Meadowlands Mega Site Vaccine Experience

I’m sure you’re like me, nervous to get your Covid Vaccine and even more nervous if it’s at a “Mega Site”.

How busy will it be? Will I get lost? Is it a Covid-19 safe environment?

Well I was lucky enough to get my vaccine appointment at the Meadowlands Mega Site in New Jersey. From what I understand, they only have been giving Pfizer there as of now so if you have an appointment, it’s most likely Pfizer.

Get there only a half hour ahead of time because the call in 30 hour increments (usually). If you have a choice, try to go early afternoon. Both times I’ve gone first and 2nd dose were early afternoon at 11/12. I noticed a line forming both times on the way out.

Both times it took me under an hour to get in and out.

No outside line but times I sent, but my sister and others I’ve talked to who went said the like was 800 people plus when the went later in the day and it still only took 45 minutes so don’t get discouraged.

You need ID and proof of appointment time for the national guard outside to let you in at your time. You cannot bring anyone in with you if they don’t have an appointment unless it’s a child and I’m not sure on age cap.

You need your ID and insurance card out when you guys get inside of the building and they check your temperature.

They are extremely organized inside and you go to a “check in” desk where they give you a vaccine card and then schedule your 2nd appointment. NOTE you CAN ask for a different date and they’re very flexible. If you don’t want a weekday you can ask for the weekend, vs versa. But be vocal right away or else you get what you get.

Then you go straight to the vaccine tables, there are at least 30 and they move very quickly. They fill out your vaccine card here too right after you get it. Make sure you get it in the arm you least likely use because within 12 hours it will start to get sore… think tetanus shot sore.

Then you go to a self timed 15 minute waiting area (they have a 30 minute too I assume for more at risk groups with known allergies). Set your phone timer to 15 minutes, and then when you’re done, you leave that’s it.

The parking lot is lot M and you can’t miss it with all of the blinking lights and signs saying vaccine.

I got lost both times getting to Meadowlands area that is in though but you actually park next to the metlife building so I suggest you just put in directions for Metlife stadium and you should be good from there.

This is the outside line entering the building at 1130 on a Saturday. Empty.

I Play, You Play, we can all still play at iPlay!

We visited iPlay America yesterday and I wanted to recap how they’re doing when it comes to COVID-19 safety in 2021. They had hand sanitizing stations, signs on the walls about social distancing, and designated spots on the floor to keep the lines in order.

Everyone has been itching to get back some normalcy, and in mid-Winter this definitely brought alittle fun into our weekend! I was surprised to see quite a few birthday parties going on during our visit too, so if you’re wanting to host a birthday party soon, this may be your place.

You can see for yourself it was pretty empty for a Saturday at the time we got there at 2pm. I thought it would still be a bit more crowded than I’d prefer, but it wasn’t at all. There was a very small line to get in and it was distanced properly.

There was a sign in the front stating that all rides may not be operating at the same time due to limited staff, but every ride was operating except for the carousel and the climbing section.

A favorite is always the freedom coaster. It’s a cool indoor spinning coaster that is included in the iRide Plus wrist band package or 14 credits without it.

Being that we had the iRide Plus bands, which I highly recommend by the way, the kids went on this note than anything else. I also went on 2 times until my headache set in from the spinning.

I did notice the staff sanitizing every seat on every ride in between riders which was great. It obviously adds to the wait time, but since it was pretty empty the wait times weren’t long at all.

Like anywhere, there were many people not abiding by the social distance floor markers in line and it didn’t seem to be enforced at all. I guess that’s a risk you’re willing to take if you go out to a kid venue during this since they don’t understand it all too well.

The main area where the social distance lacked the most is the go karts line. Everyone was really on top of eachother even though they did a good job sanitizing each car after riders exited. I guess it’s more the young tweens hovering over eachother.

