Quarantine Happenings

Very original title, IKR? πŸ˜›

I just got out of finals week so give me a break lol. Anyways, I’m sure everybody and their brother is doing quarantine* updates … so here I am, adding yet another one to the internet! I had fun writing this, so hopefully it’s fun to read…?

Anyways. I am bored out of my mind, now that school is done. If any of you have good suggestions on keeping busy, I’d love to here them! Please enjoy the post. πŸ™‚

*my dad is very adamant about the fact that we are in “stay-at-home” vs “quarantine.” and while i agree that yes, that is the correct terminology, quarantine is a lot more fun + dramatic to say


 

College

I finished my freshman year of college! Yay! It wasn’t actually as difficult as I was imagining … but the Stay-At-Home order also threw a wrench in the entire last semester lol. From when I’m writing this post, school finished last week. Finals week (and the week before) was a tad crazy, but still overall fun! (yes, I’m psychotic…)

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For those of you who are interested, I am an Industry Chemistry major (meaning I would like to work in a lab that is non-medical related … possibly chemical engineering) and a general Math minor (just for funsies). Yes, I am a nerd πŸ˜‰

Anyways. I have been taking classes at college while still in high school for a few semesters, so college isn’t entirely newΒ  … but this is still a big accomplishment as this was my first full year! I’m very proud ❀

I’ve also made a few friends in my classes, which is pretty big for me cuz I can be shy and awkward (or also loud and annoying lol)

Basically, I’ve had a pretty good freshman year!


Dungeons and Dragons (and general gaming)

While talking with one of aforementioned friends, I found out this his DnD campaign was still looking for another member. Now, playing DnD has always been a dream of mine (perhaps because my parents have never let me play it πŸ˜‚). It would all be online cuz his friends went to different schools. So of course I decided to play!

And it’s been really fun! When COVID hit, since we were already doing it online, our campaign wasn’t that affected – which is entirely awesome.

I’m a wood elf bard who is moody and quiet and she is much like myself … just a little more disciplined and quiet. (note: playing a character similar to yourself is HARD)

 

It’s fun! Again, I’m a little awkward and quiet while playing … but the dudes I play with are great πŸ˜€

Also, I’ve been playing some more video games! Mainly Minecraft and DDO, but I also just got into Stellaris, which I’m super excited about! True to my bookworm self, I like to listen to audiobooks while playing (so that I can feel somewhat productive, lol).


The Daily Quarantine Grind

I’m really not living a very exciting quarantine life, lol. (much like many other people, I assume) The fam is a bit much and crazy (I’m sure they can say the same about me 😈), but it’s still nice to see SOMEONE.

Now that school has ended … life has kind of formed an amorphous blob. I play video games, sometimes. I watch a lot of Netflix (mainly Community). I’ve gotten back into knitting (yes, you read that right. i am a grandma). Unfortunately, I haven’t been reading as much as I would like.

I did participate (and win) in April’s NaNoWriMo. It was a very tough year (I think it gets tougher every time), but I did it. My ninth winning NaNo. Sheesh, that’s a lot. πŸ˜‚ But overall, I really enjoyed the project and my baby characters.

Also, I’ve tried to pick drawing back up. Since Quarantine began, I’ve kind of lost motivation (I was finding all of my inspiration from other people and being at church/school). Which is fun! I’m actually proud of a couple of my pieces, so that’s something πŸ˜‚

And lastly, I have fallen prey to the at-home hair salon trend πŸ˜‚ To be fair, I HAVE been cutting my own bangs for a year and a half now, but still. It’s nice that no one can see them since I sorta-kinda botched them a couple weeks ago when trimming them, lol.


The Reading (or not…?)

As I said, sadly, I haven’t been reading much. I’m still trying to recoup from the school semester (the same thing happened in the fall). All of finals week, I just couldn’tΒ wait to reread Romanov (Nadine Brandes) – despite currently reading two other books, lol. But when I was able to read it, I found it hard to actually pick up the book.

I will admit, this has been frustrating me. I mean, I’m literally home 24/7 and I’m not reading?? I’m trying to learn to be kind to myself. It’s hard, though, lol.

Still, I’ve read a lot of books for school: Elephant Man, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest. I listened to a couple audiobooks while playing Minecraft: Peter Pan, Neverworld Wake. And, of course, I’m reading Romanov and listening to Storm of Swords right now.

Inspiration to read has really just been hit or miss. One afternoon, I’ll want to do nothing else than to read. But then the next morning, the thought of reading is almost a dread. I don’t know – I’m not a fan. πŸ˜›


So how are y’all? What are your “quarantine” routines? Have you been reading much? I’d love to chat with you all – I’ve missed ya 😊😊

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