by A.V. Eichenbaum -
SGN Associate Editor
"God works in mysterious ways," I mutter to myself as I putter around my apartment. It's a little joke I've been saying to myself every time something happens that's definitely my fault but also somehow out of my control. I've lost my glasses again. And my keys. And I overslept. And I've managed to burn my coffee - which is sort of a miracle, considering I use a percolator.
God works in mysterious ways.
This joke sprang to life last spring when we all started spending a lot more time at home and I found out I have a terrible roommate. They're messy, lazy, and always moving my stuff around the apartment.
For context, I live alone.
Facing my own quirks day in and day out was a challenge. It gets frustrating, having to live with yourself. So I started blaming God, knowing full well I'm my own problem. My apartment became a theological Margaritaville of sorts, and it's where I'm spending my spring break.
If you're looking for ideas on how to spend your second COVID spring break, keep reading. Maybe we can keep you from completely losing it like I have.
1. Read a book
This seems simple enough. A lot of us don't pick up a book for fun after we've finished high school. I, for one, sometimes lose focus entirely while looking at a page and end up staring out the window or at the lake in my neighborhood, slowly letting the sun bake my skin until I remember what I was doing.
Reading outside can be really rewarding as long as you remember to wear sunscreen and a mask. The downsides to this are usually about three feet tall and have stubby little fingers. Children have little to no appreciation for the fact that you've hidden your phone in your book so you'd look more studious to passersby, and may distract you from reading the rest of this listicle.
2. Go for walks
Beach vacations are out, vaccinations are in. While we're all waiting for our appointments, what's a good way to assuage the anxiety building deep in the center of our chests? Well, keeping in mind that everyone and their dog will be out and about now that the sun's returned to Seattle, going for a walk is a nice way to get out of your own head and stop staring at your laptop. (Again, a mask is necessary, and people will judge you for not wearing one.)
3. Wonder when things will go back to normal
No elaboration necessary.
4. Cook a nice meal or two
One of the most enjoyable parts of travel is trying new food in an unfamiliar place. You can bring this little joy home by looking up a new recipe and doing a quick grocery run. Personally, I like to set the scene with a Spotify playlist or random internet radio station and some mood lighting. I'm partial to a Mediterranean salad and pinot grigio paired with staring wistfully out at the world, pretending I'm in a café somewhere by the sea, but you've got thousands of other options.
This activity works well in conjunction with idea #1, but be careful: my copy of If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino has suffered at the hands of a vicious wine stain - and it could happen to you.
5. Clean out your closet
I'll be the first to admit this one's a little out of left field, but spring is a time for renewal, and cleaning out the old clothes and junk from your closet can feel pretty good. Light a scented candle or some incense, blast some garbage pop tunes from the '90s, and make like a rom-com montage scene. You're unstoppable, you're unbreakable, and you're absolutely going to be okay. That's how these things work in a '90s rom-com.
With Washington moving to level orange, you can once again give your old stuff to Goodwill or an organization like it. Just be sure to check first to see if they're open and accepting donations.
Hopefully, all this helps. I feel somewhere along the way I may have lost the script, but that's something a lot of us are feeling heavily after a year of COVID guidelines and social distancing. But we've made it this far. Life goes on unscripted. For example, I misplaced my cup of coffee about ten minutes ago. That wasn't part of my plan this morning. God works in mysterious ways.