five antisocial distractions for social distancing

This month has been super interesting hahaha!! Somehow despite all the absolutely goofy (read: scary) things that’ve been happening internationally lately, my studio apartment has not gotten any more interesting than it was before. Luckily I was raised by a very busy single parent, which all latchkey kids know means I am well versed in the art of entertaining myself. As a kid this meant a game my sister and I played, aptly named ‘try not to get hit in the head with a rusty bar’– a game with very few winners. As an adult my attempts to entertain myself have a lower risk of concussion, but are still fairly effective. So I thought I’d collect a list of things I’ve been up to lately that have made social distancing a little more enjoyable.

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books so ~fall~ they’ll make you astral project into a pumpkin

As the ever astute athenastudying on tumblr (AKA Meike) has recently reminded me, summer is coming to an end and with it any hopes of finishing my ambitious summer reading list. Though I am looking forward to sweating marginally less in the Berlin subway system and finally being able to break out my expansive turtleneck collection without seeming– ah what’s the word– ridiculous, I will now have significantly less time to read than I did this summer. On the bright side, I feel that many books are better read in the seasons to which they apply. If I’m going to read about foggy mornings and crisp air, I’d prefer to not be reading it while I sweat from my literal butt. So in the spirit of the changing of the seasons (Two Door Cinema Club please don’t sue), wrap yourself in a cable knit blanket, snort a pumpkin spice latte, and enjoy some autumnal reads that really bob my apples.

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how to read like you did when you were twelve before you lost your attention span

When I first got my iPod touch in the 7th grade I used to use its screen as a flashlight so I could secretly read past my bedtime instead of actually using the iPod touch. Now I have the attention span of a gnat and exactly one million unread books on my shelves, but over the past two years I’ve slowly been getting back into reading. Here are a couple tips and tricks I’ve used over the last few years to combat the feeling that I’ve been getting progressively more average since middle school (and to read more).

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