Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

black and white roller coaster

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In case you didn’t know (and let’s be honest-why would you?), in the United States today is National Roller Coaster Day. Many theme parks are open, with social distancing and precautions in place, so I suspect that a fair number of people will be (likely unknowingly) celebrating this “holiday” today. Speaking of precautions, I can’t help thinking about the Japanese amusement park that, last month, requested that visitors resist screaming on rides in order to minimize the Covid risk. Instead, the park urged, patrons should “scream inside your heart”. If you missed this particular example of 2020 weirdness, the demonstration video the park put out was oddly hilarious. Here’s a sample:

This is the first summer since I was five or six that I haven’t made at least one visit to Six Flags St. Louis, a tradition that now includes three generation of the Cade family. My sisters and I were discussing that just the other day, reminiscing for a while about both our local amusement park, as well as our first trip to Disney World, which has become something of a family legend (That particular story has also been on my mind lately because I’m finally nearing completion of my own basement upgrade). It was good to focus on the happy memories rather than the disappointment of missing this year (our family continues to be extremely cautious about Covid risks), and to talk about things we’ll be doing at some point in the future.

white and yellow roller coaster

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Eventually, of course, someone had to make a “coronacoaster” comment. We’ve definitely been feeling the ups and downs and uncertainties of these past months. Many of our local school districts ultimately decided to open virtually, including the school Audrey’s girls attend. Amy’s district is offering in person instruction, but she chose virtual learning instead. So they’ll be continuing the balancing act that all parents have been dealing with since shutdowns began back in March. I don’t know how they do it, but they’re both optimistic and determined to get it right (and so are Cassidy, Carly, and Cat, because they’re the greatest kids ever).

you got it boss

As for yours truly…tomorrow morning I will be at my desk at work (deep breath). Two weeks ago, I was feeling fairly comfortable with the idea, but now that it’s upon me, I’m definitely feeling some coronacoaster stress (side note: this morning I found this article, published just a few hours ago, that I found really helpful). I know that I’m very lucky to have been able to work from home all this time, an opportunity that a lot of people didn’t have. However, with cases in my city and state higher than they were when we were sent home in March, I don’t love the idea of venturing back into the physical workspace. My coworkers who have kids are especially stressed due to child care concerns.

Luckily, my employer’s plan seems to be changing. On Friday, we received notice that tomorrow we will be “discussing options for ongoing remote work”. I spoke to my supervisor, the amazing Maria, and she told me that while discussions and details are ongoing, she believes there’s a good chance that most of us will be approved to work remotely most of the time, at least until community spread has decreased (although Maria herself will be required to be at work full time). I’m definitely looking forward to receiving more information tomorrow, and cautiously hopeful.

In the meantime, I’m spending Roller Coaster Day trying to stay off of the coronacoaster. I have some shelving to finish in the basement, and I also plan to engage in my favorite stress reliever: baking. Specifically, I’m going to make some treats for my team, and a box of Maria’s favorite cookies just for her (and, I’m assuming, her kids…but I definitely won’t judge if she keeps them all for herself). I can’t control the ups and downs, but I can control how I react to them. No need for my heart to be screaming. 😉

log ride

Are you feeling the roller coaster lately, or is your metaphorical ride running smoothly? How are things going for you?

25 thoughts on “Roller Coasters

  1. in says:

    Where I live was just put back on level 1 (highest) restrictions again. So I did some long needed paint work.

    That rollercoaster screaming in your heart thing was hilarious!
    😆

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      My home improvement list has definitely gotten shorter since this whole thing started. Once we finally reach a post-pandemic world, I think I’m going to have to have a party to celebrate, and to show off all the work I’ve done around here. 🙂 Stay safe.

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  2. Jennie says:

    I love the rollercoaster. So glad it brought good memories for you and your family. Hopefully the remote option at work can continue for you.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’m in a “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” sort of headspace. I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.

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  3. petespringerauthor says:

    It sounds like you have a great boss, Amanda. One of the schools in our county has a week of in-class instruction under their belts. Most others, including my former district, have decided to start with a distance learning approach. There is no perfect solution as everyone learns differently. One of the things I would have to adjust to, if I were still teaching (elementary school), would be not giving any physical contact. I gave out tons of high fives, fist bumps, and hugs over the course of a typical school year. I’d adjust because that’s what teachers always do, but that makes me sad.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I imagine that no contact in an elementary school would be really tough.

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  4. “I’m spending Roller Coaster Day trying to stay off of the coronacoaster”
    Excellent!!!!
    But I gotta admit…I miss me a good old fashioned (unenclosed cars, wooden rails, yougetthepicture) rollar coaster. Even in my old(er)age!
    Hang in there, Amanda.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      There aren’t too many of those classic coasters still around, are there?

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      1. I thought I remembered this classic got ‘moved’, reassembled and fixed up in the first incarnation of the Elitche’s gardens sellout…and here it is years after that in a new location and as Twister #2. I’ve only been on #1 back in the day…thought you’d like a looksee. Of course it’s all closed due to you-know-what but it’s still fun to remember and read about IMHO
        https://www.elitchgardens.com/theme-park/thrill-rides/m.extendeddirectory/464/view/twister-ii

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  5. Hope you get approved for more remote work. Our schools will also be remote this fall.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      We’ll see how today goes. I’m hopeful.

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  6. I really approve of your outlook
    ” I can’t control the ups and downs, but I can control how I react to them. ”

    Do I have your permission to use it as a quote?

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  7. Hey Amanda, things are a little better than befofe thank you. I have been back in the office for 3 weeks now, in some ways I prefer it, but ita till odd.
    I used to love rollercoasters but since I’ve gotten a little older I’m more freaked out by them and concentrate on health and safety. Maybe that just part of getting older? Sometimes you’re not as daring as you were? The temptations still there but now with a little fear attached. But then again the thrill of it!
    Anywho, I hope your week goes well and all future decisions from work are positive x

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ve definitely gotten more cautious as I’ve gotten older (although I haven’t given up the roller coasters yet).
      Does being at work feel odd because you got used to being at home, or because of changes in your workplace? Or is it both? I definitely experienced both today.

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      1. It feels great being back in somw sort on uniform, and I have more structure. I’m not working through lunch breaks, and am finishing near enough on time as we are all packing up ready to go home, rather that spending 15 more minutes at the desk whilst dinners cooking, that then turns into another hour etc. There’s about half the staff there used to be as some are still working at home and others on another floor. But it is comforting to see colleagues faces and have a bit of normal work chat. We have hlack and yellow hazard tape on the floor that we have to walk round and all desks etc are meters apart, odd but better than I expected x

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  8. I’m so glad to be retired…lol I’m glad you are working things out. Stay positive Amanda…you got this!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you, Diane. I definitely envy your retired status sometimes…but I’ll get it done. 🙂

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  9. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I can’t remember the last time or roller coaster I was on.. except driving overzealously up and down mountain roads.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ve been on a few mountain roads…I think that counts! 😉

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  10. nitinsingh says:

    May God show these days soon. Children have suffered the most in Corona.🙂

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