Quarantine Diaries: Escaping 2020 with Historical Dramas/Period Films

So we’re all on the same page when it comes to 2020 being the worst year in existence, right? Yeah? Okay, cool.

I’ve found comfort in trying to escape all these horrid happenings (i.e. COVID-19, murder hornets, God knows what else) by watching historical dramas and period films on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drama is my favorite genre, and I love seeing the cool costumes and set design that goes into making the scenes look realistic for the time periods they are set in.

Below are a few of the films I’ve enjoyed during quarantine so far.

Mansfield Park (1999)
Time Period: 1810s

This film is based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. Fans of the Amazon Prime series Rome will enjoy seeing James Purefoy (Mark Antony) and Lindsay Duncan (Servilia of the Junii) star as Thomas Bertram Jr. and Mrs. Price respectively.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

W./E. (2011)
Time Period: 1930s/1990s

Directed by Madonna, this film has some stunning cinematography despite it’s negative reviews. I happened to really enjoy the story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Wally Winthrop’s obsession with the couple is a bit excessive as she visited the Sotheby’s exhibit daily, but I still found this movie to have its charms nonetheless.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Love and Friendship (2016)
Time Period: 1790s

This movie took me a whole three days to finish because it was super boring at the beginning. The excitement in this drama begins at the very end, which made me wish they had incorporated more humor in the moments leading to the climax. Based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan.

My rating: ⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

A Little Chaos (2014)
Time Period: 17th Century

Who doesn’t love a strong, independent female lead like Kate Winslet’s character Sabine de Barra?! I adored everything about this film, from the landscape architecture to the romance between Sabine and André Le Nôtre.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Troop Zero (2019)
Time Period: 1970s

This film has Viola Davis death stares galore! A must watch for anyone who is a fan of the amazing Viola Davis. I legit almost cried at the end of this but my tears dried up well before they fell when I saw the rest of the troop stand in solidarity with Christmas Flint.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

North & South (2004)
Time Period: 1850s

This BBC serial is a four-parter that will for sure reel you in from the moment you meet John Thornton. Based on the 1855 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, this serial gave me Pride & Prejudice vibes through and through.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

The Rain Collector (2015)
Time Period: Victorian Era

This amazing short left me wanting more! A brilliant young woman finds love unexpectedly as she goes against the expectations of women in Victorian England through her love of science.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

 

Stay safe and stay home!

 

 

April Favorites: ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Film & “Chemicals” by SG Lewis

Well this is a first: I would have posted this two days ago my fingers were busy playing Wario’s Woods on my new Nintendo Switch Lite!

No doubt, my new life as a noob gamer has been a welcome distraction from the thing that shall not be named during this post. Let’s have some fun looking back at some other things in pop culture and entertainment that kept my mine off of said thing:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Hunger Games film series is getting a prequel movie! I haven’t read the books so I don’t even know what happens, much less which characters are in it, but I’m still hype.

2. This triathlete lost a virtual bike race because her husband tripped over the power cord. He’s for sure sleeping on the sofa indefinitely.

Favorite Music

1. “Chemicals” by SG Lewis. I can’t get enough of this Roosevelt-esque groove!

2. “Ride With Me”” by Pink Sweat$. It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in love with a classic R&B beat like this one.

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26th Birthday Wishlist

*AFFILIATE LINK

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Do not pity me, dears, I’ve fully come to terms with the fact that I will have to celebrate my birthday while social distancing.

I thought it would be nice to post my birthday wishlist on the blog, as I’ve done for the last few years. As always, do not feel obligated to get me anything!  A simple birthday message in the comments (or if you’re a personal acquaintance a text or message via social media) on May 20th will suffice!

But like seriously, none of these items on the wishlist are essential so do not feel pressured.

Don’t forget to use my Rakuten link to get $30 cashback on your order!*

Quarantine Diaries: Some Words of Encouragement

Read previous installments of the Quarantine Diaries.

