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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

Road trippin'

Don't you just love road trips? Especially when it's decently long, and your car is packed with some people, some fun, and some books!

In a few hours, my family and I will be driving towards Chicago for our vacation, with plenty of stops on the way. This is my first time to Chicago so I'm excited. But it's a 12 hour drive and we did briefly consider whether flying would be a better idea, before stomping on that option after looking at the flight rates. But we like driving much better anyways, so after using Roadtrippers extensively to chalk out our plan, we are ready.

Speaking of Roadtrippers, if you guys haven't used this site before, you should give it a try. This is not just my first trip to Chicago, it's also my first trip on the road inland beyond West Virginia. So I really did not know what places we could check out on the road, and we were planning to split the 12 hour drive over two days. It was a ton a fun playing with this site and allowing it to give you suggestions based on some filters you liked, such as Nature, Attractions, etc. Below is the map I made for the trip. (Note that Roadtrippers did not ask me to advertise for them, I just like this site so much that this is all just me gushing).

(6 states, stopping at 5 of them)

In other news, we will not be taking any audiobooks on the trip, since not everyone in the car will be enthusiastic about it. Oh well. So instead I have loaded my Kindle with quite a few books that I probably won't be reading at all. Last night, I started reading A Man Called Ove that is turning out to be quite a quirky fun read (set in Sweden!) so I'll dig into that whenever I find some quiet reading time. Since I won't be back until Wednesday, my online presence is going to be almost not there.


How did I not realize you were in Lynchburg? Or maybe I did and completely forgot? Either way, I've done the drive up toward Michigan several times and it's actually pretty nice (except for Ohio). Hope you have fun!
Oh fab! Have fun! I can't wait to see pictures.
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I feel like all I'm doing lately is running up and down the road and I am not a fan of road trips! lol
ebookclassics said…
Thanks for suggesting Roadtrippers! I'm planning a road trip for the next few weeks and could use all the help I can get.
Diane D said…
Have a wonderful time.
Lisa Sheppard said…
I have a hard time reading in the car - if there are more than just the two of us, then I feel like I need to talk to people and when it's just the two of us, I feel I need to make sure the hubby is staying alert. Have a great trip!
Ti Reed said…
I cannot read in the car at all. If I do, even for a minute or two, instant car sickness.

I like the idea of road trips. I like to take my time and see and check out stuff but I cannot stand clutter and that is what builds up in the car with my brood. Even though we clean stuff out at rest stops we end up looking like we are living out of the car. Mainly, because my daughter must bring all of the essentials...three pillows, two blankets,etc.

Chicago! What a fun town. So much to do.
Have fun! I love road trips, and I'm blessed with the ability to read during them. Hope you get lots of reading done and have an amazing time. :)
Nishita said…
Have fun, it sounds like a great road trip. That app sounds awesome too!
Athira / Aths said…
I am somewhat the opposite. When I am in a car, I feel this strange need to be quiet. But, when we are driving long or late nights, I make sure there is some conversation going otherwise whoever is driving may end up falling asleep.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, car clutter = irritation for me too. I get more nervous when someone is having coffee in the car. Coffee has spilled way too many times in cars and it's such an annoying job trying to clean it all up, otherwise we're looking at sticky patches.