Things I’m doing to entertain myself while my other opportunities for entertainment have been reduced:
- I’ve been cleaning stuff I rarely clean. All the windows in the house, inside and out. I pulled the glass globes of the pendant lamps off and polished them till they’re sparkly. I applied Rust Out to my toilet bowls and tanks to get the horrible red stains off. People. I actually scrubbed the inside of my toilet tanks. Who does that?
- I’m painting this cabinet to put into my bathroom. It only came in bright enameled white, which doesn’t match. I chose matte eggplant because I’m going through this purple thing. I ran out of paint and went to Home Depot in two places to look for more paint when I ran out, but they didn’t have any. I had to stand in line 6 feet apart and was only allowed to go inside the store when someone else exited. It’s a good system. My cabinet remains in scattered eggplant and white pieces in my TV room.
- Chasing chickens, who are so tempted by the green green grass that they keep escaping.
- Baking. Like so many others. My brother’s birthday was a couple weeks ago and he wanted carrot cake. He suggested carrot cupcakes might withstand the mail better, so cupcakes it was. I made a bigger cake out of all the leftover batter that didn’t fit into the muffin pan. Then I made bread. Because yum. The problem with a pandemic is that the easy ways of getting rid of the treats don’t exist anymore. I guess I could leave a plate of cookies at the neighbors, then ring the doorbell and run?
- Watching live streamed shows of my friends. I know musicians and performers. One fun one is this improv comedy group in Portland called ComedySportz. The company is nationwide and they do competitions with each other, city against city. It’s not the best comedy you’ve ever seen in your life, but it’s comedy, and it’s free, and I love how people who perform and create are just figuring it out. NOT performing is definitely not an option for some people, so they make it happen. This is why I know we will all successfully get to the other side of coronavirus: because people are amazing.
- Walking my power walks. I’m still saying it’s “training” for the Hood to Coast race in August this year, but you and I both know that will be canceled. Training sounds more impressive than “I went for a walk.” I love to dazzle you, so imagine me as an athlete in training please. Thank you. I have lots of characters to talk to along my route, like these cute llamas.
- Planting stuff. There hasn’t been much available at stores to plant as usual, but I did find peas. Yay! And I planted seeds for lettuces and spinach.
- Coloring postcards while being on the phone. I’ve been on the phone a lot more lately, checking on people and staying in contact. I’m not good at being on the phone, so I leave my postcards and fine point ink pens on the table. Whenever I get restless on the phone, I sit down and start coloring. When I finish one, I mail it off and touch another person’s life. Win win.
- Bonus: what Tara is doing. Making masks. They are great! I just love that kid.
- Laughing at memes. Oh gosh, there has been a lot of funny stuff online. I’ll leave you with some of my favourites:
So what have you been doing that’s different than usual?