Monday, February 7, 2011

Top Three Great Things About Being Sick.

1) Sleep
2) Reading
3) Netflix

1) I slept so much this past week that I think I have earned some bonus hours for the rest of the month--I can now sleep less because I already got those hours in. (That's how it works right?)

2) When I wasn't sleeping I was catching up on the New Yorker. Now this is no easy feat, I can make an educated guess that out of everyone who has a subscription to this magazine only 1 out of 100 actually read the whole thing, and actually read the whole thing before they get another one.

3) When I was too tired to read but not tired enough to sleep I watched oodles and oodles of Netflix, documentaries and television shows based on historical events so I felt like I was "learning" something--and when I got sick of learning, Nip/Tuck (what a terrible show by the way). I've finished Dead Like Me. I've almost gotten through season 2 of the Tudors, half way through season 5 of Nip/Tuck AND I've started the X-Files (yay for the 90s).

It's been a very productive/unproductive week. I got absolutely no writing done. But I'm not going to sit around and feel guilty or try to play catch up on those hours because then I'd get overwhelmed and everything I did would come out like shit. So, I'm going to ease back into all of this. And to be quite honest, it was nice to not sit at a computer all day long, it was nice not caring what was happening on facebook or (sorry friends and family) in my email inbox.

It was nice to take a break from it all--even if I wasn't feeling too hot--because it made me realize how I actually use my time, how it's wasted and what actually feels like an accomplishment.

Finishing books or magazines will always feel more rewarding to me than reading anything online, there is just so much satisfaction after turning that last page, seeing and feeling that the end has come--whereas online it just keeps going and going--and that is not rewarding at all, that is overwhelming, the endlessness causes anxiety.

This week I'm going to be more mindful about the time I spend on and off line. I'm going to make sure I'm not wasting it all in virtual space. I'm going to finish more offline tasks, I have one New Yorker to go (before the new one comes) I'm not going to be distracted.


  1. Know what else is awesome about being sick? CRAZY STRAWS!

  2. I love straws! I just got some glass ones for my (upcoming) b-day!