When you’re battling with an invisible illness, are overcoming surgery or are generally feeling unwell or exhausted, the thought of a night in to relax is heavenly. Sometimes it’s all you can do anyway – I can’t remember the last time I went out on an evening, don’t think my body wants to remember either. My nights in are going to be rather limited at the moment to being propped up on cushions, eating bland food, wriggling in discomfort, and taking painkillers and tea. It’s made me think of what I’d like to look forward to. So get comfy, let’s look at a perfect night in wish list…
It would start with jammies. Who am I kidding, PJs go on as soon as I’m at home anyway.
Blanket at the ready.
Pre-dinner drinks – I’m a whiskey girl so this would be a Jack or Jim with Pepsi Max. Maybe a slice of lemon if I’m feeling frisky.
Dinner – A tough call. Maybe pizza, maybe chicken and chips and enough salad for a small army. If the boat is really going to be pushed out, maybe Chinese takeout, with a side of prawn crackers, naturally.
Dinner Drinks – I’m not a wine girl – that’s far too refined, and it tastes like bleach mixed with berries to me – so I’d go for a cider. That’s right, I grew up in small town in a countryside area. I missed my vocational calling by not getting my Tractor degree, but hey, we all have regrets.
Eyeball Entertainment – I have Google Chromecast now so it’s so much quicker and easier to set stuff up on my laptop or iPad and watch it on the TV. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a similar idea. Very useful gadgets to have.
Perhaps a Netflix TV series – Bates Motel, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, The Shooter, A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Or a Netflix flick – The Fundamentals Of Caring is one I recently watched and it was surprisingly good at being heart-warming while also being sarcastically wonderful and chuckle-inducing.
If not Netflix, then perhaps an Amazon, LoveFilm or iTunes rental/purchase for some mindless action, some superhero awesomeness (Marvel’s Deadpool gets a spectacular thumbs up) or some lighthearted comedy (Sarah Millican stand-up usually does the trick).
The Tech – I love my 32″ Panasonic (a recent upgrade from a smaller version) but if I had one thing to put on my wish list it would be the 65″ Panasonic HDR 4K TV (TX-65DX750B). Such a gorgeous, streamlined TV; Studio Master HCX and cinema display for an incredible picture and stellar sound, great reviews, everything you could want in a smart TV for quality. Truly big and beautiful (and all the better for seeing Ryan Reynolds)!
Sweet Treats – I don’t really do dessert. I do after-dinner snacking, and as I’m single, I don’t have to share my sweets with anyone. There are perks to being single other than the ability to duvet hog without being moaned at. If we’re talking popcorn, which is out for Frank and I at the moment sadly, then it’s Butterkist Toffee popcorn. If it’s choccies, then Maltesers are a must. But the perfect chocolate? Has to be Lindt Lindor. Heavenly! Anyone else agree?
Post-dinner Drinks – I believe tea is a miracle cure so I’d have to go for a good cuppa in a very large mug to prevent the need to get up and refill. If I wanting something more comforting, I’d go with Options Belgian Hot Chocolate.
Let There Be Light! – I love softer lighting for the evenings and use a touch lamp so I can dim it down a bit. Vanilla scented candles or flameless candles (health and safety would recommend the latter), maybe some incense, or even a proper fire (in a fireplace, don’t just randomly start one in a bin as it won’t have the same effect).
The need to not have to get up or go for a wee – Statistically impossible, but this is a wish list afterall…
Music For The Soul – You can’t go wrong with some music to energise and soothe away the stress and tension.
Wishful Thinking – This is the point in the evening when someone would come over to give me a shoulder massage. I’ll also add a luxuriously bubbly bath (that someone else runs for me), and cuddles from a golden retriever (I don’t have one of those either).
Film Fatigue – When enough Netflix and films have been consumed and you just can’t watch any more, I’d go for snuggle time. A comfy duvet, snug blankie, and a good book.
You don’t need to be blowing out 90 candles on next year’s birthday cake to be able to appreciate a night in and a comfy bedtime.
Have I missed anything?