I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here, but Nick and I only have basic cable in our new house. With the change in house payment (huge difference from our old place) and the other little increases (power, water, heat for a bigger space), cable was one of the few places we could actually cut back on to save some money.
Some nights, I wish we had it back.
I miss watching Top Chef and everything on the Food Network, and we may have to revisit this idea when college football season rolls around again. I’m not sure I can live through fall without ESPN.
But most nights, it’s fine.
Last night, we came home from work and got working on other stuff. I made dinner while Nick worked in the garage for a while. By the time we were done eating, cleaning up, packing lunches, and getting a glass of chocolate milk, it was already 8:30 (which is late for us old folks).
Plus, without cable, we’re really only watching things that we want to watch – certain shows on networks are still on, which is nice. The last few White Collar episodes had to be watched online, and we still have Netflix for movies and watching things instantly, if we want.
And on nights like tonight, it’s 7:44 and we still haven’t turned it on – not even to watch the news.
This is a huge difference from before. At our old house, the tv was on all the time. Literally.
We ate breakfast while we watched the news. Turned the news on as soon as we got home and while I cooked dinner, since I could see and hear the tv from the kitchen. Watched reruns of old shows just because they were on until a show we actually liked was on. Kept watching tv until we fell asleep because, well, just because it was there.
But now, it’s rare that we have the tv on before 8 pm most days.
So on nights like tonight, when we’re finally having good weather, it’s 7:47 pm and our tv has not yet been turned on today.
Nick is in the garage with Maggie. I just got back from picking more dog food.
The windows are open. Birds are chirping. Families are walking around the track next to our house, enjoying the cool breeze and longer lasting light.
And our trees are in bloom! A beautiful pink dogwood and some others, but we’re not sure what all of them are yet.
There are definitely nights I am extremely sad that we don’t have cable and I can’t watch Barefoot Contessa or What Not to Wear, but how ridiculous is that, right? Everything I could want to see is online now, and I’m wasting so much less time without it. And I know this makes me sound crazy, but I used to freak out a little bit inside when we talked about getting rid of cable at the old house. I mean – what would I do? How in the world would I fill my time at home without it? The funny thing is that, after moving and adjusting to all these other changes with the new house and budgets and responsibilities, it didn’t seem so scary.
And, since we’re no longer glued to the tv all night long, we can actually enjoy the weather and we’ll really be able to see everything that starts to bloom in our yard this year. Since it’s our first spring in this house, I’m excited to see what is planted around the yard.
No cable? Fine with me.
But we’ll see how I feel when football season starts.