Stuck at Home Doesn’t Have to Mean Bored at Home – Daily Update (April 2)

On March 21, I posted, “Stuck at Home Doesn’t Have to Mean Bored at Home.” (The picture is Hugo Gernsback’sThe Isolator,” which was a device to aid in concentration when working home.)

The purpose of the post was to provide ideas for maintaining some quality of life while on lock down.

Since then, I have posted updates every day or two with new suggestions that I’ve come by. However, those updates don’t get pushed out. So, anyone interested needs to affirmatively come back to check for them.

To remedy that, I have decided to do a daily post (read, “whenever I have enough new information to warrant one”) of updates. (The updates will also be included on the original post, so you can still find everything in one place.)

One note: I know that this post is entirely unrelated to the general subject matter of the blog. But, given the circumstances and that I have received a surprising number of appreciative comments about it, I plan to continue for the foreseeable future.

Here are the updates… 

Home Not Alone (with Kids)

A whole bunch more ideas from Fatherly in the post, “The Best Indoor Games for Quarantined Kids and Families.”

On a more practical note, Today provides some ideas in, “Teenagers stuck at home? Here are 13 life skills they can learn now.”

Aquariums, Zoos, and Museums

The San Diego Zoo has live streaming of polar bearsorangutans and siamangskoalaspenguins (and “friends”), baboons (and friends), and others.


Board and Other Games (without the Board or Boredom)

If you’re thirsty and have time, there’s always wine checkers.

Broadway Shows

Also not a broadway show, but it is a cute take by a family on Les Misérables meets COVID19.

Cooking and Cookies

As Thrillist has pointed outGirl Scout Cookies are now for sale on-line (available here).


Another excellent place for photographers generally is Digital Photography School, and, not surprisingly, they have their own “Great Photography Ideas for When You Are Stuck Indoors.


    • You’re Wrong About. I have not listened to this yet, but it sounds interesting from the description: “Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event or person or trend that’s been miscast in the public imagination.”


Well, not new, but she’s such a good friend

    • The Fix Personal Training. This is the personal training website of a very close friend and colleague, Paula Astl, who is probably in the best shape of anyone I’ve ever known. And she’ll train you outside at a safe 6+ foot distance!

Movies / Videos

If you need some ideas of things to watch, the Orlando Sentinel posted, “Movie series to binge-watch while the coronavirus has you stuck at home.”

If you’d prefer to binge watch TV series, Looper has a good list, “The best shows to binge watch if you’re stuck at home.”

News that Doesn’t Suck

Gotta love John Krasinksi, who decided to start his own Good News Network, “Some Good News.”

Random / Other Lists

While it may be a little late for this information, the places I have been ordering from for food and supplies are the following:

      • InstaCart for food and pharmacy.
      • Whole Foods for food – though it is frequently very difficult to get a delivery time.
      • Staples for office and cleaning supplies.


For a brief diversion, my all-time favorite YouTube video…