We’re now heading into week 4 of lockdown here in the UK and, as Michelle aptly put, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Groundhog Day. My days have taken on a routine of a quick morning workout, a few hours of university work followed by an afternoon of reading and playing Animal Crossing. Nevertheless, being cooped up inside all day truly has made me appreciate the small things more. Here are a few little things that have brought me joy lately.
My Local Library
Since the lockdown announcement, my local library has uploaded a wealth of ebooks that are available to access via Libby. I’ve flown through ‘My Dark Vanessa’, ‘Normal People’, and I’m currently enjoying ‘My Brilliant Friend’ — all added to their online collection in the last week alone. There’s also an extensive list of audiobooks on offer. At the moment, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ narrated by Stephen Fry is sprinkling magic into my otherwise mundane days.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
While everyone and their cat seems to be baking banana bread, last week I made my third batch of peanut butter cookies. If you want to get in on the action, here’s the recipe (thank me later):
- 75 g 75g plain flour
- 50 g brown sugar
- 70 g butter
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp water
- pinch of salt
- chocolate chips
🍪 pre-heat oven to 180 (fan) and line a baking tray with baking parchment
🍪 melt the butter & then in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients (except the sea salt) into a doughy batter
🍪 spoon the batter onto the baking tray in equal size balls then flatten with the back of the spoon
🍪 sprinkle a little sea salt on top
🍪 bake for around 15 minutes (they will look underdone with they’re ready)
🍪 leave to cool for 10 mins and they should firm up!
‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ could not have arrived at a better time: it’s the perfect game for quarantine. Two days after the game’s release, I impulsively purchased myself a Switch and every day since I have indulged in the island fantasy.
In these troubling times, it helps to have an escape like this. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that life would be a little duller if Animal Crossing hadn’t come out before lockdown.
Doing my hair and makeup is a rarity these days, so on Easter Sunday I got all dressed up ready to hit the living room. It was a day of no to-do lists, board games, chocolate, family time, and a delicious roast dinner with some glorious Richmond Meat Free Sausages. Me and my sister even gave into the hype and began watching Tiger King. Has anyone else watched this yet?
Rekindling Old Hobbies
During lockdown, I seem to be lapsing back into the hobbies I loved during my childhood. Besides playing Animal Crossing and Pokémon, I’ve dug out my pens and enjoyed a spot of colouring. Last week, I spent the most therapeutic couple of hours streaming Drag Race while doodling away. While practice is very much needed, I’m happy to be making the most of a bad situation and rekindle my love for old hobbies.
What are the little things keeping you sane during lockdown?
Looking for some lockdown reading inspiration? Here’s everything I read in March!