There's a lot to do this month, besides sitting on your couch all day.
Last month, we encouraged you all to stay at home. So much so, we brought you a comprehensive guide on how to spend the entire month of April without leaving your living room. Despite the rumours, it seems that there is still a long road ahead before life can go back to normal meaning that we're all going to be spending much of May indoors.
With no MET Gala, another bank holiday spent at home and the daily #COVID-19 updates, you're probably struggling to see how May could be a month to remember. But in actual fact, it looks like May is going to be quite the exciting month, even if it is spent indoors.
May brings the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, a whole host of genuinely exciting and innovative virtual activities, cocktails and yet another month contemplating whether we should join TikTok.
So whatever this month has in store, we've rounded up everything new coming to a couch or screen near you. Save this post to your browser because there's going to come a day where you're wondering how you should spend your day, and we've got the answers.
Pizza, thanks to Uno Pizza
With restaurants across the country being shut to slow down the spread of COVID19, cravings for woodfired pizza have skyrocketed. Although we may not have pizza ovens of our own, Uno Pizza is on hand with their at-home kits and an excellent food hack for achieving that restaurant-quality char. The Rathmines-based pizzeria has launched ‘Uno At Home’ kits, delivering all the essential ingredients for you to perfect a take on Neapolitan pizza at home with just a frying pan and an oven or grill.
You can choose from the classic Margherita (€16) and the spicy Diavola (€18), or if feeding a crowd the Family Kit, which includes ingredients for both kinds. You can even add a bottle of prosecco to your order for an extra €20. Kits are available for collection or delivery within the Dublin area. Order here.
Cocktails, thanks to Anti Social
Anti Social, which opened just weeks before the pandemic, has pivoted to offer cocktail delivery in Dublin. Initially, the team were only delivering their 500ml and 1litre bottles of cocktails to residents in a small section of Dublin city, but now, delivery is available in all areas of County Dublin. Customers within a 2km radius of the bar can order their cocktails for collection. The range of cocktails currently available includes margaritas, pornstar martinis, sex on the beach, Moscow mules, cosmopolitans and much more, with a promise to add more weekly. Anti Social also recently released a merchandise line with 100 per cent of profits going towards the Dublin Simon Community. For more info, click here.
Grounded With Louis Theroux
While some of us are counting ‘getting dressed’ among their prime lockdown goals (no judgement), Louis Theroux has decided to take his productivity to the next level. And so, instead of baking endless amounts of banana bread and rearranging the furniture for the millionth time, Theroux has been using his time at home to track down some high-profile people he’s been longing to talk to and interview them for his first podcast. In each episode of Grounded With Louis Theroux, the documentarian will have a conversation with one guest, digging into the psyches of some of the biggest names in the UK and the US. And the first episode kicks off with writer and documentary-maker Jon Ronson. Later in the series, Theroux will speak with Lenny Henry, Boy George, and Miriam Margolyes… and there are even more big names due to be announced. Listen here.
Sally Rooney's Mr Salary
If you, like the rest of the modern world, are caught up in the Normal People hysteria and would elect – if there was the option – to have everything Sally Rooney produces hooked intravenously to your veins, then Mr Salary needs to be next on your list. Published in 2016, the best-selling author's short story delivers a deliciously illicit and poignant love story, done in a fraction of the pages of her full-length novels (a mere 48 to be exact). A little snack to tide you over, until we're reunited with Connell and Marianne's heady, sexual tension in next week's episodes.
Mr Salary, €4.80, Sally Rooney - SHOP
There are a lot of great shows and movies coming to Netflix in May, but no, sorry, that's a lie. There's only one movie we truly care about, so pull on your impossibly tight pants and get ready to dance, magic, dance, because the absolute '80s acid trip also known as Labyrinth drops on Netflix (both on the regular and the kids' profile) this May. For those who didn't have VCRs, eyes, and childhoods warped by the horrifying darkness of every kids' movie produced in the '80s, Labyrinth is a cult 1986 Jim Henson film starring Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly and the late rock sensation David Bowie. The rest of the characters are pretty much just puppets, and Toby the baby. The plot — if you want to call a series of musical numbers wrapped in puppet-led fantasy sequences wrapped in leggings a plot — is essentially this: Teenage Sarah, played by Connelly, wishes her baby brother would be taken away by a Goblin King. BUT THEN IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS!
