This week we’ve been asked about binge or marathon watching of favorite TV shows, and yes, I have been guilty of doing so, but bear with me, I have some good excuses, I mean, reasons.
Alright, if you won’t accept my reasons, we can blame my husband, which is an excusable excuse in itself.
My husband has often have very varied schedules. Mainly because of that, we don’t often take the time to go to the movies, and so we bought a large screen TV and we can watch our extensive movie collection,(VHS and DVD), or borrow/rent others, we don’t much any more. What we have done is discover HULU and Netflix.
Since I was home more much of our married life, I got hooked on a few shows, which I introduced my husband to when he had more time and we marathon-watched. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was one of the first, as was “The Highlander”. We indulged in “Dead Zone” as well. We moved to “Star Trek Voyager” and then to a few limited-run series, like Jeremy Brett’s “Sherlock Holmes” and Derek Jacobi’s “Cadfael”. (Do you know that one? He is a Crusader-turned-Monk in the 11th century and he solves crimes. I recommend it for any mystery buff.).
My only problem is that my husband will not let me hook the computer to the nice, big TV and we have watched the shows on our computer. We have a fair-sized screen,(if this keeps up, I’m getting an even bigger monitor), and the computer is in the main area of the house, right past the kitchen, in the dining area. You have to pass it to get to the rest of the house and the two doors we use to go in and out. We put it there when we had teenagers in the house,(see our logic?), and that is where all the online computers have been ever since. But there is a real advantage to watching it on the computer,(beside the fact that my husband got talked into buying a great sound-system with the last one we bought), is that the table and many other things are in easy access at the same time; we have become adept at multitasking.
My husband can read and scan papers and books while watching many of the shows; I never ceased to be amazed that he can absorb both of the media, (yet he doesn’t hear me when I talk when he is doing one or the other, but I digress). I do sorting of papers, sewing/repair work and other handiwork, including decoupaging. [See my post here from April 26th,2013:” Have an Environmental Plan?Can It!]
Last year I ran the entire “Frazier” series while I was taking down, then re-hanging pictures and shelving, moving furniture and painting in the kitchen and dining area…and cooking.
That’s not to say that we haven’t let some things go; we have. My niece begged us for years to hook ourselves into Netflix and watch the show “Supernatural”. We finally succumbed and brother, did we get hooked! We covered seven seasons at approximately 24 episodes each within a few months so that we could ‘catch up’ to the last season, which we watched in short order last month when it became available. We are now on a week-to-week schedule with everyone else, although we do see it when we can online and not when the TV tells us we have to. I only recently finished playing catch-up with the heavy housework but please don’t check up on the yard work.( My husband did always get the lawn mowed but my domain, the flowerbeds, look like they need supernatural help themselves at this point.)
So, as much as I put some favorite series on my ‘to be watched’ list, unless I learn to go without sleep ,they won’t be seen. My ‘to-be-read’ list is much longer , my ‘to-be-cleaned-or dealt-with’ list is long and my ‘to-be-written’ list is growing, so unless my niece talks us into catching up with yet another series-to-multitask-to, I think our marathon days are behind us.
How about you? Any thoughts?