Just six days into state (well, and client, and in all fairness) - proclaimed home confinement (I’ve been flying around A LOT lately and no one wishes to keep company with me since. Fair enough.…) and already bored out of my mind. Work gradually slowing down also and due to this whole shut-down thing and as transactions gradually get cancelled and/or postponed until further notice (*BIG sigh*).
What to do ?
Tried to watch all those movies I never had time to online, to no avail and competing with another 250 million equally locked-down and wearied Europeans with the same brilliant idea proving just a tad too much to handle for even the most generally reliable of media-service providers (*even BIGGER sigh*). OK. So. What then ?
Found various and rather amusing geography quiz tests online, which kept me busy for an hour or five: https://www.playgeography.com/ . I am proud to announce that I now and since know every single country and its respective capital and flag in the entire world. Including two (countries) I had never heard of prior to this unexpected oceans of time on my hands and at my disposal; Eswatini (capital: Mbabane, very pretty flag) and Grenada (capital: St.George’s, flag perhaps a little less so (pretty). Who knew ?!
Alright and so that one done. Then on to the magical world of free MOOC learning;
I can highly recommend the Coursera “Social Psychology” course, the EdX anatomy courses (the fact that we manage to stay alive at all and corona virus notwithstanding is honestly a true miracle, it’s all so unbelievably and highly complex…. ) and the MIT civil and environmental engineering course (I so hope I’ll be reincarnated and in which case I’ll come back as one. Environmental engineer. Totally awesome). And don’t even get me started on all the wonderful Udemy blockchain and smart contract-ones……
At the risk of head exploding from too much information (and also a bit depressed after having taken the EdX “Epidemics” course), I decided it was now time to move on to something more oriented towards the feeding also of the soul. Music. A true love for me and so YES ! definitely and good plan. If you are anything at all like me, then this one will easily make 1-2 days of your confinement disappear with the speed of our local Alpes glaciers: https://www.incredibox.com/ .
Not your thing…. ? Ok, well how about this one then: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/
And then, my friends, something even more wonderful caught my attention: The New York Metropolitan Opera has decided to, despite corona virus closure, carry on their scheduled season performances and to stream them live for free (bless their souls !); https://www.metopera.org/Season/Radio/Free-Live-Audio-Streams/. Oh how wonderful and so now all I/you/we have to do is to survive, from both boredom and corona, until the 2 April to watch upcoming Tosca (just missed “Carmen” with the w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l Elina Garanca. Oh well… Some parts on YouTube still, though, and if you’re interested: https://youtu.be/K2snTkaD64U
So there you go, for some sharing of a few time-spending ideas and tips during this compelled self-isolating. How about you? How are you dealing in the present and unprecedented times? Bored like me? Or, quite the opposite; busier than ever, with both children and spouses home all day, every day (possibly driving you/each other a little crazy also, but in an entirely different way altogether ???? ), simultaneously trying to do your job remotely….. ? Feel free to share. I’ve got plenty of time to read and to contemplate and would love to hear from you.
This too shall pass. Until then, stay safe and take care of each other!
All good things,