Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The TV-less Life

About a month and half ago, we cut the cable and got rid of our TV. 

I know, I know... some of you are freaking out for us. We've survived, I promise. In fact, we've more than survived, we've thrived! We love life without the TV.  I realize this is very foreign and weird to most people, but I'll explain our reasoning and what life looks like without it.

Our reasoning: It was pretty simple, honestly. We rarely used the TV and when we did we were mostly channel surfing or watching random cooking shows. We knew we could do without it pretty easily. It was actually Will's suggestion and I had no problem with it, so boom. TV gone. 

I rarely even notice its missing because our life is filled with lots of other wonderful things. We spend more time listening to records, delving into new and old books and adventuring outside than we did before. I've powered through several books over the past few weeks.

Now I won't lie, every once and a while we pull out the Ipad, get on Netflix and enjoy a show or two. I still enjoy watching movies and shows, but when you take away the convenience of watching it, you are forced to spend your time more wisely. Some (ok a lot) would say we're nerds, but hey, we're ok with that. Here's to stacks of books to read and shelves of old records to play!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Bike rides.

Theres always a point in this film business life where we both get frustrated. Frustrated at the lack of time together, frustrated with the long hours and lack of sleep (for Will) and frustrated that all we know about each other's week are minimal details and the most we've talked is ten minutes in the middle of the night. [Lets just say THANK goodness for texting. We give each other frequent updates via texts.] But anyway, the point is we reach a breaking point where we need a little time together and he needs time to rest. 

We hit that breaking point last week. Will had worked six days for past few weeks and only had a day off in between. We hadn't had a weekend off together in a while. One thing you'll quickly learn about the film business is the frequent changes in schedule. They were told they would have Monday & Tuesday off last week, but on Sunday they changed the plans & were told they only get Monday off. I was bummed. Since I teach on Mondays, we had planned to spend Tuesday together- get brunch, relax, etc. Its so hard not to get angry in those moments, but I reminded myself that we have no control over it so we must move on. 

He did get Monday off and after work, I hurried home so we could make the most of the afternoon and evening. We loaded our bikes up and headed to one of our favorite neighborhoods in Wilmington- one that is shaded by huge oak trees and lined with character-filled houses. We spent a few hours riding through this area and then stopped for some tea at a coffee shop. It was just what we needed! We finished off the night with dinner at one of our favorite Baja Mexican restaurants and ate way too many chips & queso with our fish tacos. It was wonderful! 

Sometimes (or in our case, a LOT of times) plans change, but I'm constantly reminding myself to let it roll off my back and savor the time that we do get.