Life in the times of quarantine

It's been a while since I last wrote here and things have happened.

For starters, I went back Home and managed to return just in time before the whole COVID-19 quarantine became a thing. It's been over a month now since it began and things haven't been too harsh, at least for me. I'm very introvert and the idea of having to stay home is right within my comfort zone. However, despite that, sometimes I do feel the need to go out, get some fresh air and clear my mind.

I'm also used a bit to having to work from home, since last year I spent about month and a half being house ridden due to an injury in my ankle. The main downside is the fact that most of the times I prefer to discuss things in person.

On another note and just like others, given my newfound plethora of time at my disposal, I decided to do and learn a few new things.

Even though my original plan was to learn to play music next year, I ended up buying a digital keyboard, a Yamaha YPT-260. I have zero background in music but so far I'm enjoying the experience.

Gaming-wise, some of us at the office started playing Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition), with me as the Dungeon Master. This is my first time as a DM, so I was a tad worried about doing an awful job. Fortunately it all went smooth enough and we have had enjoyed the first 2 sessions so far.

I have also finished a couple of videogames: Luigi's Mansion 3 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I then proceeded to start Uncharted 4 and Catherine: Full Body, but it has been over a couple of weeks since I last played any of them, as D&D had my sole attention. In a funny turn of events, I'm now playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

France will supposedly gradually lift the quarantine, starting May 11. Now with some kind of light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, I can't help but feel that there's so much more I could have done with my time for the past couple of month and a half.

It has been particularly hard for me to organise and properly distribute my time. For example, I haven't work at all in any personal programming projects or even read a book. I have also been noticing –for quite a while now, to be honest– that my interests are usually temporary and cyclical; they come and go as if they were seasons. I tend to pour so much of myself unto them that I burnout and my mind starts to focus on the next thing that feels fresh, until the cycle starts anew.

This curiously also happens with my music tastes. Right now I'm back to my synthwave mood, a genre I find great to listen even as background music. At some point I'll probably go back to mainstream music and then back to soundtracks.

I'm also thoroughly enjoying NeoTokyo's soundtrack, which I briefly mentioned in Music I Program To.

Snap back to reality.