Friday, March 8, 2013

I quit cable. Again.

Every few years the hubs and I have this epiphany, this "moment" where we decide to pull the plug on our cable provider.

The first time was pre-child during a hike in the mountains, as we'd reached the peak and decided to take a top-of-the-mountain break. There we were, the crisp cool air wooing us, with the majestic views of birds circling the cliffs, the bright blue skies, the puffy white clouds. I swear to you the oranges we packed tasted like perfection. And it was all too clear at those dizzying heights that we'd been spending too much time indoors. That first time, in that place, the decision to lose tv was easy.

And we didn't miss it...much.

The thing about our viewing habits is this: it's not that we don't enjoy watching shows, and movies, and sports...it's that all too often we waste time watching things we wouldn't normally watch just because IT'S THERE. And I'm the worst. It doesn't matter what it is or what it's about, there's a high likelihood that I will be addicted to it, that one episode won't be enough, that I'll start getting obsessed. I know this. And another thing that irritates me? We have a tendency to always have it on in the background, even when we aren't watching it.

Fast-forward a few years to NOW, with a five year old in the house. This time was MUCH harder.

And our provider was STRONG willed, whereas I was WEAK.

It reminds me alot of this episode of friends:


After calling and NOT quitting a few times (but getting discounted rates), we made the decision that it was really, for real this time, TIME. And I swore I'd be strong. Plus, unlike time number one, we had other sources besides just DVD's, there's Net Flix and other ways of getting MY BASEBALL. (Sadly, an obsession I can't go without.)

But even knowing all that, it was still harder. Because I had mommy guilt. Small son watches alot of his own shows and some of them are actually quite educational. But, all in all, at the end of the day, with summer just around the corner, knowing that instead of just flipping something on, we'd be more deliberate about it, that we'd CHOOSE what to watch and when, well, that's the thought that sealed the deal for me, the one that gave me the courage to do it.

So, at the moment, it's been about a week and a half. And it feels freeing. Do we miss it a little? Yes. But also no. Will I go back in a year or so? Probably. But in the meantime I'm enjoying the break. And cactching up on television shows on my own time. Which is nice.

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  1. I think about this all the time. Hubby and I spend so much time trolling thru the channels trying to find something to watch, it's ridiculous.
    Karen

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    1. Exactly!

      Lately we've found ourselves just watching to watch. I figure, even if we go back in a few months, it was a nice break, and at the very least, a reminder that it's not always our only go-to entertainment (thought it IS the easiest)! ;)

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  2. Nope...couldn't do it. Nor would I want to. Our DVR makes sure we only watch want we really enjoy. :)

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    1. LOL! I totally respect that, DL! You probably have a much better relationship with your DVR than I did! ;)

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  3. I got so fed up with having to call the cable company constantly as they would give me a monthly fee and then the bill would reflect a higher rate. I finally got an antenna and am happy with that. I mostly get DVDs from the library. PBS has some good children's programs and also ION, but I try to do other things rather than watch television with the grandkids. They also like to watch YouTube. There are some great sites for nursery rhymes that we all sing along to.
    Ann

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Ann!

      This is what I'm finding too...there are so many other options and ways to get the same type entertainment, that for those of us that watch very little SPECIFIC things, it seems like the better option. At least for now. And I really am finding that we're doing other fun things that DON'T revolve around the television, which is a huge bonus. My little guy is getting into card games like Go Fish and Old Maid, which has been alot of family fun! :)

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  4. Wow, you are strong. I don't watch a lot of TV, but I like it being there. It's a ridiculously expensive being there. Besides basketball and baseball, I have some reality TV I watch. Good luck and enjoy more fun time this summer!

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    1. Right? Think the expensive thing was what finally got us motivated. We were paying so much each month and watching like three or four things. So far we're loving it, but come Winter, I'm not sure if I can go without. ;)

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  5. I can't believe you did it! I often threaten to cancel but I never actually go through with it. I was actually thinking about cancelling my internet the other day too. I don't use it too often at home, and I could just use my phone, but I couldn't do that either. I'm DOOOMED!!

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    1. LOL! Well, it DID take me like three tries to finally pull the plug! It really was kind of hard, but you know what? Because of Net Flix, we really don't miss it much. The only thing I really miss is TVD, but I could get that online if I felt like catching up. (Which I may do this weekend because I NEEDS my Damon fix.)

      I've missed you! So glad to see you back around the blogosphere! ((HUGS Kim and squeezes the air out of her))

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