Last night, something that may have been fortuituous happened. Our satellite receiver/DVR died. It would turn on, but not do anything. We had called a few months ago to cancel our service because it was an expense we really didn't need and they hooked us up with a "select" plan that would give us some channels, free Starz and Encore for 6 months and free receiver/DVR. That sounded pretty good, so I signed up for that deal. Except the channels we got were mostly shopping and infomercial, news and the kind of channels you'd get on basic cable (TNT, TBS, Lifetime). No American Movie Classics or Turner Movie Classics or any of the other channels we would watch. But we went along with it until last night when the receiver died and we realized it was decision time.
My life is busy. Everyone and everything seems to need a piece of me and my time. I have dogs and cats that need attention. I have a son that needs attention. I have a husband that needs me. A full-time job. And a house with about a billion projects in the works. That doesn't even include hobby time or exercising time or just downtime. And of course there are the family obligations from time to time as well. Big family, lots of occasions. I love those and spending time with family but always in the back of my mind is some little voice that says "those stairs aren't going to get done if you keep running off to do stuff."
And honestly, the TV is a distraction. Instead of accomplishing something at the end of the day, I plunk down, turn on the TV and see what's on. It's not like I even have something specific in mind to watch - I just scroll down the guide until I see something that catches my eye. A colossal waste of time.
After a brief discussion this morning with my husband and son, we decided to cancel our satellite TV. I'm sure there will be some withdrawal pains (I'm gonna miss Drop Dead Diva), but we can get a few things over the air and we have Netflix for when we really just have to watch something.
I am relishing the idea of all the time I'll have available to me now that the TV is no longer an issue. If I tackle one little project most days when I get home from work, I can make a big dent in my to do list!
And maybe that little voice will just shut up the next time I'm partying down with my family.