vaccinated, there’s still a chance I can still get sick. There are documented cases where fully vaccinated people got sick and died. That’s just the reality of how viruses and vaccines work. Not everything is perfect. Until everyone is fully vaccinated (or at least as close to everyone as possible) and positive cases are down to more manageable numbers, it’s important to me to keep doing what I’ve been doing.

I guess the only thing that has changed is the slight sense of relief I’ve experienced that I mentioned before. Both my parents have had their first shot and so have I, so now I feel much more comfortable being around them. I also worry less when I’m indoors. I think I’ve been to a mall twice in the last fourteen months. I feel like I could go to a mall now while wearing a mask and I’d be in a safer situation than say a month ago, when I hadn’t had my first shot.

I’m looking forward to being fully vaccinated by the end of the summer!

FOUR-DAY WEEKEND

I just had a three-day weekend but the people in charge of my team at work have informed us plebes that everyone is getting Thursday and Friday off this week! They are giving us some extra time off because we’ve been all working very hard lately and that hard work has paid off.

It’s a very kind gesture for management to allow us to have some time off and also to shift the schedule around so that the team having two days off doesn’t mean we’re just two days behind schedule for our existing work.

Wednesday is Friday this week!

DEV BADGE

The game I work on allows players to personalize their own accounts in many different ways, one of which is to select badges that other players can see. If you work on the game, developers get a special badge that only we have access to. After a delay of several months, due to reasons that I’m not entirely aware of, I finally got my dev badge on the weekend.

I hear that selecting that badge is a bit of a double-edged sword. You can get lots of attention, both good and bad. Some of my co-workers choose to not display the badge and go anonymous, while others don’t mind.

I’m terrible at the game I work on, so I haven’t played a game yet with my dev badge selected. I’m sorta nervous to take it out for a spin.

ELECTRICIAN?

As some of you know, about a month before the pandemic started, I was in the planning phases of a small home renovation. The first step was going to hire an electrician to put in a new baseboard heater in my living room. That obviously did not happen.

Now that I’ve had my first vaccine shot, I am now looking into finally get this plan going again. Having my first shot protects me and protect any potential worker who has to come into my apartment. We will no doubt still have protocols in place, but knowing I have some biological protection makes feel safer about the whole thing.

Almost a year and a half late, I am eager to start this project.

DISHWASHER

Up until probably a month ago, I hadn’t used my dishwasher for well over a year. Like any good Asian household, I use the dishwasher rack to dry my hand-washed dishes.

Last month, I used the dishwasher just so that all the parts and motors could be run again. I didn’t want the appliance to get into a bad state just because I didn’t use it. I’ve run twice again since then. The most recent time was just tonight. I didn’t have a lot of dirty dishes but I had used up all my clean bowls and I was just so tired tonight, I didn’t feel like hand-washing.

I gotta admit, it’s way more convenient to let the machine do the dirty work.