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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

Hello from Cincinnati!

Hello, all you lovely blog readers! I've missed you.

Sorry for the long absence but things have certainly been busy and very different since the last time I posted. We are in Cincinnati now (or rather in one of its suburbs - Mason). We moved exactly a month ago - but somehow, I also feel as if I have lost all my usual free time. Of course, life is bound to be crazy for a while after a move, but we did finish our unpacking within a week after moving (save for two boxes that are full of toys that nobody seems to be missing, which probably means we don't really need them anymore) and we did spend the next couple of weeks house-hunting but have been mostly free since. So I'm not sure why reading and blogging are not happening yet - I just think I'm not entirely in the mood to do them.

So this is going to be THAT "I'm back" blog post. The one where I say I'm back but may not really be back, or maybe I will surprise everyone and schedule a flurry of posts. I just don't want to promise anything yet but I'm working on adding blogging and reading back into my routine, if only because I reaaaaaaaaally need this in my life.

So what's new at my end? We moved (this was very uneventful). I've been working at my new job for almost a month now. My office commute is just a 2-3 minute drive. Even the husband's office is just a couple of minutes from mine, so we've been carpooling most days and coming home for lunch! The toddler has settled in very well but the dog is still very jumpy - barking at every person walking by our apartment. It doesn't help her that Walmart is literally in our backyard - many folks in our community just walk from their apartment to Walmart and back. Of course, we've taken advantage of this as well when we've started cooking some evenings only to find that we are missing an ingredient or two.

However, as I mentioned casually above, we have been house-hunting so this convenience is going to be short-lived. Still, I'd rather have my own place with plenty of living space.

Cincinnati is definitely a much bigger city than where we moved from so we've been visiting a new place (restaurant or amusement) every weekend. The weather is warming up as well and we're taking advantage of that. So far we love it here. I haven't yet personally run into any big city problems and I'd like to keep it that way for now. So, with all that we've been doing, I haven't read much. I did finish Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (didn't like it as much as I did the prequel) and have also started reading Saga Vol. 7. That's about it.

What has been happening with you? Please let me know the one (or more) big thing I missed about you or your blog!