Happy Friday everyone! This week flew by — thank goodness! A lot has developed over the past week especially at work. Visitors seeing patients staying at the in-patient floors must have COVID vaccine or COVID negative test in the last 72 hours. The lines to the information desk are getting long. I think maybe while we are at it, we should have a vaccine clinic at all our lobby areas so if they get turned away, they can get vaccinated and not leave feeling empty-handed.
Also at work, all employees (including volunteers and contractors) at my work must have the COVID vaccine by September 30th. If they don’t get vaccinated, they can’t go to work. I’m not sure what the ultimate decision will be for those who won’t vaccinate. Is this an experiment to get more employees vaccinated? In the meantime, unions are negotiating for those who continue to not vaccinate to do weekly COVID tests in order for them to continue working but my employer will remain rigid with their decision. There is an exemption but that applies if the person is reported to get an anaphylactic shock from the vaccine. Honestly I don’t mind that my work won’t budge. As someone working for a public employer, is it financially responsible for tax payer dollars to continue to pay for employee COVID tests? Have my coworkers seen how much COVID tests cost? Also, I’m tired of holding the secondary title of contact tracer at work — it eats up a lot of time from my regular duties.
To have a birthday party or not have a birthday party?
Last Saturday, we went to my husband’s cousins’ daughter’s second birthday party. Now my MIL is egging us to throw a birthday party for Lana and she wants a BIG birthday party inviting EVERYBODY. Her first birthday is happening in a couple of months and we have no clear plans. I talked about it with my parents, they’re…well…not too keen on a big birthday party because of the Delta virus obviously. I’m still thinking about it too. Actually, I wrestle with what kind of birthday party to throw for Lana because for my first birthday, it was a big birthday party — the ideal party his mom wants. It was an event people dressed up for, there was entertainment, a large cake, and a lot of people attended. In contrast, my husband grew up poor and had none of that for his birthday party. In Asian culture — though I am Asian-American I am still learning — Asian parents love to show off their kids like they’re shiny accessories (more on that for a future post). I see this birthday party as an opportunity to show off her successful son and her granddaughter through a big birthday bash. Side note: I’m glad my parents never showed me off or put myself against my siblings or cousins.
I would much prefer to have the birthday party at a restaurant than my house because I don’t want to clean after everyone. But we’re not living under ideal times to have a party at a restaurant. When I think about the first birthday party I had, should she get that type of birthday party because I had one? Well…let’s say when I look at the photos from my first birthday, I don’t know 90% of the people who attended.
Bout of Books
I’m participating in the 32nd Bout of Books. Can’t wait to get it started!
Current reads: Yes, these are all what I’m currently reading. I don’t read all of these everyday but here’s what I’m working on.
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama (in audiobook and from the library) – I borrowed this audiobook from the library. And I enjoy listening to audiobooks in my car. Just FYI, everytime I have to renew the book, I have to wait several weeks.
- The House by the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (borrowed from the library) – Strange to say, but this book helped me think what Lana thinks or will display later on: curiousity, playfulness, mischievousness, imaginative, and candidness. I’m not too fond about the whimsiness of an orphanage setting — maybe because I know people who work in Child and Family Services and child welfare and it’s anything but whimsical.
- Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (for the book club) – I am enthralled with this book! First of all, the story centers around Native American life. Usually most books around Native Americans take place in the past, but this one is contemporary and they’re doing regular things like going to parties, hanging out with friends, listening to today’s music, etc. It’s a thriller and it talks about community health (I know I’m a nerd).
- Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Hong Park – I am so tempted to speed through this book because it is so engaging, but I need to slow down. I like to use this opportunity to reflect my Asian American Experience, my minor feelings.
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson – same with this one too. I want to go back and research some of the parallels in history she is referring to. It’s incredibly fascinating. This was a book I had to read for book club last month but I did not want to speed through to finish.