My Lockdown Life 2.0: An Update | Lots of Free Time, Even More Books, and a Sudden Animal Crossing Obsession

Lockdown Life Update

Hello my loves! I hope you’re all faring well and haven’t gone totally stir-crazy in your houses. It’s been about a month since I did my last one of these posts (it’s here if you missed it), but I’m back with an update: I’ve been furloughed. I don’t know if that term is being used outside the UK, so what it basically means is that I no longer go to work, and the governement pays 80% of my usual wage. It’s part of a scheme to stop everybody losing their jobs when their employers can no longer afford to stay open.

In my case, the postal service in the UK has just absolutely fallen apart, so the online store I work for can no longer send out orders. No orders means no money, so I am now at home being payed by the government while we wait for Royal Mail to get their act together. (If you want an idea of how bad it is, we’re a very small business and in one morning we received 45 separate complaints about lost and delayed mail. It’s a nightmare.)

So, I now find myself at home, with nothing to do and nowhere to go, for the entire month of May. It’ll either be fun, or send me insane. I’m hoping it’s the former, not the latter. Just to keep me entertained (and hopefully entertain you, too) I thought I’d do another one of these posts to let you know what I’ve been up to. Without further ado, here are even more ways I’ve been keeping myself occupied during lockdown.

And just in case anyone is feeling a bit down, here’s a picture of my dog sunbathing:

His name is Pip!

πŸ‹ Crocheted a doll of my favourite Disney Princess πŸ‹

I absolutely adore Rapunzel, and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched Tangled. So when I went on Etsy and this pattern by GreenFrogCrochet popped up, I knew I needed it. They have patterns for almost all the princesses, and they are absolutely adorable, so if you’re into crochet at all you should defintiely check them out!

πŸ‹ I played Animal Crossing for the first time πŸ‹

Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS

With the entire internet overflowing with New Horizons content right now, I obviously wanted to jump on the bandwagon. Not owning a Nintendo Switch (or wanting to purchase one solely for a game I’ve never played) I decided instead that I would get a copy for a console I already owned. So I ordered a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf for my 3DS. It arrived at exactly the same time my best friend purchased a Switch Lite with New Horizons, and after a couple days of photos and messages about all these amazing features my older copy of the game just didn’t have, I was suitably jealous. Soooo, I did what any (non) sensible person would do…

πŸ‹ I bought a Nintendo Switch πŸ‹

Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch

Not just any Switch – the Animal Crossing: New Horizons limited edition console. Getting my hands on this was no mean feat – anyone who’s tried to purchase any type of Switch that isn’t the Lite version recently will know that these things have become like actual gold dust. If you don’t want to pay double the RRP to some profiteering hoarder on eBay, you have to work pretty hard. With the help of a handy dandy website called Stock Informer, I managed to get my hands on one, and thanks to the beauty of Next Day Delivery, I now have an adorable pastel coloured console to whittle away the lockdown hours.

πŸ‹ I read a book in a day πŸ‹

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

It has been soooo long since I raced through a book as fast as I did this one. Welcome to a new favourite series of mine, people! I have had the first four books in The Great Library series on my shelf for a couple of years now, but I’ve been too afraid to pick them up. They’re by Rachel Caine, author of another of my favourite series (The Morganville Vampires) and I was too afraid of disappointment. There was no need for me to worry, though – Ink and Bone lived up to everything I loved about Morganville, with a few great new additions. Including: an unique new fantasy world, a new group of diverse core characters, reluctant gay dads, and intense found family vibes. Read my review on Goodreads.

πŸ‹ I baked. A lot. πŸ‹

Nothing soothes the soul quite like beating up some sugar and butter with a wooden spoon, then adding some other ingredients and being rewarded with warm treats at the end of it. So far I’ve made strawberry pie, custard from scratch (which… did not go well), meringues (with all the egg whites I didn’t use in the custard), healthy blueberry muffins, unhealthy banoffee cake, and I’m planning to make some stuffed red velvet cookies.

πŸ‹ I tried to get back into making fanart πŸ‹

As I’ve repeatedly pointed out, while this blog is called Scribbles & Stories, it’s 95% stories and only 5% scribbles. In an attempt to change that (and maybe diversify my Etsy store, who knows) I’m turning to bookish fanart. I’ve got a super vivid imagination when it comes to reading – I’m definitely one of those readers who visualises everything. That means I have a pretty clear picture of what I think the characters look like, which sounds like an advantage but usually turns into a hinderance when I can’t quite capture how they look in my head.

