How are we call doing this week? At the moment I am well and truly swamped with Uni work. I have all of my end of year portfolios due in on Friday, so things are a little mad on this end. I’ve been working on some of these pieces for months now and no matter how well I planned everything, it stills feels like a mad rush to get them finished.
Due to the volume of Uni work I have at the moment I haven’t been able to get all that much reading done, so no new reviews this week. Rest assured though I’m very close to finishing my current read and I fully intend on writing a post about my thought on it very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. But for today’s post I thought it’d be nice to share some of the things I’ve been up to in the past weeks during lockdown. Hopefully it may inspire some of you if you’re feeling bored and want to try something new to pass the time.
What I’ve been doing to pass the time
Learning to juggle
I really wanted to come out of lockdown with a new skill. For years I’ve been super jealous of anyone who could juggle, it was something I always wanted to do but lacked the co-ordination to do it. But with a stupidly large amount of time on my hands I figured now would be as good a time as ever to give it a go.
To start with I didn’t have any juggling balls so had to make do with tinfoil balls in socks. It wasn’t very successful as they were far too light. I got some proper juggling balls on order and practised with my DIY ones until they arrived. Once the proper ones had arrived I was comfortably juggling three ball in a day.
Now that I’ve mastered three balls I’ve started to learn some tricks. I also got my hands on another set so I can start to learn how to juggle with four, five and six balls.
A few weeks ago I finished reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, what I reviewed (check that out here).
At the moment I’m making my way through surrounded by idiots by Thomas Erikson. It’s a non-fiction book that teaches you about the four behavioural types, red, yellow, green and blue. It’s an interesting topic that I think pretty much everyone could benefit learning about. I’m not going to say loads about it here because I will be writing a full review on it once I’ve finished but I can say that whilst the concept of the book is very interesting, I’m having some mixed thoughts about the book itself.
If you’re not an Animal Crossing fan I bet you’re sick to the back teeth of hearing about it by now. If that’s the case you can skip this section and move onto the next one because I’m about to go full fan girl… you have been warned.
I got my hands on the game just over two weeks ago and I adore it. I’ve been a fan of AC for years, I had it on my DS, 3DS, Wii and now my Switch. So far I’m very impressed with New Horizons and it’s my favourite version of the game.
I decided to name my island Imrie and so far it’s home to myself and 10 villagers.
I’m still in the relatively early stages of the game but I have some very big plans for my island. My current project is creating a mystical woods with plenty of water features.
The game has been a welcome distraction from life. I stand my the opinion that Animal Crossing is good for your mental health. It’s been nice to play on it whilst I’ve been under the weather too. It’s been giving me something else to focus on.
Here in the UK we’ve been allowed to go our for one form of exercise each day (although I believe that’s changing today). Seeing as all the gyms are closed I’ve had to take my running off a treadmill and outside instead. I’ve honestly enjoyed being out and about running, it’s been nice to get out of the house and get some fresh air for a bit.
Being able to get out for a run is something that I’m incredibly grateful for. Those of you who have been around for a while may remember that running and exercise in general hasn’t been something I’ve been able to do for one reason or another. So the fact that I can now comfortable run 7km is amazing.
Whilst I may not in Bangor anymore due to lockdown, I still have all my work to be doing. I’ve been chipping away at my end of year work during lockdown. I can’t say it’s been the single most exciting thing going now that I have Animal Crossing to be the ultimate distraction, but it’s something that has to be done.
Balancing writing for my blog and doing my assignments has been a tad challenging. I feel like I’m stuck to my laptop and with so much reading to do as I edit my Irlens has really been playing up. For those of you who are students I think you’ll know what I mean when I say keeping productive and on top of uni work whilst you’re home can require a lot self discipline… especially if you have animal crossing.
There we go, that’s what I’ve been doing to pass the time during lockdown. Does my list look very different to yous, or have you found yourself doing the same stuff as me?
Like I said at the start of the post, my portfolios will all be done by Friday so next week we will be back to normal with the usual bookish talk. But until next week, stay safe.