• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Boring Family Car Rides: How to Pass the Time

Today my family and I will be attending a family Christmas party down in the Cities, which is sadly a whopping four hours away from my house.  Hence,  I will be crammed in a car with my two little brothers (who love to fight and bring along annoying electronic sports games), my parents, and a stereo deck with only the capability of playing the radio or audio cassettes for a total of 8 hours of my day.  The anticipation is simply killing me!  It is days like today that I have to think to myself: how can I keep myself sane?  Here are some helpful tips I found for myself to hopefully help my mentality (use as many as you would like, too!):

  • Bring headphones.  This has been a remedy for annoying background noise since their invention, and it still is one of the best ways to cure it to this day.  Turn on the Ipod or MP3 player and zone out, for as long as you need.
  • Read a book.  Some people may not be able to read and listen to conversation or music at the same time, but I totally do.  If you can manage it, try to catch up on some reading to tune out the voices around you and focus on something you enjoy.
  • Do word puzzles or sudoku.  Travel books with simple games like this are cheap and easy to do on the road.  A great way to solve boredom and keep you busy!
  • SLEEP!  Try to take a nap during the ride to make it go by quicker.  If you are able to plan ahead, pack a small pillow or blanket with to help you relax even more.
  • Watch a movie.  Bring a laptop, portable DVD player, or even pull one up on your Iphone.  Plug in the headphones and you’re good to go.
  • Play games.  Whether on your phone or in a portable format, this is always a good way to pass some time.

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