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We have a heavy heart for those who are suffering and are on the front lines of confronting Coronavirus. By no means do we take this lightly, but for those who have been sent home and are facing isolation, we have some ideas on how to avoid the Sunday Scaries, which may be every day at this point.

Here are 10 ways to keep busy:

1. Doctor Who

Let’s start with the obvious. There are 50 years (and counting) worth of Doctor Who episodes, which can easily take a month to go through from start to finish. According to RadioTimes, to be more exact, it’d take 28 days 7 hours and 50 minutes. By the time you’re back to work, you’ll be able to impress your coworkers with an encyclopedic knowledge.

2. Grab an e-pal 

Watching TV is one way (a great way) to pass time, but it can still be isolating. Why not set up an informal TV Watching Club with friends. It can be done over email, text or video chat. It’d be similar to a book club, but… TV. We would suggest coming up with prompts and questions in advance (like a book club), to then discuss as a group. Why not go back to Orphan Black, which has its own #CloneClub, as there are plenty of storylines to mull over.

3. Killing Eve 

We watch Killing Eve on rotation, by choice. It’s just that good. With season three of Killing Eve premiering on April 26, it’s a great time to go back and soak up seasons one and two for all they have to offer. There may be something new to you, that was missed the first, second, third time around. It’s a great conversation starter,  like, “Remember when Villanelle said to Eve, ‘I like you Eve, but I don’t like you that much.” Zing!

4. Cooking Brit-ish dishes 

A lot of KE revolves around food, as highlighted in this fun write-up. We are by no means stellar in the kitchen, but did some dabbling this week, giving the British sausage roll an American slant. The above turned out more like sausage bars, but they taste good. The recipe? It’s easy! Store bought crescent rolls laid in a pan, with a layer of sausage, topped with crescent rolls. Bake for 15 minutes (give or take). And, done. We’d love to hear what you come up with.

5. Writing letters

In 2015, Anglo favorites like Benedict Cumberbatch took part in a letter reading performance. Cumberbatch and other celebs read letters written by historical figures, including Alan Turing and Queen Elizabeth II. Rather than reading the letters aloud, it makes us think to sit down with pen and paper and write one. Surely, it would be lovely for the recipient to get a surprise in the mail. It’s one thing to keep busy, but also important to check in with others.

6. Get your cleaning on 

This one might seem obvious, but what a great time to catch-up on chores. And, you can practice your British vocabulary at the same time. For example, vacuuming is called hoovering in the U.K. As you make your way through the house, you can quiz yourself on your Britcentric knowledge. Cleaning is much less of a task when made into a game. If you’d like to see how your home differs from those in the U.K., the above Anglo web series episode has all the deets.

7. Broadchurch 

Had enough of dusting? Go back to TV watching. We’re all about a reward system. Two hours of cleaning = one hour of TV. BBC America’s drama Broadchurch deals with a heavy subject matter, to the point that it might cheer a person up. Like, I’m sitting at home bored, but at least I’m not dealing with that. You can look for Anglo favorites David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Arthur Darvill and DW‘s Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. All. In. One. Place.

8. Go through old photos 

If you have some down time, it’s fun to go through old pictures. A lot of us take snaps, but then they just stay on the phone. Here’s one we found of a police post from our last visit to London, England. Coming upon what appeared to be a mini TARDIS definitely caught our eye. We’d love to see what you find, please share if you fancy it. You can send via Facebook messenger if you like, and we can share with the Anglo community.

9. Chatting on the phone 

We live in a digital age and everyone is so connected via the internet. Some of us forget to pick up the phone. And, what to talk about? Hmm… how about your favorite TV show? That’s our go-to of course. BBC America recently launched the new animal series, Seven Worlds, One Planet. We’ve done a post highlighting some of the wildlife seen in the series. Now all that’s left to do is… discuss!

10. Write a comment

 

We love hearing from you, always. And, if you have a case of the lonelies, you can write to to us in the comments section and we’ll write you back. We’re here for you. Feel free to bring up a topic and we can all have a chat.

Is there a topic you’d like to discuss? Let us know, and we’ll get on it!! 

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By Brigid Brown