February 2020 Recap

Hi Everyone,

So I know March is already quite close to ending, but I wanted to continue my Month in Review posts as I like to do it mainly for myself as a reminder of what that month held. I have also put of from doing it for so long until I had all my book review posts finished, that way I can put them all together here now…

February was a weird month for me as I went on a month long holiday, I had been saving for this trip since august last year and in the end I felt it was kind of a waste of my time. Yeah I got to see some of the family and friends I was planning on seeing, but I believe my expectations were just a bit to high. I got to spend minimum time with people I really miss hanging out with. I got to see a lot of my older brother though which was good as we do not often see eye to eye. The first two weeks of my vacation was mental hell for me as there were a lot of problems that I would much rather not divulge into. Lets just say I hated not having Milou near me and that I have become so comfortable having her close that two weeks without her was just a tad too long.

Being as pressed for time as we were were we did have some fun “US” time, mainly when we got to scavenge bookshops for a cheap book and when we did our own thing like taking a hike or just chilling at the cousin’s reading. Its the little things for me you know? I did not get too see too much wild life that I was planing on, but I did have a close encounter with a Dassie (Rock Hyrax) which I felt special enough to make it this post’s main picture. Dassies, or rock rabbits are a common sight in S.A, but this specific one had an air of being so cool with people in it’s personal space that I could get real close.
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I got to see my oldest cousin Chris, on my dad’s side, whom I have not seen in probably 16 years. S.A is a big place and my family members live far away from one another. It was nice to see him and that Milou now met another family member. It was also nice hearing my oldest cousin tell me how proud he was of me even though he has not seen me in such a long time. I nearly cried…
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I also got to meet the newest addition to our family. Little Aiden, welcome to the world buddy. I hope we get to see you soon again. I am happy for my cousin Sandra and her husband Wesley. Even though we saw you for such a short time, I would just like you to know that we love you a lot.
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I also recently learned that one of my primary school friends was working on the Cape Town airport, I missed him when I landed, but made sure to get in contact  with him on the day I went to pick Milou up. Corne, we have been friends for a long time, it was great to see you. 20 Plus years of friendship is no ordinary feat bro!
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All in all, February was an emotional rollercoaster for me. Underlying stress about if I would have enough money left over for when we returned to The Netherlands, Milou having a panic attack for nearly three days before we even had to say goodbye to the cousin she has a better bond with than I do… It was hard. I needed to be the strong one for the both of us. I had the assurance that we would be returning to work and a stable environment only to come back into a world of mass panic and Corona. At the moment we are on day six of self isolation and there is little we can do. We do not know when we will be going back to work or if we will even have work to go back too. It is stressful times but I know we are not the only ones with the same concerns at the moment. We just do not know if there will be any compensation made for the fact that we work on No Work, No Pay contracts. I hate that money is so important in this day and age, but I understand the world needed a kind of reset switch. It has just come at a pretty shitty time…

Corona rant aside, I was going to show what my Blog looked like in February… Here is what you might have missed:

Metal Monday:

I had South African bands scheduled for my time in S.A, I cant say the posts did very well, I do not know if it is just due to the fact that the music was shit or my descriptions of the songs were that. In the end I needed to remind myself that I post for myself and not the enjoyment of others, I tend to forget that from time to time.

Battery 9 – Twyfelaar
Wildernessking – I Will Go To Your Tomb
The Narrow – Lonely-lonely
Terminatryx – Shadow

Book Reviews:

I can’t say I read a lot, even though I went through a few books. Like I mentioned my mental state was quite over the place at the time and it was difficult to focus. I am happy I managed to take of at least 1 book of off my long Net Galley TBR, 4 actually if you take into account that one series I took off when I DNF’d the first book. Salty hit me with quite a curve ball there and made my flight to S.A even more uncomfortable…

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The Hound of the Baskervilles – Conan Doyle

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Canto Volume 1: If I Only Had A Heart – David Booher

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Aria The Masterpiece Vol.5 – Kozue Amano

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The House of Night and Chain – David Annandale

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The Woman in the Blue Cloak – Deon Meyer

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Dawn of Dreams – Brownwyn LeRoux More like DNF of dreams…

The only other post that came in February was done by Salty Mc Dave himself, the blighter thought thought he could take advantage of things while I was on leave… I must admit though, he got me good… Eh erm… Hello…

That was what my February looked like in short. Even though I thought I did not read a lot I still got through quite a few books. I believe I did beter than What I am going to be doing in March and I am in Isolation, with a lot of time on my hands… I blame the stress for not letting me focus on my reading… We will see, maybe things turn for the better soon.

 

10 thoughts on “February 2020 Recap

  1. Stress is a killer, that is for sure! sorry to hear things didn’t go as well as you’d hoped in SA. And I completely understand about you and your wife and you having to be the strong one. Sometimes it’s harder to be the strong one than to be the one going through the crap 😦

    And I’ve said it before, but I’m praying for you two as I know the coronavirus couldn’t have affected you at a worse time.

    Hope you survive the self-isolation and don’t go mental 🙂

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  2. On the plus side, Dave, you maybe got your trip back to South Africa in just in time. At the moment we can only wonder when normal service will be resumed, but you could always start reading your way through all of the Sherlock Holmes or Horus Heresy stories! Stay safe! 🙂

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  3. Stay safe and healthy! Hope your situation improves soon, Dave! I’m glad you returned safely from SA and though the trip could’ve been better, as you say, I think it was still great you were able to actually go there and meet all the people important to you 🙂

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