Sunday Post 26| Masks Off and I Made It to the Beach

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I made it to the beach with gas to spare and very little mask wearing. North Carolina (where I live) and South Carolina (where I am now) have lifted their mask mandates, so it’s just a matter of being respectful to businesses that aren’t willing to let masks go yet and don’t understand that the CDC has declared that the Covid vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) work as they should and you are not likely to get Covid or pass it on to others if you have been fully vaccinated. Which, of course, the same businesses that were reluctant and did a very bad job of implementing mask wearing last year are the same ones who do not want to let go of masks now. Just an ironic aside for you.

Well, it was a long day of traveling, so I’m keeping it short and sweet this week. ❤️. How was your week?

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I didn’t have a lot of time for tv watching this week, though I did get caught up with The Good Doctor and the latest season of Worst Cooks in America.

Did you read, watch, or do anything fun this week?

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In case you missed any of my posts last week, you can find them here:

  • Tuesday (5/11): (Legal Thriller ☀️☀️☀️.5) Book Review | A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon
  • Wednesday (5/12): (Mystery/Women’s Fiction ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Thursday (5/13): (Women’s Fiction ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | The Girl I Used to Be by Heidi Hostetter
  • Friday (5/14): Book Blogger Hop

I hope you come back to see the following:

  • Tuesday (5/18): (Thriller ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
  • Wednesday (5/19): (Fanatsy ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️) Book Review | Warrior’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler
  • Thursday (5/20): (Mini Reviews) Book Review | The Taker by Alma Katsu – Fantasy and Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler – YA Rom Com
  • Friday (5/21): Book Blogger Hop

Thank you for stopping by this week. I look forward to chatting with you in the comments. 😊

25 Replies to “Sunday Post 26| Masks Off and I Made It to the Beach”

  1. I love your pictures. Can’t wait for The Netherlands to get hot enough to go to the beach ^^

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  2. Here in SA we are still wearing masks and practicing social distancing as we don’t make very good progress with the vaccine. Only around 1% of our population has been vaccinated by now. Luckily the numbers are rather low at the moment.

    Enjoy your time on the beach, it’s cold here with us!

    Happy reading this week!

    Elza Reads

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    1. Low numbers is definitely encouraging. Hopefully the progress with vaccinations will improve soon. I think once the vaccination system gets in a sort of rhythm it explodes with opportunities at least that’s what happened here. 🤞


    1. I was surprised that NC lifted them, though not surprised that SC did. I imagine it all has to do with numbers from state to state. I know the bad numbers have really dropped off in the SE over the last several months. Hopefully NY will get to experience some lightening of the restrictions soon ❤️


  3. In our country (UAE), most of us are vaccinated and we are still not allowed to remove our masks in public. It makes sense because fully vaccinated does reduces the chance of us getting the virus, but does not reduce the chance of spreading it to others. At least that is what they tell us here.

    We are still getting around 2000 cases per day and they are not ready to take a chance.

    So better safe than sorry, I guess.

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    1. Always better safe than sorry!

      Here, states with still worrisome numbers have kept restrictions in place. It’s just states that have seen a significant reduction coupled with the Center for Disease Control’s study findings have decided to relax most – but not all – restrictions. Like we still need to wear masks in doctors offices, public transportation, and places like that. I would definitely listen to the findings for your particular area, though, because this disease seems to act differently in different parts of the globe. 🤗

      And, a good thing about parts of the US being able to lift restrictions is that it puts us in a better position to help other countries who are struggling with Covid. And, that would be a wonderful thing ❤️


  4. Oh I’m so jealous lol – I literally cannot wait to throw my mask in the garbage lol!! Not yet for me though unfortunately. Love the cover on Girl, Serpent, Thorn! Hope you enjoy your incoming reads!

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  5. Here in Ontario we are not as far ahead with the vaccination as you are in the US. I am hoping to get my second jab next month, but will still wear my mask until we get more people vaccinated. I am hoping to open the pool in a couple of weeks, so even though it is not a beach, I will read poolside. I will be reading and listening to Mary Kubrica’s book, and You Will Remember Me this week. Have a good week, Tessa.

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    1. Reading by the pool is nice. And it sounds like we are reading much the same 🤗. The Kubica book is very good. Hope the McKinnon book is as well. ❤️

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  6. I really hope you enjoyed your time at the beach and yay for no masks! We don’t have to wear them in class at my school from Monday either! As for my week, I’m afraid it was another wet and cold one, so I have been escaping it all by reading Anna of Kleve: The Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir and watching the BBC crime drama Wallander. Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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    1. You are going to be so happy to ditch the masks 😷. You are way overdue for some sunshine. Hopefully this week it’ll make an appearance 🤗. Have a great week!

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        1. Yay, Jessica! I bet not wearing masks in the classroom is so helpful. Working with students is as much about the connections you build with them as it is about the subject-matter and building connections while wearing masks is a struggle. Glad you had a bit of sun too! Mr. Sun definitely needs to make a longer appearance ❤️

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  7. They are dropping the mask mandate here as well. I’m glad for it. I’m fully vaccinated as well. But so tired of masks. I just wish I could quit wearing it at work, but I work in a county that is keeping the mandate. I’m looking forward to getting out of town in a couple weeks to a place that was slow to get started on the masks in the first place, but were one of the first to be done with it as well. I started the newest season of The Handmaid’s Tale this weekend. Glad it’s back on!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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    1. We are staying on a different part of the island than we normally do, and the sand is so soft and white. Beautiful 😍

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  8. Same with masks here in KY. Feels weird being out in public without one, but I’m still wearing mine in businesses who require it. Have a fantastic week of beach reading!

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    1. You know, as I said I’m respectful and I even ask when I’m uncertain. But here at the beach, most people (easily 75%) at the grocery store ignore the mask signs, and I find that makes me feel uncomfortably conspicuous if I follow it. Such a conundrum.

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  9. I’m glad you made it to the beach. We go on vaca in mid-June, and I can’t wait to get out and about! I love not having to wear a mask, though I do worry about children who aren’t eligible for vaccination. As soon as kids are protected… woo hoo! Great books on the horizon, Tessa. Happy Reading!

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    1. Vacation is much needed for most of us, I think. ❤️. Before we know it – all ages who want the vaccination will have it. Have a great week, my friend!

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