Dead To Me, Season 2
Would you be able to forgive someone who accidentally ran over your husband down; killing him, kept it a secret, intentionally befriended you out of guilt, and then moved into your guesthouse (foldout sofa/cupboard under the stairs)? Luckily - for the sake of a second season, which will be back on Netflix on May 8 - the two main leads in Netflix's tragicomedy Dead to Me Christina Applegate's Jen and Linda Cardellini's Judy managed to put the whole manslaughter and betrayal aside to make friends again in the show's dramatic finale. Thus making way for a second instalment...because we all need more of Jen's filthy anger and dry sense of humour in our lives.
A Virtual Escape Room
We’ve taken part in a lot of virtual pub quizzes during this coronavirus lockdown. And, while we’re all for them, we’re well aware of the fact that you can have too much of a good thing. With that in mind, then, might we turn your attention to the world of online escape rooms? For those who’ve never taken part in an IRL escape the room game, the concept is simple: you and your teammates need to work together to uncover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in order to – you guessed it – escape the room. Thankfully, a number of live virtual escape rooms have been launched over the past few weeks so there's plenty to chose from. Our favourite so far? The Hogwarts Digital Escape Room. Created by American librarian Sydney Krawiec, each room has trivia and puzzles that are sure to challenge even the most aspiring witches and wizards. What's more, it's completely free! Experience it in all it's glory, here.
Yes – you should still be staying at home. Yes, it's been nearly eight weeks but that's no reason to get complacent. If you think you don’t have a huge role to play in how the coronavirus outbreak plays out, think again. You have the potential to make this pandemic so much worse. That’s because the coronavirus is both more contagious and more deadly than the common flu. One person can easily transmit it to other people without knowing it, and those people would then transmit it to even more people, creating a terrifying snowball effect. The good news is, just as you can easily transmit the virus to other people, you can easily avoid transmitting it — if you’re willing to stay home. That’s right: Simply by sitting on your couch, you can potentially save lives.
A Virtual Makeover
Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is a global charity hosting skincare and makeup workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment. Skincare and makeup is not a cure but it lifts the spirits, both physically and mentally, and helps rebuild self-confidence. Instead of their usual nationwide workshops (which are cancelled for the time being), LGFB has launched a series of free one-to-one virtual makeup workshops with their team of makeup experts. Each video session lasts one hour and participants are taken through skincare and makeup by professional makeup artists. Simply fill out the form and they will arrange for one of the professional volunteer make-up artists to contact you. The sessions focus on the most common changes and issues associated with cancer treatment and are designed to bring joy and teach a few new skill.
Now don't get us wrong, we've enjoyed the novelty of the loungewear phase and not to brag but we've also mastered the art of what tops look great with pyjama bottoms, yet we still feel bored by wardrobe. Cue dresses. At face value, a dress might look and feel fancy — and that's the ultimate con that dress-wearers have pulled. In fact, it's one of the easiest things in the world to wear and requires the least amount of effort. Just like a matching two-piece or a jumpsuit, a dress is a full outfit in itself, so it takes away any decision-making from your morning routine. Plus, most dresses are inherently comfy, at least the below styles certainly are.
A Tie-Dye Kit
Our clothes have lost the required oomph to liven up an otherwise drab existence. So it’s no wonder so many people are trying to figure out how to make what’s in their wardrobes look ready for a Californian beach or festival through the art of tie-dye. Sure, you could just buy some already tie-dyed clothes but where is the fun in that? With our range of activities limited by the spread of COVID-19, tie-dying is exactly the elaborate, multi-step activity we need to occupy the slow drip of hours spent, inside or out. It is essentially the bread baking of apparel projects. Here's a link to the very tie-dye kit our editor, Amy Heffernan bought just last week.
Main image by Avi Naim