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?