September 30, 2008 7:00 am
There is something about me that I hide from most people, something deep and dark and shameful. I have a third child who I’ve never mentioned on my blog and his name is DVR. DVR lives in my entertainment center and records all of my favorite shows. He gets my undivided attention after the other two kids have been safely tucked away in their beds for the night.
Jamie and I are complete TV addicts. Up until this point, I have been able to hide our sickness from most people but with the new fall lineup, I’m afraid I won’t be able to anymore. With TV starting up again, my little DVR has a lot of work to do around here. He will happily record all of my favorite shows and wait for me to turn my attention toward him. This year we’ve added a couple of new shows to the lineup so we’re extra booked. When we have too many shows on the DVR, Jamie and I get stressed out and have to plan a DVR catchup night. We don’t answer the phone and try to get through as many shows as possible.
Our TV addiction goes beyond just watching. We become completely engrossed in the shows and walk around here talking like the characters are our actual friends. If I come across a piece of news about the actors in real life, it disturbs me. I recently found out that the characters from Dexter (Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter), who play brother and sister on the show, are dating in real life. Now I can’t watch them on screen without thinking about them doing it and getting grossed out. In my heart, I completely believe that Pam and Jim from The Office are a couple in real life and I love them together (ok, I don’t really believe that but I wish it were true).
Here are the shows currently taking up our time (not all are on air right now and these were listed in no particular order):
How I Met Your Mother, Dexter, Weeds, Big Love, The Office, My Name is Earl, Samantha Who, Medium, Californication, Law & Order (SVU and Criminal Intent), Dog Whisperer, ER, Scrubs, Brothers and Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Wife Swap, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Spouses, Monk, The Dog Whisperer, Chuck, Heroes, 30 Rock, Kathy Griffen, Private Practice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, In Treatment, Nip Tuck, The Apprentice.
Oh. My. That’s a lot of shows when I actually list them all. We’ve got a few on the chopping block and will not be adding any new shows anytime soon. It got so bad last year that we had to get a second DVR for our bedroom since our DVR space quickly filled up. We record shows that we don’t both watch together on the second DVR(for me, Grey’s, Nip Tuck, Brother’s and Sisters, ER, Lipstick Jungle, Wife Swap for Jamie Dr. Who, Battlestar Gallactica, Deadliest Catch, Myth Busters) and we’re supposed to watch them while we exercise. Ha! Who has time for exercise when we have kids AND TV to keep up with?
We don’t turn the TV on when the kids are awake so all of our viewing falls to after they’ve gone to bed for the night. I have a feeling that my blog is sure to suffer in upcoming weeks from me having to divide my kid-free nights between playing DVR catchup and reading my favorite sites. For that, I apologize but I’m only human. Are we the only people out there who are slaves to their DVR?