I was going to post a video about the musical instrument I've managed to make out of cardboard and fishing line. And don't worry, I'll still post it eventually. Today, though, in light of recent events, I figured I'd make something a little different.
I was homeschooled for ten years. When you're homeschooled, you learn how to entertain yourself. And with the President requesting that everyone stay home for the next two weeks, I figured that my skills as an introvert homeschooler might finally come in handy. And so, without further ado, here's a list of things you can do to keep yourself occupied.
First off? Books. Obviously. I'm a writer. I'm going to suggest that you read a book. The Bible is the best Book out there; you might enjoy it. If you're more into fiction, make a fake email address and get yourself a free trial of Amazon Prime so you get fast shipping. Or, if you're on a budget and are okay with a longer shipping time, check out www.thriftbooks.com or www.abebooks.com. Or, you know, look over all those books you bought three months ago and have sworn you'd read but haven't yet. Or reread a favorite. Heck, you can get yourself a free trial of Kindle Unlimited so you can read Where the Clouds Catch Fire and Where I Stand absolutely free.
The average person, myself included, can't sit around and read all day. I've got two books in progress. The Island of Dr. Moreau freaks me out and The Scarlet Letter is boring (I'm only reading it because of school). When you get tired of reading, try a craft. Use that trial of Amazon Prime to buy yourself some yarn and a crochet hook or knitting needles, or maybe some embroidery thread and Aida cloth. Dig around for those colored pencils or acrylic paint. Pull up a YouTube tutorial for something. Crochet. Knitting. Nalbinding. Tablet weaving. Lucet cord making. Sprang. Sketching or painting. Cross stitch. Embroidery. Get yourself a latch hook kit or a pottery wheel. The possibilities are endless!
Let's say you're tired of sitting around all day. If the weather's nice enough, take a walk. If it's raining, do some jumping jacks. Sit ups, push ups, burpees, really anything to get your blood flowing. Your body will thank you. Heck, I'm sure all the social media fitness gurus are coming out with Coronavirus Fitness Routines as we speak. YouTube probably has something you can do.
And now for the fun part. Clean something. Bake something. Organize your closet or go through your dresser and pick out some things to donate to charity. Plant some seeds for a windowsill garden. Do some laundry, how about? Vacuum the guest bedroom that hasn't seen a human soul since 1997. (But send me pictures before you do; a room like that would make for great story inspiration.)
And you know that weird thing you like to do? Do it. Practice juggling. Study beekeeping. Invent that fictional language--that's what I've been doing between episodes of Buzzfeed Unsolved. (It's for a fantasy novel with an estimated release date of 2037. Don't hold your breath.) Oh, and don't forget to call or FaceTime a friend. That's sort of important, too.
What are you doing to pass the time? Let us know in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers--or, as the speakers of my fictional language say, "Tokh dotori le gav Dev alishah"--may God light your path.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.