The first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the U.S. this week, leading many to recall the confusing early days of the pandemic last spring. While COVID-19 is by no means over, it does feel like we’re beginning to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel—and, naturally, this turn of events is forcing some of us to take stock of the last nine months.

As the coronavirus marooned us all at home in March, I set out to become a master chef with zero food issues to speak of; the kind of woman who could whip up a four-course meal from fridge scraps, pair it with a perfect Bordeaux she just happened to have lying around, eat to her heart’s content, and simply put her fork down when full.

Four months later, I had not much to show for myself except an all-consuming new fascination with The Sims and a dangerous number of empty brownie-mix boxes jamming up my recycling. (If you’ve never enjoyed a box of raw brownie mix straight from the bowl, let me assure you that it is “sad-girl cuisine” par excellence.)

While I don’t hold myself accountable for not transforming into Ruth Reichl during a national emergency—just getting through this year is enough of an accomplishment!—I can’t help feeling a stab of envy when I hear about the people who took up running or perfected their bread-making games in the cursèd year 2020.

Most impressive of all, to me, are the celebrities who found new quarantine hobbies, partly because the idea of a famous person engaging in anything so pedestrian as self-improvement is fascinating. (Why do you need to learn new skills? You’re rich and famous!) Below, find a list of celebrities whose quarantine hobbies were unique or fascinating enough to make me actively jealous.

1. Seth Rogen’s ceramics.

To be fair, Rogen has been making ceramics for quite some time, but he reached new heights during the pandemic. Over the last year, his technique has improved significantly, to the point where I would buy any of his pottery at an overpriced, Santal-scented Brooklyn boutique without even being aware of the celebrity connection.

2. January Jones’s Barbie obsession.

If you’re not following Jones on Instagram by now, what are you waiting for? She has fully lost it, and it is weirdly delightful to watch; particularly when she sits in her shoe closet and acts out scenes with Barbie dolls. (It’s even better than it sounds.)

3. Cardi B’s wholesome return to board games.

Why is it so satisfying to watch one of the most prominent rappers of our time run headlong into an elaborate tower of Jenga blocks? I really don’t know, but I’ve watched this video 20 times trying to figure it out.

4. Florence Pugh’s Instagram cooking tutorials.

An avid home cook whose Insta-ready kitchen prowess only makes me feel slightly bad about myself, Pugh recently pledged to make ice cream live on Instagram Stories if she could get 2,500 people to register to vote. (They did, and ice cream was had.)

5. Lauren Conrad’s garden.

I am 99% sure those peas are fake. Still, I approve.

Source: vogue.com