100 Posts Later – Staying Home and Being Productive

About a year and a half ago I started this website to give myself a place to write for others, try to provide information and at times, humour for other people. Well my 100th post came out a couple days ago, making this my 101st. This one is a life update of sorts. Talking about projects we are working on and things we want to start after this whole worldwide issue has been resolved.

This time has been stressful for everyone, but instead of focusing on all the stress and fear, I want to talk about the good things that have been happening. I have an autoimmune disease, so I am a little more nervous about current events right now, so I haven’t left my home in weeks at this point. That may seem like something that would drive me nuts, but I like my home and I’ve spent years making it into a comfortable space I am happy in.

I got to start new plants. Just before the isolation recommendations went out, I picked up some pots and herb seeds. During these weeks I have watched my Thyme, Green Onions and parsley burst through the soil and grow like weeds. It has been a lovely experience as I haven’t grown herbs before nor have I gotten anything to grow from a seed so this is a double win.

Working on videos. About a month ago I went hard on filming videos for my YouTube channel, which resulted in a catalogue of videos to edit and upload. During these weeks inside, I have convinced Ryan to do a lot of videos with me as well so I’ve spent a lot of time recording and editing lately, which has kept me kinda busy.

Working on the podcast. For those of you who don’t know, Ryan has a podcast ( Optimist vs Pessimist) that we also pre-recorded for due to schedule changes, which happens to have been a very lucky thing. So editing those and getting them online has also been a good project to keep us busy. Because Optimist vs Pessimist is a nerdy podcast, I have had the opportunity to jump in a few times to chime in on Marvel and DC as well as hosting trivia for the boys. Though we can’t record any new episodes for a while due to the Optimist (Ryans friend Carlos) not being a resident in our home it shouldn’t be too long of a break due to all the recording we did a couple weeks ago.

Writing this blog. I love writing here as it gives me an outlet to share information and satisfy my desires to write. I’ve written 100 posts on this blog already, which is amazing to me. It doesn’t seem to me like I’ve written anywhere near that much, but here we are! I do wish I was a little more consistent with my writing, but lately I’ve just felt really drained and anxious, which makes it much harder to get content out of my brain and onto the blog.

Baking. I love baking and have since I was a little girl, and as much as it’s nice to have the free time to bake, I also have to stop myself from baking often. Because there is only two of us in this home and there is no good argument for eating bread, cake and cookies daily, I have to limit my time in the kitchen. Usually I take advantage of our weekly company to bake, providing treats for our guests and limiting our intake of calories, but without the ability to push my food into the stomachs of others, I just can’t convince myself it is reasonable to eat that much sugar.

Video Games. Ryan and I have spent a lot of time in the evenings playing video games together. By together I mean I play my game on the Switch as he plays the Soulsborne games on the PS4. Yesterday I convinced Ryan to stream himself playing Dark Souls 3, so if you are a fan of watching that kind of gameplay, click here to get to his Twitch channel (I am in the background as he plays, commenting and talking about previous Dark Souls and From Software games). Aside from streaming Dark Souls, we have been playing Jack Box games with our friends because we have the games on our PS4 and our friends can play on their phones in their own homes. To make the best of it, we live stream the game to Twitch for them to play with us and have an open Discord voice channel to talk to each other. It has been a great way to be social without endangering anyone.

All in all, we have been trying to make the best of a bad situation and doing our very best to follow the social distancing measures put in place. I don’t want to see this spread any further and if the best thing to do is to stay at home, then that is what I am going to do.

Let me know what you have been doing to keep yourself entertained during this time and please feel free to share advice for others.

Author: Eva Blakeman

A graphic designer, who happens to be an ironworker, who makes YouTube videos, also writes this blog. Writing is my favourite thing to do, so keep an eye out, because the next post is just around the corner.

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