an introvert’s guide to quarantine bliss

or how i learned to stop worrying and love the calm

As an introvert, I love the idea of never leaving the house. It doesn’t matter what the event is – I can always find a reason not to go. So the idea of a self-imposed quarantine sounds amazing.

If you don’t believe me, here’s what my husband does to show he cares: he takes our kid and leaves for the day. I have the whole house to myself, alone. It’s glorious.

All I need to work is a laptop and an Internet connection, so COVID-19 means more work (for now). Lots of website announcements and emails to send. If I see another one of those “49 Things to Do While Quarantined” articles I’m going to break something. So in the spirit of irony, I’m going to write one of those articles. Writing about all the things I would love to be doing is actually doing one of them (#8). The complete list is below: keep scrolling to read in order, or click any item to jump to that section.

If you have no idea what to do with free time at home… here’s what I would/will be doing. I’ll include suggestions to make it super easy for you.

1. read the crap out of some books

1. read the crap out of some books

With the exception of art supply stores, art museums, and artisanal dark chocolate, actual, physical, ink-printed-on-paper books are my favorite things ever.

Most of what I read comes from Mid-Continent Public Library. I play this game of alternating holds for new books and available now books, hoping I can stagger arrival. Lucky for me, I lost that game and everything came in at once before the library shut down. I’ve got a stack of 4 books I haven’t even opened yet. I’m already reading 3. I also have at least 10 unread books in my personal library. My happiness is directly proportional to the amount of books surrounding me at any given moment:

If quarantined, I would brew a cup of tea, fight a cat for the comfiest spot in the house (shout out to beanbags), and read for hours.

Handy Suggestion Box:
Love reading? Peruse your own shelves, see if you can borrow something from a non-COVID infected friend, or buy a book on Amazon. We all know their merch sits in giant robot patrolled warehouses, so it’s
probably safe. Burn the dust jacket if you’re worried (I hate dust jackets). If you’re brave, you could order used books from Half Price Books online inventory.
Not a fan of printed words on flattened trees? Go the audiobook route and download Libby, an app that lets you check out audio or ebooks from the library. You could also get a free trial of Audible, which is currently offering kids books for free.

If helpful, a couple book series suggestions:

For Kids:

  • Our favorite author is Adam Rubin. We love every one of his books, but our favorite series are Those Darn Squirrels.
  • We’ve really been enjoying the Nick & Tesla series (available through MCPL on Libby). They’re about a couple of 11 year old kids, so probably better for that age range, but I read them to the 5 year old and ask questions/explain things. Very science-y spy stuff.

For Adults: