I don’t know about y’all but these days I am maximizing comfort any way I can. My couch has become my base of operations as I video game my way through lockdown; I’ve been stockpiling a comfort playlist, and surrounding myself with all-around comfort movies. Some movies you need to be in the mood for, others you can watch and instantly feel better no matter what. After much, MUCH deliberation, I realized there’s no way I can stick with the usual “top ten” and live with myself. Also if I don’t post this now, this list could go on forever. Without further ado, this is my cinema of comfort during these trying times. (Loosely ranked and subject to change, so bear with me.) Continue reading
Dear Christopher Nolan,
I understand and completely empathize with what you and Warner Bros. are doing. Theater chains are at risk and the longer the pandemic goes on, screens will vanquish by the whole. As a devout moviegoer, there is no greater existential crisis. We go to the movies, as you so eloquently put it, not to be alone— but to be together. Continue reading
Isn’t it crazy how it’s March 73rd?
My days in lockdown have gotten progressively weirder and WHOLLY counterproductive. Getting out of bed is now a thing on my to-do list. I don’t even make my bed anymore because MY couch, MY rules. Pants are a thing of the past, and my hair, it’s so long… I look like a Lord of the Rings character 😢. Two months into the pandemic and I have devolved into doing slightly above the bare minimum then kinda sorta calling it a “day.” And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself in lockdown, it’s that at all times I am only ever waiting for my next meal.
Are we all in this together, truly? Let’s compare! I present to you my daily quarantine schedule, more or less.
6:45AM – Wake up
7:00-9:00AM – Get out of bed?????
9:30AM – Breakfast (or, if I chance passed out early the night before, Dinner)
9:55AM – Chug iced coffee
10:00-1:00PM – “Work”: browse what few freelance gigs are available, draft pitches and cold call opportunities, dissociate in between, then worry I’m not accomplishing enough during quarantine— an existential panic that can only be soothed by fast food 😊
1:30PM – Embark on a lunch quest to Taco Bell
2:30PM – Feel guilty about indulging in fast food yet again
3:00PM – Dissociate
3:30PM – Begin stretching with the intent to exercise
4:00PM – 2nd lunch, or pre-dinner (the 2 soft tacos I was saving) after working up an appetite from the effort it took to stretch
5:00PM – Catch up on the news: Coronavirus case count here in Hawaii, browse the comments section re: Covidiot travelers breaking the mandated 14-day quarantine, and finally braving myself to read about our Covidiot-in-chief
6:30PM – Pour Whiskey down my throat after having read the news
7:00PM – Drunkenly dissociate
7:30PM-10:00PM – Commit to watching a new release, only to put on Parks and Recreation instead 😊
10:15PM – Dinner
11:00PM – Free time to write (More or less a Free Space like in Bingo)
11:45PM – Give up. Like, in general 🥴
12:00-3:00AM – Aggressively refresh Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart pages hopeful for a Nintendo Switch restock
End of Day
Time really is a construct.
So how about it, reader? What does your daily quarantine schedule look like? 😂😂😂
I have a saying: “When in sheer agonizing self-doubt… put on some music.” Music has been an extremely therapeutic tool for me (like, actually sitting down and listening to music and nothing else), even more so nowadays. Sometimes music weathers the mood, other times encompasses it. These are some very solitary days we have ahead of us and so full of uncertainty. If we’re gonna be stuck in our homes for a while, then I’ll need a soundtrack to blot out the gloom of the news.
Fortunately, I freakin’ love making playlists full-stop. (Back when we used to burn CDs, I was your guy.) I’ve stuck by a select set of songs these past two weeks that I’ve since dubbed as my Comfort Playlist and I felt like passing them along. Not to brag, but I’ve been told I have TERRIBLE taste in music. Here’s a current collection of songs that have helped me allay some of today’s dread. Continue reading
“Remember swine flu?” we asked each other, like those were better days. Continue reading