Care Takers and Care Packages

When I was sick as a kid, my go-to movie marathon was Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. I absolutely adored the movies and the books and the best part about the series: they were hours long so I had entertainment all day. I loved the stories and had a huge crush on Gilbert Blythe and wanted nothing more than to live on Prince Edward Island. What a gorgeous place it was!

Alas, I only have the movies on VHS somewhere in a box so I can’t watch them when I’m sick. But I watched something that I enjoyed just as much this week. I was on the couch sick, snotty, sneezing and nursing my aching, red nose for days. What a nasty cold! At least it wasn’t moving into my chest like most colds do. I passed the time with catching up on Netflix: Justified Season 2, the last season of Brothers & Sisters and I started Downton Abbey.

What an awesome show! I love the scenery, the acting is great, the story is compelling and the costumes are to-die-for. It takes place in 1912, England, and begins with the sinking of the Titanic. The heirs to Downton Abbey were on the Titanic and now the family living there is thrown into chaos without an heir. It’s told by equal parts of the upper-class family and their dozens of servants. What a fantastic show.

I had good TV to keep my company, and lots of kitty love too. Fat Kitty was at my side pretty much the entire time I was home sick. He likes to snuggle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, he’d run away for a bit when I had my sneezing fits that shook the whole couch. But he always came back.

The first night I was home sick, Michael made us spicy bean burritos for dinner. I just wanted something spicy to clear up my sinuses. He piled on tons of jalapenos and it did the trick. The second night, we totally got junk food for dinner. I had zero desire to leave the house, or to eat anything resembling “healthy.”

Michael got us chicken strips and jalapeno poppers from the grocery store. Unfortunately, the poppers were not spicy at all (boo) but I sprinkled some cayenne pepper on my chicken strips and that did the trick for a little bit. I tried to justify the dinner by adding some raw broccoli to my plate, but who am I kidding? It was just comfort food with very little nutritional value.

The highlight of my convalescence was getting a care package from Cynthia! Our birthdays are near each other and I won her birthday giveaway. The package arrived and I happily tore into it from my sick bed (the couch). Fat Kitty was super excited about the paper wrapping and the box. I was excited about the CHOCOLATE!

She kindly sent me chocolate, macaroons, spicy jelly, hot cocoa, tea, a marinade, and her favorite book. I immediately had one of the teas and the mini chocolate (dark chocolate with lavender and blueberry) as an afternoon snack.

Thank you so much, Cynthia! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try everything! Of course, it will have to wait for when I feel better and can actually taste things again…

QUESTION: What is your favorite at-home-sick-on-the-couch movie?


Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

16 thoughts on “Care Takers and Care Packages”

  1. OMG–The Fault in Our Stars is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING!!!!!!!!
    If you like it, you’ll also have to check out Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, my other two favorites by John Green. He is AMAZING!!! (Super fun to follow on twitter too!!)

  2. Sorry you were sick. You must be my TV twin. I absolutely loved the Anne of Green Gables movies! They are wonderful. I also love the Anne of Avonlea series that was on TV in the 90s. I just started watching Downtown Abbey yesterday when I saw it on Hulu. I’m only about 20 minutes into it, but I like it so far. Have you seen North and South? It’s by far the best period drama!
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  3. Gah, being sick sucks ๐Ÿ™ But at least you got some rest and kitty snuggles, both of which are cures for the common cold ๐Ÿ™‚

    My sick movies are also from my childhood; Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I managed to find both on DVD, so I am good to go for sick days!

  4. I LOVE Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea! I live in New York and have seen tons of celebrities but the one that I got the most excited about and will never forget? Seeing Gilbert while I was on a walk around the Central Park Reservoir. I almost turned around and went all stalker on him!

    Downton Abbey is my current fave though. SOOO good!

    Hope you feel better!
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  5. One of my favorite movies I can watch over and over again is Usual Suspects. Love that movie!

    I just finished season 1 of Downton Abby. What a great show! I know you can go to PBS website and watch the other seasons online, but I am hoping they come out on netflix soon.
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  6. Sorry you are sick! I hope you are feeling better! I usually don’t watch movies more than once- but I can watch Ghost over and over- especially when I am sick. I cry ALL the illness away.
    I have been thinking about watching Downtown Abbey on Hulu…. now that I see you like it- I might give it a whirl!

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