And it can never be a sin

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Don't throw away those crayons!

Donate them to the crayon initiative:

www.thecrayoninitiative.org

They recycle them into new ones and donate them to hospitals, schools, and other places where children are.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

This is fishy

Someone shared this GMA clip of ten year old twins, who were separated as infants, being reunited.
It's a very tear jerking moment indeed. But do you see what I see? The girls had the same foster home in China. The agency must have known their background. They must have at least known they were twins. There was more profit to be had placing them individually rather than in a pair. That's my hunch.
https://youtu.be/Rit0vLBtSXI

Friday, January 6, 2017

Where is home?

Lately, I have not liked to be home. My apartment has felt desolate and depressing ever since I took most of my art down (long story why).
My lease is up on February 28th. Yesterday morning, I stood around me and looked at all the apartments surrounding mine. This used to be a really nice place. I have not even lived here 7 years, and in that time, so much has changed. I used to know almost all of my neighbors!  From the two elderly women quarreling over cats to all the families with kids that my child played with (I also babysat for one of them) and a Russian immigrant family whom we were close with. The Russian lady always gave me hand me downs from her daughter. One day, she knocked on my door and asked me to give her a ride to the school, because they had called her to pick up her daughter.
All of those people have left one by one. I worked at the daycare across the street, and one of my coworkers lived on the other side of my building. Her niece, whom she babysat and who went to that daycare used to come over Willy Nilly to play with my daughter.
Not only that, but I saw how much they are pricing my apartment at, and I know when that renew notice comes on my door, it's going to go up almost $300.
Where I live is kind of a dirty, run down place now. I'm not kidding when I say there is literally trash everywhere most of the time. There are these two shady teenagers that always hang out and about that look like they're up to no good.
There are random people hanging out in the laundry room, and most of the machines are never working (which, oh yeah, that's another reason I'm always at my parents).
There are no more kids around.
When we are at my parents' house, my daughter asks me to stay over.
I literally stood out in the cold in the middle of the courtyard at 3 am and said- I think it's time. Before that dreaded renew notice shows up on my door, let me go draft a 60 day notice. So I did.
I don't know where we are going, but it's on the back burner.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Short TED talk

i think TED talks are generally cheesy, but this one is good. Idk about all the labels she throws around, but she makes the point clear. Of course, she could not finish up without the oxygen mask metaphor

https://youtu.be/ZsaorjIo1Yc

Monday, January 2, 2017

Can't remember...

I cant remember if I posted this link, but if I didn't, then here it is. I believe I did post it. I just can't remember, and don't have the mental power at the moment to scroll back to my old posts. I love this video. It's only four minutes long, but so poingnant.

https://youtu.be/TCcTJjLFDE8

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Uber Eats on New Year's Day

Postmates and Uber eats were both super dead for the whole last half of December. This was horrific for those who depend on it. What's worse (for me) is that since I'm the forum moderator for the Houston Postmates, I'm often mistaken for a supervisor. So I was getting some complaints for this, too. I mean, it sucks, but all of these platforms make it clear that we are independent contractors and there are no guarantees. I also don't like being mistaken for a supervisor. I didn't ask to be moderator either. I was just "made" moderator.

Anyway.

Both picked up pace today. I did 6 Uber eats deliveries during the three main lunch hours and came back to my parents' house. They had taken Annalise to church. Do you know what was really, really nice? I could tell customers "Happy New Year" and not worry about anyone getting offended. Everyone celebrates New Years. Even if you are of a different culture and celebrate it at a different time, it's still a thing.

At Christmas time, if you tell people Merry Christmas, they might get offended. If you tell people Happy Holidays, they will be offended. (Even though Christmas is a holiday, but I digress). New Years is just for everyone.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Motivational video

I did something today I knew I had to do. I unfollowed the social media pages "Janet's voice for children " and "United we stand against child abuse."  They were just too gory. Of course, all that gore was my life for so long. It had to be done.

This is a great motivational video:

https://youtu.be/5fOiu0OdpoI


We have not rung in the New Year yet, but I watched them earlier today ring in in from Australia, and it was magnificent. You can watch it here:

https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/10154263462912217/