HOW TO HAVE A FUN NIGHT IN

I am a homebody; there's no denying that. I would much rather spend a night laying on the couch watching a TV show than constantly going out into the depths of Toronto's nightlife. That's not to say I don't enjoy doing that from time to time, but I find that I have a bit more fun in the comforts of my home by myself, with my boyfriend or with a few close friends. I can't be the only person like this, so I wanted to write a post about the few things I do at home that I find just as enjoyable as going out. 

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ORDER IN FOOD

My boyfriend and I are very big into making our food at home throughout the week so that we don't have to spend too much money on something we can do ourselves. However, it's always fun to treat yourself and one of my favourite things to do is order in food and eat it on the couch while watching a movie. Our go-tos are pizza from Pizza Nova or deciding on a specific cuisine from a restaurant near us.

A great way to do this easily is through UberEats or Just Eat. Both sites offer certain deals when first applying so it's good to stay on top of their promotional emails. Eating out is considered a treat for me so it's even better when I can get an additional deal on the price. Some of my favourite restaurants in my are include The Burger's Priest and Hakka Wow. 

MAKE DRINKS

I can't say I'm the biggest drinker, but I do enjoy a gin and tonic from time to time. This is especially more enjoyable when you are with a friend or two and in the comfort of your own home. I seriously hate the hustle and bustle of busy downtown bars, not to mention the insane prices for simple drinks, so I usually opt for inviting my friend over to make our own drinks. 

I've recently found a great blog about drink making that has really inspired me to try out a few recipes of my own. Every drink on there looks delicious and fairly simple to make. I've also fallen back into my obsession with Sex and the City (prior to my trip to New York) and what's more Carrie Bradshaw-esque than making your own Cosmopolitan? At some point I would like to buy my own martini shaker as an addition to our bar for late nights this summer. 

READ

I'm really not good at sticking to a reading schedule. I'll usually be in the mood to read every day for a few weeks and then out of nowhere I won't want to pick up a book again for a month. I attribute this to the many distractions in my life (including blogging), so that's why I think it's important to set aside some time in your day to do a bit of reading. It doesn't have to be much, just enough to get you back into the habit. Although, anytime I expect to only read a few pages I end up being so enthralled by the story that I'll sit and read for an hour. 

Nights when I have the apartment to myself are great for cracking open a book. This is the perfect time for me because I tend to get a bit sleepy when I read, so devouring a story with a cup of tea before bed is a good combination. Currently I'm reading The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Yes, I have been reading it for a while, but it is almost 1000 pages long, so I think it's understandable. Once I finish that one I have Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World by Michael Harris lined up. I've been reading more non-fiction than fiction these days so I want to try and alternate between the two genres going forward. 

CATCH UP ON MUSIC

While I may be bad at staying on top of my reading, I'm even worse at staying on top of newly released albums. I never feel inclined to pop on a song when I'm writing or doing chores around the house, opting to listen to podcasts instead. If you're like me then taking some time in the evenings to catch up on the music you've been looking forward to is a good option for an activity to do at home.

I have Apple Music on my phone and couldn't be happier with the service. I have access to every album I've been wanting to listen to and can download it on my phone for when I don't have any internet access. My recent favourite albums have been: Free 6lack (6lack), DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar), Fresh Air (HOMESHAKE), and Michl - EP (Michl). I am also very tempted by the Tumblr aesthetic to purchase a record player despite not really having the room for it in my apartment. There's just something so cozy and nostalgic about listening to the scratching of a record amidst the soft glow of candlelight.  

How would you spend a night in?