How to Stay Entertained On A Sick Day


 Today marks the fourth day I’ve been stuck in bed with this awful cold/flu/whatever-it-is.  I have managed to spend most of the time knocked out and asleep, thankfully, but I have reached the point now where I can’t sleep any more.

Given my current expertise on the subject of staying entertained whilst stuck sick in bed, I thought I might give you all some tips.

  1. Always lose your voice.  This way you can force your family into an unexpectedly fun game of charades as they try desperately to figure out what the heck it is that you need.
  2. Do not succumb to the temptation to delve into a Netflix marathon just yet.  Doing so will quell any and all creativity you may glean from your excessive medicine taking.
  3. Drink many hot toddies.  By imbibing thusly, you can be sure that you are easily entertained without having to admit you’re just drunk.  Not sure how to make a hot toddy?  Here you go.  Erin’s Hot Toddy Recipe:  Take a mug.  Line the inside of it with honey.  Put two capfuls (CAP-fuls, not CUP-fuls!) of lemon juice in the bottom of the mug.  Add a dollop of maple syrup, a little bit of vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon to the mug.  Then add a shot of whiskey to the mug.  Heat enough water to fill your mug up the rest of the way, stir, and drink often.
  4. Look up really stupid international commercials and music videos on YouTube.  It is important that you wait until you have repeated step 3 a few times before you begin this step.  If you begin this step prematurely, it will not be nearly as effective.
  5. Share your most entertaining findings with me here.
  6. Drink some more hot toddies.
  7. Go back to sleep.
  8. Repeat the process again.

Some of my best finds (apologies — I cannot embed videos here because I am too cheap to pay for an account that allows that, so you’re stuck with just regular links):

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  This Indian commercial advertising what appears to be an instant rice or cake mix which reminds me an awful lot of my favorite Kung Fu film.



Screenshot 2018-02-18 at 15.08.41The Japanese Banana Guy commercial never gets old.  What is going on in Japan?  I don’t feel like I could be that enthusiastic about anything at this point (except perhaps another hot toddy).




Screenshot 2018-02-18 at 15.21.25This oddly long and confusing commercial from Thailand Four minutes?  For one ad?  Holy moly!




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Or how about this other Thai commercial which is rather tragic?





Anyway, I hope you all stay healthy, but if you’re unfortunate enough to catch what I’ve got, maybe some of these suggestions will help.


New State Crud

Before I get rolling here, I would like to make a quick note to my friends on Facebook. The Hubbster has pointed out to me that my blog has been automatically linking posts to my Facebook page. This is fine, I suppose, except that I was under the impression that I had temporarily closed my account there. It appears that my activity here on WordPress has inadvertently reactivated it. So, if you come across a photo and some writing that seems as though they don’t make sense together, click on the link to the blog, and you’ll see that it all does make sense… mostly. I also wanted to let y’all know I’m not just ignoring you over there. I’ve just been going through some personal stuff and concluded that I needed a break, but I still need the blogging outlet. So, on with that, shall we?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that one of the biggest drawbacks to relocating is that first year-and-a-half of immune system overload. We always seem to spend that amount of time physically adjusting to the germs in our new area, and this most recent move has been more extreme in that regard than I have ever experienced before.

We moved to Texas last January, and since then, I have been sick more often than I think I ever have in my entire life. An I’m not talking about a little sniffle or sinus infection — I’m talking full-blown fever that makes you want to peel your skin off and causes general delerium, coughing up both lungs, blowing your nose so often it is raw, gotta stay in bed and complain kind of sick.

I guess when they say that everything is bigger in Texas, they are even including the illnesses?

Either way, I’m pretty sick of it (see what I did there?), so if my immune system would hurry up and catch up, that’d be great.

Have you all been affected by the severity of this year’s flu season?