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Though our stay at home order isn’t yet lifted in North Carolina, it looks as if it will be at some point this month. This has me feeling hopeful that many will be able to re-open their businesses soon and that we can start to return to a sense of normalcy. Thanks to Caralyn of Beauty Beyond Bones for the inspiration to share some of my quarantine superlatives – here are my picks for things I’ve learned and have enjoyed/disliked during the stay at home era.
Best purchase: Tushy bidet
Best takeout find: Little Tokyo
Best unintended consequence: more workplaces allowing employees to work from home forever, and more families embracing homeschooling.
Biggest things I’m thankful for: The ability to work from home and good health
Most overused phrases/words: flatten the curve, now more than ever, covidiot, social distancing, unprecedented, new normal, PPE, wash your hands, stay home, etc
Best way to relax and sleep: Herbal tea and some Ned full-spectrum hemp oil (code EMILY15 for 15% off your first order)
Best TV show to help with wanderlust withdrawal: The Amazing Race
Best way to keep curious children entertained: Early Explorers
Best quarantine adventure: Questival Quaranteam
Best outdoor activity: Exploring hiking trails, state parks, and waterfalls
Best day of the week: Mondays when I visit the chiropractor
Best at-home workout: Tire flipping workout
Best alcohol alternative: GT’s Golden Pineapple kombucha (so yummy!)
Best (easiest) quarantine meal: Green meat
Best grocery delivery: Amazon Prime Whole Foods delivery
Biggest time waster: Watching the news
Best educational TV Show: Alone
Biggest Laugh: Husband doing wife’s make-up
Best thing I’ve learned to make – Raised planter bed garden and pallet herb planter
Best educational book: Herbal remedies
Biggest disappointment: People hoarding toilet paper and mask shaming
Best time waster: Google Crowdsource
Best investment: High yield savings account
Coolest new invention: Machine-washable, reusable air filter
Best ways to save money: SaverLife and the Zogo app (code EMILYA8 if you sign up)
Biggest travel letdown: Missing our insanely affordable tour to Ecuador
Best home project: Building a deck
Best Easter memory: Enjoying sunrise church service in the car
Best unexpected benefit: Meeting neighbors we hadn’t talked to before
Best Bible verse for this time: John 14:27
Biggest Things I’ve Missed: Playing volleyball, traveling overseas and watching sports
Best Quarantine trend: Fun and quirky Face Masks
Worst Quarantine trend: Daily Zoom meetings, turning everything into a political debate and everyone going live on Instagram
Best new practice/habit you’ve adopted: Daily walks with my husband
Best parts of quarantine: More time to relax/reflect and fewer social obligations
First place I’m going once restrictions are lifted: Alaska!
What are some of your superlatives? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.
Thanks for reading!