Non-bookish Post #13: Quarantine Edition!

Um, apparently I haven’t done one of these since June 2019?! It’s long overdue. And really, what a better time to do this than now! I had meant to post this at least a month ago but… I don’t know. I think I expected things to go back to normal, but obviously it hasn’t. I’ve been working from home for around 9 weeks now, which has done swell things for my reading, lol.

Let’s see… Since my reviews basically talk about what I’m reading, I’ll give a run-down of what I do when I’m not reading, lol.

Not too long into quarantine, Animal Crossing: New Horizons released on the Nintendo Switch. I wasn’t sure if I wanted this game since I had never played any previous AC games. However, I’ve been playing it for well over a month now and it’s quite fun, totally relaxing, and a bit what I need during this crazy time.

I also rediscovered my deep love for the The Phantom of the Opera musical. 😂 Granted, I’ve loved it ever since I saw the 2004 film when I was in middle school. Fifteen-year-old me saw the movie in theaters 5 times. I remember coming across the 25th anniversary at Royal Albert Hall on Netflix years ago and begrudgingly watched it because can it be superior to the film? The answer is… YES! lol It sort of went to the wayside because it left Netflix and never returned… That is… UNTIL some weeks ago.

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A lot of my friends on Facebook were talking about how the 25th anniversary edition was going to be streamed on Netflix for free for 48 hours (in the U.S.). I watched it twice within that time period. Then its sequel, Love Never Dies, streamed (the Australian production) and I also watched that with…reservations, lol. These soundtracks (along with the Anastasia musical soundtrack) have kept me going through the pandemic. (Okay, maybe only four songs on the LND soundtrack have stuck with me because the musical itself is kind of a hot mess.)

Besides those musicals I’ve been sucked into the world of “Call the Midwife”, a show set in the late 1950s and early 1960s of the East End of London. Being adamantly childfree I wasn’t sure I would like this show but it’s so much more than women giving birth to babies. I’ve also cried at nearly every episode of the latter half of season 5 and almost all of season 6. (Also makes me wonder if I cry easily but whatever.)

I’d like to say I’ve been productive in the non-reading aspects of my life but I haven’t. 😂😂 I do appreciate that don’t have to wake up and get ready for work and can pretty much roll out of bed and to my home office to start work at 8 a.m.

My husband and I have also starting redesigning our home office as well. It’s been the same since we moved in our house and even when we lived in an apartment. My husband finished building the computer desk and now we’re looking into floating, wall-to-wall bookshelves. I really can’t wait for those because I’ve got books stacked one on top of the other at this point (as you can see below). It was worse before I took this picture, trust me. Oops… I said this wasn’t going to be a bookish post but it’s so ingrained in me I can’t help it! 😜


Well, that’s all I got for now. I don’t leave my house during the week and really only go out on Saturdays while wearing a face mask. The state where I live is one that’s been protesting the stay-at-home orders and I just collectively roll my eyes. If things ever begin to improve here, the goal is to return to work (actually leaving my house) in June but… We’ll see! I keep saying it but what a crazy time to be alive.

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3 thoughts on “Non-bookish Post #13: Quarantine Edition!

  1. Jasmine says:

    It is a crazy time! I’m in New Jersey and I work in a library…we’ve been predicting “re-opening procedures” but everything is so up in the air, so we can’t even have a re-opening date in place (especially since Governor announced schools are closed for the rest of the year).

    It’s really nice to see that Animal Crossing is bringing a lot of people together while also bringing them peace. I decided to wait on getting a switch since I recently got a PS4, but since siwtches have been sold out…I’m not sure when I’ll get one. I love the animal crossing series and while I’m happy for all its current fans, I look forward to the day I can play New Horizons in peace without my friends who are suddenly gaming experts shoving their tips and tricks into my face LOL.

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    • amyriadofbooks says:

      Oh wow, closed for the rest of 2020 or just the school year? That’s crazy. I live in Oklahoma and we’ve been opening through “phases.” Phase 3 starts on June 1 and that’s when my boss decided it’s time for us to return to working in the office.

      Hope you stay safe, Jasmine! ❤

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      • Jasmine says:

        Thanks, friend. Public schools are closed at least through June/whenever the school year would end in June. Libraries can’t even begin to re-open til the order for the closing of libraries is lifted.

        I hope the return to work is safe for you!!

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