5 Americans Discuss What They've Learned During Week 5 Of Isolation
Start writing a post

Thanks to coronavirus (COVID-19), most of the United States has gone into its own version of quarantine. While no one loves this new way of life we're adjusting to, it's the necessity that will eventually help us fling open our front doors and frolic freely once again! Premature thinking? Maybe. But while we're in the midst of this quarantine time, we're chatting about the most terrifying, the funniest, and the weirdest thing that quarantine has forced us into recently.

What did you miss the most this week? 

Tyler — I've missed riding my bike around the city, going to parks, and just generally breathing the outside air as much as I'm used to.

Michael — Sports. Until sports come back, my answer to this question will be sports.

Liv — This week I'm really missing my family. I live in Texas and they are in Pennsylvania, I was supposed to go home a few weeks ago but canceled the trip.

Marisa — This week I missed eating out with others the most. I used to look forward to evenings out with friends, family, or my boyfriend as a highlight of every week, and now I realize I really took those opportunities to get out and enjoy others' company for granted.

Lil — Last week would've been the beginning of the NBA playoffs. I miss sports so much.

What's the best thing to happen to you this week? 

Tyler — Sunsets. I live on the west side of my building and through the buildings, there is a little slit of sky. The sun comes down through it at around 7:30 every night and just fills my room with amazing light. And the feeling of those sunsets is indescribable. In light of being quarantined, they provide some lightness and clarity that I cannot get anywhere else.

Michael — I made nine consecutive shots on my basketball hoop in my backyard, and I have the video to prove it.

Liv — My apartment pool is closed and these two ducks come and swim and float in the pool every single day and it's the cutest thing.

Marisa — This weekend I got to spend time outside with my parents and watched our dogs play together all day. It was one of the best days of quarantine I've had yet.

Lil — The weather is now above 55 degrees and I could cry happy tears.

What social media account is your favorite right now? 

Tyler — Generally, just Animal Crossing threads on Instagram and Twitter.

Michael — @JoeyMulinaro is a great time.

Liv — @feminist on Instagram, so body and female positive that you can't help but feel like a boss bitch daily.

Marisa — I have to shout out @omsteve (Old Man Steve) on TikTok, a sweet 81-year-old man who makes the most heart-warming videos. Please check him out if you could use a smile.

Lil — I recently followed Mary Jelkovsky and she is so cool.

What did you buy online this week? 

Tyler — Groceries… and more groceries. Just all the groceries forever. That's it.

Michael — I rented "Signs" because I was in the mood to watch it and man, I love that movie so much. A great quarantine watch if you're looking for something a little bit more intense.

Liv — It would be an easier answer if you asked me what I didn't buy this week. My FAVORITE purchase is my new Himalayan Salt lamp that has been giving me life, it's the cutest little night light.

Marisa — My boyfriend and I ordered black sweats from Amazon that we plan to reverse tie-dye using bleach. I am incredibly excited about it.

Lil — I bought a cold brew coffee bottle, a cocktail bar set, and a new book. Apparently, I'm easily persuaded by free shipping.

Did you try anything new this week? 

Tyler — I sang in front of my partner which, while it isn't new, is vulnerable and felt new.

Michael — Well, my girlfriend and I re-located our quarantine location from Hoboken to South Jersey with my parents. So learning to live with my parents and girlfriend could definitely be described as "trying something new."

Liv — I purchased a keyboard (another one of my millions of purchases) and am teaching myself via YouTube to play!

Marisa — I tried several new recipes in the kitchen this week, my favorite being a bolognese sauce that I prepared with fresh homemade egg pasta. Delish! My next quarantine purchase just might be a pasta machine so that I can make fresh pasta on a regular basis.

Lil — I took a virtual Pilates class and it was a blast! I miss IRL studios, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

What has been the best internet dog you've seen this week? 

Tyler — I've been super into Vizslas lately. So it's got to be Olive.

Michael — I can't stop watching this.

Liv — Ollie, a dog posted by @weratedogs, had surgery and I donated to his costs and have been keeping up with his progress!

Marisa — Selfishly, I am choosing my own dog this week, Dill. You can find him on Instagram and Tiktok as @dilltheminidox. This week we posted a video of him attempting to howl, and it is too cute not to share.

Lil — Oh, @samsonofnorway is the fluffiest little love.

What have you been bingeing this week? 

Tyler — Still binging "Twin Peaks," but I watched "Too Hot To Handle" and…eh…

Michael — "Schitt's Creek" and I am officially in love with Alexis Rose, thank you for asking.

Liv — I binged "Too Hot To Handle" and rewatching old episodes of "The Office."

Marisa — I watched all of "Too Hot To Handle" in two days, because who didn't? I'm also making my way through "Schitt's Creek" and rewatching "Dawson's Creek" for the umpteenth time.

Lil — I started "West Wing" and now I'm ready to run for office.

What's the best snack you've had this week? 

Tyler — Lily's Crispy Rice Dark Chocolate.

Michael — Pizza! You eat it just like you do for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but instead, you eat a piece in between those meals and it is a "snack." So good.

Liv — I've been loving flavored almonds lately, so tasty.

Marisa — In an effort to support one of my favorite local businesses, I ordered food from my favorite boardwalk pizzeria and had the most delicious, massively HUGE garlic knots. I wish I had more to much on now.

Lil — Just take a spoon to a jar of peanut butter, you'll never be disappointed.

Want to be a part of this panel in future weeks? Want to host a panel of your own? Email lily.moe@theodysseyonline.com for more information!

As an Amazon Affiliate partner, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

Report this Content
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments