Monday, October 15, 2012

Entertaining Distractions: October 2012

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Distracting myself from pain and nausea with entertainment is a cornerstone component of my chronic migraine coping tool box. 

Here are some things that have been giving me lots of good distraction so far this fall:

College football

Following college football is one of my greatest passions in life, and college football season is never more fun than when your own team is kicking butt. My team, Kansas State, performed well beyond expectations last year and this year has been amazing so far, too. Watching my Wildcats compete at such a high level gives me a ton of joy. 

Since my husband works Tuesday through Saturday it's hard for us to get to the games. But a nice perk of your team playing well is that they're on TV more frequently. That being said, I'll be at four home games this year, so I really can't complain.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I love a good mystery and anything by Agatha Christie is just about guaranteed to be great. This isn't my favorite of her books that I've read (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd takes that spot), but it's right up there in the top few. P.S. This is available in the Kindle Store on for just $5.99 right now!


ABC's political drama / thriller Scandal is in it's second season. This show is off the charts amazing: Smart, entertaining and full of intense drama. 

When I saw the previews for its midseason premiere I thought it looked awesome, but somehow missed out on seeing it until recently. The first season is on Netflix, so my husband and I watched all seven episodes to get caught up for season two. It's officially an addiction. If you liked The West Wing, are interested in politics or enjoy thrillers, this show is right up your alley.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

This book popped onto my radar because the author and I live in the same town. Obviously it's great to support the work of local writers, but my love for this book goes so far beyond that. It's an amazing piece of work. 

Silent film star Louise Brooks is a character, but be forewarned: the book is not about her. It's really and truly about the life of the woman who served as her chaperone when she first went to New York to study dance, as imagined by this author.

Watching the chaperone Cora evolve from a narrow minded, uptight and judgmental shrew into someone who understands that life isn't black and white is a pleasure.

What entertaining distractions have you been utilizing lately? 

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