Some people are more cut out for social distancing than others. For those who already enjoyed spending long periods of time in the house and have myriad home-based hobbies, this "new normal" is – at least for now – a surreal dream come true.
But for others, those who prefer or are accustomed to the on-the-move lifestyle, it will be a challenging time. After all, a person can only binge watch so many episodes of "The Office" in one sitting.
So here are some ideas for stimulating things to do during this strange, strange time.
- Take a tour of a national park here.
- Take a free, online class from an Ivy League school here.
- Peruse the NASA media library here.
- Bake yourself some sourdough bread – or, if you bring something new to the table (quite literally), check out Lori Fredrich's Quarantine Kitchen cooking show live-stream series.
- Take a free, online, 30-day photography class with local photographer Jessica Kaminski here.
- Do some online fitness or yoga – the Peloton app is free for 30 days or with Milwaukee's Empower Yoga here.
- Binge listen to a podcast. We shamelessly suggest Food Crush or Dandelions: A Podcast for Women.
- Create an electronic musical masterpiece by downloading the Moog and Korg synthesizer apps for free – info here.
- Check out a 14 day mini-edit on The Home Edit or their Instagram page.
- Learn to solve the Rubik's cube for free with Cubing MKE.
- Download Smule and start karaoke-ing – it's free to download, $7.99 for a month.
- Rent a movie from Sofa Cinema (and support Milwaukee Film and the Oriental Theater in the process).
- Watch 15 available Broadway plays for free.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.