A few weeks ago, Steven suggested that I knock off another “52 Tris in 52 weeks” items. It had been awhile (life got busy!) but I’m still determined to complete the list. At the pace I’m completing these, I’m going to have a very, very….very busy December.
The rules were simple: No TV and no computer.
Here are the notes from my Week With No TV Diary.
Today after work, Steven and I went to the Nationals Game with Sarah and Tommy. It was a fun game (except that the Nat’s lost.) We partially planned to complete this task this week because we knew we wouldn’t have to worry about struggling with no TV for at least a day. Starting the week with good friends, baseball, and dippin dots… seems like its gonna be a easy peasy!
Today, we had our first dinner at home for the week. Normally, dinner consists of some lovely meal on our couch while we watch Chopped, whatever game is on or, if I’m super lucky, something on TLC. Tonight, we ate at the table, with some Jim Croce playing on through the speaker. It was lovely. We ate, chatted what happened at work, the unusual weather were having and our plans to purchase Power ball tickets. We should do this more often!
It is our second night at home with no television. Over a nice pasta dinner, we chatted about the day, about the weather and if our Power Ball ticket would be a winner. Conversation was brief…crazy how much we depend on TV. Dinner lasted for 11 minutes. It got awkward. The rest of the evening was spent knocking things over so that we would have something to clean up.
We were looking forward to Thursday all week. On a normal evening, we and our comrades, I mean friends, play softball. However, on this evening, the ever raging rain continued to fall. Another night at home. I pray to see the morning.
Tonight we exhausted all topics for verbal communication. Lamenting of the weather, what we did that day, and whether we should purchase power ball tickets held a duration of 3 minutes. Our evening consisted of shoveling dinner into our mouths and watching our lilac plant grow.
This may be my last entry. I fear the worst has happened. The complete lack of television to divert our attention away from how little we actually communicate with each other has resulted in total loss of human interaction. It is, truly, the end as we know it.
Ok ok, it wasn’t THAT bad, but it was a total shock to realize how much time we actually spend watching TV and not interacting with one another. After our first night of no TV, we decided to spend the time in more productive ways than just twiddling our thumbs. Here are a few things we did after work.
- In another attempt to knock off a “52 Tri” I started studying to learn all the countries in world. Steven helped me tackle all of North America and South America. My nemonic devices are on POINT.
- We Read and talked about books
- We Gardened at my mom’s house (pulled weeds, cleaned up the garden, bought mulch and soil and planted tomatoes, romaine lettuce and eggplant.
- We perused a book store for hours. Steven got an investment book and I got a children’s atlas. I had a really awesome photo of Steven reading a book of every pizza shop in the world but can’t find it now. We should have bought that.
- We cleaned the apartment
- We talked about other things than the weather, what we did that day, and power ball tickets. Topics including finances, life and who likes Nick Miller more.
- We went on an ice cream date to NiceCream in Clarendon.
- We worked out
All in all, an eye opening “experience” and probably one of the more productive weeks I’ve had in awhile– I highly suggest it if you are in a TV habit. For those of you who don’t watch TV, good for you! Teach me your ways.
Shut the TV off ya’ll…you’ll feel real awkward but might learn a little geography in the process 🙂