Thursday, December 8, 2011

The TV Chronicles

I used to feel all embarrassed about the amount of TV we let Isabella watches, but I'm over it.  Some days she watches a lot and some days none at all.  She'll sit and watch an entire movie, but she also does crafts, goes on play dates and day trips, colors, plays pretend, helps me cook, reads books, plays with her toys, colors and she's really really smart.  So I know TV isn't ruining her.  Sometimes we'll hunker down and watch TV together and sometimes I'll throw on a show and use the down time to make dinner.  I'm over feeling guilty about it, because I have other, more pressing things to feel badly about.

But I'm going off topic because that's not what this post is about.  Let me tell you a bit of a story.  I was watching Private Practice on my DVR one weekend when Isabella was napping and it was dark, like so dark I could barely see it.  So in my head I'm cursing ABC for making such a poorly lit show.  So then I watch a DVR'ed episode of Dr. Oz next and he's blurry too.  So I tell Andy when he gets home from work and he says the bulb is probably weak in the TV.  He goes on Amazon and orders a replacement bulb, but instead of overnighting that shit he goes for some free super saver shipping so he can save $5.17.  Of course the next day the bulb blows out, which leaves us TV-less for a week.

5 of those 7 days I was at work so that wasn't such a big deal for me.  According to my mom and Andy there was a lot of walks, going out to lunch, play dates, and coloring.  When I got home there was a lot of music and burned dinners.  After she went to bed, Andy and I would play yahtzee, go on the computer, or watch TV in bed, which we almost never do.

The weekend I thought would be really difficult.  I enjoy a quiet cup of coffee while Isabella watches Mickey Mouse.  Instead we had a tea party and then she quietly played with her puzzles and let me drink my coffee in peace.  I was surprised to say the least.  When the bulb came I was happy that I could see what Top Model All Star got the axe, but I was also a little bit bummed out because I was actually enjoying a little TV-free time.

While I still watch a lot of TV myself and Isabella also enjoys her shows, I'm trying to make more of an effort to keep it off, even from background noise for a while.  Everything in moderation right?
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Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

Exactly! Everything in moderation!

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Ahhhhhhhh! Just came across your blog and I could have written this post myself! This same thing totally happened to me a few months ago and we were TVless for a few days while the bulb shipped. And I too enjoy quite coffee time while my daughter watches Mickey Mouse. I think we should be friends. :-)

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Oh, and my hubby's name is Andy, too. :-)

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