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?
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.