Distraction Action

Monday, April 21, 2008

So it's tomorrow. I think I've done everything I can to prepare myself and now it's just time for distraction. I took my Anatomy Lab final exam (blah), I cleaned the house and now I'm watching tv, pretending like tomorrow isn't happening at all, except, you know, that's all I can think about (or it was, until 5 minutes ago when I found out that my dad had to put our dog to sleep today, rather without warning I might add.)

So now, internets, it's time for you to distract me. I am asking that if you are reading this, that you take a moment to comment and answer the following 3 questions, even if anonymously, because I'm going to have a lot of free time on my hands and I think these questions may aid in my recovery. No really, I do. And because I want to read things, so provide me with material.

1. What is your favorite rentable movie?
2. What is the best book you've ever read?
3. If you had someone coming to your house to cook for you, what meal would you request (specifics here would rock)?

So now, dance internets! Dance!


kim-d said...

Okay, you had to know I'd be all over this, right? Yeah, I know. I just never disappear. HAHAHA!

My all-time favorite movie is "Ordinary People" and it is rentable. However, if I wasn't in the mood for "melancholy," I also loved "Napoleon Dynamite." Practically ANY chick flick is good. And "Debbie Does Dallas." Just joking on that one :).

"In Cold Blood" was the first real "stand-out" to me, followed closely by "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl." The last two, I re-read at least once a year. And also "...And Never Let Her Go" by Ann Rule. It's true, and I have been mourning the death of Anne Marie Fahey since the first time I read it.

For dinner, I would have my Mom come and cook for me, and it would be her meatloaf (the one with the tunnel of melted cheese going through the middle of it), her mashed potatoes with sour cream mashed in, her homemade coleslaw with the homemade dressing, her homemade cornbread, and her cherry cheesecake.

I have never been able to make decent meatloaf--no flavor whatsoever. My Mom's was so awesome, I can almost taste it as I write about it. She used to also make green beans with crisp bacon and a dash of vinegar to go with the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. What the heck, you need your veggies, right? Add those in there, too, even though I've already got the coleslaw. They're both TOO good. Yup, Mom could cook :)!

kim-d said...

And, as I said before, prayers, good wishes, all of it...you are covered from Minnesota.

Anonymous said...

Just one of each?

1. Let's go with Breakfast at Tiffany's. Nice romantic comedy/classic.

2. Confederacy of Dunces. Though I've been wanting to read In Cold Blood. Kind of a downer, though. Dunces is comedy.

3. If you won't be feeling very well, you need comfort food. Chicken soup, spaghetti and meatballs, meatloaf, french onion soup.

Sorry, best I can do. I can't dance!

Anonymous said...

Movies... damn, my brain won't work. No clue what I'd classify as best of all time. If you have Netflix, you can go through an entire TV series. That'll keep you busy & distracted, especially if you go with something funny & mindless.

Books - Watchers by Dean Koontz and I do like Kim's Mockingbird but I'm thinking closer to fantasy might be more distracting. Also liked Timeline by Michael Crichton.

The food is tricky. What if you ask for something that the cook sucks at cooking? Something Italian. Yeah, that's what you need.

~~Silk said...

Book: "101 Things I wish I Knew When I Got Married" (http://www.amazon.com/Things-Wish-Knew-When-Married/dp/1577314247/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208829915&sr=1-1)

Movie: Not a movie, a British series, but fun and available from Netflix - the first season of "Red Dwarf".

Food: Bisquick's Impossible Cheesburger Pie (yeah, sounds dumb, but it's GOOD!), with a salad containing at least ten different veggies with poppy seed dressing, and tiramisu for a later dessert.

Or a boiled dinner: Kielbasa, potatoes, onions, and cabbage boiled together, served with garlic biscuits and LOTS of butter.

Anonymous said...

Movie - I love The Princess Bride - I've seen it numerous times thanks to my 14 year old son.

Book - I can't choose just one - I love books. I just read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time and if you haven't read it you should. It's great. I also love Pope Joan, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Thornbirds, I could go on and on.

Meal - any meal that someone else cooks is good for me. I love homemade bread or rolls and that makes any meal good.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.

Lisa C.

Diana893 said...

Movie: haha I can't narrow it down to just one. Some favs though: Mona Lisa Smile, Knocked Up, Father of the Bride part II (oldie but goodie... totally watched all three of this in the last 24 hours), Patch Adams, Erin Brockovich (sp?), Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, etc. But you know my addiction is TV shows on DVD - Friends, Grey's, House, Will and Grace, Gilmore Girls, etc.

Books: My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Piccoult), The Memory Keeper's Daughter (blanking on author), Complications and Better (by Atul Gawande - very interesting look at the medical world), and the book I just finished is really right up your alley and I found it quite entertaining: Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik - her view as one of the first female residents in neurosurgery, and a look on the inside of everything neuro with a great sense of humor.

Meals: well my toaster oven is the most advanced piece of equipment I know how to use, but english muffin pizzas are always a good one. And Chex Mix. Rice Krispies treats. Yeah those aren't really meals, but then again I never really eat "meals" per se post-op, at least for awhile.

GOOD LUCK!!!!! I'm thinking of you tons!!!! Love ya!

Anonymous said...

P.S. My thoughts and prayers (though my signal is weak) are with you. Be well and contact me if you need anything.

the queen said...

1. What is your favorite rentable movie?
Brief Encounter
2. What is the best book you've ever read?
Jane Eyre
3. If you had someone coming to your house to cook for you, what meal would you request (specifics here would rock)?
Pork chops with Shake and Bake, applesauce, and mashed potatoes.

Anonymous said...

Movie: "Love Actually". And I think "Juno" just came out on video, which is super cute if you haven't seen it.

Books: "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett is my favorite book of all time. Just read "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer, which was also amazing.

Food: I agree with others on the Italian theme...

Good luck tomorrow!

Flea said...

Movie rental: Raising Arizona. Brazil - very bizarre. Monty Python's Holy Grail. It's a Wonderful Life.

Books: The Great Divorce, by Lewis. Also by Lewis, That Hideous Strength and Out of the Silent Planet. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Doyle. It's been awhile since I've read it - A Separate Peace, by Knowles. Also awhile, The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart (Merlin and Arthur).

Mmm. Favorite meal: If you're going to have keilbasa, you must have horseradish with it. But my choice would be chicken alfredo with spinach and pine nuts, soft, buttery, garlic bread sticks on the side.

Recover quickly!

Daisy, Just Daisy said...

Favorite rent-able movie: Forrest Gump

Favorite Book: Beach Music, Pat Conroy

Favorite Meal: Shepards Pie...easy to make, delicious comfort food, easy to re-heat.

Sherri said...

Movie: Out of Africa. Old but still one of my favorites.

Book: Too many favorites to pick just one; The Poisonwood Bible, The Liars Club, My Sister's Keeper, any of Sue Grafton's books (i.e. A is for Alibi, etc.) for a quick and easy entertaining read.

Meal: well, if somebody else is cooking, I don't much care. Food always tastes better is somebody else is cooking it. Right now some lasagna and garlic bread sounds wonderful. Or, ohhh, I know, baked Ziti! Here we go with the Italian theme again.

Don't know if this helped, but I sure hope you're doing well!