“The test of a people is what they can do when they are tired.” — Winston Churchill
I realize Churchill was most likely discussing the British people when he said that; a people worn down by years of war waiting for the U.S. to join the team. Perhaps he was referring to Londoners soldiering on during the Blitz. Either way, I also understand his words in a deeply personal way for I have had a cold.
Oh, I’m better now but I was really sick. No, not the flu but still it was exhausting. Nope, not pneumonia but one night my ear hurt and I had to lie on a heating pad. So I get the whole “persevere though the world may be against you and you may feel forsaken” because I am getting over a really bad cold.
I have spent the better part of four days on the couch or in bed. I haven’t been this sick in years. My fever was over 100 degrees, not over 101 but still it was uncomfortable. I come away from my trauma with valuable information for you gained from my days on the couch.
Netflix is our friend. When we are down and feelin’ low, Netflix is there for us. Just a button push away once you find the remote that controls the TV input and get it set to DVD because you accidentally programmed AppleTV for DVD and the DVD is now HDMI 5 and then get the Apple remote to go to Netflix and find the Comcast remote to control the volume. THEN….you are all set!
What I watched:
Top of the Lake – Golden Globe nominated mini-series. I am one to review the Golden Globe awards for good stuff to watch on Netflix which is how I found “Into the Storm”, “Grey Gardens” and “Taking Chance”….watch those! The stories, the performances, all are viewing and award-worthy. What’s her name from Mad Men, used to be married to Fred Armisen of Portlandia…. Elizabeth Moss! Elizabeth Moss stars in and was nominated for her performance in this Kiwi mystery. I give it a big moaning, groaning MEHHHHH. Moss is a good actress but her accent could be British, could be New Zealandish, could be Southie in Boston. Jane Campion directs and lets you know how much she loathes men, make no mistake about Jane Campion….NOT a fan of male human beings. If you are not just sick but tied to a couch, watch this.
The Bletchley Circle – Lovely mystery mini-series about four women who worked at Bletchley during the war deciphering German code who reunite to solve a mystery!
The Fall– Gillian Anderson is really beautiful and this is good. I gotta go back and look to see what it was about. It’s in Ireland, I think. Oh yeah, I remember, this is worth watching and apparently there’s going to be a 2nd season according to BBC2. It’s like the Killing. Even if I weren’t sick, I would watch this.
I’m prepping myself for moving to England and being an eccentric American lady detective with my UK partner Lazy Laura Maisey. In preparation I am watching BBC programming and ending sentences with “quite”. I am very keen on being a detective. Quite. I have to work on that.
Sherlock – I think I am late to the Sherlock game. Quite. Fabulous show, a tad hard to follow if you have taken any cold medicine. Quite. The third season starts on the 19th here in the U.S. Yay! Very fabulous!
On to the truly courageous…
Annie’s friend Katie has wakened from her coma! She has a long recovery ahead of her but she is awake! The human brain/body is a miraculous machine. Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts! Katie is at a Portland children’s hospital where she will remain for her rehabilitation. What a gift to her family, friends and the entire community. Such a blessing and a relief.
Also, I have set up another page for this blog in fulfillment of one of my 2014 revolutions. 2014 Reading List. I have finished one book so far and started “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” last night. It is so good, there is a chance I will finish it tonight.