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Locally Listed: Top Three Places to Visit in Your Own Home

by Kaylee Stinebiser

By now, you’ve probably been stuck in your house for 14+ days, and you’re getting bored with alternating back and forth between sitting on your bed or on the couch.

So, where do you go when you want to go somewhere new, but you also can’t leave your house?

Here’s my list of the top three places to hang out in your own home.

1) the yard

photo by Kaylee Stinebiser

Go get some fresh air! Stretch your legs a little and see if any of the annual flowers that your mom planted have started to bloom yet. Maybe your neighbor will also be outside and you can talk to him like Tim the Tool Man Taylor does to Wilson on “Home Improvement.”

To be clear: I’m not asking you to stop reading. Please keep reading, except you should do it outside.

Also to be clear: This isn’t the best place to go if it’s snowing, and it did, in fact, snow the other day. April just wants to send us some curveballs, to keep us on our toes. So, go outside if the weather is nice.

2) the desk

Instead of taking my laptop with me to work on my bed or my couch, I’ve been forcing myself to sit at my desk. I find that it makes me feel sort of fancy.

photo by Kaylee Stinebiser

I’m definitely more productive, and I feel less like I’ve wasted the whole day watching TikToks or redecorating my house on Animal Crossing, even if that is, in fact, all I did all day. I admit to nothing.

3) the top of the stairs (apparently)

My dog loves to sit at the top of the stairs all day. For real. We have to step around her when we get to the top because she refuses to move because the window right above her puts a ray of sun on the carpet, and she likes to lay in it and get a nice tan going. Eventually, we gave up and moved her bed over there so she could be comfy.

photo by Kaylee Stinebiser

If you’ve never sat at the top of your stairs before, doing so now could give you that feeling of “going somewhere new” that you haven’t had since mid-March. 

I know what you’re asking: is she offering this as a serious suggestion, or did she just want an excuse to include a picture of her dog?

Answer: Her name is Sadie, and she’s an 11-year-old teacup yorkie. She is looking a little scruffy these days because her groomer is closed, but she’s just content to warm herself with the sun’s gentle rays. She’s extremely happy that she now gets three opportunities every day to beg for food from us now that, suddenly, we’re all home for all three of our daily meals.

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