I actually felt really good all weekend and was thrilled to be able to enjoy my friends' company. I paid a bit today, though. I went on the shortest, wimpiest little hike yesterday - I circled back to the car after about 10 minutes while our friends continued on - but I guess it was too much. Just walking back and forth to the restroom while camping is far more walking than I normally do! There are fewer responsibilities and "maintenance activities" (like shopping, errands, cooking big meals, cleaning, laundry) while camping, so I usually do pretty well.
So, with all that lovely time outdoors, we didn't watch any movies this weekend, but I did watch one during my lunches this past week:
- I watched The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, based on the amazing memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby (see my review of the book). This is an incredibly inspiring book written by a man with locked-in syndrome who wrote the entire book by blinking one eye, spelling out each word, letter by letter. I previously posted some favorite quotes from the book on a Quote It Saturday feature. The movie was also excellent and really complemented the book. Seeing his disabilities visually was very powerful, as was watching him dictate letter by letter, painstakingly. I know it sounds depressing, but as I wrote in my review of the book, it's really not - sad, yes, but not depressing. His spirit and will to live were inspiring, and the movie showed a bit more about his early days of feeling angry, frustrated, and full of self-pity - something anyone with CFS will recognize - followed by his acceptance of his condition. I highly recommend both the book and the movie...in fact, watching the movie makes me want to read the book again!