While home during a statewide lock-down and global pandemic, I have a lot of time on my hands to take up some new hobbies and realize some of the things I’ve been missing.
Here is an (incomplete) list of some of my favorite things, in no particular order.
Cooking and Baking
A lot of people that I know have been using their quarantine time to improve their cooking skills, and I myself am included in that. I’ve always loved to bake, but cooking and baking is not something that I have the time or the ability to do at school. Because I live in my sorority house, all our meals are provided and we have no access to a full kitchen, so I am never able to cook or bake like I would at home.
I have found cooking and baking to be relaxing in between the stress of classes and just general living during a pandemic, so it can be nice to focus on something like a good meal made by myself.
Some of my favorite recipes are from bon appetit.
Much like the rest of the world right now, I have found myself absolutely obsessed with Animal Crossing; however, I didn’t have access to a Nintendo Switch until just recently, so my New Horizons island is still pretty fresh.
To hype myself up for the new game, though, I whipped out my old Nintendo DSi and started to play on my old Animal Crossing: Wild World, even creating my town from scratch and getting a few mortgage payments deep when I realized that GameStop was selling the Nintendo Switch Lite (which I had thought was all sold out along with the original Switch) in a bundle that included the Animal Crossing game I wanted to play and some other goodies that I could definitely use.
Besides Animal Crossing, I have been keeping myself occupied playing Stardew Valley with my boyfriend and friends. I would consider the game to be a mix between Animal Crossing and Minecraft, and I have really enjoyed creating and tending to my farm, going fishing, foraging for berries and mushrooms, mining, and forming relationships with the other characters in our surrounding town.
I have found games like these to be especially popular right now as a way of escape for a lot of people. I’m glad to see I’m not alone!
Watching TV Shows and Movies
I consider myself to be a TV show person. To me, movies seem like too much of a commitment. I like the idea of being able to stop a show after a few episodes in and then watch more later. Doing that with a movie – stopping it and coming back later – just feels wrong and completely different. To me, I’d rather sit and binge 4 hours worth of a TV show than to sit and watch one 2 hour long movie because the option to be able to get up and come back to it later is always there with the shows.
However, now that I have nothing but time on my hands, watching movies has been a lot easier for me. I still find myself watching TV shows more (mostly because I will likely keep rewatching Parks and Rec until the day I die), but I have found myself watching more movies than I normally would.
I feel like I’m getting caught up with the rest of the world in some of the movies I’m watching. I’m a big fan of Disney+, especially for the Marvel movies and the old Disney shows, but I have also watched some of the newer Disney movies that I haven’t gotten around to before, like Frozen 2.
Spending Time With My Dog
A downside of going to school 6 hours from home is that while I can call and video chat with my family when I’m away, I find myself missing my dog a lot. While I miss being at school and seeing my friends, it is really nice to be able to get school work done and go to “classes” while never having to get up from cuddling with my dog.
Her name is Magic and she is a Beagle we rescued from a lab. She’s about 8 or 9 years old and her favorite activities include: sleeping on freshly washed and dried clothes to get her hair all over it, going for walks, sunbathing and screaming (not barking, screaming) out the window at people and dogs walking on the street.