When you have the opportunity to revisit your favorite programs on television, or for that matter, a favorite book, do you reach for a comforting rerun and settle in with a cup of tea?
No reruns for me today, though if I could find them, I would go for Cary Grant in a classic like Notorious or a lightweight tale like Every Girl Should be Married. Better yet, a sentimental and beautifully crafted Katherine Hepburn favorite from 1955, Summertime. (Perhaps there may be French films lurking on my cable channels?)
Why the sudden urge for rerun movies, shows, or books?
Ever heard of The Let Down Effect?
After a fitful night’s sleep, one of many for weeks, I woke shaking and dizzy before daylight. I just barely made it to the white porcelain vessel for all things in need of hasty disposal, where I heaved violently – exceptionally rare for yours truly. And no wise cracks on the use of the term “re-runs!”
In fact, I get sick infrequently, so it surprises me when I do. (I’m looking for wood to knock on, if the damn room would stop spinning…) It occurs to me that this is the likely let down from weeks of anxiety and hurried preparations for a particular event, rife with potential problems, possible pleasures, and logistics that left a good deal to the gnarly, snarly unknown – despite a great deal of planning..
For the most part, all went well, yet now that I am home and back to my usual routine, my body is reacting to the non-stop crazy pace that came before. Based on a phone call from my periodic POSSLQ (remember that?), who was not feeling well over our shared weekend, a bug has been running rampant at his place of employment.
Alas, I seem to be the (less than happy) recent recipient of aforementioned little Nasty.
My 24 Hour Bug Plan
Visits to my classic black and white bathroom, fortunately just steps from my bed?
Venture forth to fill the fridge?
Make it to the kitchen?
A wobbly endeavor, but hydration, hydration, hydration.
Remind myself that I am not superwoman? (That one is tougher. That mother thing? We’re convinced we can keep going under any and all conditions. Not so!)
There was a marvelous French film called “Delicatesse” (with Audrey Tatou) which I saw on cable a few weeks back. I’ll go for a Round 2 on that.
A delightful indie with Gérard Depardieu, My Afternoons With Marguerite, is definitely on my list.
And I have a stack of DVDs of faves, including all six seasons of Sex and the City. (Come on. Those shoes? Surely, you’re not surprised.)
Let Down Effect
In case you want to know more about the Let Down Effect, Web MD offers this:
In the immediate aftermath of stressful times — perhaps following an anxiety-producing project at work or a major family crisis — when you finally have time to take a deep breath and unwind, that’s when illness can unexpectedly strike. Just when you’re letting down her hair, your ability to fight off illnesses may let you down.
Web MD goes on to list various typical illnesses that we may fall prey to, including respiratory infections, colds and flu, migraines, increased arthritis pain, and more. Hell, everything hurts and I don’t have arthritis!
A small bit of research – I went to the source – reveals that I should be my usual self in 24 to 36 hours. In the meantime – hydration, rest, and yes… reruns.
Your favorite television shows to watch in reruns?
You favorite films – classic, indies, or others – that always make you feel better?
The books, magazines, and stories you turn to on those days when you’re under the weather or just need to “let down?”
Can someone dispatch a St. Bernard with Gatorade, please?