The Things Getting Us Through Quarantine
IT’S BEEN JUST ABOUT TWO MONTHS SINCE we WENT INTO WORK FROM HOME MODE, AND WE’RE STILL GOING STRONG.
by Amani Williams and Joanne Xu
So many of our after work hours have been dedicated to scouring the Internet for bits of Recreational goodness. It’s only right that we share them with you too. From viral at home trends to plain good news, here’s our non exhaustive guide of things that got us through quarantine.
This Instagram account kept us in tune with nature.
Landa Conservatory, or “The Most Quiet Place on the Internet,” was a quite literal breath of fresh air when we couldn’t get out for a real one.
Team OV got creative at home
recalibrating our daily routines to fit in accordance with the new work from home structure. Some DIYed standing desks, others took advantage of virtual fitness workouts. Everyone focused on appreciating the little things even more.
Lots of exercisers inspired us.
Most notably: A lockdown in Seville, Spain was no excuse to skip out on a workout for Gonzalo. The fitness instructor organized a workout via WhatsApp and led his neighbors in squats, jumping jacks, and lunges. Everyday is a great day for endorphins, am I right?
Everyone tried their hand at whipped coffee.
You thought we weren’t going to include a TikTok trend? This whipped variation of your morning brew went viral this month, taking the Korean recipe mainstream. All you need are a few household staples and ten minutes.
And even more people tried their hand at making bread.
So much so that we asked our in-house bread expert Lizzy Lawrence (official title: OV Graphic Designer) to walk us through her own recipe. The result? A scrumptious sourdough loaf.
Penguins from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium roamed free to their hearts desire.
Wallington, our favorite, seemed to really take a liking to the fish. Even nature’s getting recreational.
The Internet exhausted every Instagram challenge thinkable.
Including the #ToiletPaperChallenge, which arguably seems easy breezy — when it’s done by the Howard University women’s soccer team. A+ for execution. Theirs, not ours.
COVID-19 restrictions inspired a string of socially distanced weddings,
after brides Amanda Wheeler and Reilly Jennings refused to let the closing of the New York Marriage Bureau hold them back. Ingredients include: some really good friends, a quarantined officiant, and a fourth-story window.
Lastly, we made Recreational streaming a thing.
Let’s be real: The sheer commitment required to binge watch Netflix for eight straight hours should qualify it as an Olympic sport. We rounded up the best movie picks for feeling mentally recreational while staying put firmly on our couch.