Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Fall Challenge #1: No TV for a week (how'd you do?)
Last Thursday, I wrote about doing weekly fall challenges (think: write a handwritten letter, go see a movie alone) and was psyched that you guys were up for it. So, the first challenge was to NOT watch TV for one week. How did you do? Here's our recap...
First of all, it was a tough week for that particular challenge—with the presidential debates were on, big sports games, and all the new fall shows. But still! We stayed the course!
Our usual weeknight routine is to put Toby to bed, catch up on work, have dinner ourselves and watch TV. Not to say I don’t love TV. It’s definitely an art form—Mad Men, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Girls—and totally relaxing at the end of a long day, but recently I found myself plopped on the sofa watching random things on TiVo. I was watching shows every night without even thinking; it had become a habit.
But now that we weren't watching TV, our nights were different and felt longer (in a good way). During dinner, instead of flipping on a show, we'd have great conversations about life, love, parenting; Alex told me stories about his childhood that I had never heard before. It was awesome to create space to just TALK.
We subscribe to a bunch of magazines—Martha Stewart Living, Elle, New York Magazine, Bon Appetit, Budget Travel, the list goes on—and I never seem to have time to read them. But this week, I read them cover to cover!
We played board games, like Mastermind.
Alex taught me to play After Hours by the Velvet Underground on the guitar. My daydreamy plan is to sing it around a campfire next summer (forgetting for a moment that I hate camping).
Every night we would read in bed. One of life's greatest pleasures is climbing under the covers with a big pile of books to flip through, don't you think?
We also laughed at how different our books are. Can you guess whose is whose? :)
What about you?! Did you manage to make it without watching TV? What did you do instead? I'd love to hear...And if not, which show made you cave? The next challenge coming is right up!
P.S. Although this week was amazing, I have to admit, I can't wait to catch up on The Mindy Project:)