Random Thoughts and Acts of Kindness

Since I’m still recovering from whatever sort of evil flu decided to visit me last week (and NOT leave), my thoughts are a little hazy, just want to share some rather random ponderings. Although I still feel like someone is repeatedly kicking me in the solar plexus and then punching me in the head, today was the first day in several where I’m not dizzy, feverish and so achy that all I am capable of is laying about, moaning softly and sadly. I actually got in about 25 minutes on the bike this morning. Then I had to lie down, but it was a start.
I’d like to say a few words about my dogs, and what a comfort they were to me. Louie has this amazing ability to cuddle up around whatever body part is hurting the most, like a little wiener dog heating pad (is there a dirty joke there? No? Huh). Daisy P not only looked on protectively and sympathetically as I slept 12 hours a day, like the good guard dog she is, but also nudged me every now and then to make sure I was still breathing. Okay, it’s entirely possible she just wanted me to get up and feed her, but I’d like to think there was some empathy and love there as well.
I read two books while I was down. First I finished the Bridget Jones sequel, Mad About the Boy, in about a day and a half. Light, silly, silly, but fun reading. I had never read the first two Bridget books, but of course had seen and loved the first film. The second film is pretty bad, but any movie with Hugh and Colin in it gets 10 redemption points in my book, bringing it up to passable. I can’t wait to see if they make a movie out of this third book, because in this one Bridget is in her early 50’s, like me, and still as loveably messed up as ever. Like me? And (spoiler alert) she has a delicious affair with a young stud, so it’s just, well, aspirational reading. It’s rare that a book makes me cry but I wept happy tears when I finished this book.
The other book I read couldn’t have been more different, The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. This is a beautiful and thoughtful book, about teenagers dealing with cancer. It’s sad, of course, but also sweet, funny, and luminous. I cried when I finished this one too, but for very different reasons.
I also did a lot of viewing over the past few days, breaking my own rule of no daytime TV watching. I watched old Glee episodes, and wished that show had ended back when it was still fresh and good. I watched several episodes of the first season of Game of Thrones, and decided that show has only improved as it has gone on. I watched a few episodes of the Brady Bunch, and thought, not for the first time, how that family could really have benefited from some therapy. They have SO many issues. Seriously, Jan, take a Prozac!
I saw the movie Don Jon, which I had expected to love, and thought was only, meh. It wasn’t the subject matter that bothered me; I mean who doesn’t love a film about a man who is addicted to pornography? And I really think Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, is a very talented young man. But, because I didn’t really like any of the characters, including the one played by Scarlett Johansson as a sexy shrew, I didn’t really care what happened to them.
My last random thoughts on this random, rambling post have to do with acts of kindness. In the past few weeks, I have been the beneficiary of several, including the plumber who is now coming to my house so frequently he is giving me the “family discount,” my long term hairdresser, who is basically cutting my hair for about 50% of her regular rate until I get a new job, the sweet friend who offered to pick up groceries for me while I was sick and kept checking in on me, and finally, my sweet and silly friend, who sent me a Pinterest of a hot doctor to make me laugh and forget my ills for a few minutes. Every one of these gestures means so much to me, and I am so appreciative of these blessings. Just a great reminder that even a small act of kindness can mean everything to someone else.
The end, for now


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