Boob Tube, Indeed

NOTE: For you hunters out there, I am selling a Ruger Mark 77 .270 rifle, sight included (already sighted in) and 75 rounds of custom loaded ammo. I paid $550.00 for it, and I’ll pass it on for the same. To buy this setup at a retail store would set you back around $950.00. The gun has been fired less than 30 times (only enough shots to sight it in). Kansas City area person to person or I will ship to your FFL (cannot ship ammo). /Note.

The TV is so easy to turn on. So easy to flip around on the channels. So easy to get completely absorbed. So… entertaining. Mindless entertainment. It’s a marvelous invention.

Jenna and I typically turn on the tube and veg out in the evenings. We both have busy busy lives going to work all day followed by school. By the time we get home, there just isn’t any energy left. Most of the time, all I can muster is a few minutes in front of the stove before I sit down and veg.

The trouble is, it’s all too easy to get into a routine and veg completely out… to the exclusion of other critical things… like, well, talking.

The Jenna and I have both been feeling like we’ve been having trouble communicating effectively for a while. Neither of us have been able to pinpoint the cause, and I think we both chalked it up to busy schedules and not enough sleep.

While there’s some truth to that, the other side is that we spend at least a couple of hours in the evening watching TV. Now, I’m not one of those people who could ever just STOP watching TV… I enjoy it too much. But can I sacrifice some of the TV time to improve communication and connection with the Jenna?

Heck yeah.

Last night we turned off the TV, broke out the legos, and had the most effective, most enlightening conversation we’ve had in months. I’m not sure if it was the lack of TV or the presence of the legos that made it effective, but I’m guessing it was the former.

So we’ve decided to set time aside, time that we normally would have allocated to surfing through channels to find something that neither of us really CARE about anyway, and we’re going to use that time talking, playing games, and communicating.

It’s like… the dumbest amazing epiphany of all time!

I don’t plan to turn off the TV completely, because I think we’d both miss it and then we might start to resent the things we gave it up FOR, and that would be bad, mmmmkay. I still have to see American Idol, and there are a couple other shows I really enjoy, but all in all, I think it’s a good plan. There’s always DVR, after all!

Jenna, I’m gonna whoop you at Scrabble tonight.

Incredipete

  10 comments for “Boob Tube, Indeed

  1. February 16, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I can really, really recommend wood refinishing (no entendre intended) as an inducer to conversation. I’m just saying. In case you run out of ideas. Have Fun Conversating!

  2. February 16, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    One thing I can highly recommend: no telly during mealtimes. Eat at the table together and TALK … do the dishes together … and then if you feel like zoning out in mindless time-wasting go ahead and turn on the TV. (Can you tell I am NOT a TV person? I can go days, sometimes even weeks, without turning the damn thing on!]

  3. February 16, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    TV is for AFTER you finish talking. 🙂

  4. February 16, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Bring it, “he who has a smaller IQ than she”.

    😉 xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
    PS I have to make a stop at Kim’s tonight… she only has like 3 people going to her party 🙁

  5. February 16, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    But… but… 🙁 *sniff*

    I guess I’ll just have to watch TV then, Ms. Smarty McBrightpants. Quit rubbing in your genius IQ, dangit.

  6. February 16, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    I know, I was ready to tell her I couldn’t but then she said how few were going and she ALWAYS comes to my parties…
    I think it will be okay 🙂 It should only go to 8:30 AND I think we are going to have a great weekend!!

  7. February 16, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    What? You think we’re going to have fun this weekend? Ha!

    Ooh. I get a semi-professional massage Sunday, too! Woohoo!!!

  8. February 18, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Ok I’m interested in the gun, would you consider a trade? Let me know. Oh and Blogger is still fucking it up. Let me know what you need from me to make that switch happen!

  9. February 19, 2007 at 7:18 am

    NICE GUN!! I have to ask my mommy if I can have it, but if not I’ll still try and sell it for you.

  10. February 19, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Mommy lets me buy guns if I ask nice…

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