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.


Dead Cats and Old Shoes

I’ve just had to read an article discussing the fact that ornamental gardening historically was considered something that displayed refinement and intellect, but also was an indication of the state of one’s affairs.

There was a portion of the article detailing how early American front yards were rather unkempt, and they went on about this at great length.

This part, I have to admit, struck me more than a little bit odd:


All right, I get it.  A messy yard looks bad.  But seriously, let’s analyze the highlighted portion above… was having broken jugs, old shoes and dead cats lying about one’s front yard really a thing?  DID THIS ACTUALLY HAPPEN?  If so, WHY?

So many possibilities enter my mind whilst thinking about how one could wind up with so many old shoes, dead cats, and broken jugs in your yard.  And each possibility only leads to more questions.  How many cats?  Why are all of these people barefooted?  Who is throwing jugs?

The world may never know.