Where should I begin with this week’s Coffee Share?
This week at work has been a whirlwind. This week was Employee Appreciation Week. Everyday this week during lunch hour we had to set our department booth doing giveaways, outreach, etc. I’ve been on my feet all week at work. Though I had Monday off, these short work weeks feel accelerated. I know I need a vacation — even this vacation staying at home sleeping in and going to a local café for lunch.
I’ve been experimenting with a new way to budget through the envelope system. I’ve heard it’s a popular way to budget where you would put a set amount of cash each month in different envelopes representing spending categories such as groceries, entertainment, coffee, etc. The thing is, I don’t like to carry cash. Also the thought of carrying envelopes around seemed cumbersome. In comes the GoodBudget app where I create “envelopes” on the app and report how much I spend in each category. It has curbed my impulse coffee spending and the impulse buys I find at the grocery store or Target. How do you manage your finance?
Yesterday, one of our friend got let go from his job. Though I am sympathetic, as he is the provider for his family, part of me thought he got what he deserved because he chose to not get vaccinated against COVID-19. The irony of it all was his employer was this large famous laboratory. Also, I questioned it. Though his family and friends lament on Facebook “he’s a veteran who worked all his shifts,” I go “back up? He served in the military?” He had many vaccines most civilians don’t even get and he declined the COVID-19? There’s no exemptions for vaccines in the military. I had a volunteer at my work who tried that on me and argued back, “you served in the military and worked overseas — your case for an exemption is…well…BS.” The more I write and think about it, the less sympathetic I become.
Here’s a postcard. I’ve been so slow in sharing (and sending), but here’s one from someone in Louisiana. I love the blue and grey color scheme featuring this beautiful blue heron.
Anyways, there is much more that has happened this week but I’ll just stop here. I’m feeling pretty burnt out.
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (e-book from the library)
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe by Voddie T. Baucham (for book club) – This book was garbage. I panned it about 30% of the way. I am ok with reading books with a different point of view, but I found the citations to Yahoo and Britannica articles incredibly distracting because I would stop and say, “really? Publishers let this happen?” None of my professors would have let it slide if I cited Yahoo articles in graduate school. In fact…I recalled a time in undergrad, I cited Wikipedia and I got dinged.