waiting it out: things to do at home as the world slows down

The world seems to be filled with a lot of uncertainty these days. With the virus spreading across the world like wildfire it’s truly an experience unlike anything I’ve ever seen. There are really serious and scary things like people getting ill and dying, and then there are smaller scale stressful things like grocery stores with empty shelves, our day-to-day lives getting disrupted and travel plans getting cancelled or postponed.

Phil and I had planned on going to Washington D.C. at the end of this month to see the cherry blossoms which has been on my bucket list for years! We were also supposed to go to Spain and Italy in May. All things considered, we’re really lucky that these are our biggest concerns but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. For DC we’re just going to wait until next year and I’m currently hoping and working to push back our Europe trip by a few months. I’ll be doing a post with all the things in DC that I found for those of you that may be planning on going there once the virus has cleared up!

In the meantime, since we’ll all be spending a lot more time at home, I’m rounding up some of my favorite things to do at home that hopefully you will enjoy too!

Books

  • Current Read: The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. A story set in Poland during World War two as a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy, whose slightest sound may cost them their lives. Every page of this book reads beautifully poetic and I can’t put it down.
  • On My Shelf:  Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. A story about a woman who lives every year of her life out of order. At midnight on New Years Eve she’s 19 and celebrating with her boyfriend and friends and the next day she wakes up in her 60-year-old self’s body. It was compelling and packed a lot of heart.
  • On My Shelf: Normal People by Sally Rooney. A story about mutual fascination, friendship and love about two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t. Wow – I read this book from start to finish in one day.
  • On My Shelf: Know My Name by Chanel Miller. She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. Such a necessary and powerful book that everyone should read.
  • To Be Read: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident. But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie.

Social Media 

We’re all glued to our phones right now getting a constant stream of updates. Remember to put your phone away for a few hours at a time! When you are scrolling away though, here are some of my favorite accounts that I enjoy following.

  • Adam Rippon – He’s a figure skater that competed in the 2016 Olympics and I’ve been following him ever since. He is beyond hilarious.
  • Carly – A blogger who I’ve also been following for years. She’s got the cutest pups and great book and clothing recommendations.
  • Julia of Gal Meets Glam– I don’t think there is anyone I idolize or look up to more! She started her own blog in college and eventually grew it into an empire and now has a clothing line that sells at Nordstrom. I consume all of her content because it truly brightens my day.

TV Shows and Movies 

  • Little Women is now available to purchase on Amazon Prime! If you haven’t seen it, go purchase it and watch immediately.
  • Grace and Frankie on Netflix is so funny and such a feel good show. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are TV magic.
  • Succession on HBO follows a convoluted and powerful family with wealth beyond my wildest imagination. Sometimes the show is downright disturbing but the writing is great and the characters have a lot of depth.
  • Survivor Season 40 on CBS. Yes, this show is still on! If there was ever a season to start watching again, it’s this one. Season 40 is the first season ever with all winners playing against one another. It’s quick paced and so entertaining I’m always shocked when the hour flies by.
  • Great British Bakeoff on Netflix. I couldn’t love this show more than I do and am sad that we’re caught up on every season! If you’re looking for something light but highly entertaining look. no further.

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