So ever since I finished G’s dinosaur fabric I’ve been wanting to make a stencil for creating fabric for me. I’ve been doodling away, trying to create something that I love, but it just isn’t happening. I did create a really awesome stencil…but, woe is me, it isn’t what I want for a winter hat.
Alright, I’m going to try and write this post without sounding like an insufferable, pompous penny-hole…because I know that’s what you’re thinking. “Oh GAWD, she’s one of those ‘no tv’ freaks…”, but hey…I don’t do it because I think I’m better than those of you who are still on the television “grid” (come on, I purposely watch Spartacus, obviously I’m not doing this because I’m too high-brow…) and I don’t do it as some sort of statement against society… I just… don’t watch tv.
- When you have to make a conscious decision about what to watch, it’s easier to avoid sitting down and losing a whole afternoon.
- One of the houses I lived at in college did have a tv. It was in the living room, and I did my best to avoid it, because I found, much to my horror, that if I sat in front of it, I would lose entire days to the thing. There was nothing I particularly wanted to see, but I didn’t have to take any action to just keep the brainless entertainment going. When you have to fill a cue with shows you want to see, it’s much easier to recognize that maybe you don’t want to watch tv so much as you just need a nap.
- No commercials
- Holy god…commercials are insane. Growing up around normal tv I never recognized it (it’s really easy to get accustomed to them) but now…I can’t function in a room with “real” tv playing. Commercials are loud, fast, way too much information…I just shut down and stare anymore. Yeah, not watching them means I don’t know what the new hot thing I “have” to have is….but hey, not watching them means I don’t even know that I “have” to have it.
- Ultimate parental control
- I don’t ever have to worry about something inappropriate popping up after the show G is watching, nor do I have worry about a fight starting over him getting 3 minutes into the next show and wanting to finish it. When I say one, half hour show, the tv shuts down after that episode and doesn’t play anything else til I tell it to. Which sometimes I do. Because sometimes Mommy needs more than half an hour of Bob the Builder to recover from a morning of playing.
- Pause and Watching on my schedule
- Ok, so I’m pretty sure most people who watch real tv anymore have Tivo, so this one isn’t a huge tv/no tv deal, but I love that I can fit the show to my life, instead of tailoring my life around a show. Sorry networks, you’re not the boss of me.
Like I said…there are some disadvantages. If you’re a die hard sports fan? Obviously our approach would be murder on you, but we’re more rock-climbing-and-boche-in-the-back-yard sports people than Fantasy Football types, so it works for us.
We’re suffering from a bad case of the crud over here. G’s nose is runny and not feeling good is making him generally snotty. I’ve mostly fought off the symptoms so far, but am still run down from it…and from dealing with the fall out from the little boy.
I’d request wine…but since I can’t really drink it, chocolate will have to do.
Where on Earth do my weeks keep going? Here it is another Friday and I’ve only just barely finished the fleece lined pants I mentioned to you last week!
I’ve had to give the credit for my baked mac and cheese and my Tuscan mac and cheese to other parties. I didn’t come up with them and am not even going to try and pretend I did. This one though…this one I developed, completely on my own. (Don’t worry, it’s been taste tested by many, many people, it’s not actually lethal)