Quarantine Life

As promised, I’m rounding up some tips and faves to help pass the time in quarantine. I know, it’s a big adjustment to be home all the time if you’re not accustomed to it. Negotiating silence and space and noise and energy and attention can be really tricky–and that’s not even taking into account work demands and health anxieties. (Quick note: these posts are intended for folks who are quarantined at home and finding it challenging in some way. There are much bigger issues in the world and I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe; keeping positive is good for your immune system and these are basically just love notes to you all.)

Today’s work from home tip: Open the curtains. Hopefully it’s sunny where you are and you can get a little dose of sunshine. Even if it’s not, looking beyond the horizon of your windowsill is a good reminder that there is still a world out there, even if we’re not venturing into it right now. Weather permitting, open the windows too.

Now for some things to do:

*Several weeks ago, I did an interview with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. It was posted last week and you can listen to it here if you have an hour to spare.

*Josh Gad evening read-aloud on Twitter.

*Field Museum Brain Scoop.

*Emma (2020) is now streaming on demand. It’s $19.99 for 48 hours which seems pricey until you remember it is currently in theatres and movie tickets (at least where I live) are almost that expensive anyway.

*Pantry recipe for Oatmeal Breakfast Bars–you probably have all the ingredients already on the shelf.

*Duolingo. It’s a perfect time to putter with learning a new language. I’m taking Greek lessons on Duolingo which is STUPID HARD–why did I pick a language with a different alphabet?–but you can try everything from brushing up your Spanish to dabbling in High Valyrian.

*Series to binge: Death in Paradise. Think Midsomer Murders but with a glorious Caribbean setting. Eight seasons!

*Reader suggestion: The Mikado.

Hit me up with your suggestions on Twitter and if they get posted the next day here, you’ll be entered to win a copy of A MURDEROUS RELATION after March 31. Readers entered for a copy of A MURDEROUS RELATION: Lynn Greiner, Becki Chambers.