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    25 May 2020

    If You Find Yourself With Nothing To Do, Try These Ways To Entertain Yourself

    "Ew, David"

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    1. Watch Schitt's Creek.

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    If you have yet to watch the iconic TV show directed by father and son duo, Dan and Eugene Levy, you're in for an absolute treat. I started watching the show years ago, when the first two seasons popped up on my "Netflix recommended" — I've been a die-hard fan since.

    The show features a wealthy family that's stripped of all their possessions — except for a rural town Johnny (played by Eugene Levy) purchased as a joke for his son, David (played by Dan Levy), for his birthday. You can imagine the hilarious scenarios that play out as they begin to adapt to their new environment.

    Each character is played ridiculously well and you're bound to fall in love with the dialogue and story arc in no time. The sixth and final season has just been put up for streaming, so if you want a bunch of laughs and incredibly quotable dialogue, get to watching.

    Watch it on Netflix.

    2. Read The Versions Of Us.

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    "Versions Of Us tells the love story of Eva and Jim in three different scenarios that alter based on the moment where they met (or didn't meet). Essentially it's an ode to fate and shows how tiny little decisions can drastically change our lives.

    This book actually helped me out a lot. It reminded me of the values I've always lived by and the fact that I can't control anyone or anything else. The only control I have is over my own decisions and, as this book shows, that's an immense power."

    Clare Aston

    Read Clare's full review on the book as well as her journey with bibliotherapy here.

    Buy the paperback from Amazon Australia for $19.50 or the Kindle edition for $11.99.

    3. Listen to The Fall Line.

    The Fall Line

    The Fall Line is a podcast underneath the Exactly Right Podcast Network umbrella (think My Favourite Murder and The Purrrcast). It's a true-crime podcast that covers cases of murder and missing persons from minority communities. It was created by Laurah Norton — who writes, hosts and researches the episodes — and Brooke Hargrove, who conducts the interviews with family members and the community.

    I listened to — and can wholeheartedly recommend — season 5, which covered the case of Shy'Kemmia Pate, who was abducted from her neighbourhood in the late '90s.

    Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

    4. Play Puyo Puyo.

    Amazon

    If you're a fan of Tetris, you'll absolutely adore Puyo Puyo. It's especially fun when you play in multiplayer mode with your friends. The better you're doing, the more you send obstacles to your opponents. Fair warning though— it will probably cause you and your household just as much drama as a game of Monopoly would, so tread carefully!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for the Nintendo Switch for $37.50.

    5. Attempt to regrow veggies, herbs and fruits.

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    This Nifty video covers all three and gives enough information so that even a novice green thumb like myself can follow. I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but since we've started social distancing, the thought of growing my own plants to consume (or just love) has heightened in appeal. If you're also broke, or just don't want to spend your money on plants and seeds, this is a great way to reuse what you've got!

    Watch the video on Nifty.

    And here are some glass jars you can use to get started.

    6. Make any of these Tasty Instant Pot recipes.

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    Somehow, even though I seem to have so much more time now that we're self-isolating, I seem to be having more trouble taking the time to cook a decent meal. Insert Instant Pots. These recipes include shredded chicken tacos, pot roast with mashed cauliflower, healthier veggie fried rice and garlic herb shrimp and spaghetti squash.

    My colleague Mariela also recently tried out an Instant Pot to see what it was like— read about her experience here.

    See the recipes here and If you don't currently own an Instant Pot, you can grab one for $189.

    7. And finally, follow Frances Cannon (@frances_cannon) on Instagram.

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    When an artist features work on their Instagram that I'm not sure I can put in my posts, I know I have to include them in this list. Frances is a Melbourne-based, queer artist that I thoroughly enjoy seeing on my feed. Follow Frances for boundless body positivity and hilariously relatable content.

    When you're done browsing her ridiculously gorgeous Instagram page, head on over to her shop where you can purchase a tattoo ticket. This means you can choose whichever one of her designs speaks to you the most — trust me, they will YELL — and have it tattooed on you after restrictions are lifted. I know I'm getting one (sorry, Mum).

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