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Water Cooler

All the news, entertainment, games and social media to get you through your day


Water cooler: Cozy outdoor refuge as close as your yard

The sun has finally returned to the Inland Northwest making for a welcome break from the indoors. Taking walks and going to parks is lovely, but having an outdoor space at home is a great way to continue social distancing while you get some fresh air. Here’s how to take your outdoor space to the next level so that it can be a worthy quarantine hangout space.
News >  Family

Water cooler: J.K. Rowling releases first chapters of ‘The Ickabog’

J.K. Rowling is publishing a new children’s book online. The “Harry Potter” author released the first two chapters of “The Ickabog” on a new website ( Tuesday, explaining that the story will be released for free over the next seven weeks. Posted every weekday, each installment will be “a chapter (or two or three).”

News >  Spokane

Water Cooler: Give your ears, eyes a treat

With most everyone a little beyond stir-crazy, it’s always nice to get a taste of something fresh. This week has been full of notable music video releases, so if you are in need of some new entertainment that has nothing to do with coronavirus, check out these recently released music videos all available on YouTube. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”: With over six million views in fewer than six hours you could say “Rain On Me” has already made a big splash. These two giants of the music and entertainment business made for great collaborators. The neon pink and purple, rain-soaked world makes for “Blade Runner”-esque aesthetics but musically you’ll be in for an uplifting pop treat.
A&E >  Food

Water cooler: Add healthy options to favorite Trader Joe’s meals

One of the most well-known aspects of the Trader Joe’s franchise is its frozen food section. During quarantine, it’s a godsend. It’s probably safe to say that a lot of us are a bit burned out on cooking day in and day out. For those looking for frozen options that cater to different dietary needs, are a bit more health-conscious and offer a wider variety of cuisines, Trader Joe’s has you covered.
A&E >  Movies

Water Cooler: Films for Asian Pacific American Heritage month

One of the best ways to understand other cultures is to watch their movies. Not only do you get first-hand visual insight into a culture’s aesthetics at any given point from now back to the early 20th century, you also get to hear how other people sound, see their mannerisms, learn their stories, find out what break’s their hearts or what uplifts them. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Kanopy has created a list of over 50 influential narrative films as well as a separate list of important documentaries. Here are a few great movies to get started with, from both Asian and Asian American creators.
News >  Spokane

Vinegar is the best solution

A newfound cleaning obsession is a pretty universal pandemic hobby. White vinegar has long been a staple of household products for its versatility and natural disinfectant and odor-fighting properties. Although it may not be as effective as commercial household disinfectants, and it is not effective against coronavirus, it is still a great option if you’re looking for something gentle and inexpensive. Here are a few areas around the house where vinegar especially comes in handy.