101X Weekend Guide: Couch Edition

101X Weekend Guide - Couch Edition

By Noni Kigera

Time’s are hard and it’s perfectly O.K to want to lay around in a robe or your jammies all day (as long as you bathe and wash your hands). As days start to run into each other, here are some entertainment options to help pass the time. Some are profound and inspirational, and most take little effort in doing. Either way, you’re saving the world by being a couch potato. 

Quarantine and Chill | Shows and Movies Worth Watching

Netflix

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I know there comes a time when you can only watch so many episodes of The Office over and over again, so here are some options to shake it up a bit. On Netflix, if you haven’t watched Tiger King, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s a true-crime series filled with big cats, country thugs, and rivalry – mind you it’s all real. Join the wave and see what everyone is talking about. Binge watch until Netflix has to ask you “are you still there?” However, at this point you might’ve caught on and moved on from Tiger King and you’d like to utilize your new Amazon Prime subscription. Prime video has a lot of old-time favorites including Star Trek: the Original Series. Dig into your pre-pandemic past and nerd out with your favorite intergalactic heroes.

More shows and movies:

  • Ozark 
  • Money Heist
  • Westworld
  • Chernobyl
  • Us

Ear Hustling | Podcasts

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Maybe you’re using self-isolation as an opportunity to turn into the one of those guys. You know the self-improvement guy that always posts inspirational quotes, and books at sunrise? He might even describe himself as a minimalist and makes his own kombucha. Well, step one is to be inspired and podcasts are a great way to inspire yourself while you engage in other activities. How I Built This with Guy Raz is an excellent podcast about “innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built.” It’s produced by NPR and features people from a range of backgrounds and industries just telling their story. 

More Podcasts:

  • Good Beer Hunting
  • This American Life
  • WTF with Marc Maron
  • T.I Expeditiously

Gaming Wars | Video Games

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If you used to be a gamer there is no better time than now to brush up on your skills or pick up new ones. Dive into realms of virtual reality, just because you can. Even though the world seems like it has come to a halt, video game releases are still dropping left and right. New “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” came out about two weeks ago, just in time to quarantine and vibe at the crib. “Resident Evil 3 Remake” comes out today, Friday April 3, and “Persona 5 Royal” dropped Monday. I know once upon a time you aggressively tapping your thumbs all day would’ve been considered a waste of time – but like we said, couch potatoes are saving the world right now.

 

Late Night Special | Late Night Shows Still Going

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Late night shows aren’t the same without the live studio audience, but they are still happening. A few of your favorite hosts and commentators are taking to new methods to deliver you entertainment and jokes however they can. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has become the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at home” and the live audience has been replaced with his dog, Benny. He’s still his same witty self and interviewing your favorite celebrities over video chat. Other hosts like Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, and Trevor Noah are experimenting as well and trying their best to provide continuity to you.

 

Becoming an Influencer | Watching and Starting a Youtube

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Another way to keep busy is to watch endless hours of YouTube or start a channel yourself. Watch dudes’ dude Youtubers like Zac Perna and Bradley Martyn life weights, and be healthy with the hopes you’ll catch whatever fitness bug they have. Alternatively, you can start a Youtube channel as well. You may have that one weird and very specific interest, but trust us someone is into that too. Now’s the time to try something new. Who knows, maybe you’ll even make millions.

The New Wave | AudioBooks

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Self-improvement dude, we see you again and here are some more stimulating options to shake up your perspective. If you aren’t already listening to audiobooks then “boom” you’re welcome. Audiobooks are the perfect way to get back into reading for people who have the attention span of a chihuahua. Just like podcasts you can listen while you workout, get ready for bed, cook, or whatever you’re doing these days. A New York Times and international bestseller, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving F*ck” is a great option to kick start your new habit with a non-traditional self-help book. But options are endless and if you just want to listen to a light hearted book about aliens – do that too.

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