Things To Do At Home

During this most unfortunate time, most people are smartly staying indoors to avoid coming into contact with and spreading the COVID 19 virus. It’s sad not to be able to go visit your grandparents, parents or friends during this time, but it is crucial that people don’t come into contact with others if it can be avoided to reduce the spread and ultimately, reduce casualties. That all being said, it is important to keep busy least boredom take over us all.

Twitch Streaming

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If you want to “hang out” with your friends. Set up a twitch stream of an interactive game like a chose your own adventure and as a team decide what steps to take. If I am not mistaken, games like Dungeons and Dragons could also be played remotely via video conference or Twitch with the Dungeon Master as the video host. In the case where individuals do not own the die, simulators can be used, or the master can roll for everyone.

Write

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It seems like a simple thing to do, but with most people being so incredibly busy in their lives, they often don’t sit down and write about how they are feeling, positive things in their lives or even a recipe book. Writing is a calming activity and if you have kids in the house and Paw Patrol is driving you insane, start writing about topics you enjoy to block out the endless noises that come from children shows. I find writing in my bullet journal to be very relaxing.

Bake

Once again, time is often the enemy of passion. A lot of people I know love to bake but often don’t have the time after work to throw together some treats. Practice your piping skills! Make some cookies! Try a new recipe you’ve never made before. Try your hand at making your own bread and enjoy the fruit of your labours.

Clean

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No time to do a super deep clean of your home like weeks stuck in it. This will help mentally in a way, as a clean home without clutter helps reduce stress and makes your home more comfortable to live in. Take this opportunity to steam clean your couches, mattresses and carpets. Wash all the bedding, scrub the walls and wash the inside of your refrigerator.

Practice Yoga

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Since going to the gym is a risk of exposure and spreading the virus, keeping your body moving and happy is important, not to mention the added side effect of yoga being relaxing in this time of extreme stress and anxiety. Youtube has a plethora of yoga instructional videos to follow, and bonus, kids can do it too. Don’t expect to become a yogi overnight, be patient with yourself and try to push yourself a little (not too much).

Call Your Family

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Visiting may pose a health concern, but a phone call is a safe way to stay up to date with their lives. I can bet your grandparents would be happy to hear from you. Though this time is difficult, through the magic of the internet and phones, staying in contact has never been easier.

Play Video Games

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PC, PS4, XBOX, Switch, what ever your pleasure. With such a broad collection of game play styles, there really is something for everyone. I am partial to turn based RPG games, such as the Final Fantasy series, Pokemon and Xenosaga. If you are looking for a challenge, I recommend any of the From Software games. Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro are all challenging games that may frustrate players, but with each boss win comes a huge sense of satisfaction. For multiplayer games, there is always Rocket League, Mario Party, Crash Team Racing and Call Of Duty.

Read

There are a lot of books on my shelves waiting to be read, and I have to imagine a lot of others have little stacks waiting for them too. Pick up a new book or re-read an old favourite. If you don’t feel like reading a story, study something new! openstax.org is a great resources for free textbooks to study from. Personally I’m reading up on basic chemistry and really enjoying dipping my toes back into the subject.

Bubble Baths and Face Masks

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Take the time to soak in a nice warm tub with a book and a face mask on and feel the stress in your neck and back start to soak away. If you don’t have any face masks in your home, you can make one. For a quick mask you can mix honey and a little cinnamon together. Leave this on for 10 – 20 minutes then rinse it off. Another quick and easy mask to make takes a teaspoon of honey, a half teaspoon of aloe vera and a half teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub it into the face until it feels tacky, let it sit a few minutes and rinse off.

Organize

After the long winter months, we tend to nestle into our homes. Now is a good time to start organizing your cupboards, putting away the throw blankets and going through your closets. An organized kitchen runs more smoothly and an organized closet means not searching for items you could have sworn were there.

Learn New Things

As I said before, there are free textbooks available online, but not everyone likes to sit an read dry material. Here is a list of great YouTube channels that entertain while they educate! If sciences aren’t your interest, there are countless beauty guru channels, baking channels, nail art channels as well as countless other topics to learn about in video format.

Get Nerdy

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On the topic of videos, there are a lot of comic book related videos on YouTube. Who doesn’t want to hear about every supervillain that has never died in cannon? There is always new Smash Ultimate videos coming out and there are endless channels that do in depth character reviews for both DC and Marvel characters.

