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Work in the bathroom 🚽

Rode a Revel moped.

I never threw a kayak into the water of the Gulf.

We just moved into a new house less than a month before quarantine; at the end of the street is an inlet that feeds into a bay off of the Gulf of Mexico. As soon as we knew we were quarantined, I ordered inflatable kayaks from Amazon, the least expensive ones with the fastest shipping. When they arrived, we inflated them in our living rooms to check for leaks—it was really easy.

Soon, we put them, still inflated, in the back of the car and plopped them into the water. My wife, son, and I paddled a good ways for our first venture into the bay, up past the bridge on the north end of the bay, and spent some time floating in the water. My son had packed a lunch for us to take, but eating in the kayak was kind of difficult.

We had a great time, and on the way back to the inlet, we watched a dolphin arc to the surface and followed its trajectory through the bay. It was a great experience for us — we counted it as gym class for our son and a great bit of family time.

Hosted a Zoom quiz night for my company.

I work for a design and tech agency as a producer, our work is very sociable and we have a great team culture.

During the first weeks of lockdown we missed each other intensely (I think we have gotten used to being apart now and have bonded over zoom with the people that mean most to each other!).

My friends and I hosted an epic team quiz that lasted 2 hours for everyone in in the company, across the globe.

It was really scary being the only ones not on a team and watching all the confused faces on mute when they couldn’t work out an answer.  😂

There were about 100 people online and I have never presented to a group that large. So I feel proud to look back on that. 

Does this count?

An ultrasound scan of a small embryo

I started learning about and investing in the stock market! 😍

i also started learning about mushroom identification and started going mushroom hunting! 🥰🍄

Other than not leave my house for long periods of time I also am using Duolingo to re-learn Spanish.

Make waffles.

Before the pandemic, I had always wanted to compost.

Once it was clear that we were in lockdown in the middle of March, I decided to give it a go. I found a bin without a lid in our house, and filled it with some potting soil and weeds, then added my kitchen scraps and the rest is history.

There is something soothing about spending a few moments outside every day or so and chopping up the discards and spoiled produce — and there’s the added bonus that I’m less anxious about food waste.

Cooked so many meals at home…