Being quarantined isn’t fun at all whatsoever, as we’ve all probably realized just after a few short hours of beginning self-isolation.

I’ve lost count of how long it’s been at this point.

Earlier this week I managed to go outside (farther than the mailbox, yay) for the first time since starting self-isolation, and it felt so strange. I’ve had an on-and-off migraine ever since.

I just want to go back to NYC so badly.

It’s been so hard seeing the number of coronavirus cases increase around the world. In light of this, I’ve found inspiration to stay strong on my favorite YouTube channels and through encouraging social media posts.

Here are a few words of encouragement to keep you hanging on in these trying times:

A word on learning to value yourself as more than your work during quarantine from Shut Up & Go Traveler Jo Franco.

A few essential self-care activities to that’ll help you to do everything you can to stay positive.

Kevin Droniak’s grandma Lill says to wash your hands and stay busy. And don’t watch the news so much “because it’ll drive you to drink.”

 

It’s okay to feel emotionally unwell right now.


It’s also totally okay to not want to be productive during quarantine.

 

A little Jonas Brothers (and Busted) humor from Royal Holloway Library.

 

A reminder that too much news is not always best for your soul right now.

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As we all come together to handle this crisis, what we will come to learn is that it was love for our fellowman that got us through. The doctors, nurses, mask makers, food transporters, grocery store cashiers and stock personnel, that kept us all together. It is coming down to the individual person who does their part for the benefit of the whole, the farmers, truck drivers, Amazon workers and drivers, post office employees, hospital food workers, receptionists, restaurant owners, their kitchen staff and delivery drivers, the local pizza shop who has decided to stay open and feed the kids in the neighborhood who are home from school, the teachers who are scrambling to learn how to teach their students virtually, the firemen and women, police officers, and first responders, the construction workers building testing facilities, the lab workers, the moms and dads who have lost their jobs and who are now watching our for elderly neighbors, the moms and dads who are working from home and now have to home school their children, the young person who lives alone and who is now socially isolating and who may not be able to pay their rent next month but who isolated not to infect any more people, the bus drivers, train workers, and infrastructure maintenance crews we rarely hear about! These are OUR people and THEY are the reasons we will make it through! Leadership is crucial, but never forget, a society is only as strong as its love, respect and empathy each citizen has for its fellowman.

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And above all else, remember:

Please also keep in mind that people are recovering! The news puts so much emphasis on the current amount of people infected and the number of deaths, but the recoveries get lost in the mix. Here are some recovery stories:

104-Year-Old Veteran Recovers Before Birthday

104-Year-Old Italian Woman Recovered from Virus

Ventura County Residents Recovered

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Recovering and Heading Back to LA

Idris Elba Has Recovered from Covid-Related Body Aches

 

Stay safe and STAY HOME!

March Favorites: SVU Spin-Off & “Fathers Hands” by Wavvy James

For March 2020’s edition of Monthly Favorites (and for the rest of however long this lasts) let’s just take a few moments to avoid discussing the topic that shall not be named for the sake of everyone’s sanity.

Just gonna jump right into it:

Favorite News Articles

1. Det. Elliot Stabler is coming back for an SVU spin-off! So hype.

2. A woman has been watering a fake plant for 2 whole years. April Fool’s came early for her, I guess.

3. Katy Perry is pregnant. So happy for her and Orlando Bloom!

Favorite Music

1. “Fathers Hands” by Wavvy James. The most beautiful rendition of “Yesterday.”

2. “Morado” by J Balvin. Loving the juxtaposition and debauchery in the lyrics.

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Quarantine Diaries: General Feelings + Playlist

I haven’t been outside since Saint Patrick’s Day 2020.

And no, I did not spend my last hours of freedom as one usually would on any other March 17th, drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream and singing old Irish hymns with friends.

Quite the opposite, actually.

After my dentist appointment at 3pm, I went straight back to my parent’s place and prepared for self-isolation.