Binge

Though it isn’t the most productive thing, binge watching a good TV show can certainly eat up a couple days. If you like anime I would recommend Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood as it has one of the most compelling storylines I’ve ever watched. Death Note and Hunter Hunter are also great choices.

Vlog

Share what’s going on in video form to keep family and friends informed or entertained. Share what you’ve been doing to keep yourself safe or busy. Share resources you’ve found with others and activities for kids. If you want you could share some jokes or just talk about what ever is on your mind.

Get Artistic

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Pick up your old paintbrush, pencils or stylus and make something great. Try a create a cartoon strip or a beautiful landscape, it’s up to you. Write a poem and share it or a song and record it. Throw on your headphones and dance around the house if you’re up for it.

Card and Board Games

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If you share a living space with others, organize some activities to keep you all entertained. Crazy 8s is always a favourite card game and board games can take hours that could be spent scrolling and turns them into hours of fun. If you have drinks available in your home, share a couple and make a night of it.

If you have advice or suggestions to add, please do so in the comments!

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Things To Do In Edmonton

Edmonton is a sprawling city with a plethora of available activities to partake in across the seasons. With City maintained rinks, parks and trails every season is an outdoor season! With endless shops, cafes and restaurants it is a foodies dream. Celebrations, events and festivals occur all year round. It is a very fun city to visit and to live in!

Cross Country Skiing

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The River Valley trails are excellent for cross country skiing! Keller road leads into trails that reach Snow Valley, allowing hours of skiing without retracing your tracks.

Hockey / Free Skating

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With 7 city owned outdoor rinks and countless school rinks, opportunities for playing hockey or just getting out for a good skate are always just around the corner. For a list of Edmonton rinks click here.


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Whyte Ave

Source – Edmonton Commercial

Wandering down Whyte Ave can be a splendid day. With ice cream stands, comic stores, clothing boutiques and bizzars it’s a shopping dream. When in the area it’s always worth taking a walk through the enormous Strathcona Museum, an incredibly diverse store to find just about anything in. The Whyte Knight is also a favourite, being host to decades of collectables and comic books.

The Legislature Building

Source – Toronto Star

Tours are available through the building that go over the history of the Alberta government as well as the building itself. Be aware though, there is a haunted painting that might creep you out a little. Outside the building there are a couple seasonal wade pools, beautiful gardens, fountains, an outdoor stage and often food trucks in the summer.

Jasper Ave

Source – Transforming Edmonton

If you like good food, fun atmosphere and a good time dancing on a Friday night, Jasper Ave is the place for you. During the day the cafes and restaurants are a wonderful place to enjoy a meal, as night takes over, the dance clubs and bars come to life. Each has it’s own vibe and crowd. The downtown mall, City Centre, hosts a movie theatre and a lot of shops.

Art Gallery of Alberta

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With changing galleries, each visit will be different. With a variety of forms of art varying from paintings, sculptures, video and audio it’s always a thrill to visit. Not to mention a lovely little coffee shop on the third floor and a wonderful gift shop.

Edmonton is a great city with a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. With shopping, activities and entertainment to spare, your time here will be a lot of fun!

The Alberta Royal Museum

Source – Edmonton Consulting Engineer

The museum certainly got an upgrade! With it’s new downtown location the geology exhibit got a great upgrade. The dinosaur exhibit is interactive and the changing exhibits are a lot of fun to check out. Don’t forget to take a look at the bug room!

West Edmonton Mall

Source – Retail Insider

Waterslides, glow in the dark mini golf, rollercoasters and endless shops this mall will enthral you! After a long day playing in the waterpark or Galaxyland, you can even go upstair and catch a movie in the Scotiabank Theatre. You can find almost anything here from clothing to kitchen appliances to wedding dresses to comic books. This mall has it all.

If you have visited Edmonton or live there, let me know anything I missed that people should check out while they are there!

Things to do in Edmonton, Alberta

25 Things You Should Do Before You Turn 25

Time flies by and it would seem that opportunities and experiences slip through our fingers. There are so many things you can do in your youth that become more difficult as time marches on, so here are 25 things you should do before you turn 25

1. Attend a Broadway Show

Whether you see it in New York, or on tour, take the time to see a wonderful piece of theatre.

