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As the pandemic stretches into its second year, it’s quickly becoming apparent that nights out on the town will be on pause for quite a while yet. If you’re stuck at home for yet another evening, try one of these ideas to make your experience just a little more fun.

Watch a New Movie

Movies are one of the major staples of at-home entertainment. This time, instead of dipping into your current collection or browsing through one of your tried-and-true genres, try looking for a movie that’s completely outside of your normal tastes. If you like drama, browse the action section. If you’re normally a science fiction fan, take a look at the comedy specials. Let yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit; if you’re lucky, you’ll find a new favorite movie to treasure.

Listen to a Full Album

Between radio stations and curated playlists, almost no one listens to full albums anymore. Take things back to the old days by listening to an entire album from beginning to end. Artists put serious effort into creating tracks that go together thematically; if you listen to them in the order they were intended, you might discover an entirely new meaning. Most albums are around 45 minutes long, which is just a bit more time than two episodes of your favorite television show. Dim the lights, lay back on the couch, and let yourself get carried away by the music.

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Make an Exciting Mix Drink

There’s nothing wrong with having a drink or two in the evening, especially if you’re stuck at home. But instead of opening a beer or pouring a glass of wine, why not try making the kind of cocktail that you might get at the bar? To start, head on down to your local liquor store to see what kinds of exciting spirits they have in stock. Then, use the internet to find a mix drink recipe that highlights your flavor of choice. This can be a fun skill to learn at home, and then to show off at parties once it is safe to go out.

Call Someone You Love

You can’t see other people during a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you need to fall out of touch. The time after dinner and before bed is a great chance to catch up with friends and family. Make a cup of tea, kick back in your favorite armchair, and call up that cousin that you never seem to have time for. Don’t forget to talk about the new movies and music that you’ve been enjoying. If they’re of age, you might even share your new mix drink recipe.

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with boredom. No matter what kind of media you like or what kind of foods you like to consume, you can make things more interesting by varying your usual routine. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, and you’ll find that even your normal amenities are that much more entertaining.

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Lizzie Weakley

By Lizzie Weakley
who is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.

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