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User Input: Help a Brotha Out

Sometimes you just need a sick day.

I’m at home sick. Apparently I ate something that didn’t agree with me, because I’ve been immobilized for two days now, unable to venture too far away from the bathroom

So, as a result, I’m stuck at home, looking for ways to entertain myself. If I had known about this illness in advance, I would have set up the PS3 I stole liberated borrowed from Techie, and tried playing some video games. It is worth pointing out that I’m absolutely terrible at video games, so that likely wouldn’t last long. And then I’d be right back to where I am now. Bored, tired, hurting, and desperately looking for ways to kill some time while my body… you know, fixes this mess it’s gotten itself into.

So help me out here! What are some great ways to kill hours of time while I’m largely unable to move? And what are your sick-day stay-home activities when it’s time to take a day for yourself?

[Image source: Snacking Squirrel]

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    • SSurfer321

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  • The Professor

    Bummer. I'm sorry to hear that you're sick, however, I must add that your habit of eating things that you find on the ground makes this inevitable.
    Good sick day activities? Reading manga online is amusing and low impact. Here are a couple of links:
    These are my two favorites.
    Watching cartoons is another good one. Reading will put you to sleep, but handy for when you're in the head.
    Other than that, sleep and stay hydrated.

    • Deartháir

      I don't eat just anything I find on the ground. It has to adhere to the ten-minute rule. After ten minutes on the ground, it's just no good anymore. Usually. Unless it's something really tasty.

  • P161911

    Empty out the Netflix cue.
    Read a book.
    Re-watch some of those DVDs you have sitting around. Now is the time for that 10 hour Lord of the Rings or complete Star Wars collection.
    Get good pain killers or your choice: Tylenol with codeine, Jack Daniels, or whatever you prefer (now is NOT the time to mix and match though pick just one and stick with it.)

  • skitter

    Reading back through comics:
    Buttercup Festival
    Calvin and Hobbes

  • PrawoJazdy

    By domain names that ruin your friend.

    oh.. wait.

    Work on our book. I think we're on chapter 4.
    Watch all the Star Wars movies. All 3 of them.
    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Catch up on your playbo… err Shakespeare.
    Watch whatever it is women do during the day. Some of that stuff is insightful. I enjoy a good cry too.

    • Deartháir


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  • OA5599

    Having recently spent nearly three months in bed with a busted pelvis, I found the days passed more quickly doing things that were only marginally interesting. It's easier to switch to another activity (remembering to take your next dose of medicine or running to the can, for example) if you don't have much of an investment in what's occupying your time.

    Don't watch a great TV show, watch Saved By the Bell, instead. Don't read a book by your favorite author, read something in a different genre, written by a hack. Don't visit your favorite website, point your browser to

    • Deartháir

      Jalopnik: The Saved By The Bell of automotive journalism!

      • Alff

        That's not fair. There were some talented writers on Saved by the Bell.

    • ptschett

      I even commented on Jalopnik the last time I was sick, and in the midst of a "bro" themed weekend at that.

  • MrHowser

    Those subjects you've always wanted to know more about, but didn't feel like investing the time to research? Now's your chance.

  • SSurfer321

    Netflix tv shows
    Hulu tv shows has some great puzzle games

  • Alff

    Fix small stuff. I usually have a list of small projects I can do at the kitchen table.

    • Deartháir

      That one's out. I have two cats curled up on my chest. They're preventing me from moving. There's nothing I can do about it.