To ride as a single rider on the go karts you must be 56″ or taller. I believe this is mainly to be able to reach the foot pedals, but honestly I notice many of the kids who are tall enough still struggle with the steering wheel being hard to turn. Even for me it’s a bit tricky. We only rode them once even though the iRide Plus band allows for unlimited, and that’s because they really aren’t all that fun yet for my son. He isn’t able to ride alone, and I feel like for this one the driving is the whole fun part. They don’t go super fast like other go karts, and they are great for the kids but they stop everyone anytime someone crashes so it makes it kind of annoying. You just start getting alittle speed and the stop everyone every 30 seconds it seems due to a crash.

It just leaves much to be desired and I think they can do a better job with this attraction honestly.

The arcade is really fun, and has alot of different style games. You can get an 4 hour unlimited “non-redemption” game pass which is worth it if your kids like to play games like 1st person shooter, or driving/racing games. Anything that gives tickets or prizes isn’t included when you purchase this card, but you can add credits to it for those as well.

My son and I spend a good 20 minutes playing the walking dead game. It was really awesome being able to reload as much as we want and continue on the story when you’d normally need to stop or add more credits.

The virtual reality game(s) aren’t included even though they’re non-redemption. I’m not sure if that’s a glitch or if it’s because they’re newer and a premium type attraction.

All of the boardwalk style food vendors are closed and that was really a bummer. The on site restaurant is amazing and a great break in between games, but it does cut into your time as service takes a while, so it was really nice to have the option to grab quick bites, drinks, and snacks. I’m not really quite sure why they’re still closed, even with COVID indoor dining is allowed to resume in NJ, but maybe it’s the 25 or less people thing. Hopefully soon they’ll reopen but beware, eat before you go out be prepared to dine in there.

They have the stands open although there are only about 4 of them. It makes it feel like you’re down the shore, playing squirter gun & balloon pop games for prizes always makes me happy.

The laser tag and Top Golf Swing Suite is open as well although we didn’t do it this visit.

We stayed until about 530pm at which time the crowd really started to roll in. I’d say the number of people there nearly doubled by the time we were leaving, so if you’re weary of crowds right now, earlier is your best bet.

I love how they still have holiday lights and trees up. It makes it feel so festive and like a happy place!

Over all, we had a great time. The kids had fun, and got out to stretch their legs and be kids. And I got to spend some much needed time being a kid myself riding the rides and playing grab claw games!

Simple Tips to Balance Home, Career and Family

 

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Simple Tips to Balance Home, Career and Family

Working from home full-time has its downsides—dealing with home and family life at the same time can certainly be taxing if you aren’t prepared to handle it. Indeed, it can be hard to strike a balance between these two very important aspects of life, which is why you must give yourself a little bit of help where possible, as well as take the time to give yourself some TLC. Let’s explore the ways you can make it work.

 

A Strong Case for Delegation

When you’re balancing remote work and family life full-time, it won’t be long before you realize that you simply can’t do everything yourself.

  • Delegation could save your sanity and help you run both your career and home more efficiently.
  • Identify work tasks you can easily outsource (if possible), then find expert freelancers to delegate them to.
  • On the home front, you can also hire professionals for cleaning your house, giving
    yourself one less chore to tackle.

 

A Real Need for Tech

Both work and family can be demanding, so it’s not at all against the rules to make efficient use of tech to help you do both—and ultimately, make your life just a tad easier.

  • Make use of remote work tools to help you work more efficiently and stay productive.
  • With kids underfoot, consider investing in age-appropriate electronics to keep them
    entertained while you’re busy with work.
  • Make sure that your kids are also learning while using tech, and look for STEM toys that are as educational as they are fun.

 

A Must to Maintain Self-Care

Make sure to give yourself time to reset and relax because you’ve certainly earned it.

  • A self-care routine is a real necessity when you work from home.
  • Make it a point to stay active as inactivity can be harmful to your health.
  • Stick to a structured routine when you work from home, so you not only get everything you need done, but also have enough time for yourself and for your family.

 

Yes, juggling work and family is a challenge magnified when you do both full-time and at home.

Know that there’s nothing heroic about running yourself ragged, so get help where you can, get creative, and, most importantly, get some perspective. You’ve got this!