Karen and I have periodically gone for weeks making sure we turn the television aka the boob tube off for an hour every night. During those times we become more productive, talk more, really hang out, and just have an overall better quality of life throughout that time period. Unfortunately, before we realize it something will be on during our “no television time” that we want to watch and we slip back into the habit of keeping the television on and turning into human vegetables every night between 7 and 10.
The reason that I bring this up is that this last week Karen and I have really turned off the tv… and the reason for that is we have been without a functional television. Last Saturday I with the help of Karen’s dad moved our old fashioned extremely front heavy television out of our living room so I could finish laying the wood floors. I finally finished up yesterday and he came back over and helped move it back into place. Of course, we missed our favorite shows and I missed a few sporting events but to be perfectly honest the past week was a lot of fun and productive for us.
In the past week, we finished laying all the wood floors from our guest bedroom through the hallway in both of closets all the way to the kitchen. Not only that but I painted the nursery Karen’s new color of choice and hopefully her new favorite color because we are running out of time to change it. We also for the first time in a few years actually set down at our kitchen table and ate our dinner just talking instead of sitting in front of our television eating dinner. Karen and I also broke out a new board game that I had gotten her for Christmas that had never been opened. The game is called Zooloretto and we ended up liking it so much we ended up playing it eight times over the past week. Plus, all of those things were just the tip of the ice-berg of our productive week. All-in-all it was a good week the bad part is that right before I sat down to type up this post I plugged the television back in and it seems that Karen is making up for lost time.
I am glad that the television is connected again I have missed, just a little, watching sports, news, and a few of our favorite shows and I am sure Karen has missed some of her programming too. However we do plan to go back to turning the television off for at least an hour every night and vow to be better than the average American. Who according to C. Nielsen Co., watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube. I doubt it but I wonder if anybody on their death bed is thinking they should have watched more of the boob tube in their life.
Picture via http://dirtcube.blogspot.com/2011/07/greatest-show-on-earth.html