I don’t watch much TV because I don’t really have the time. However, my DH purchased some kind of plan off of some kind of provider that lets us watch movies and TV series that are slightly outdated but still kind of interesting for a nominal fee. You can watch them at anytime, anywhere. You can start them and stop them whenever you want. These movies are there at your leisure, and thanks to this, I’ve rediscovered the joy of relaxing in front of the TV.
I have a high stress job. Not because it should be, but because my co-workers are hell-bent on making it so. Consequently, I think about work much more than I should, and when my DH wants to relax by watching some TV show or movie, I cringe. I’ve got too much work to do, I say. Or I can’t focus on it while I’m thinking about all I have to do, I grumble. I’ve got a ton of excuses why I can’t just sit back and enjoy some relatively mindless entertainment, but in recent months I started running out.
About that same time, DH discovered that our provider offers entire series of TV shows that we can watch commercial-free without interruption. I had some work to do late one night—shocking, I know—and so DH clicks on some random TV series that looks mindless enough to suit his desire to vegetate for a couple of hours. It turns out it’s one of these series that is quirky enough to capture his rapt interest and he gets hooked.
I resist as long as I can, listening to him as he recounts each episode, scoffing outwardly but inwardly thinking, “Hey, this sounds pretty good.” Then one night I finished working early and snuggled up with him to watch “his show.” I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was really pretty good and anything but mindless, so I ended up finding ways to finish my oh-so-important work so I could snuggle up with DH and watch TV.
I’ve never been happier.
The first series was Jericho, which we finished quickly. Now we’re watching Lost, which I know at least one of my blogmates loved when it was on TV. I can now understand why. I never had time for such luxuries when these shows were actually on TV and required a weekly commitment or a VCR. Now, however, we can breeze through 2-3 episodes in an evening if we want to or just watch one. We can call it up any time we feel like cuddling up in front of the TV.
I don’t if it’s the snuggling and cuddling or the compelling programs we watch, and I don’t really care. All I know is that I’ve rediscovered being able to lose myself in someone else’s story, and it feels great. Best of all, I’m getting more ideas now than ever and wrapping myself around my significant other. I’m still not that into TV, but modern technology has made it possible for workaholics like me to be able to fit some downtime into our self-made chaotic lives, and I’m grateful.
What about you? Are you a fan of Jericho or Lost or another TV show that’s captured your interest? Please do share!