5 Things I Do When Watching TV

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“If you read a lot of books, you’re considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well-viewed,”  (Lily Tomlin).

This is self-portrait #9. It is a photo of me watching Once Upon a Time.

Do you watch a lot of TV? I’ve read that people (across all ages) watch between 2-4.5 hours of TV a DAY.

More adults are now multi-tasking when watching TV. The list of activities includes things like exercise, house cleaning, and paying bills.

Technically I don’t watch any TV. This is mainly because my TV is only used for VCR tapes or DVD’s. I mostly (99.8%) view media on my laptop including DVD’s. And I do watch 3-4 hours, but that is spread over a whole week. I have 6 shows I stay current with.

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Royal Pains
  • Revolution
  • Alphas
  • Army Wives
  • White Collar

But new episodes are not released every week. Sometimes I will watch a movie when I am all caught up. Lately I have been watching some cool National Geographic films on China.

I don’t just sit and watch TV though. Below are 5 things I normally do when the “telly” is on.

  1. Spider Solitaire. No kidding that is my #1 activity when watching TV. This is especially when the show has moments of high tension. I’ll click away and play a quick game until the plot settles down. Playing solitaire is my equivalent of biting my nails.
  2. Knitting. Since the weather is cooler, I got out the afghan I am knitting. The two feet or so of the blanket keeps me warm while I knit on the top border.
  3. Declutter purse. Once a week I dump the contents on my chair and sort through the receipts, change, notes, and ketchup packets. I always find a surprise or two. This week it is a bottle of purple outdoor coloured bubbles and a Christmas card that hasn’t been used.
  4. Nails. I also use this time to give myself a manicure and/or pedicure. I like to put colour on the nails, but I really need some tips as the polish gets gloppy and I get too much polish on the surrounding skin.
  5. Food/Drink. Several years ago my daughter and I watched the Gilmore Girls. They always feasted when watching TV. After awhile, we, too, got into that same habit. I am glad (and proud) to say that I no longer “feast-out” when watching TV. Now I have a hot drink, usually a cinnamon tea.


During November I am writing or posting a photo about something for which I am grateful. This explains why. 

Gratitude for November 24: I am grateful for a woman in our community who donated Christmas ornament kits to Children’s Ministry. The kiddos will be making them tomorrow. They even get to take them home tomorrow!


Your Turn . . . 

  1. How much TV do you watch a week?
  2. What are your favourite shows? Why?
  3. Is there anything you always do when watching TV?
  4. Do you watch the TV or some other e-device more often?
  5. Do you feast-out when watching TV? Feast-out sounds much more polite than pig-out.
  6. What are you grateful for today?

NOTE: This is the 9th photo in the series, A Fall of Self Portraits, from my Fall Bucket List.

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