I got married three weeks ago (hence the hiatus from blog posts). In the middle of a pandemic. I’m not alone, of course. We’ve all seen the stuff on social media: Zoom weddings, socially distanced weddings, etc. I’ll talk about what I did to keep my wedding safe and special another time. Today I want to talk about some of the ideas we bounced around for our honeymoon, in case you’re looking for something fun and romantic to do in quarantine.
First, I want to acknowledge that nothing we could do makes up for the mourning we did over our original honeymoon plans. We’d planned a dream vacation (within our means) and were both really excited for it. It had everything: trains, ships, historic cemeteries… But that original plan would have taken us through one hotspot of the virus to stay in another. It was completely irresponsible in the current situation, not to mention straight up impossible, as many of the accommodations we had booked and paid for were simply closed. We’ll take that vacation someday, but now is not the time.
But we had saved up, our previous payments on the vacation were refunded, and we were financially able to take the time off anyway, so we did.
As I’ve said, we aren’t alone in having to make these decisions, and of course we’ve been quite fortunate that we still got to have time off and that the pandemic hasn’t upended our lives all that much.
Still, if I’m entirely honest, most of what we *actually* did was sleep in and eat leftovers, because we were both utterly exhausted. It’s not easy to completely re-plan your wedding in about a month, and if you’re planning a honeymoon in a pandemic, you know what I am talking about. I’m also not going to go into detail about how it went because, well, that’s personal.
But I will share up some of the ideas we brainstormed, in case you find them helpful for a date night, quarantine honeymoon, or even a family day (most of them are easily adapted for a whole family):
- Blanket fort! This one we actually implemented. We set up our air bed (the one we keep for guests) in the living room, strung some yarn across the room, hung tablecloths and blankets from the yarn, and made ourselves a blanket fort. Great place to play video games, watch movies, etc.
- Build something! Pick a project that is practical and simple. Building an end table or refinishing a piece of furniture could work. If you don’t have the space or tools for woodworking, you could make a quilt, build something out of EVA craft foam (which can be easily shaped with an iron, heat gun, or even a hair dryer, and can be cut with scissors and glued with a range of craft glues), or do some other crafting. For example, if you have pets, you could build them something with cardboard boxes, such as a tank or a castle. Anything that, when you’re done, you can look at and say proudly “We made that. Together.”
- Fancy delivery meals. I set the table with nice tablecloths and a nice centerpiece. It’s not exactly a fancy restaurant, but you can order in food and you don’t have to worry about your conversation being interrupted by a server asking if you’re done with that. You can also cook the meals yourself, of course; we grilled a few times, because the weather was pleasant and that also allowed for s’mores.
- Start a videogame together. Even many 1-player games can be a 2-player experience if you discuss your decisions with each other. We recently played Erica together that way. Of course, there are games designed for couch play (the Luigi’s Mansion 3 on Switch is one we’ve been playing), and online games are still an option (we’ve been playing Minecraft a lot together).
- Do outdoor activities. Consider going for bike rides together (my town has a nice multi-use trail, as did the town I lived in before). Consider natural swimming spaces (if they aren’t too busy) or renting a canoe. These are things that are generally considered low risk by CDC guidelines, as the main vectors seem to be circulated indoor air and close proximity to other people. If you’re on a river or lake, or are using an outdoor trail space, you probably aren’t close to other people, and you have lots of fresh air circulation. Remember to wear your mask when other people are around (such as when actually doing the rental transactions for equipment).
I know I haven’t really said anything particularly revolutionary here. I know that it’s hard right now, especially for people whose social lives were more vibrant than my own. But I hope this helps with summer activity ideas that are safe(r) right now but still can make the time a little more bearable.
Anyway that’s all I have today. Oh, and wear your mask, please!