My Daily Quarantine Schedule (More or Less)

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? 😂😂😂

Adrian’s Comfort Playlist Pt. I

I have a saying: “When in sheer agonizing self-doubt… put on 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

The Ten Commandments of Working From Home

I worked from home for 2 years as a freelance writer. That’s usually not something I brag about and never will. But partner, I’ve been inundated with questions about remote work these past few weeks as more and more family and friends are being asked to telecommute where they can. Fielding questions and trading notes isn’t a cherished pastime, but admittedly it has been gratifying to help others get situated and to demystify what working from home really means.

I didn’t realize how much I had to say about it until my conversations became pseudo TED Talks. Now, I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, but I thought I’d pass along a few work-from-home mantras that helped me succeed. Also, this will make things much easier for me as I can now direct others to this page and people can finally (hopefully) leave me alone. I’ve got work to do too you know… Continue reading

‘Adrian vs. the World’ Is Expanding

ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m incredibly excited to announce that ‘Adrian vs. the World’ will undergo some major changes this month. Now, I’ve taken a lot of pride in being a movie blogger since this whole thing started. I’m happy to have found my niche, but I’m happier to say that I’m expanding this blog’s writing to topics like television, video games, music, even books— that is, if I ever finish the 3 novels I am currently reading because my attention span suuuuuuuccckks.

I’ve written on all of the above before, but a cursory glance at my last 10 posts will show that my content has been strictly film-based. I’d be lying if I said movies were my only obsession, or the only interest shared among my inner circle. Turns out I’m an even bigger dork than you could possibly imagine. Like, this isn’t even close to my final form!

Why the change? Well, I will be unemployed starting this Friday, but I’m sure that’s got nothing to do with this. 😬 (You don’t understand, I need to keep busy or I’ll turn into Ben Wyatt.)

Truth is, last year I experienced something I never thought was possible for me: movie fatigue. The American Psychiatric Association has yet to respond to my queries, but this was a rare condition where I was simply, utterly uninterested in media following the release of giant IPs like Avengers: Endgame, Joker, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and yes, even Game of Thrones. The coverage and ensuing discourse (myself included) was exhausting to the point that I had to take an unexpected break in movies, and this break allowed for other obsessions to take hold.

My interest in (other) TV shows, music, books, and video games were always there, mind you. But it wasn’t until my little movie sabbatical that I realized how passionate I was in other things, and how much more I had to say. I tinkered with writing game reviews last Fall, which I elected to shelve due to plans of starting a separate gaming blog. Why start another when I’ve got a perfectly functioning one right here? I’m also paying for this domain so…

It’s safe to say video game reviews (along with my first full book review) will be among the new content rolled out this month, and hopefully from here on out! Try not to think of this as a pivot. Though, if this site ever turns into a politics or sports hub then you’ll knowww I’ve sold out.

I’ll of course continue to write about films, that will never change. Movies just won’t be the main focus of ‘Adrian vs. the World’ anymore. I’ve entered a stage in my writing where I’m actively shopping around film essays (which would normally find a home here) as I seek to expand my byline. Any successful publications will be updated on the “Publications” tab above. Who knows, I might even dole out further writing advice for aspiring bloggers and freelancers out there.

My mantra in starting this blog was that as long as one person was reading, I would keep on writing and contributing to this space. Personally, I don’t know why you weirdos have followed me and are still clicking each week or perusing my archives. Nonetheless, I feel very lucky. I’m branching out as a freelancer, but I’ve decided to branch out as a blogger too and thus, I’ll still be here to entertain. Thank you and stay tuned! 🤙