I Have to See Things For Myself

I’m due to head to the Atlanta area in a few weeks to attend my cousin’s wedding. As happy as I am for him, I’m also happy weddings are becoming a thing again. I’m happy this is a thing I feel I can do safely, since I’m fully vaccinated.

But, I’m heading to the Deep South. This is where a large majority of the unvaccinated folks in this country live. I’m curious to see just how wild and free folks are being there. Is it as crazy as I’ve seen on TV with hoards of people gathered at all times or is it just people trying to have some sense of normal? Just really how defiant are people about masks?

Yes, the CDC has said those who are fully vaccinated can go without masks now. I live in a city where the mask mandate expired about a week ago. I still wear a mask while I’m on the sales floor, despite being vaccinated, simply because I don’t trust those going without a mask. All of this said, I would say it’s been somewhere around 50/50 for mask wearing. My guess is most going without didn’t accept wearing one in the first place. You get a vibe.

In any case, I’m curious what my travels bring. I’m also just happy I can leave the state for once.

I’m Cooking Again

One thing about having a stimulus payment and a tax return in my bank account at the same time is I have a tendency to go for things I normally wouldn’t under my current budget. One of those things is eating out. The thing about ordering out is you’re not only paying for the food, but also the service. You also usually get more than what would be considered a reasonable portion and in many cases some of the food isn’t worth reheating. This all adds up for some bad cost-effectiveness.

However, since I’ve been dating my current girlfriend, I’ve been cooking at home last night. Last night I took advantage of the nice weather and made some BBQ chicken on the community grill at my apartment complex. It was nice to put together a simple meal like this with some mashed potatoes and green beans on the side.

I really do enjoy cooking, but I often struggle cooking when it’s just myself. I do, however, enjoy cooking for others. I love sharing that. Even better, she’s been cooking more herself because of me. I feel like this could be a place where we bond. I see it as an opportunity to do something together and to share ideas. I look forward to doing more of this.

Got Covid Vaccine #2 Today

Received my second vaccine just now. I hope I don’t have the same kind of soreness I had three weeks ago, as my right shoulder is already hurting (I need a massage badly). The process of coming in was the same as before with basically no wait time.

Hopefully this thing is effective and we can all go back to life as normal, or at least some version of that. It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this routine for a year. I know I was one naïve enough to think this would all be over with quickly. Luckily, the end might be in sight.

A Little Spring Cleaning

I took on a little organizational project tonight. I have a lot of t-shirts, to the point where I just decided to hang them up. The problem is I have a limited amount of closet space.

So, I bought another cube organizer to put all those t-shirts in. As a bonus, I could organize them by group, such as band t-shirts, sports, and work.

Anyway, I’m happy with the results. First the before:

And now the after:

Just got my first COVID-19 vaccine

Since I’m an “essential worker”, I received a bit of a bump in the line for the COVID-19 vaccine today. Lord only knows if I’ve been in contact with the virus or not over the past year. It frankly wouldn’t surprise me if I had and was a-symptomatic. I’ve only been hit hard with the flu twice in about 20-some years, so I figure my immune system is pretty strong. Still, there’s no need to mess around with this coronavirus for as nasty as it’s been.

The Process

Everything with my local health department is fairly streamlined. I went to the link I was given from my job, filled in my personal information and selected a time. They emailed me confirming after that.

From there, I drove to the vaccination center which was at Pinnacle Bank Arena. I filled out another questionnaire dealing with symptoms and allergens, then moved through the line to be vaccinated. The whole process once I was in the building took about 10 minutes. From there, I sat around (typing this) for about 15 minutes to make sure I didn’t have any reactions to it. I go in for my second shot in three weeks.

I hope people do get vaccinated, so we can go back to some for of normal life after this. I look forward to enjoying life at its fullest soon.

Trying Something New

I’ve had the same haircut for the most part of the last 20 years. Basically, Just a high fade, no guard on the sides and back and a three guard on the top. I was a low maintenance style that I never had to worry about.

Well, I’m trying something new. For really the first time since I was 12, I’m attempting to grow my hair out, at least on top. This isn’t a coronavirus quarantine thing, it’s fully intentional. I’ve liked the style on others, so I’ve leaned on the advice of my current girlfriend1 who’s a hair stylist, and I am attempting to do this the right way.

So far, I like what I’m seeing. My goal is to grow this out long enough to lay back, but even now I’m pleased with it. I’ve been graying over the last few years, but I’m embracing it for the most part. I’ve never been interested in dying my hair, so it is what it is. Let’s see where this goes.

  1. Yeah, I have one of those now. Been going since mid-January. Just not wanting to be that person that annoys people about their significant other. Let’s see who reads my shit, right? But, her name is Tracy and she’s pretty cool. [return]