Tips & Tricks

We’re like 5 months into this new world so I thought it would be interesting to hear what adjustments and tricks you’ve developed in this time. Some of my pandemic tips:

  • I’ve fully adopted the fanny pack lifestyle. They’re called belt bags or running belts now but it’s the same thing: hands-free storage for the few essential items I need when I venture out.
  • I put my phone in a Ziploc bag every single time I leave the house. My fingerprint ID and screen work fine through the plastic, and it allows me to use the phone without having to sanitize when I come home.
  • Parking lots and empty office building garages make excellent free gyms. They’re good for working out without encountering people (fucking runners without masks passing me on the sidewalk!), plus it’s cooler inside the garage on hot days. Most importantly, they’re actual destinations so I have places to hang out safely  outside my apartment.
  • Grocery stores are less crowded around 10 am.

What tips do you have? More importantly, how are you doing?

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9 Responses to Tips & Tricks

  1. Tracey says:

    Also, my new favorite app is called Intervals Pro. The free version is useless but the $8 paid version is awesome for HIIT workouts. You can set custom workouts and it uses voice-to-text to read you the exercises and timer.

    • gnidrah says:

      I like Heather Robertson for free workouts. She’s on YouTube/Insta etc.

      Oh and I am sure you know this – but in the UK, we call fanny packs “bum bags”. We find the US name inordinately funny, because we are a nation of children.

  2. Kate says:

    Good ideas! I’ll tell Packy about the parking garage one. He says no one in LA wears masks. We’re doing well here in NEPA. Low rate of Covid positives, and very few deaths thank goodness. We are able to eat outside at our favorite restaurants occasionally. Mostly we just cook or do takeout. We started up a family cocktail lesson weekly on zoom taking turns with the aunts and cousins and uncles and boyfriends and spouses an coming up with and teaching a new one. This week we’re going to make the Biden/Harris cocktail featured in Forbes this week. Bourbon based, Woohoo!

    • Tracey says:

      I love the idea of a cocktail Zoom! How was the Biden/Harris cocktail?

      I left LA right before the lockdown in March to come up to Northern California. People are mostly good about masks here but I have to walk by people without them every day.

      • Kate says:

        It was good! Had a bit of pear and coffee liquor, and a rim of cocoa powder mixed with salt. Also we finally got our Biden/Harris sign for the lawn!

  3. hotspur says:

    Boy, the mask rate here in LA really HAS plummeted. Do people really think it’s hard? I run in a mask. It is 85 degrees and insanely sunny and I am the color of Fluff, and shaped like a man who is smuggling a throw pillow. I am 73 years old. IF I CAN WEAR ONE, YOU CAN, JERKS.

    The ziplocked phone hack, Tracey, I might try that.

    Tonight I made brownies. One of my hacks has been to have one sweet treat every day. Jello with whipped cream, pudding, brownies. Just one! But my biggest isolation hack has been to figure out how to set timers on my phone, to shut off Twitter and Safari so that I don’t spend 4 hours per day on those things. I am a LOT more mentally healthy when I am not reading grim news about Republicans taking America apart piece by piece and extremist hot takes on celebrities that said something dumb. I STILL LOVE YOU DOJA CAT honestly please no one remind me what she did wrong, I managed to forget it.

    Forgetting stuff is another excellent hack!

    • gnidrah says:

      Hahaha sorry about Doja Cat, I think she was on one of my playlists!

      And I hear you on the pudding… though the pandemic pounds are now on their way back off and I’ll be honest with you, I’m the better for it.

  4. gnidrah says:

    I don’t know that I have necessarily learned a huge amount, but I do know that it’s reinforced for me a lot of what I already knew was important for me.

    Getting out of the house, even if it’s a 20-minute walk at the start of the day.

    Exercise (see above!)

    Cooking, I find it very therapeutic to just create something beautiful from a pile of ingredients.

    Make sure you talk to people. Zoom will do but phone or even in person (from a distance!) is better. There was one point in the middle of the lockdown where I think I went six or seven days without talking to another person IN PERSON, and I really suffered as a result.

    We are in a different phase to plenty of places, in that stuff is a bit more open than it was, so doing little things to bring back a little normality (within reason) are a real tonic – I went to an art exhibition the other day and even if it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen, just to be out there doing something felt really good.


    • Tracey says:

      There’s a new romcom on Netflix with Damon Wayans Jr and Rachael Leigh Cook! I don’t care about reviews I will watch it and probably love it!

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