Here are some worthwhile things to do this week while you’re safe at home
That’s right. The team at Arlington Today would suggest that rather than considering yourself “stuck” at home, think of the situation in a more positive light, because, in essence, you being safe at home makes for a safer community at large. To help during these unique times, we likewise want to offer some constructive ways to spend your time via this “One Week Guide to a Productive (and, Dare We Say, Fun) Home-based Experience.”
Start the week off right by getting reacquainted with your family. Schedule a “game night,” complete with some of the board games or card games you loved to play before life began taking you different directions. Or plan a “memory hour,” during which you share with one another your favorite moments as a family.
Even if you can’t head to your favorite Mexican food establishment for “Taco Tuesday,” you still can plan one. Or you can partake in “Moo Goo Gai Pan Tuesday” or “Burger Tuesday” or … The point is this: Many local restaurants offer take-out, curbside and delivery options, so if you’re accustomed to dining out on Tuesday, dine in with the same cuisine you love. Local restaurants will benefit, as will your family, when you sit at the family dining table together munching and sharing just like you did in the good old days.
Take a virtual vacation. Gather the family around the computer or smart TV, go online to tripssavvy.com’s virtual vacation link (tripsavvy.com/best-virtual-vacations-around-the-world-4799910) and leave home without leaving home. You can visit the Grand Canyon or see llamas at Machu Picchu or Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City. In fact, you can take 12 different trips, so, if we’re safe at home for a few months, you can schedule one each Wednesday during which you’re home-bound.
If you’re a lover of the River Legacy Park Living Science Center – and who isn’t? – you can still enjoy its wonders virtually. The center’s Facebook page offers an array of informative and interesting videos produced by the River Legacy staff, and viewing one or several of these can become a weekly ritual. Here’s the link: facebook.com/pg/riverlegacyparks/videos/?ref=page_internal
If this is your usual “date night,” make a date on the couch with your honey, complete with a movie from Amazon Prime (amazon.com/Movies/b?node=2858905011), Netflix (Netflix.com) or Disney + (disneyplus.com) and refreshments you pick up at or have delivered by your favorite grocer. To keep romance in the air, consider calling a local florist and ordering delivery of a beautiful bouquet.
You’ve been promising to get a project done this spring, so why not devote Saturday to checking the boxes on your “to do” list. Is that garage in need of some tidying or reconfiguring? Have you been putting off creating a new study? Is that classic car still in need of some TLC? We know of a local musician whose travel around the country was put on hold by the coronavirus, so he decided to tap his second love – carpentry – and built some new furniture for his home. What you create or recreate is confined only by your imagination, so imagine how cool your life will be with some cool, new stuff you did yourself.
The day generally devoted to matters of faith remains a staple for many church-goers, who are discovering that zoom.com and Facebook Live offer ways for the congregation to worship from home. Preachers can preach, choir members can sing and teachers can share lessons online, and everyone at the church can stay in touch, thanks to these innovative web-based platforms.
We hope these ideas will come in handy this week. Until next time, stay safe (and enjoy the process)!