Time Out Tuesday – Tune Out TV

So here’s the thing: I end up writing stories at night after my kids go to bed. As in after 9 p.m. As in during my only kid-free time of the day. But I don’t want to give up doing other stuff I like during that precious kid-free time. It’s my time with my husband. It’s my time to relax. It’s my time to watch TV. So the husband gets my undivided attention, but most often the TV and the blog have to share time. It means it takes three hours to write one silly little story. But dang it, I like my TV. In fact, I’m watching TV right now.

Type Away, You Won’t Miss a Thing I never watch these ones without multi-tasking.

“Psych”
Easily the most missable of all the shows we watch. I get more done while “watching” Psych than any other. That’s because it’s only barely watchable television. But it does provide great background noise and the occasional laugh (which I almost always feel guilty for).

“The Office”
Why is this show just not as funny as it used to be? I used to love it, now I just put up with it. And those painful Michael Scott moments are just getting more painful. It’s a relief to have my computer to distract me when it’s just so awkward it hurts.

“30 Rock”
Still one of the funniest shows on, in spite of mostly not being exactly my kind of humor. Did I hedge enough on that last bit? Tina Fey is kind of a genius. In any case, something about the style of the show makes it easy to check in and out. But I will hand it to them, sometimes I get distracted and the computer becomes nothing but a lap warmer.

“The Event”
We’re checking this one out. So far, I like it. But “Lost” burned me pretty badly, so I don’t trust it. I don’t trust it to actually have answers to all the improbable things they’re asking me to buy. In any case, I’m happy to work while I watch it, so I can keep my suspicious distance from it.

I could work, but I don’t want to. I still type while watching sometimes, but it always feels like a waste.

“How I Met Your Mother”
I love this show. I can’t help it. I love it. It’s like hanging out with friends. I always laugh. It doesn’t require a great deal of attention, but I like to give it attention anyway.

“Community”
It just makes me laugh. We watched the first episode last year, and I hated it, so we gave up on the show. Someone recently told us that it was worth watching, so we tried again. Oh man, every single episode is hilarious. I know my love of this show probably won’t last. No doubt it will go the way of “The Office.” But for now, I’m enjoying myself too much to want to work.

If I blink, I might miss something. I just can’t get anything done when these shows are on.

“Smallville”
I know, I know. We are the last people on earth still watching “Smallville.” But we love it. We have always loved it (with a few notable exceptions…I’m looking at you, Lana.). Here we are in the last season, and I just feel like I shouldn’t be missing anything. We have too long of a relationship for me to be neglecting it now. When it’s time for Smallville, I put the laptop away. And, okay, usually get out the brownies instead.

“Rubicon”
We just started watching this not long ago, and it’s really enjoyable. It’s not my favorite show ever, but it’s smart and interesting. I’m into it. It’s just that kind of show that you have to pay close attention to. I’ve tried working at the same time. There’s no point in watching it that way. Too many things to miss.

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