2. Live Alone For A While

Spending time alone with your own mind and body can be a difficult thing to do, as you become comfortable with yourself it gets easier, but without the time dedicated to getting to know yourself, it’s much harder to see where you want to go in the future.

3. Dye Your Hair

Whether you dye your hair something drastic, pastel or a simple colour, you might find you feel fierce and confident with a new look.

4. Get Your Health In Order

We all know the doctors tell us we need to get our health in order as soon as possible. They also say your mid twenties mark when it becomes more and more difficult to lose weight. Get your health in order, eat nutritious foods and avoid junk food.

5. Complete Post Secondary Education

Whether you chose to go for your masters, a trade ticket, engineering or a bachelor, do it while you are young and your mind is still flexible.

6. Write Your Will

Your will is certainly not a fun document to write up, and in your twenties it does not need to be very long or complex, but it should exist to facilitate affairs for your family should something unfortunate happen.

7. Host A Family Gathering

Spend the day preparing appetizers and a meal you are proud to feed your loved ones. There is a simple joy in feeding others, it is giving to others with your efforts. Feeding others is a lovely way to show your love and respect for them, not to mention give the usual hosts a night off to enjoy the company of the family without having to slave in the kitchen all day to accomplish it.

8. Volunteer

Spend some time helping others. Whether it’s working with the homeless, children, elderly or neighbours. One of life joys is seeing appreciation for your deeds.

9. Attend A Festival In Your City

Whether it’s the Lighting of the Trees, a live music event, a food festival or an arts appreciation event, attend some. See the bright life of your city and enjoy the atmosphere of the event.

10. Read Tools Of Titans – Tim Ferris

Reading this book allowed me and a few of my friends some guidance and advice on how to live healthier and more productive lives. It is the one book I would recommend to every person in the world.

11. Enjoy A Meal In A Highly Rated Restaurant

Save up and enjoy an incredible meal. Take the advice for pairings and immerse yourself in the experience of fine dining.

12. Go On A Roadtrip

Grab a friend or your partner and spend a week sight seeing. Remember not to drive if too tired and enjoy some road trip snacks! Make sure to take pictures and cherish the memories.

13. Attend Live Music

Whether it be a festival in town or a concert you’ve been dying to see, enjoy the enthusiasm and energy of a crowd while you jam out to some great live music.

14. Sing Karaoke At Least Once

Face the fear of singing in public. It’s difficult and takes a lot of courage, things that require you to get past your discomfort are character building to say the least.

15. Hike A Mountain

Karaoke takes a little emotional discomfort, but hiking a mountain creates physical discomfort and requires dedication to the task. Surely a good exercise for strengthening your body and mind.

16. Visit A Gallery

Immerse yourself into the arts! Visit your local art gallery or museum and enjoy learning about the history that lives within the walls of such places.

17. Attend A Live Sporting Event

Whether you love sports or not, try to enjoy the event. Watch the crowds energy flow and take part in the excitement.

18. Watch Live Comedy

Whether you attend an internationally known performer or your local comedy club the evening is enjoyable. Laughing with friends by your side and a drink in your hand is surely one of life simple pleasures.

19. Have Your Portrait Taken

Whether to hang in your home, send to another or to be used for business purposes, it’s worth having a professional photograph of yourself.

20. Hang A Painting Of Yours

Take the time to paint something you are proud of and display it in your home. It brings a feeling of accomplishment as well as a comfortable and familiar feeling to the room.

21. Take Your Parents Out For A Nice Dinner

Take your parents out for a lovely diner to show your respect and appreciation for them.

22. Break A Bad Habit

Your health deserves your attention, whether you drink a little much, smoke, or eat junk food too often, it’s time to give up a bad habit and increase your health.

23. Learn To Drive

Even if you live in a city where driving is not necessary or even common for transportation, it is a valuable skill to hold. Take the time to learn and be licensed.

24. See The Northern Lights

Take the time to see one of natures true wonders. The Northern Lights dance so beautifully across the sky that they can trap your gaze for minutes at a time. The move so gracefully that you can’t tear your eyes away.

25. Write Something

Whether you write a journal, a blog, a short story or a poem, write something. Allow your thoughts to flow out of you. It’s a good exercise to maintain literacy and work your mind.

Let me know in the comments how many of the above you accomplished before turning 25, or some other things you think should have been included in the list!