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13 Jun, 2008

Breaking old TV habits

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Our PVR broke and we’ve been without it for about a week now. It’s a rental. We thought we could just bring it to a Bell centre and get a replacement, and although that seems like it would be a logical solution, apparently That Is Not The Way They Do Things. The PVR is being shipped to us, and it was supposed to arrive in five or so business days. There’s still no sign of the thing.

You what is kind of interesting? The same thing goes through my head every night, about 30 minutes after the kids go to bed. My thought process goes something like this:

“Oh geez, I’m so tired. I think I’m just going to flop down and watch OH CRAP I FORGOT WE DON’T HAVE A PVR.”

Seriously. Every. Night. I secretly wonder if this is a sign of early onset Alzheimer’s.

But you know what happens next? I find something else to do. I muck around on the Internet for awhile or read my book (which happens to be Wuthering Heights right now). It hasn’t been that bad. In fact, I could get used to this.

The girls have accepted a TV-free life as well. Last weekend we reminded the girls that they couldn’t watch TV on Saturday or Sunday morning. (It’s the only time they watch.) And you know what Sarah said, and I quote: “YAY, MORE TIME FOR ART AND READING!”

God I love that kid.

7 Responses to "Breaking old TV habits"

1 | porter

June 13th, 2008 at 9:02 am


I’ve said this before I think, but I could easily live without television. My family could not. I wish our television would break so that nobody would watch it!

2 | andrea

June 13th, 2008 at 10:10 am


lol – i’ve heard of some people pretending their TV is broken for that exact reason. :)

3 | Julie

June 13th, 2008 at 11:05 am


What the heck is PVR?

4 | andrea

June 13th, 2008 at 11:30 am


Only the greatest technological innovations since electric coffee makers.

PVR = Personal Video Recorder. Sort of like TIVO in the U.S. It’s a very very easy way to record (digitally, stockpile tv shows/movies and skip commericials.

5 | andrea

June 13th, 2008 at 12:20 pm


It’s finally here!

Should I hide it?

6 | Mark

June 13th, 2008 at 1:37 pm


It’s here ! Thank Christ. The US Open is on this weekend !

7 | MomOnTheGo

June 14th, 2008 at 5:44 am


I wouldn’t have a tv if we didn’t have a PVR but I wish we didn’t have the tv at all. I have been threatened with explusion from the house for such crazy talk, though.

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