The Husband and I have decided to embark on an experiment together. We are not going to watch TV until Friday night. Not because we believe that TV is somehow WRONG, and not because we’re trying to be annoying by saying “Oh, we just don’t have TIME for television.”
We DO have time, and we LOVE television.
The problem is, we need to spend our time on other things, like, I dunno, playing with our daughter. Making dinner. Working out (because yeah, I’m still trying to do that). And WRITING, for the love.
And you know what doesn’t help you do any of those things? Watching marathons of The Big Bang Theory on TBS.
As much as I love TV, it just makes me so sad and overwhelmed sometimes. I’m sick of all the commercials that make me feel like I need THIS mascara or THAT toothpaste, because if I use a DIFFERENT mascara or toothpaste, well, basically I’m just a social pariah with inferior eyelashes and stained teeth.
Just because Drew Barrymore is wearing fake eyelashes while trying to convince me that CoverGirl mascara made them look like that does NOT make her a better person than me.
And I’m tired of the news teasers that ambush me with awful things I never wanted or needed to know about. “Four bodies found in a creek! Details at nine.” SHUT UP SHUT UP. There is a reason I don’t watch the news. I absorb EVERY bad thing I hear about and I will never forget it.
No, really. I will never. ever. forget it. My little brain cannot detach itself from tragedy, and the more tragic stories I hear, the more my brain collects and stores them, which results in huge feelings of angsty depression about the world.
So the question is: if TV makes me feel so BLAH, then why am I watching it?
Which is why I’m gonna stop for a while. Instead, I will do things that matter. Because TV, for all its entertainment value, doesn’t really matter.
Things I Will Do This Week Instead Of Watching TV:
–Clean our house and try to make a dent in the laundry
–Work on CREEPY FACES because, if I really want this whole writing gig to have a chance, I need to actually WRITE
–Actively play with Baby Girl instead of just trying to keep her from tearing the house apart until bed time
–Help my husband cook dinner (that’s right, ladies, he does most of the cooking); also, talk to him instead of staring at a screen all evening
–Play the Zumba game on our new Wii (maybe with my husband, if he feels like shaking his hips with me)
–Finish reading LOOKING FOR ALASKA (speaking of which, you guys were right. All of you. It IS really good.)
It’s funny–I can’t figure out why LOOKING FOR ALASKA is such a great book, but I can’t stop reading it. It’s definitely character-driven, which I normally don’t care for, but there is something about the way John Green writes that is just pulling me right in. What is it? Has anyone been able to put their finger on it?
Also DO NOT TELL ME HOW IT ENDS because I am only like halfway through.
It’s super fun to read about the city I live in, by the way. I drive by “Culver Creek” about once a week. I could drive by it every day if I wanted, but it takes longer to get to work that way, so I usually don’t.
But like, I’ve been to the McDonald’s he talks about. Which is very cool and basically means I’m a celebrity.
I realize this whole No Television thing coordinates with Lent (doesn’t it? Today being Fat Tuesday means something, right? That Lent is about to start?)
(You’d think, being the church-type, I’d know this stuff. But alas, I stick with studying straight-up theology and therefore do not know many churchy customs.)
Well, if it DOES coordinate with Lent, that’s pretty much a complete accident. But it’s cool because now I can say LOOK! I am giving up television for Lent! Please be in awe of my SUPERIOR SPIRITUALITY!
Not that I would ever really say that, because then I’d be forced to punch myself in the face for being a turd.
Have you ever done something like this? Given up TV or something else that you felt was slowly poisoning you in some way? What was it and how did it go?