The Week #78

  • This is the last "The Week" of the year. I finished work for the year and won't start back until the end of the first week of January. I'm really happy with what we've been able to accomplish in the last 3 months at Octopus and am looking forward to 2022.
  • I wrote another year in review ( Looking back on 2021 ) style post. It was nice to reflect at a different scale than my weekly posts and made me realize just how much I got done this year and how much life has changed.
  • Christmas was this week. Leo is finally starting to understand the joys of Christmas as a kid.
    This year he woke up an hour earlier than usual with a big grin on his face to see if Santa had come. And sure enough, he visited our house too. Leo's been wanting a Dr. Yellow train and some new trains for a couple of months.Β 

    He was expecting Santa to bring him some kind of bullet train. But instead Santa brought him a freight train that other train he mentioned sometimes: a "Momotaro" freight train. We got him the his favorite, Dr. Yellow.Β 

    It was my first time experiencing, as a parent, a kid getting so hyped and excited about what could possibly be downstairs under the tree. And it's a lot of fun. Much more fun than getting any gift.
  • After that we went to the grandparents to celebrate Yumi's birthday with some homemade lasagna, salad, roast chicken, and some cake. It was a lot of fun and a nice, slow Christmas.
  • We watched Don't Look Up, the new film with Leonardo DiCaprio about climate change, but not about climate change per se. In the film they discover a planet destroyer comet heading directly for earth in 6 months and when they alert the government, the powers that be see it as a political opportunity.

    What hit the hardest was just how distracted, by choice, the general population is in the film. Consumed with social media and 24-hour news cycles. It hits too close to home and the parallels the "debate" we see in regards to climate change. But just "don't look up".
  • A few members of family have been infected with this new variant of covid. Thankfully everyone appears to doing well so far as they were (all?) vaccinated. I feel like we're going to get a nice wave of infections here in the next couple of weeks as well. Hopefully it's as it is in seems to be in other counties: huge numbers but low/no hospitalization of the vaccinated.