Way back when in primary school when the captains had to choose their teams, you wondered whether you would ever find your sport. Relax, homebody. THIS is your moment…
Your running shoes are in pristine condition. Your gym membership untouched. Your fave shop is JB Hifi. And dressing up is throwing a jacket over your PJs for an emergency servo-ice-cream-run. You haven’t seen your family in weeks but you’re all over the latest season of GoT.
Movie* marathoning is your sport. And like all elite athletes, you need to prep. Here are 7 tips to ensure you’re in peak performance.
*Disclaimer: in this post, ‘movie’ means anything that you can watch on the box. We all know TV series are the new black.
Couch-surfing can take it out of you if you don’t prep. The nana nap gets our nod. And planking after a big night out. This kind of prone concentration will put you in good stead for the challenges ahead.
Your set up
Your sofa is your seat to unreality. If it’s been passed down through generations of sharehousians, chances are your couch is one of two things – the BEST sofa EVER in which case you’re winning at life or the most uncomfortable piece of upholstery in the history of humanity.
If you scored the former, the way forward has been carved out for you by butt cheeks past. If your couch is closer to the latter, cushion yourself from the truth. Or throw your head in the sand (we recommend knits, mohair, alpaca to soften the blow). Or just re-source. If you’ve already invested in your own sweet sweet sofa, indulge in a moment of self-congratulation.
If you’re resourcing and you’re a bit shy on space, you’ll need the DHD/Al Merrick of sofas like these zippy little 2-seaters.
Like a little more room for reclining? The Mini-mal 3-seater-style sofa is for you.
If you’re in the market for the Donald Takayama of sofas, look here. These are the kings of all couches. Yum.
The optimum viewing height
Take a long hard look at your teev. Is it working for or against you in this situation? The optimum centre of television height is at your eye-level, typically about 42 inches above the ground for uber-relaxed viewing.
Pyjamas and ugg boots are considered haute couture in this space. Flannelette, or flanno as the hipsters call it, is seriously en-vogue. However, if you’re more of a classicist, trackydacks and sloppy joes add a certain retro chic.
No surprises here. It’s carb-loading all the way. Think starchy, stodgy and swathed in cheese. Nachos. Pizza. And of course, popcorn.
Our fave topping combos include chilli (powder/flakes) and lime, sweet and salty (it’s a half and half mix – add icing sugar to one batch and salt to the other and mix it up) and orange (juice) and cinnamon sugar. But you should also try out these more exotic options.
Your alternate world
And most importantly of all… selecting the right mix for your viewing pleasure. Call us old-school, we dig a themed night. You know, The Godfathers in their entirety; a wild West tribute: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Unforgiven + Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; an Audrey off: Roman Holiday, Breakfast At Tiffany’s + How to Steal a Million; an 80s love affair: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, + Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; a dance-off: Footloose, Flashdance + Dirty Dancing, or more modern: Black Swan, Strictly Ballroom, + Billy Elliot; or even a few fairy tale classics: The Princess Bride, Sleeping Beauty + Alice in Wonderland.
You can go rom-com or thriller or a Marvel-off or opt for the thinking man’s movies and throw in the likes of Citizen Kane, Ben Hur, and anything starring Clint Eastwood. And that’s without even thinking about the amazingness that is TV series.
So much goodness in one night. Tell us. What are your faves?