My Former Addiction

I have a confession to make: I am an ex-TV addict. Before blogging took over my life sucked up all of my free time became important to me, I used to watch A LOT of TV. I blame it on the DVR, not on my laziness to find entertainment elsewhere.

Before blogging, I used to get up in the morning and watch whatever we had taped the previous night. Every night had at least one show, usually more, and I had to watch them before Tater wanted to watch Max & Ruby for the 9 millionth time. In the afternoons, I watched People’s Court (huge fan), Oprah, and Ellen. Early evening, Family Feud and Jeopardy. Evening…sitcoms.

And no, I’m not kidding. Although I guess technically I wasn’t really “watching” it because half the time the TV was on and I was running around cleaning, taking care of kids, and whatnot. I watched just about anything that was on The Food Network when nothing else was on. I’m a huge fan of A&E. GSN (Game Show Network) is also a complete waste of time a lot of fun to watch.

Since blogging? I watch almost no TV. Sure there are a few shows before they finished up the season I watched (Law & Order SVU, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family), but for the most part, I watch none.

And then…a couple of weeks ago…True Blood came back on. And then this Sunday, Hung and Entourage is back on. Damn! Sunday night and I’ve got a couple of hours of TV I must watch! Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia both start in July (I think). There’s another two hours. Rescue Me starts this week (another hour). The Next Food Network Star started a few weeks back, and I didn’t even know it because I haven’t been paying attention, so I have three or four hours to watch to catch back up…and another hour a week is added to my To Do list. All in all? At least 6 hours of TV that I am going to be watching again because I can’t not watch these shows!!

But you know what? When I wasn’t watching TV, I didn’t even miss it. And 6 hours is much, much less than I used to watch. I guess I can watch and blog at the same time 😉

Check out my Tasty Tuesday post for my recipe for Chicken Curry!

And so it goes…


  1. I used to watch a lot more TV before I became a mom and gave up even more shows to blog. There's absolutely nothing on during the summer as far as I'm concerned... You and I don't watch any of the same shows, which I find very very strange (apart from Jeopary and Oprah). I am looking forward to Weeds starting in mid August and do want to get into True Blood, but need to start from the beginning, huh?
  2. omg, you sound just like me pre-blog! I used to watch at least 5-6 hours of TV a day. I'd stay until midnight or later catching up. Then about three months ago I found blogging and two weeks ago got rid of cable all together because I spent any free time right here. and it is a hell of a lot more entertaining than half the shows I used to watch, plus I'm making better use of the internet service we're paying for.

    Though I will probably have a relapse come fall time when all my old shows start up again. It'll be tough but with close family and friends (ahem, blogger friends), I'm sure to make it through the rough patch.
  3. I LOVE True Blood - did you read the books? They are a fun guilty pleasure. I am an ex-TV addict too, but now I watch much less since Myles arrived. I now focus on the shows I can't live without!
  4. ♥Cari♥ says:
    We are entering my season of tv watching too! My boyfriend likes all of the stuff that's on through the winter, and I tend to like stuff that starts in the summer! Weird..but works. LOL
  5. I watch less since blogging too, but my tastes are pretty much all reality, all the time. Which is easy to watch while blogging :)
  6. Hey girl! Thanks so much for playin along with my tasty tuesdays. I have it up now and you can link it up at my place if you want too.