πŸ‹ I discovered podcasts πŸ‹

The Magnus Archives podcast by Rusty Quill

I’ve only ever listened to one podcast before, and it was a non-fiction, interview style one. (The Art Side of Life, if you’re wondering.) I’ve never listened to a story-based one before, but I’ve been chatting to Veronika from Wordy and Whimsical, and she recommended The Magnus Archives to me. I’m not exactly short of time nowadays, so I decided to give it a go! Aaaand now I’m hooked. It’s a bunch of super atomspheric supernatual horror stories, each told one per episode. I’ve been promised that they link up eventually, so I’m interested to see how that goes!

πŸ‹ I got ready to add some new listings to my Etsy store! πŸ‹

If you didn’t know, I have a little Etsy store where I sell handmade book sleeves! Since I have an abundance of time at the moment, I’ve been creating and photographing some new designs. I have so much fun staging these photos, does anyone think I should start a bookstagram? I’ve been toying with the idea for a while but I’m unsure. Let me know what you think! And if you’re interested in the sleeves, you can find them on my store.

πŸ‹ What I’ve Been Reading πŸ‹

I’m still working entirely from my TBR Jar, so all of these books were decided totally at random. It’s working out well for me! Even when I don’t enjoy some of the books I pick out, I’m glad to finally have tried them and, where necessary, gotten them off my shelves to make room for new books I will enjoy.

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness

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Ah, what a delight. Not in a happy, fluffy way (at all, in the slightest) but in the satisfying, I’ve-just-read-an-excellent-book way. This book had me literally (I really mean literally) sat up on the edge of my seat. I absolutely raced through the last 100 pages. I don’t think I’ve EVER read a story as brilliant as this.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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This was an epic in every sense of the word. The writing was incredible, the relationships between characters were so well crafted, and the world was truly staggering in scale. It has an in-depth history, a rich mythology, and many, many dragons.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

DNF

Unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to finish this book, for reasons I’m planning to talk about in a future post. I was really invested in the plot, and the writing was good, but I found it so problematic I couldn’t put up with it. To sum it up briefly: I thought the whole world was really unnecessarily misogynistic, and aside from the multiple casual mentions of rape, it was Elias’s constant sexist thoughts and comments that finally did it for me. Sorry to everyone who loves this series, but I just couldn’t look past it.

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

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From a tragic disappointment to a roaring success, I finally got around to the first book in my favourite author’s latest series. If you’re wondering why I took so long to get to a series by my favourite author, that would be the crushing fear of disappointment. Turns out my worry was unnecessary and, as mentioned earlier, I devoured this book in a single day. I’m reading the next book Paper and Fire right now, making this the first series I’ve binged in quite a while. If you want to experience a dystopian world based entirely and books and libraries, then please check this out.

Well, this was another fun update! I have to be honest, I’ve quite been enjoying all this free time at home. Obviously the situation right now isn’t ideal, but it can’t be helped, so I’m just making the most of it. I hope this post has given you some ideas (or at least kept you entertained) if you are similarly stuck at home with not much to do!

Do you think I should start a bookstagram? Have you been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Do you want to swap friend codes? Chat with me about everything you’ve been up to in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

14 thoughts on “My Lockdown Life 2.0: An Update | Lots of Free Time, Even More Books, and a Sudden Animal Crossing Obsession

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re not able to work at the moment πŸ˜” Thank goodness you’re still getting paid, but it’s definitely not the same as having a job. I’m glad to hear that you’ve found some ways to keep yourself entertained, though! (Also, I want to hug your dog ❀ )
    YOUR LITTLE RAPUNZEL IS SO ADORABLE!!! ❀ ❀ ❀ I’m obsessed!!
    And hooray for finding a new favorite series! Ink and Bone has been on my TBR for ages, so thanks for the encouragement to finally pick it up πŸ˜€ I’m SO glad you enjoyed The Ask and the Answer – I think that’s my favorite from that trilogy, which is already incredible as a whole.
    I hope you’re able to keep busy and most of all safe going forward! ❀

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    1. Aww, I’m sure Pip would very much appreciate a hug! Haha thank you, I love her so she now lives on my bookshelf (the best place to be). πŸ˜„

      Oooh, I’m so glad Ink and Bone is on your TBR. Rachel Caine is my FAVOURITE author so I would highly encourage you to read it 😜 The Ask and the Answer was just so good, I can’t get over it. I’m super excited to finish the trilogy but also I needed a rest after that dramatic ending!

