What you can do while you’re stuck at home
Before you bunker down, take a quick trip grab a new book at a local shop, such as Full Circle or Commonplace Books. Full Circle is offering a “Honk and Holler” option right now, so call and order your book, pull up and they’ll bring it to your car. You can also call the store at 405-842-2900 to order a book and have it mailed to your bunker. There’s a 10% discount offered for taking advantage of this option.
While you’re at home, we’d especially love it if you took the time to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census. The questionnaire is available online and will be showing up in your mail in April. The city needs an accurate headcount, so take the time and fill it out. Experts estimate each household that doesn't complete the Census survey costs our community about $1,675 in local federal funding per person, per year, for 10 years
Another thing you can do at home is continue to shop local. Many stores are offering curbside pickup, so you can stay home, browse their website, go pick up your item and never have to encounter another human. Black Scintilla women’s boutique, Green Bambino baby goods store and Plenty Mercantile is ready to bring your goods to your car. Plenty is stocked up on crazy puzzles, including some without corners.
While the physical libraries may be closed, the Metropolitan Library System will continue to provide the many digital services you can access from home, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming movies and TV services; free access to magazines and newspapers; and more.
And hey, you don’t have to worry about those late fees. If you have Metropolitan Library materials in your possession that are coming due during this time, late fees will not accrue during this period of library closure.
If you want to get in some activity, you can watch and participate in an online yoga class taught by This Land Yoga or see if you’re favorite yogi is offering something similar.
Another idea is to try out a new recipe. In this chaotic time, we all need comfort food and Oklahoma’s own, The Pioneer Woman, always has tons of great recipes. Just be sure to read how much the recipe makes before you buy all the ingredients. She cooks to feed a ranch, so you might not need to make it as large to feed your team. This author recommends her macaroni and cheese recipe.
Of course, in this day and age, you don’t have to cook. You can order your food and have it delivered. We hope that when you do that, you’ll support a locally-owned restaurant and help your neighbors during this time when we’re all encouraged to stay home.