I have just been loving that it's the summer and TV has gone to re-runs and reality shows (I hate every reality show since The Real World 7). TV can have a way of ruling life around here and I hate that. But in the summer, there is nothing that has to be watched and nothing drawing us to the glowing tube night after night.
I guess it's worth re-mentioning that we get our TV over the air. Cable is not available at our home and we didn't want to get wrangled into a satellite contract, so instead we took advantage of the new (at the time), digital broadcasting, hid an antenna in the attic and get our TV that way. We save a lot of money doing this, the picture is great, there are no outward signs that we use an antenna, and we have fewer channels which keeps us from getting hooked on a bunch of crap we can live happily without anyhow. We have a DVR so we can still pause and record our TV when we want to watch something.
We also get Netflix. And now that Netflix will play instantly on our Wii, we watch more stuff that way than anything. We have been watching the best show ever all summer, Arrested Development. We finished the last episode last night and then cursed the idiots at FOX for cancelling it. Best.show.ever.EVER.
Anyhow, I'm dreading the return of the fall lineup. We have try to keep the number of shows we watch to a minimum, but still. With the baby we don't really get much time to watch TV anyhow, so I hate that when we have free time we feel compelled to catch up on a TV show. And we don't let Michael watch TV so we have to wait until he's in bed.
Today Michael was desperately grabbing at the Super Nintendo (yes, we keep
It will free up space, we won't have to worry about baby proofing, and we will be less tempted to watch TV in general... hopefully. We haven't done it yet, but I'm really thinking about it. Can you imagine a family/living room without a TV? I know this isn't an original idea, but it doesn't seem to be a popular choice these days. Now let's see if I follow through.