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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Rockford Files, Hawaii Five-O and Sick Days

I am home sick today. But it's not the intense, I'm-running-a-fever, I-will-sleep-for-six-hours-starting-now kind of sick. No, this is just the bum-dragging, unable to focus, and need to sit down after 5 minutes of activity kind of sick.

When I get sick like this, I can't sleep. I can put on PJs, go back to bed, and wear earplugs, but it will do no good. I can take a Melatonin, but I'll have bizarre dreams and wake up three hours later drooling. Not good. Nope--when I am sick like this, there's only one solution: cinema therapy.

I was introduced to the concept of cinema therapy by my friend Sheran. It goes like this: pop an old movie in, grab your needlepoint, and zone out. Needlepoint has a rhythm to it that's very soothing, and a funny or silly movie helps pass the time without demanding too much brain power, which is sorely lacking on days like this (case in point: I forgot it was my day to blog AND I forgot to take my daughter's lunch with her to the sitter's. I need to not be responsible for ANYTHING today. Oh, and I just almost erased this blog by accident. I am doing AWESOME!).

I've extended the concept of cinema therapy over the years; no longer am I tied only to Deanna Durbin movies and 1960s comedies with Doris Day or Gina Lollobrigida (though I highly recommend all those things). Now, I also watch old TV shows. My particular favorites are The Rockford Files and the old-school Hawaii Five-O series. Something about those 1970s dramas...oh wait, maybe it's just James Garner and Jack Lord that make me feel better.

Well, this has been about 5 minutes of intense activity, so I had better go lay down. I have a huge needlepoint tapestry I bought at a garage sale that was half-finished by the previous owner. I couldn't bear to let it go unfinished, so it will be my main focus for the day. Along with some cinema therapy.

How about you? What shows do you watch when you're not sick enough to sleep?

7 comments:

  1. Nothing does it for me like a What Not to Wear marathon :-) I just love Stacy and Clinton and the reluctant then grateful fashion disaster come fashionista. Oh, and House Hunters, International. Particularly the Italy ones.

    Feel better, Lily!

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    1. I love What Not to Wear! Thanks for the reminder. I'll add that to my "must-watch" list today.

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  2. Sarah ~ I know it sounds bad, but when I'm home alone - sick or just trying to write - I usually have the ID network on in the background. There usually isn't a lot of music to their shows, so I can tune out and focus on something else with crime TV playing in the background. If there's a famous crime, odds are I've seen a show about it.

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    1. I haven't watched the ID network but I get hooked on reading about true crime cases on Wikipedia. I'll go there to look one thing up and before you know it, I've wasted an hour reading about Lizzie Borden or the Lindbergh kidnapping.

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  3. Lily, I get those not-feeling-bad-but-still-icky days once a month, if you know what a I mean. ;] So I usually cram all my TV watching into that week, because it's the best excuse to veg and I haven't the energy for anything else anyway! :D Hope you feel better soon!

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  4. I cannot watch anything at all when I’m that sick. I just want total peace and quiet. Hope you feel better soon. That’s so poopy!

    Take care!

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  5. I'm with you on the Doris Day. Add in Debbie Reynolds and I'm good. Also, any Jane Austen will do, too. Or Cranford, or North and South...hmmm...I have a lot of comfort views!

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