Sunday, June 24, 2012


My TV habits change all the time. It depends on what is on and what kind of time I have.

WAY back in the day, when hubby and I first got married, we watched a LOT of TV. We had no kids, no pets, a small apartment....not a lot of other things to take our time. We knew what was on each channel, at any time of the day....we recorded (on our VCR) "As the World Turns." (Don't judge.... LOL)

Well, then we moved to Austin. TV habits went with us...though our rent went from $350 a month to a staggering $600. Not having the extra money to go out a lot, we....watched TV.

THEN, we moved to Florida....where we. were. broke.  We had to give up cable. *twitch* The only TV we could watch was what was on regular TV, which was....not a lot. Fortunately, local TV kept coastal Floridians well educated on the impending arrival of Hurricane Erin (back in 1995). 

By the time we moved to New Mexico, (1996) we realized that we didn't need as much distraction. We still didn't have kids, but with hubby's job, my job, my returning to school...well, we didn't have the time. 

TV, in fact, did not reappear until about 2006. Now, by that, I mean cable. We had *local* channels, but we didn't really watch.

When we moved to North Texas, and had kids, our TV consisted of "Barney," "The Wiggles," "Jay Jay the Jet Plane," and other various programs.

We moved to North Texas in 2000. We watched the videos and local TV, ONLY if there was a *weather event.*

Then, I started to stay home. For the record, I did not ask for cable. Or dish. Or any of the other fancy-schmancy TV options. I was OK watching kid videos (with my children......usually) and qubo on local TV, which I still love, by the way.

Around 2007 (I don't remember the year), my hubby got a Dish (is it Dish?) Network package. Two words: FOOD NETWORK!  I was like the kid in the toy know the one with the lollipop hanging out of his mouth while he drools and looks and listens and is just overwhelmed? We took the same approach that we took with the kids on their video games. When they get a new system, they pretty much have a few days of unlimited play. (Bed times and supper times are enforced.) THEN, we go into limiting their time. So yeah....TV....TV with cable.....It was like I had never seen this new-fangled device. LOL! I have to watch how much I watch. 

So, what do I watch now? Well, I record pretty much everything. Commercials drive. me. crazy! I sit to watch something recorded. The exception is when I'm doing housework and just want the noise. Then, I put it on Food Network. But, here are the shows that I record. (Keep in mind, I don't watch them my cooking shows. If they are cooking something I don't care to ever recreate, then I delete it. AND, I have hours....HOURS of cooking shows recorded that I haven't had the chance to watch. If I haven't deleted them, then I really want to watch them for I need time.)

OK....back to what I record:  

  • Little House on the Prairie (Go Half-Pint!)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (Make it so!)
  • The Next Food Network Star (Hosted by the very talented: Bobby *Man-boobs* Flay)
  • The Next Iron Chef (A LA CUISINE!)
  • Hawaii 5-0 (the new series) (Aussie in Hawaii....nice)
  • 10 Dollar Dinners (She's from North Texas.)
  • Barefoot Contessa (I adore her. She shares my birthday.)
  • Cook's Country (Just darn good cooking.)
  • America's Test Kitchen (Where I discovered "THE Dessert.")
  • Rizzoli and Isles (Sarcasm with guns....I possess both.)
  • Dance Moms (not the Miami version) (Makes me feel normal.)
  • Sister Wives (Ho-muh-GOSH! TRAIN! WRECK!)
So the first 2....there are never *new* episodes. SO, I record them and if I have seen them (or remember seeing them, and I don't like them) then I delete them. "Star Trek"....well, about once ever 6 weeks there will be a *marathon* of about 12 shows. The shows with certain characters (Q) drive me crazy, so I get rid of them.

Six of the shows are cooking shows. And right now, I have 15 episodes that need to be watched. (I just deleted a bunch.)

Generally, I don't like crime-type dramas, but "Hawaii 5-0"....the *scenery* is quite nice. "Rizzoli and Isles" was an accidental watching. I love it. 

Finally, my indulgences: "Dance Moms" and "Sister Wives." Whew....those are some MESSED UP folks. 

So there you have it: I watch some crazy TV habits, AND I am addicted to fast food and sugary drinks. As one reader has pointed out, I need your prayers. :-) 

Excuse me while I go refill my cup of sweet tea. (You will all be happy to know that, in the interest of saving money) I now have a wonderful sweet tea recipe (using a simple syrup). 


1 comment:

Catey said...

I've never seen Sister Wives, though I'm very curious. The guys who were here filming the Inside Edition thing were talking to Aaron about them-they filmed the first two seasons of the show. Said it totally changed their thoughts on polygamy...that they were nice and could be and it just worked for them. Still creeps me out, but makes me even more curious to watch it. lol