      Thank you, I hope you’re also doing well and staying safe! ❀

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  2. I totally understand how you feel about finishing the Chaos Walking trilogy! Now I want to reread it πŸ˜€
    I hope everything gets better with your work. Your crochet work looks immaculate (I myself also love making crochet dolls, although lately I’ve been more into making clothing), I’m so jealous!

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    1. It’s such a good series, I’m not sure I’ll ever truly stop thinking about it. Thank you! I love crochet but I don’t do it nearly as much as I should. Crochet clothing sounds amazing! I rarely have the patience for bigger projects so I appluad you for that! πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. Okay, first of all, Pip is adorable!! Has he been named Pip because of Great Expectations, or does his name come from somewhere else? Oh wow, Rapunzel looks incredibly, you did such a great job, and I also love the book sleeves you’re selling. Also, yay, finding a new favorite book/series is always such an incredible feeling!! Ahh, I’m so happy you’re enjoying The Magnus Archives!! I love the podcast so much, I’ve been reading fanfiction (which I never do) and looking at all the wonderful fanart recently and ah, my heart!! I just adore all the characters in it so much. Your baked goods look tasty. πŸ˜€

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    1. He is so adorable (and cheeky)! He’s just called Pip becuase it sounded cute, I’ve never read Great Expectations πŸ˜… Aww thank you, I’ve really been getting into crafting more lately. Haha, I’m really enjoying it, though I’ve still got plenty to go so I’m not quite at the fanfic stage yet. I can’t wait to get to know the characters more though! The baking was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself! πŸ˜†

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  4. When I was younger I remember playing animal crossing on my 3DS so I think it’s really funny that it’s such a thing again now it’s on switch πŸ˜‚ (god is this how it feels to be old reminiscing about the β€˜good old days’ πŸ™ˆ)

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    1. I’ve never played it before so I don’t have the nostalgia, but I do find it funny how it’s suddenly become a huge thing after so many years πŸ˜‚ Yep, welcome to feeling old! I’m having flashbacks to being 12 now that Twilight is back with a new book πŸ˜‚

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  5. ahhh… Pip is so cute !!
    With all the talk of animal crossing I was so tempted to get my Nintendo DS out and play with the original one I own because it was kind of making me jealous haha!! But I’m glad you are loving it and that switch edition does look so pretty !!! The colours are lush !! Have fun !!
    Your Rapunzel doll is stunning, I love it !! So talented !!
    I really need to get into The Magnus Archives at some point and I’m so excited !! I’m glad you are loving it !!
    I’m sorry about Ember, it had been a little while since I’ve read the first one and my favourite bit was the plot as well. I do think the whole sexist element gets better as the series goes on as I didn’t notice it in reaper (I only say this to make you feel better as it would make me feel better, not that I think you should carry on because if you aren’t feeling it, you should always put it down. I hope that makes sense) !! I’m glad you enjoyed all your other books though, I need to read them all haha!! I’m excited to start Patrick Ness’s series !!
    I enjoy bookstagram so I recommend it, it can be a lot of fun and you can talk to different people !! ❀ I hope you have a great rest of May !!

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    1. Isn’t he just? I feel like I should put dog photos in my posts more often!
      I’ve actually never played Animal Crossing before but I really wanted to get in on the trend. I enjoyed New Leaf but I got super jealous of all the new features and I have nothing else to spend my money on right now, so I got the new console πŸ™ˆ

      There’s no need to apologise! I was super sad I didn’t finish Ember because I was really enjoying the plot and the writing, but it was just these things that were annoying me. It was mainly the way Helene’s character was treated – she’s supposed to be in the top 4 students of the entire school but Elias had to carry her to safety two battles in a row πŸ˜…

      Ooh, I hope you enjoy Patrick Ness, his writing style is super unique (especially in Chaos Walking) and the plot is so strong!

      Yeah, I think I might have a go at bookstagram! I’ve been on Instagram before, but I need to remind myself to just have fun and not take it too seriously!
      Thanks! I hope you have a great time too!! ❀

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      1. I would love more pictures of your dog !! Please and thank you !! πŸ˜‰
        Yesss I mean I think that’s an excellent choice !!

        That’s a good point as I do hate it when I see things like that in books as well !! I wonder what I would think if I reread ember !!

        Thank you !! I loved Ness’s books so far and I need to get to it !!

        Yeah I find not taking it too seriously is important for me, otherwise I would stress ahah!! and it is fun !!
        Thank you !! ❀

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        1. You’ll be please to hear I’ve already added dog pictures to my upcoming posts!! πŸ˜„

          Yeah, it would be interesting to hear what you think of it!

          Ooh, which other Ness books have you read? I’ve only got to Chaos Walking so far but I’m really interested in his others!

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