Monday, April 23, 2007

National NO TV Week

This week is National No TV Week.

Now, before you skip my blog and go to the next one becuase you think it will be too hard or not worth it, let me say if I can do it, anyone can.
These were my excuses of why I shouldn't or couldn't:
  1. I didn't have a yard
  2. We lived in 900 sq. feet and thought we may end up killing each other
  3. My kids didn't attend any sort of MDO or school
  4. I was the sole source of entertainment - and I'm not that creative
  5. I have addictions to a few of my own series
  6. Lazy
  7. How else was I supposed to get all my housework done?
Here's how I handled it.
Last year I planned at least one outing a day (or more as we were in a small apartment) to make sure we didn't go stir crazy. Even I vowed to not watch TV for 7 days. We simply unplugged the television, told the children a fib: "the tv's broken you guys", and had a grand time enjoying each other's company. Living in a large city - like we were - offered us many more activites (a wider range as well as more exciting activities) than a smaller town ("hmmm, this park or that park?"). Besides going out to find entertainment at museums, zoos, parks, libraries, etc, we found ourselves doing lots of experiments in our house. Most of them involving cooking something or seeing what would happen if we added this to that.

One other thing, you don't have to commit to 7 days. Just do it as long as you can. Even if it's just for a day or two.

Now, if you have TIVO or digital cable w/ DVR, then you really have no excuse.


Audra said...

Dang it Mindy. Why are you doing this to me? Now I am really thinking about it.

John said...

I guess I am a little confused. Where does this proclamation of National NO TV Week come from? If TV is so bad for you or too much TV is bad for you, then you should make a wholesale change to reduce the amount of TV you watch in your home regardless of a proclamation. Otherwise, it is kind of a joke, no? I mean what if there was a "National No Mormon Week/Day". Would you participate? So why would you participate in National NO TV Week?
You know you love my analogies! :)

Mick Monkeys said...

You're a freak, John. Sure, making an effort to reduce the viewing time in our house is always a goal. This is a way to prove that it can be done. It helps that someone has set aside some time for me to do it. Otherwise, someone like me may just continue to put it off until "a better time".
As for Nat'l No Mormon Day, you'd love that, wouldn't you? It's celebrated whenever the ACLU (or any other crazy-left organization that is against anything that is good and decent) is in town. How's that for analogy.
Um, we're all still awaiting your blog. Tick tock, tick tock. While your NOT watching TV this week, maybe you could throw one together.

John said...

You, me, fight. Starting now!

John said...

I have got a blog and all of my friends are reading it. The fact that you haven't seen it must mean that you are not my . . . (going through a tunnel) . . .


Anonymous said...

A National No-Mormon Week sounds kinda fun, huh? We could all get our ears pierced again and go shopping on Sunday! What a thrill!

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