Zella is on her first official Spring Break of her scholarly career.
In between staying up late and sleeping in, we need to keep her busy with activities. Although she would love it, we can’t keep her cooped up in the house watching cartoons and movies all day.
So with the gorgeous weather we have here, we get to intersperse beach days into her week.
Frolicking through the water.
Digging for sand crabs.
Wading through tide pools.
Playing with seaweed.
And, of course, climbing lifeguard stations.
Spring Break 2014 is in full effect.
Really focusing on getting a great photo of a singular light.
You know, the star Spica.
You can clearly see it as a blue light in the photo. Spica is, in fact, a binary star. Of which, the primary star is about 7x the size of the Sun and 12,100x brighter. The secondary, “smaller” of the binary stars is only about 3.6x larger than the Sun. Spica is ultimately the 15th brightest visible star in the night.
Knowing these stats, you can tell how magnificent a star Spica is and how well deserved a spot it takes up in the Virgo constellation.
But then the moon comes by and upstages it by turning into a blood moon. A total eclipse of the moon by the Earth’s shadow.
You can just hear Spica screaming: “What about me and my two awesome blue stars that massively outshine your puny little Sun?”
Being a dad to multiple kids, you learn that each kid has their own uniqueness.
One could be the joker and the other the serious-type.
One a crier and the other a laugher.
To know June is to know that she walks her own path of uniqueness.
Nothing stops her and nothing influences her.
She can sit alone and play as if no one else is around her.
And, of course, there are times when she doesn’t want to be alone and makes her presence known to all.
She is very much her own little person and I hope she never let’s that change.
The month of March is many things:
- First month of Spring
- Women’s history month
- Colorectal cancer awareness month
And at my work, it is the month of No Excuses.
No Excuses is an annual campaign that encourages all employees to give back to the community through volunteerism. To step away from the desk for a few hours and head out to the community to make a difference. No excuses.
This year I volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. With a continuos amount of donated food, the Food Bank is able to feed more than 200,000 people a month. These people include children, seniors, homeless and the working poor. It is reported that 1 in 5 children don’t know where their next meal will come from. So the efforts of the Food Bank to collect and package up food items for the needy is essential.
My task at the Food Bank was to individually cut out Capri Sun straws from a roll of straws. As you can see, the roll was massive. This one roll contains 24,000 straws. My cut straws would later be paired up with Capri Sun juice boxes and then packaged up for delivery to an Orange County food bank — where it will be distributed to the needy with other food items.
I’m happy to work for a company that dedicates an entire month for employees to focus on volunteering. With 4000+ employees spread across America, the potential positive impact to the local communities is monumental.