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.
Just about everyone has the travel bug right now, and the upcoming nice weather won’t make it any easier. Help scratch that itch by picking up a book about travel and allow your imagination to sweep you away. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
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 (theickabog.com) 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).”
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.
Routine has kind of become a laughable idea at this point, but for many people quarantine has revealed how much they depend on it.
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.
The Roald Dahl HQ YouTube channel has been active for years now, but it has been in the last few days that it received more views than ever before.
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.
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.
To celebrate his 60th birthday, Bono chose to thank 60 artists that influenced his relationship with music by releasing a playlist called “60 Songs That Saved My Life.”