So we've all been locked down and there's only so much Netflix / Prime / Disney / HBO you can watch and computer games you can play. What has everyone been doing to pass the time?
When you're completely stuck inside and working from home it can get a bit boring staring at the same walls all day and then in the evening as well. As it was spring and getting a bit nicer out, I decided to buy a fire-pit - some reason to sit outside (I get bored just sitting there and need something todo).
It's a mobile, hi-tech, smokeless fire-pit that you can control with your app. It's really fun being able to turn a campfire up and down from your phone. I've tried cooking on it with charcoal (usually home-made Adana Kebabs) and then you can lower the basket and put wood on for smores and flame. It's nice sitting out on the lawn in the evening, check it out:
My other indulgence was also to go outside more. Angharad wanted to go on bike rides so I got a new ... electric scooter! What? Pedal? No thank you. We're fortunate to live close to walking / cycle paths with some alongside a river and it's a pleasant way to spend some time getting fresh air.
It's so much fun, it's like being a 5 year old. The best thing is the reactions you get - the ones from kids I kind of expected, typically (some kid on a leg-power kick scooter) "whoah! that is so cool!" (and yes, I end up riding down the street with a little posey like a weird mini biker-gang) but when you go for a ride in the morning you meet loads of old people and you hear them saying "ooh, look Margaret, I want to have a go on one of those!".
I got a Segway / Ninebot Max from Costco, which is a model used by a lot of the rental companies. It feels very solid and has a good range although it's heavy (but I'm not commuting with it).
Last thing was cheap-as-chips but fascinating and that is a lock pick set and practice locks! These are perspex locks so you can see the mechanism inside and it's fascinating learning about how locks work and how you can (maybe) open them. It's also frightening when you watch how quickly the experts can open them - checkout the "lockpickinglawyer" on YouTube.
I'm not planning on any new career as a master-criminal but who knows, one day I'll have to make a Bond style escape from the left's Gulags and I'll be prepared.