The Envy List #17: Lockdown
What to do when you can't go out.
1. Binge these feel-good TV shows while you’re staying at home. (They aren’t kid friendly.) Read more...
I have always used binge watching TV as sort of a comfort blanket in hard times. So while this is a new road in this specific, unprecedented situation, I do have some shows I personally would recommend to put you in a better headspace during this uncertain time.
Your TV tastes may be different than mine, but I think it’s hard to go wrong with these ten feel-good Netflix shows.
—"The 10 Most Comforting, Feel-Good Netflix Shows to Watch in Lockdown” by Paul Tassi at Forbes
2. A woman recreates her family in the Sims game, even as she’s quarantined. Read more…
I built my dad from the ground up, complete with his little gardening shoes and his love of classical music. I put my mom in a green fleece and leggings, imagining her heading off for a run and coming back with a random knickknack she’d picked up at an estate sale. I dressed my 17-year-old sister in a big, cozy sweatshirt and gave her the musical talent and extreme self-assurance she has in real life… I even made myself, except hotter.
Then I rebuilt my childhood home in suburban Chicago, where my parents still live…
—”I Can’t See My Family Right Now, So I Rebuilt them as Sims” by Rachel Handler at Vulture
3. In case you need help centering spiritually during this time, my Anglican church is offering virtual morning prayer services on Youtube. Watch…
—Church of the Advent on Youtube
4. One wife’s story of caring for her husband as he got sick with COVID-19 (and trying not to get sick herself). Read more…
Now we live in a world in which I have planned with [my husband’s] doctor which emergency room we should head to if T suddenly gets worse, a world in which I am suddenly afraid we won’t have enough of the few things tempering the raging fever and soaking sweats and severe aches wracking him — the Advil and Tylenol that the doctors advise us to layer, one after the other, and that I scroll through websites searching for, seeing “out of stock” again and again. We are living inside the news stories of testing, quarantine, shortages and the disease’s progression. A friend scours the nearby stores and drops off a bunch of bodega packets of Tylenol. Another finds a bottle at a more remote pharmacy and drops it off, a golden prize I treasure against the feverish nights to come.
—"What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus" by Jessica Lustig at the New York Times
5. The end of this episode moved me. Listen…
FBI Agent: All this stems from a report that we received that you had mishandled classified information, OK? So that's the broad scope of it. My question to you is, does that ring any bells to you whatsoever?
—”Episode 696: Low Hum of Menace” from the podcast This American Life, edited from the play “Is This a Room” by Tina Satter
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