I debated going back to NYC, but it’s easier for me to practice social distancing out on Long Island. Residences out here are farther apart from each other, there’s not a lot of pedestrian traffic, and, moreover, if you don’t have a car (or a license) you can’t really get too far.

I’m not going to lie, I hate this.

The most I’ve done since March 17th was go out to get the mail, which is like three feet away from the door.

I’m lucky that I can work my full time job from home, but I miss being around my coworkers IRL. Zoom video chatting helps, but the energy isn’t the same.

And frankly, I’m getting tired of answering the door with gloves on and tediously transferring my Seamless delivery food from the restaurant’s tupperware to my parent’s dinnerware, hoping no germs touch the dining room table in the process.

I’ve run out of my favorite lemon ginger tea, and I can’t just waltz over to Target to get more because they’ve sold out.

My lips have started to sting and peel, and my acne is out of control because I’ve been stressing out so much over the uncertainty of this whole pandemic situation.

Anxiety levels. Do they have a limit? If so, my body doesn’t know them.

My muscles are so tense from a combination of slouching in my mom’s office chair, sprawling out in awkward positions on the couch while binge-watching Hulu, and contorting my neck while scrolling through Instagram in bed.

Coronavirus, please escort yourself back to hell where you belong.

I think the only thing that is keeping me ever-so-slightly sane is music. Yesterday, I jammed out to a bunch of my favorite love songs while scrubbing the dandruff (another possible symptom of my anxiousness) out of my hair in the shower and it felt amazing.

So, instead of the spring playlist I was planning to share for today’s blog post, I present to you a quarantine playlist to go along with this first installment of the “Quarantine Diaries.”

These are some of the most recent songs that I can’t stop listening to. Enjoy!

1. Dear God, Phantogram. Praying really hard these days.

2. Attack of Panic, Aly & AJ. “There’s a panic in [all of us]”.

 

3. Breathing, FAVELA. Trying not to forget how to do that.

4. I’m With It, Satin Jackets ft. Metaxas. “We’re going to make it all okay”.

5. Pretty Great, Fickle Friends. Vibe check.

 

6. Sunlight, BLOWSOM. Craving some vitamin D rn.

7. Since You’ve Asked, Birocratic. Essential minimalist jam.

8. New Love (Yummm Remix), From Indian Lakes. A masterpiece, remixed.

9. El Tejano, Lauv ft. Sofía Reyes. A little rendezvous for the stir-crazy.

 

10. Further Up (Na, Na, Na, Na, Na) – IAmChino Remix, Pitbull ft. Static & Ben El. Where my party people at?

11. Used To Like, Neon Trees. For when you’re going to extremes.

12. Circles, Post Malone. An apocalypto romance that is very fitting for these times.

 

13. Hotel, ATTLAS ft. MAYLYN. Shout out to the tourists trapped in hotels during this mess.

14. Any Song, ZICO. Honestly, whatever tunes make you happy, listen to ’em.

Do your part and stay safe during these trying times, folks. STAY HOME.

 

 

 

February Favorites: Hamilton Film & ‘The Sinner’ Season 3

Ah, February, the shortest month of the year, which, this year, we got an extra day in (yay leap year)!

Thankfully, February 2020 was not as horrid as the month prior. The Whisper Box turned seven years old (where has the time gone?!) and I went on a vacation as you saw in my previous post.

Let’s look back at my favorites for February 2020, shall we?

Favorite News Articles

1. Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of his heinous crimes. As he should.

2. This sprinting javelina basically won us all over. Legendary.

3. Sophie Turner is pregnant! A second Jonas Bro is gonna be a daddy!

Favorite Music

1. “In the Zone” by Tobtok ft. JLV. A sassy groove that reminds me so much of RÜFÜS DU SOL.

2. “Love Don’t Cost a Thang” by Maty Noyes, Franke, and Lemaitre. I get déjà vu every time I listen to this song.

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