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Bridget’s Quarantine Must-Haves

Bridget Flaherty ’21

Features Editor

For those of you who have been struggling to fill the dull, seemingly endless days that continue to unravel before us, allow me to relieve the burden of choice by recommending some of my quarantine essentials:

  1. Peanut Butter

I have recently updated my last meal menu to consist of a banana with peanut butter for the appetizer, a peanut butter sandwich for the entree, and a spoonful of peanut butter for dessert. Bon appetit. 

  1. Siblings

For those of us who are lucky enough to have siblings, we understand the importance of releasing emotions by yelling at your younger sister for something as trivial as using your favorite mug. Yes, this is based on a true story. Yes, I may have screamed something along the lines of: “FIRST YOU WEAR MY CLOTHES WITHOUT ASKING AND NOW YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO USE MY MUG?! MY MUG!!” (This same mug that I defended so valiantly betrayed me days later by erupting coffee all over my white comforter. It be your own mug.)

Another time, I yelled at the same younger sister (poor Abby) for wearing a sweatsuit, just because. “Why aren’t you wearing pajamas?” I asked with a snark that rivaled that of Regina George. I am not saying that harassing your siblings is right, I’m just saying that it’s a pretty convenient way of processing and unleashing emotions right now. 

  1. The Libby App

My mother is my hero for many reasons, but perhaps mostly for introducing me to this app. Libby lets you borrow e-books from your local library. Simply enter the number on your library card and start browsing through the catalog. If the book you want isn’t available, just put it on hold and you’ll be added to the waitlist. Here’s a few brilliant reads to get you started:

  • “Normal People” by Sally Rooney (this one isn’t actually a suggestion, it’s a flatout command. READ IT! You’re welcome in advance.)
  • “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt
  • “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo
  • “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
  • “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie (the Queen)

PLEASE contact me if you read any of these. I am down to discuss books with anyone at any time, literally.

  1. “Real Housewives of New York City”

Perhaps the greatest television program of all time, RHONY never fails to entertain. I recommend bingeing the entire series on Hulu for maximum enjoyment, but you can absolutely tune in at any given time and still understand the pure bliss that this show creates. Allow Sonja Morgan, the Ultimate Real Housewife, to provide you with a much needed dose of serotonin.

As always, please exercise your free will and don’t feel obligated to do everything I tell you to. But if you do follow my every command, thank you to my fans. Your loyalty does not go unnoticed.

Photo Courtesy of the Sewickley Public Library.

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