    Much like you I used to be a tv junkie. And now I watch ZERO tv. Unless you count family feud while I cook. Seriously, I've become lame.
  7. The Urban Cowboy says:
    I don't get to watch much during the day, but I do like Sons of Anarchy, Spartacus, Dexter,...actually, I could go on and on.
  8. So funny, Natalie! I just wrote a post tonight on my obsessions! Yes, and I have 1 show on the list ... I'm too embarassed to tell you what it is (you'll have to read the post to find out!) Oh, and I left you an idea for your next word in the post, too!!! Hope you are having a great week!
  9. Pumpkin and Piglet says:
    Snap! Pre-blogging I used to watch a lot of TV but hardly any now. It's on whilst I'm on the laptop but I don't really pay much attention to it. I have a couple of shows that I like to watch but nowhere near as much as I used to!
  10. Maureen says:
    Amen to this! :D Blogging sapped whatever time I have left to watch TV. Now it only involves late night reruns of Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond when hubby is at home LOL.
  11. Funky Mama Bird says:
    We gave up cable several years ago. So now if want to watch something, we have to find it, download it and hook up a laptop to the projector to watch it. Takes forever, so we watch about one show a week. Prior to that, the TV was always on but it never felt like it got watched.
  12. Mommy Of A Jamexican says:
    I am SUCH a sucker for True Blood!
  13. Courtney says:
    I don't have many shows I watch during the summer so I'm on hiatus from TV. But in the fall when all my regular shows start back up, I'm screwed.
  14. Amber Page Writes says:
    I blog and watch TV all the time. Multi-tasking, it's the way to go. If only I had HBO...
  15. cupcake mommie says:
    sorry this is late - you've been featured :)
  16. Ms. Understood says:
    I'm not a big TV watcher (like right now it's off). From the moment my husband wakes up, he turns on the TV. When he gets in from work, he turns on the TV until he turns it off to go to bed. I agree, you can multitask and do both. He does.
  17. It's all about multi-tasking - I can blog and watch re-runs of Everbody Loves Raymond on TVLand at the same time!! ;-)
  18. I love TV. And books. And blogs. Really, anywhere you tell me a story, I'm in.

    Except for musicals. Those songs are distracting to me. But I like the dance numbers. Confusing, no?
  19. Kimberly says:
    So true! I also love the Food Network. I find the shows totally relaxing to watch...
  20. I, too, used to watch a lot of t.v. but as of late I find myself painting, stripping wallpaper, blogging, reading and blogging some more!
  21. AS we don't have tv but have a tv we have to get out True Blood from Netflix, lol.
  22. NanaDiana says:
    And I'm one of those weird people who keeps HLN and CNN on all the time. I used to watch a lot more TV than I do now also....Reading blogs is better than Reality TV and you know it IS real!
  23. The Mommyologist says:
    I watch way less since I started blogging too! I haven't seen a daytime show in AGES.
  24. I used to watch a lot of tv too. Now blogging has taken over. I love my PVR as well. I can blog all I want. When I feel like watching tv my shows will be there. Check out my blog frog community. I am trying to get a discussion going on there about True Blood and The Gates.
  25. The Empress says:
    I've never ever had an addiction before, you know...blogging.

    I was clean as a whistle, house in order, all things weeded and put away and caught up: before blogging.
  26. Craig is hardcore about Rescue Me. I watched it for a while, but all the swearing started wearing on me.
  27. Nichole says:
    I remember thinking that having a DVR would enable me to shave time off my tv viewing, since I wouldn't be watching commercials. But, no! It just freed me up to watch more!

    Then, along came blogging, which has consumed my free time. I feel bad sometimes, as watching tv with my husband in the evenings was one of the ways that we connected after a long day. Now, I watch with one eye and blog/comment with the other.

    Our DVR has only 7% remaining space because we are so backed up now. Sigh.
  28. forty-something chick says:
    I love the DVR! We don't watch a ton of stuff on a regular basis, but I love Two and a Half Men (shame on you though, Charlie), lots of Discovery Channel stuff, Glee (when I get the remote from hubbs), and some HBO stuff on Netflix (since we have basic cable) like Big Love, Nip Tuck.
  29. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli says:
    I hardly watch any tv anymore with the dvr. Just the shows we like. Which is kinda frustrating bc we are paying a small fortune for the tv service. Maybe I should watch more?
  30. blueviolet says:
    When I first started blogging, I had the tv on for company all day. I watched those daytime talk shows too. Now, I turn it on to watch the news while I eat dinner (since I eat alone)and then I turn it on for reality tv at prime time. That's it. I don't even miss it at all.
  31. I used to watch a lot more t.v before I became a mom, now I a m lucky if I get to watch anything now that I started blogging LOL. I still watch a few shows. What really slowed my t.v watching was reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, I couldn't put them down and didn't want to do anything else.
  32. MommaKiss says:
    i'm wickedly addicted. we have 3 dvr-box-thingy's. and now i have netflix that has instant viewing. problems. true problems.
  33. I've never watched a lot of T.V...I chalk it up to my lack of being able to sit still. I guess I watch more in the dark winter months, but I just can't bring myself to sit down for a full show. How strange is that!!??
  34. Aging Mommy says:
    I have given up TV completely for the summer - I don't watch a lot anyway, maybe 7 or 8 hours a week in the winter but all the shows I like are off right now. Instead I am going for walks on these light summer evenings, reading a book, blogging a bit and talking to my husband!
  35. Nina @ Momma Go Round says:
    Seriously so interesting...I was just thinking the same thing! I've only been blogging for a few weeks, but I've noticed my tube time has totally decreased.

