Yesterday was the most beautiful day we’ve had this year–66 and sunny–and I was laid up on the couch, sleeping off some nasty virus.
(It feels horribly cruel to avoid the worst of the winter illnesses through January and February, only to get sucker-punched in March.)
Thankfully, Sarah could take care of Silas’s needs (and honestly, quite a bit of mine, too), Lucy could fend for herself, and Jack was likewise sleeping it off in his room, making the whole ordeal a little less miserable for Mama than it would have been otherwise. I didn’t have to change diapers or make lunch; I didn’t even have to make my own tea.
Instead, I slept for hours and did what I suspect most of us prefer to do when we’re too sick to function but not so sick we’re comatose: indulged in some Comfort Watching.
Yesterday, I pulled out (or more like loaded up, on Amazon Prime) a few old favorites. I’ve been dying to re-watch Emma–the 2009 BBC version with Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller, which is far and away the best–and I watched all four hours of it yesterday before my afternoon nap.
My daughters were flitting through the room and watched quite a bit of both with me. Sarah’s assessment of Emma looked like this:
When I woke up, it was time for another old favorite I’ve seen a dozen times: You’ve Got Mail. A modern Pride and Prejudice, plunked into the book industry of the Upper West Side: is it any wonder I’m smitten?
(Sarah liked that one, too, deeming Joe Fox her favorite character. (Because, she says, he’s way funnier than Kathleen Kelly.) She also wants to visit The Shop Around the Corner next time we’re in New York. When I explained they went out of business: Then let’s go to Fox Books, Mom.)
I’ll probably make some progress on the series today (the jury’s still out on this one …), but I’m hoping to see more sunshine (73 and sunny!) and a lot less of my couch today. Wish me luck, and send me digital chicken soup?
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what YOUR favorite comfort watching is.