Dearest TV, I think we need to see less of each other.

21 Sep

It’s not you, TV, its me.  I need to focus more on myself right now.

I long ago came to terms with my TV addiction.  I can stop at any time I want! *twitch twitch*  Well, I think it’s time to reevaluate my time spent in front of the tube.  It has been a dear friend, default entertainment, and an excuse not to use my brain to its fullest.  No more!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going cold-turkey here, but I vow to myself- I will only watch TV when there is a specific show I want to watch.  No more channel surfing to find something decent to watch or settling on an OK show On Demand simply because I want to be one with my couch and look at pretty pictures flash in front of me.

I came to this decision yesterday when I got home from work.  Hubby was working late so it was just me and the kitten.  My natural inclination was to walk in the house, play with Daisy for a few, grab a snack, and sit down on the couch.  Who cares if the house is a mess, my library book is due, there’s laundry to be done, and other projects are calling to me.  Luckily, yesterday I was clear-headed enough to realize the TV had brainwashed me.  I was slowly turning into a zombie, and unless I want Hubby chopping my head off like a character in Left4 Dead (which he has promised to do if I ever get ‘infected,’ quote “because I love you”), something needed to change.

I began my TV-limited evening by returning my book to the library so I wouldn’t owe them money.  Sidenote: I was surprised and impressed at the number of people at the library on a Monday night.  As a librarian’s daughter, it makes me happy.  Ok, so back to my other tangent.  Once I got home, I once again resisted the urge to turn on the tv as background and opted for my ipod instead.  After throwing in a load of laundry, it was time to tackle a project.  I am somewhat of a DIY diva and have become the go-to person for craftiness among my friends.  The current project I am commissioned is a gift card box/holder made of Scrabble boards for my friend’s wedding Sunday.  Those little buggers are a b*tch to cut with an X-acto!  I’ll put up pictures when I finish it in the next few days.   I sufficiently figured out how I was making the box/holder, created all the pieces and had done a few loads of laundry by the time Hubby got home and we collectively melted into the couch to watch our DVRed Monday night premiers (yay, HIMYM is back!).  Apparently I have the ability to actually get things done in the evening!

I guess the moral of today’s post:  turning off the TV can increase brain function and productivity…. who knew?!

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4 Responses to “Dearest TV, I think we need to see less of each other.”

  1. Mike 09.21.2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Play video games instead! Interactive entertainment is much better for your brain.

    • Mike M. 09.21.2010 at 10:30 pm #

      No! Don’t play video games! That’s what I did in order to get away from TV, and I wound up chained to World of Warcraft. I finally figured out that spending 3 hours a day crunching numbers for game optimization was… not good. That’s how I got started on the monuments.

      It sounds like your craftiness is your medicine 🙂

      • vintageviolet 09.21.2010 at 11:47 pm #

        No worries, I’m anti-WOW. I know its powers over people and I cannot condone it. I’m just not a video game person. TV has always been my mind-number of choice.

  2. Mike 09.22.2010 at 1:02 am #

    No, Karen, you know WOW’s powers over your husband. I was able to put it down, and Geoff is fully functional as well.

    There ARE other games apart from WoW, much to the surprise of oh, roughly 11 million people.

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