Quarantine: Week 27

This week marks the twenty-seventh week that I’ve been sitting at home with my cat. I gave up on writing in a journal a long time ago (I think the end of May), because it turned into an echo chamber of me going “I’m not going to get to have a wedding this year or possibly even next year” (and that is STILL up in the air at this point).

This little series is going to last as long as I’m working from home, I think. I don’t even know if I’ll call it a series so much as a way for me to keep track of what I’ve done in the past week.

Reading

In the past week, I’ve read four and a half books:

  • The Near Witch by VE Schwab (the last half of the book)
  • The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey by Alfred Lansing

I also started Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but I barely got into that one yesterday so I guess it will go on next week’s list.

Writing

The last week has been good to me, in that I’ve written ten blog posts, all of which are scheduled so you can’t see them yet.

I haven’t worked at all on any of my personal writings, like my novel. I think THAT sort of creativity has still abandoned me. I don’t know when or if I’ll ever feel inspired enough to write again. I guess that means I should just sit down and write, no matter what comes out.

Video Games

In the beginning of this whole Work from Home thing, I picked up Animal Crossing: New Horizons every time there was a slow down in my work day. I’m still playing, but I’m supremely burnt out and I’m only playing once a day for a few minutes now, instead of 10+ hours a day like I was in the beginning. (Have I mentioned I’m sitting at over 400 hours? And 300 of those were just in March/April/May?)

I watched a super cool Let’s Game It Out series on Chasm (YouTube), and downloaded it after I finished the series. I’m 10 hours into it, and I’m on the final boss. However, I don’t have nearly enough HP or strength to defeat the final boss, so I guess I need to go back and do a lot of grinding to get experience points and gold. It’s amazing how hard it is to earn money in this game. If you’re looking for a fun, distracting, Metroidvania-Style RPG-platformer, I’d say pick this one up. I am very much a fan.

I also picked up Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch off the Nintendo eShop this weekend, because it was on sale for 70% off (placing it at only $15). So far, it’s a little meh. There was 45 minutes of exposition/story before I was even able to control my character, and the difficulty level of the battles is obscene, where I’m struggling through the first few low-level enemies, which isn’t how this should work. The battle system also feels super clunky to me. The animation, however, is absolutely gorgeous. It’s done by Bandai/Level-5/Studio Ghibli, and it’s like I’m playing through a Ghibli movie. Which is fun in theory, but is tedious with the insane amount of hand-holding this game has. It’s even got a setting where you can set battles to “easy,” so you can focus more on the story verses the gameplay. In hindsight, if I were to go back in time, I would stop myself from buying the game in the first place. We’ll see how I feel by the end of it, but I’m not feeling great.

Cleaning

As I’ve previously mentioned, we’re slowly working on moving my fiancé’s unneeded items to my place and reorganizing parts of my apartment to fit those items in. He won’t be moving in until after the wedding, but we wanted to go ahead and get as much moved over before then as possible, so those last few weeks before the wedding aren’t more stressful than they have to be.

This past week, we cleaned his kitchen (I found some horrifying things in those cabinets) and one of the closets in his living room.

In my apartment, we reorganized the closets in the office, consolidating all of the storage items (Christmas decorations, suitcases, etc) to just one of the closets so the other closet is all set for his clothes when he’s able to move them over.

I also managed to keep the kitchen clean and sparkling! What really helped is that I got a new shelf in to help with the cabinet organization, since I have so few cabinets and none of them have shelves (they’re just small boxes set into the walls).

The dining room table is still a mess, because of course it is. It’s been used as a crafting table for so long that I don’t know if it’ll ever remember what its true purpose is.

Life

Life in general is still full of anxiety, but I’m sure you were expecting that to be so.

How goes your WFH/quarantine life? Do you have any book suggestions? Podcast suggestions? Suggestions as to how I can keep my kitchen clean even though I use it every day? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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