Day 19: Breaking Bad

About 5 months ago, Darrell and I decided to cancel our cable service.

For the most part, it’s been awesome. We cut our cable bill from around $100/month to $8/month by streaming TV shows through our Xbox 360. We don’t obsess over which shows are on which nights. We (OK, I) don’t get sucked into multiple hour trash TV marathons.

But I’ll be honest. There are some shows we miss. Some things we wish we could keep up on. But more than anything, I’m enjoying how we choose to spend our TV time. Do we still watch probably way too much television? Yes. But do we have to consciously decide what to put on our TV? Also yes, and it’s been great.

For me, I really enjoy getting wrapped up into one series at a time. I like getting to know characters as they develop, and being able to choose a series and watch multiple episodes at once helps build that character background. It’s the same way I read books … a good story can captivate me for days.

That’s how it was when Darrell and I finally started on Breaking Bad last fall. He bought season one on DVD in preparation for a long car ride to Green Bay (did I mention he’s a Packer fan?) because it was on sale at Best Buy. By the time we got home, we’d finished season one and went straight to Best Buy to get seasons two through four. Since then, we’ve been waiting for season five to arrive on streaming video and, last night, we realized it had.

I should pause here. I realize it’s weird to get this stoked about a TV show. Go ahead and judge, but watch a few episodes and then we’ll talk.

Anyway, so tonight Darrell and I spent an inordinate amount of time watching Breaking Bad, Season Five. I would say I wish I had something more significant to tell you about, but I don’t. I love these tiny little, seemingly insignificant evenings that I’m now able to enjoy fully because the nagging feeling that there’s work to be done is gone. Sure, for my own business I bust tail, but knowing that the person accountable is also the person taking a break, makes taking that break much easier to do.

Maybe spending hours glued to the TV wasn’t the most glamorous way to spend that break, but that’s a tale for another day. For now, I’ll just relish in the fact that for 4 unadulterated hours, I was able to relax and spend time with my husband and the pups that just can’t help but curl up next to me.

And that’s a pretty perfect Sunday if you ask me.

See you tomorrow.

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