It's been four months since I took up cooking in a serious capacity. I've saved plenty of money, and am now quite good at quinoa-based recipes. They're remarkably easy to prepare. I'm happy that I can out for grocery runs now, though reading about the higher possibility of transmission indoors makes me worry for my elderly neighbors who do all their shopping themselves.
Taking up cooking has also helped me read better in that I don't worry about cutting down on takeout anymore. I used to think about cutting down all the time, and my lack of effort to that end only worsened this. If it matters, I'm reading a couple of books right now.
1. Lars Svendsen's A Philosophy of Boredom
-- extremely interesting and draws from literature, philosophy, and sociology. Yet it urges the reader to judge these insights by drawing from our own experience of boredom. Which is a very noble way of saying that we need to think about what we mean we say "we're bored." Much like Bertrand Russell, Svendsen also urges to examine idleness and boredom closely, for it does constitute a great deal of our lives.
2. Gregory Mankiw's Principles of Macroeconomics
-- Among other things, it focuses on the interplay between personal, micro-level choices and macro-level ramifications. It also deals with rationality and decision-making and asks us to wonder what makes certain decisions economic considerations, and what makes these considerations rational or irrational? Interesting so far.