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Derrie
11-23-2012, 02:58 PM
I am sure we all have those days where you're pretty much stuck on your couch due to fatigue or pain. So, what do you all do to combat the boredom that comes with being housebound? I'm facing a long weekend stuck on my couch, and I start to feel really depressed when I'm not actively Doing Things. I know that part of it is that I need to get used to my new, less-active life. But if this is part of my new normal, I want to at least enjoy myself as best I can.

So, what do you do when you're stuck on the couch?

I'll start-- For me, I've tried knitting (when my hands don't hurt), watching old TV shows on Hulu, and reading magazines.

tgal
11-23-2012, 03:05 PM
When i am feeling up to it I play words with friends and song pop on my IPhone! I often times have a hard time reading which is sad since I used to be an avid reader!

rob
11-23-2012, 03:41 PM
Hulu is great. I don't subscribe to their pay "plus" service, but there are still all sorts of good shows there, and a good movie from time to time, all for free.

I supplement my fixed income by building models and miniatures on a commission basis for various collectors and museums. There's some intricate design and construction involved, tasks I can't really do when I'm stuck on the couch with brainfog.

But, there's also a bunch of repetetive hard to screw up tasks required as well, and I do those tasks on my bad days. I can't do the rigging and sails on a schooner model when I'm in a flare, but I can use a file to clean up the casting seams on the hundreds of pewter fittings that will eventually be used on the model. Last week's flare project was to sit down with a special pair of pliers (on the couch) and punch out a few hundred portholes from a small sheet of brass for a lighted model of the starship Enterprise I'm building for a customer.

I also read quite a bit when I'm stuck on the couch. Some fiction, but mostly non-fiction history subjects and technical manuals.

When I'm not doing those things, I sleep, or at least I try to sleep.

Rob

rob
11-23-2012, 03:57 PM
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. In the past when I was couch-bound, my Dad would come over and we'd play the board game Axis and Allies.

However, after a few attempts at playing, I found that brainfog really cuts into one's ability to ruthlessly achieve world domination...

magistramarla
11-23-2012, 09:16 PM
I watch cooking shows - The Chew, Rachael Ray, Good Eats, The Barefoot Contessa, Paula Deen, and almost anything else on the Food Network.

I'm a political junkie, so I'm coming down from the high of the last few months of watching the polls and pundits every day.

I've finished crocheting the baby blanket for Maya, my new grand-daughter, and now I've started on one for Tom and Sharon's baby.

I also love to read - mostly science fiction, but I also love period mysteries about ancient Rome by Steven Saylor and Lindsey Davis.
Hugs,
Marla

steve.b
11-24-2012, 05:47 AM
for me, my computer has been my friend.

somedays would spend 10 plus hours playing nice slow basic games.
and of course on here talking to you good folk !!!!!!!!!!!!

my computer time was actually one of the things my wife detested.
but for me it was 1 way i was in control.
i may not be able to do any work around the place........
but i could still operate the computer.

Derrie
11-24-2012, 10:19 AM
Thanks, all, for these great ideas. Thank god I have a laptop and an iPhone to entertain me. And like you, Rob, I pay for Hulu-Plus, which I have decided is TOTALLY worth it. I always have shows to watch.

I should get started on a new book soon, too, though I haven't decided what I want to read.

I'm not doing well this weekend, so anything to distract me is key. My body has somehow fast-forwarded to feeling like it's in its seventies. Lovely. Sigh.

running girl
11-24-2012, 11:13 AM
i love the knit socks, but often my fingers hurt too much.
I read, and play on my computer with the tv on in the background.
My husband has the tv on all the time, and we don't share the same tastes in shows, so I often wear my headphones and listen to music.
I also really enjoy listening to pod-casts. I'm a bit of a tech geek, so I learn about what's new.
I love magazines. They are great for when brain-fog prevents me from getting into a good book.
I love to "on-line window shop", on my computer.
I also spend a lot of time trying to catch up on the work that I struggled with during the day. Remaining employed full time in a stressful job, sometimes means I have to "fake it" and catch up in the evenings.

I'm on the couch right now and the sun is streaming in and warming me. I love that feeling.

Have a good weekend.

Mica
11-24-2012, 02:16 PM
I would be so bored without my computer and Netflix. If my hands arent too stiff I like to make jewelry or right now I have been working on that beaded christmas tree for my twin. Last night I stayed up late making tiny little christmas presents for the tree. Oh and like magistramarla I love the cooking channel, Chopped is my all time favorite show!

Derrie
11-24-2012, 02:33 PM
Mica, I watch Chopped all the time on Hulu-- I love it!

But I'm in a funk today. I'm very, very stiff and in pain today, and I can't do much but sit here, and I'm really pretty upset. I feel like my long weekend is being robbed from me. In another, healthier time, I would have used a long weekend to go camping or hiking or thrift store shopping or walk around a local park's trails with my dog.

Instead, I'm just sitting here. A boring lump. I am so moody!

Mica
11-24-2012, 05:03 PM
Mica, I watch Chopped all the time on Hulu-- I love it!

But I'm in a funk today. I'm very, very stiff and in pain today, and I can't do much but sit here, and I'm really pretty upset. I feel like my long weekend is being robbed from me. In another, healthier time, I would have used a long weekend to go camping or hiking or thrift store shopping or walk around a local park's trails with my dog.

Instead, I'm just sitting here. A boring lump. I am so moody!

Thats what all us go through...so we understand what your going through. I would love to take my dog out to the park, 2 years old and I have never taken him anywhere.

BonusMom
11-24-2012, 06:09 PM
I love puzzles and any type of word games (word find, crosswords, Scrabble [if I can rope anyone into playing against me)].

Like Marla, I love cooking shows and HGTV. Oh, and watching investigative journalists report on true crime.

I also enjoy reading......as one can see from four packed bookcases (I donated many, many books when we bought our house 2.5 yrs ago-just can't seem to part from them all or borrow from the library).

This weekend, I refinished a buffet with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It was so easy (and forgiving). I've never refinished furniture and it was much easier than I anticipated.