Just like the creations I build out of LEGO bricks or the stories I create on the page, I am constantly working on building a life and figuring out how to adult. I'm Just 1 Person Blog: http://imjust1person.com
Emergency Prep Kit: Contents
I’m just 1 person who likes to be prepared for emergencies. My parents started me out years ago when I moved into my new home by gifting me a big, blue, plastic bin with some great supplies to have on hand in case of an emergency. When the pandemic hit, I realized how much more I actually needed in my emergency prep kit and ended up filling two additional bins with various supplies until I finally felt I was prepared.
“Stay Safe” During the Pandemic
I’m just 1 person who wants everyone to stay safe. In fact, those are usually the last words I say as I sign off of a Zoom call. What I really mean is “now that I’ve spent time with you online, I want to be able to see you again in the future!” Everybody has a different opinion of what staying safe means to them in this time. Additionally, different regions, states, and countries have certain mandates that must be followed. I can’t keep everyone well physically and mentally, but I can hope that they’ll do their part to keep themselves and those around them safe.
My Journey to Stay Safe
I’m just 1 person concerned about my own safety. Whether you’re in your own home or out traveling the world or online, there are many potential safety threats. But there are also many ways to be prepared, aware, smart, and look after yourself.
Top 10 Bullet Journaling Tips
I’m just 1 person who learns a lot by trying (and sometimes failing). I’ve made a lot of changes to the way I use my bullet journal, including what spreads and trackers were useful to me. Even though I kept a bullet journal for years, I didn’t use the rapid logging method with weekly spreads until this year. Here are the things I’ve learned about keeping a bullet journal during the past three years.
- Top Story - February 2021
6 Pandemic Habits I Hope To KeepTop Story - February 2021
While my methods are maybe a little obsessive and lean toward paranoia, I choose to take the precautions that make me feel as in control as I can be during an out-of-control pandemic. Still, when all this is over, I will not miss wearing masks any time I’m outside of my house or putting my incoming mail/purchases/groceries in a holding area for 3-7 days. I will not miss hand sanitizing repeatedly. I will not miss having to stay apart from my family and friends.
Trip(s) to Italy (Travel from Home #2)
It all started with some pasta I wanted to try. So my next travel from home destination was Italy. I asked my BookCrossing group for recommendations and got so many! I ended up choosing two books from my To Be Read mountain. The first book has been on my TBR shelf for about twelve years now (it was on my friend’s Italy list in Goodreads) and the second is an audiobook I also got through BookCrossing and hadn’t even realized was set in Italy.
Celebrating Oktoberfest (Travel from Home #4)
Honestly, going to Germany for Oktoberfest has never been on my bucket list. I have a friend who goes to celebrate it every year, but I've never really understood the appeal. As I don’t drink or eat meat, that's probably to be expected. Because of this, my celebration of Oktoberfest turned out to be much different from the typical experience (but perhaps just as carb-heavy).
- Top Story - February 2021
Evening in Japan (Travel from Home #5)Top Story - February 2021
I was looking forward to sushi for almost a month before I finally managed this travel from home trip to Japan. The evening felt like a wonderful treat! I was so excited, I ended up indulging a little bit by buying some extra food.
Picnic in Paris (Travel from Home #1)
My friend and former coworker started a travel blog with her friend: Trek Simple. Though we’re in the middle of a pandemic and can’t actually travel, they suggested travelling from home. Their first suggestion, Picnic in Paris, was so much fun that I decided I might try one virtual trip a month. Here’s what I did for my first “trip” the weekend before Bastille Day.
Observing Burns Night (Travel from Home #7)
Scotland is possibly my favorite country (apart from my own). I used to have a map of the country on the wall above my bed. I’ve always wanted to celebrate Burns Night, but going to a Burns Night supper was definitely not in the cards this year. So I threw my own celebration and traveled to Scotland from home.
Tea in England (Travel from Home #3)
My Harry Potter group hosts a tea every year. This year, we shared tea virtually via Zoom on board the Hogwarts Express on the way to Hogwarts at the beginning of September. I took the opportunity to incorporate that into a personal fake trip to England.
Dancing and Dinner in India (Travel from Home #8)
I forgot that I wanted to fake visit China in February in honor of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and by the time I remembered, I was already halfway through my Bollywood movie. So I’ll just have to do China next year for the year of the tiger. Because my sister was adopted from India, I grew up learning about the culture (and mostly hating the food); as a family, we’d attend an Indian cultural immersion summer camp every year. In some ways, my fake trip there felt familiar, but there were also some new experiences to enjoy. So I had a lot of fun, even though I forgot my original plan.