After I landed in LA, I quarantined myself in an airbnb for two weeks. It was strange being back home without being able to see my friends, going out to my favorite eateries or roaming around freely. Even though I was back from Edinburgh, I was still enrolled in my study abroad classes so I spent a majority of my time working on my assignments. One of my assignments required that I make a presentation of my research so I ended up connecting my laptop to the TV through an HDMI cable, set up a mini table on the bed and propped up my phone on the table to record myself giving the presentation. There were a lot of takes. But I finally managed to do it! Yay for online classes…
I also spent a good amount of my time catching up on reading! I ordered a massive pile of books on Thriftbooks, a site that sells a bunch of used books for very affordable prices. I would definitely recommend it especially during this time of self isolation.
Some books I ordered included:
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
I haven’t been able to read all the books yet but so far, I would definitely recommend The Defining Decade to any twenty-something year olds as it really challenged me to change my perspective on this decade of life and motivated me to continue striving towards my goals.
I found that going on runs around the neighborhood really improves my mood by giving me a surge of endorphins, something I definitely need. During one of my runs, I came across this MASSIVE cactus. It was pretty amazing.
To the right is a picture of the Trader Joes line I waited in. It took about 40 minutes or so. Thus is the reality of life now but I appreciate the social distancing measures they’re taking to prevent overcrowding in their stores. I also appreciate all the grocery store and field workers who are continuing to work in this pandemic, ensuring that we’re getting the food we need. While this virus ended up changing so many of my plans, I need to remind myself that there’s still a lot to be thankful for.
Thanks again for reading! :’)