| If Jimmy Chin can do it … The adventurous climber and filmmaker of the suspenseful documentaries Free Solo and Meru, accustomed to bracing himself for the unknown, is also waiting out the coronavirus pandemic at home with the kids. We checked in with Chin (pictured climbing El Capitan’s Pacific Ocean Wall in Yosemite National Park) at his place in the Tetons in Wyoming. “We’re doing what we can do—trying to get outdoors once a day, doing cleaning and lots of house projects,” Chin tells Nat Geo’s Jennifer Barger. “The kids keep cross-country skiing in the yard and building snow forts.“
Why you’re not multitasking like you used to: You’d think that saving commute time and dry-cleaning pickup, etc. would allow you to cruise through your day, but it’s not. Don’t beat yourself up about it, says the New York Times’ Taylor Lorenz. You’ve got these primal concerns now: Is everybody safe? Is there enough food? How long is this going to go on? Her advice: eat, sleep, and exercise as best you can. Realize that no one is working at 100 percent right now (nor parenting at that level).
You think you’re bored? Journalist Jason Rezaian was stuck on trumped-up charges in an Iranian prison for 544 days. His tip? Find things to laugh about. “If I could find them in solitary confinement, you can find them in your living room,” he writes. Sister Mary Catharine Perry of New Jersey has practiced social distancing for 29 years. Her tip? “Life isn’t meant to be rushed,” she says. “Use this time to get to know yourself.” Mauro Morandi has lived alone on Italy’s Budelli Island for 31 years. His tip: Embrace the solitude. “What I love the most is the silence,” he tells Nat Geo. “The silence in winter when there isn’t a storm and no one is around, but also the summer silence of sunset.”
Music tastes shifting? Are you listening to more classical music during the day? Even more children’s songs? Streaming services are reporting higher usage of those genres, at the expenses of new music, throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Another beneficiary: older music, “perhaps as listeners seek solace in their favorites,” the New York Times reports.
If you must: Love making those home-cooked meals? Maybe less so than last week? Here’s a state-by-state look at popular takeout orders, with miso soup and french fries scoring highly. Kentucky and Tennessee readers: Is Pad Thai really your favorite? And Oklahomans: Spicy tuna roll? Let us know. We’re getting hungry.