On weekdays I masquerade as a mild mannered office worker but on weekends and holidays I break out the X-ray glasses in search of fun, food and new adventures.
Published March 16th 2020
Holiday at home, literally
With the current coronavirus situation causing many people to self-isolate for the good of the community, a lot of people are finding themselves with free time on their hands but nothing to do. Now obviously if you are sick then you need to rest but if you're not sick then being stuck at home for a few weeks can get a bit boring. Of course, you can binge-watch Netflix but even that gets old after a while. So here's a list of 15 things you can do to keep yourself busy that won't break the budget.
1. My personal favourite. Take a virtual tour of one of the world's great museums like the British Museum or the Musee d'Orsay or take a virtual walk around the city of Pompeii by checking out the Google Arts and culture website here
2. Research your next holiday. Even if you haven't got the funds right now, having a goal and some idea of the costs involved can help you to plan how much you need to save each week in order for you to achieve that goal.
3. Cook and freeze some meals for when you do go back to work. Maybe you could cook some extra and deliver them to a sick friend or elderly relative.
4. On a similar note, why not phone a friend or relative who might be feeling isolated or concerned about what's happening and reassure them.
5. Declutter that garage or clear some space in your wardrobe. Sort out which items can be sold and get them cleaned up ready for sale or pay it forward and take them to an Op shop. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started so take baby steps and work on clearing one new cupboard, room or just a section of a room each day.
6. Organise your tax documents ready for tax time. Sort out your filing or implement a filing system for tax and bills if you don't already have one.
7. Research a craft, cooking or DIY skill and try making something you've never tried before or haven't made for a long time.
8. Let your creative side break free. Put on some old clothes and paint a masterpiece. Or try creating an abstract artwork (it might be more challenging than you think).
9. Get out into the garden and catch up on autumn jobs like weeding and pruning. Order in some soil from a landscaping supplier and reinvigorate your garden beds or start a new vegetable garden. You can even order your seeds online. Even if you don't have a yard, you can still grow vegetables like lettuce, spring onions and herbs in containers on a balcony that gets a moderate amount of sun.
Herbs like basil and chives can easily be grown on a balcony
10. Write a poem or that short story you've been thinking about for years. Research which magazines and publishing houses will publish stories and the selection criteria.
11. Write a letter to the editor or your local Member of Parliament about something that's important to you. Don't forget to be kind and courteous. Spread kindness like it's a virus and write a thankyou note to your child's teacher or a much-loved relative or friend.
12. Sign up for an online course. Learn a new language or skill. Maybe it will even lead to a new job opportunity.
13. Speaking of new job opportunities, why not spruce up your resume.
14. Bring out your box of old printed photos and get them organised. You could make a collage out of them or arrange to get them digitised. If you have photos on your computer, maybe now is the time to organise a backup data storage option. Oh and don't forget to remember why you took them and enjoy the trip down memory lane.
15. Make some homemade gifts. There are lots of ideas on the internet, everything from jam to bath bombs to furniture made from pallets. Get a head start on Christmas this year.