    While technically I'm still sitting infront of a screen, I at least feel like I'm accomplishing something this way. That, and blogging has introduced me to so many new crafts, recipes, and ideas that I want to I call it research.

    Right there with ya though. My hubby told me for years that I needed to find a hobby because all I did was watch tv...guess he got his wish!
  36. Carrie K says:
    I used to read. Every time I sat down to nurse, I picked up a good book. Now I've been smitten by blogging! There is just such great reading out there, written by my fellow moms and I wanna support it! Its so fun to relate with others!
    -PS I am (or was until just recently) a mom of 3 under 3 as well! I LOVE hearing about other Moms with lots of little ones as well.
  37. gringationcancun says:
    I LOVE tv. When I'm home and even when I'm sleeping, I have to have it turned on. otherwise I feel lonely. How insane (and sad) is that???
  38. I too used to watch more TV... now I find I have my "shows" that I can't miss, but 5 hours a week is much, much less than I did before.
  39. Sharlene T. says:
    I multi-task and catch up on shows I missed when working full time on other's people jobs... I don't WATCH it, it's sort of in the background and I follow the stories, looking up during specific moments... love blogging... and, of course, I don't have babies running around... makes life much less complex...

    Twitter: SolarChief
  40. Cranberry Morning says:
    Is there still TV??

    I have Netflix. And they should PAY ME for all the times I've recommended to people that they sign up for the $8.95 a month and get all the great British mysteries and documentaries we don't have on TV and can't be found at the video rental store :-)
  41. I hate to admit it but I love my TV too. I work best with noise so something is always on, but at the end of the day, I make tea and sit down with my DVR and one of my fave shows...Law and Order's and Criminal Minds needs to really be watched to be enjoyed!
  42. Belle's Butterfly says:
    We DVR a lot of shows. I usually catch up on everything over the weekend while I am doing laundry. Some times I get to during the week after Belle goes down (doesn't happen lately). One show I HAVE to watch every week when it is on is Biggest Loser. I was sucked in a few seasons ago.

    When I am home I always have the TV on for background noise. Very rarely am I actually watching it during the day.
  43. Karen Mortensen says:
    The same thing has happened to me since I picked up blogging.
  44. Heather says:
    The DVR has definitely revolutionized my TV watching. I do find myself blogging and watching TV at the same time provided I can use my husband's laptop to do the blogging.

    I don't DVR it, but we do enjoy watching The New Food Network Star at our house.

    Thanks for checking out my blog today from Tasty Tuesday. I'm a new follower to your blog.
  45. Here from SITS!

    I am a huge TV watcher myself. Now that I have a newborn though, the TV is on but rarely watched (like you said). I'm thinking we should just ditch TV all together. Have you ever considered that? Just curious.

    Have a happy Wednesday! New follower! :)
  46. Sue Campbell says:
    The Next Food Network Star is my weakness. I sneak over to the neighbor's house to watch.
  47. Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip says:
    I've never really enjoyed watching TV (strange but true), but blogging definitely sucks up all my free time. What little of it I ever have. I wish I enjoyed TV more actually, cuz my hubby would love it if I would sit down and hang out with him in front of the tube sometimes.
  48. I too am a huge fan of TV, it is always on. I like the white noise
  49. I still watch a LOT of shows and blog...and I wonder where all my free time goes! :)