We have been reevaluating our budget lately. It isn't pretty. The infertility and new furnace/AC bills are hitting us hard. Toss in some uncertainty about Nick's job (He works in fossil fuel research here at the University, but their funding comes from an Ear Mark that has been removed. We are keeping our fingers crossed that a last minute grant will come in to save the department, but that is still very up in the air.) and you have one family that is living tight, and has the fear of needing to live tighter soon.
So, we had to make the hard decisions on cutting back. And one of the places to cut was the Cable. We didn't turn it all the way off, but cut back to basic, which took us from like 500 channels to like 6 watchable channels, but we kept the internet and the DVR. Sounds reasonable, right? It should be reasonable. Here's the thing. Watching TV is what we DO. I know that sounds awful. Like, shouldn't we DO more productive things like quilting, or exercising? Maybe wood-working or puzzles? But we don't. What we DO in the evenings is watch TV and eat. And TV is good. So is food, but that is a different matter all together.
Do you know the very worst time of year to turn off your cable? It is the summer. I mean, you would think with all those daylight hours we could just enjoy the great outdoors... but it is Burning Blue Blazes hot around here, and there is NOTHING ON Basic TV. Like, we just look at it, then turn it back off. Nick will say "Well... lets see what's on. Nothing. Again"
We are watching a lot of Futurama and Mystery Science Theater 3000 on instant Netflix... we watch the news, which turns out is extremely depressing. Some Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. You guys, I am really realizing how much TV we actually had been watching. Because now that anything good is gone, we seem to be left with a lot of free time. I am reading. A LOT. And I am enjoying it, but it is a solo activity. I can't bring myself to read out loud to Nick, as if it were some play or something. Like back in the day when people sat around the fire and read stories to each other. I could do it... but no. I can't. That would be ridiculous.
I mean, I know we could just TALK. But... we talk at dinner, we talk during the day. We talk ALL THE TIME. We can't just spend hours each night getting to know each other with deep conversations. The Gig is up. We have been together 12 years. WE KNOW EACH OTHER. If the TV was on, we could discuss the fact that we had no IDEA that was how marbles were made or something. But now, I read, he plays video games. Sometimes we play games together. 'The World of Goo' on the Wii is fun. We play with Henry, who seems to not care in the slightest the that cable is gone. We still have DVD's of Nemo and Woody. All is right with the world according to H.
But I am really ready for the summer break on TV to end and for the shows I enjoy to come back. I miss them. Which is sad but true. I would like to say I have become independent from TV, that it is easy to give up! But damn, we miss it.