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Being a full year into Quarantine, there are a few things that we can look back on and think how they were just “quarantine things”. One that comes to mind right away is Tiger King. I loved that show. I was absolutely obsessed. I was so obsessed that my mom had my birthday cake with my face photoshopped on Tiger King. And the song, “I saw a tiger/ A tiger saw a man/ Now I understand.” It was cringy but oh so catchy.

– My birthday cake

Another quarantine activity was push up challenges on Instagram. There were a lot of poor performances. I was nominated and I contemplated on whether or not I would do it but I’m always up for a challenge so of course I did. It took me many attempts because I needed perfect form. Having a mom as an ex-personal trainer and fitness instructor, I couldn’t let her down. I did it and I nailed it. I’m happy to say I was better than my friends who I nominated, that’s all that really matters. 

One of the main quarantine things were the 7pm cheering for health care workers. My family and I moved to a high-rise apartment building in Port Moody last year. It was amazing being able to see almost everyone out on their decks clapping and cheering. On Friday’s, we would even get emergency response vehicles that drove through the complex with their lights and sirens going. 

Something for me that makes me look back on quarantine is a little something called Giggly Squad that took up my time every night between 7 and 8pm. It was an Instagram Live with Hannah Berner and Paige DeSorbo from Bravo’s Summer House. Hannah is a comedian and has her own podcast, Berning in Hell and Paige is a fashion writer.

The two would hop on the live and talk about what they did during the day, sometimes give a Summer House recap, spill celebrity gossip and fashion trends. It was just two best friends having a conversation over wine… but just with four thousand other people watching. This happened every night so we got to know the two very well between their families popping in from time to time to having inside jokes and hearing all the tea on their dating lives.

During mid summer, Hannah and Paige put an end to their Instagram Lives. It was a tradition that went on for so long so it was weird to no longer have that. I found that I was able to have a bit more flexibility in my life by not having to be on my phone for an hour at 7 each night. My parents would get so annoyed because I would have to be home for that time each and every night and I could not be bugged while I was watching.

Since the end of the Instagram Lives, the duo has started their own podcast called none other than “Giggly Squad.” It releases every Monday and has the same vibe that the livestream did.

I mean, quarantine has sucked but there were also some parts of it that, I feel weird to admit, but I kind of miss. I hope we get to go back to living our normal lives, but I have memories from the past year that I will always hang on to.

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