Most people I know have a go to song, a time-out trick that relaxes them. Something even that helps them drift off to sleep peacefully and without a care in the world. Whales sounds, the rolling waves of the ocean or babbling rainforest streams. All perfectly reasonable ways to relax. If there was a survey they would be on the list along with bubble baths, blowing of steam with mates and massages.

Me? I watch the Hunger Games movies.

Yup. I’m a total weirdo, and it hadn’t even occurred to me how weird until I was asking searching high and low for my DVD set while Mr Suger watched on from the couch. I need to find it, I said, I was going to put it on while I worked tonight. Where IS it? He was no help at all. He sat watching from the couch as I torn apart cupboards and storage boxes assuming I’d ‘filed it’ somewhere safe.

Don’t you think its weird, he said, that you find a movie about a place that will offer up children to be killed by other children soothing? Do you have any idea how creepy that is..? And I do. Sort of. When you put it like that… But except for all the screams and occasional explosions it’s quiet, the music is soothing, the tones are soft and lovely. Until they aren’t, you know. I’m not explaining this well at all. I’m not sure I can explain it.

It’s especially hard given that the books left me traumatised for months afterwards. I would dream of the final chapters, combining my family with the characters of the books and awake heart pumping from the horror of it. A society like that, it’s hard to imagine but so close when you consider the atrocities committed around the world every day. Why not offer up children, why not starve some for the benefit of a few…

Oh wait.

Mr Suger was right. It’s weird, and it’s creepy and it’s sad. It reminds me of all there is to do in the world when I think about it… I can’t say that I’m going to give it up though. I blame Jennifer Lawrence and those ridiculous cheekbones. Yeah. Let’s blame her. It’s not me at all. Maybe I should switch to ocean sounds or something more normal. Less killing of children, you know? *awkward face*

Do you do something that could be considered a little bit weird to relax?

  • Hubster and I are addicted to SBS Chill on digital radio, and often put it on to go to sleep at night. I think that means we are getting old, rather than weird?!

    • Yeeees, I love Unwind on iTunes, not all classical but all sorts of chill music. So good.

  • Jo

    Long time stalker of your blog – first time commenting….
    I can completely understand the watching of certain shows or movies to relax… my way to relax for the last three months was Masterchef every night (as in we must all be sat down at the TV at 7:30PM) – there is something about the mixture of cooking and competition that soothes me… Although by the end my Hubby was going batty with it. I was really at a loss when it ended (still looking for a replacement!) Long ago my sister and I would often relax with a showing of A Night at the Roxbury (normally after a glass or two of wine.) honestly if you haven’t seen it its worth a google (!)

    • Well welcome! I do love a good delurking. My sister became a little obsessed with Masterchef while she was pregnant. A dangerous game in my books. All that delicious food in front you.

      And yes! LOVE Night at the Roxbury. So fun. You’re right about the wine and giggle especially.

      • Jo

        Thanks for the welcome!! Hmmm.. lurker does sound better then stalker 😉

  • DasWolli

    I like to look for a documentary on youtube or other places and pick one just before I go to sleep, and then set the computer to shut down about 10 minutes after the documentary ends. I find the calm voices of the narrators to be very soothing, as if someone is reading to me. With documentaries there’s usually no sudden sound effects and VOOM! bombastic music, which is why movies wont work for me. Documentaries, I usually fall asleep within the first 10 minutes, and if they don’t make me fall asleep on those days I’m really upset about things, I at least learn something while listening. 😉

    • Oooo nice one! All that smooth talking gets me too. That’s why I can’t watch David Attenborough (sp?) on a Sunday night, I end up asleep!

  • Emma Hinchliff

    I’m the same, although my drug of choice is to bake and watch the Alien movies. . . . . . I have a big geeky alien movie problem and I don’t care!

  • I like to clean my house, or bake. Two totally un-relaxing activities, but they help my get my thoughts into order. They are things I can do on automatic pilot and let my brain process what it needs to process.

    • Yes! I do dishes at work. Filling the sink, warming the water, the process of washing. It’s very soothing, so I get that 100 percent!