Summer arrived with a big question mark this year. Would we be able to enjoy any of our usual recreation, or would the pandemic keep us housebound? For us, the answer was mostly the latter. Friendly reminder: COVID-19 is not a hoax. Wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines so that we can all have a safe and fun 2021.

Now that that’s out of the way, on to the fun stuff! Here’s a look at how we’ve staved off boredom during the quarantine days. Aside from, you know, writing.

J I started reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen last year at a coworker’s recommendation. It’s a phenomenal series with the most unique magic system I’ve encountered in fantasy. The circular narrative makes for challenging reading, but it’s worth the effort.

On the video game front, I’m a latecomer to the Assassin’s Creed (AC) series, but AC Odyssey blew me away. I can’t wait to play Valhalla! Switching consoles to Nintendo (see what I did there?), I spent hours on Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH). I’ve also continued to play the mobile game Summoners War. Our guild is looking for more actives, so hit me up in the game if you can hang at the C3/G1 level! I go by “Kharnek.”

Lastly, on the movies and television front, I’ve enjoyed the various iterations of the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise that aired over the last couple of months. On the subject of which, rest in power, Chi Chi.

K These days my “free” time is mostly fun with my 15 month old son, Thorin. He learns and grows so much each day! So I’d say he saves me from boredom all the time.

But with work-from-home now, I’ve been able to start running – that time saved from not commuting helps. I’m not an avid runner, and if I’m being honest I’d probably demotivate you from joining in, but I do this for my health and to be fit for my son. Each time out there I try to go longer with the goal of completing a 5k without stopping in about two weeks from now.

Books and Video Games I’ve gone back to the past a little. I picked up Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – something I’ve been meaning to read for years. And I’ve been slowly progressing in Dragon Quest XI – side note, that game really should be in two parts! Such a long game.

I did #quarantography over on my Instagram where I invited people to participate in my daily themes. I’ve since archived most of those because as you can imagine, my backyard had little in the way of inspiring shots. Like J, I also watched the iterations of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

That sums it up for us! Now, what have you been up to, Seekers? Comment below with some of the activities you’ve engaged in. And we’ll always take new book/television/movie recommendations. Until next time!

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