I don’t have much more to say than that but I do.
Here’s what I watch most often when we don’t have cable:
- Local News
- PBS Kids (yuck!)
- Game shows like Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, . . .
- Shows I’ve never seen before: Last Comic Standing, America’s got talent, and something else I didn’t even find out the name of.
What do I watch with cable:
- Biography shows
- Lots and lots of scrubs and other sitcoms in syndication
So, after forcing myself to make those lists, I realize that I don’t miss cable as much as I thought. I think I just miss surfing. Flipping through 6 or 7 channels is just not as . . . challenging? as flipping through 60 or even 300. By the way, don’t ever get TiVo if there’s a chance you’ll get rid of it. It’s an addiction that is hard to break.
Now, don’t you feel sorry for me?
I’ve lost my romantic instinct. 😦
Lori and I do not do very well when it comes to Valentine’s day. Neither of us received a card or a note or even an email wishing the other a Happy Valentine’s Day. How sad is that. It was the first thing we said to each other that day, but that was about it. On the other hand, we did do something particularly fun for the whole family in honor of Valentine’s Day.
We had a progressive Valentine’s Dinner. What is that, you ask? Well, I decided it would be new and fun to go out to eat for dinner, something that we do rarely these days. Instead of just going to one restaurant we would go to several, trying to hit a few of our favorites but only eating one course or portion of the meal at each restaurant.
- We started at A & W’s, where we all ordered ourselves some Root Beer.
- Next, we ventured over to Sonic, where we ordered and ate our appetizers: Cheese Sticks. (No, we were not concerned about the healthiness of this adventure. It was all in the spirit of fun.) Now, despite our warnings and suggestions that the kids try to make their drinks last, a couple of the Root Beer’s were drained by this point.
- We then headed to Burger King to order the best french fries in town. For these first three stops we went through drive-through only. This time we hung on to our fries until we reached our next destination.
- We arrived at Taco Bell and got out and took in our A&W cups and our bag of Burger King french fries. We proceeded to order and devour tacos and bean burritos with our french fries, a delicious combination.
- Lastly, we scooted on over the McDonald’s for some ice cream: the kids had cones while Lori and I split a strawberry milkshake. (I guess that was romantic, right?) After ice cream the kids got to play on playground at McDonald’s. Emily and Timothy made a friend while Zachary spent then entire time running “sprints” across the room. He’ll have to grow out of this current running style if he really wants to become a track star. It’s hard to pick up much speed if you don’t bend your knees!
We hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!
The title of this blog a regularly quoted Seinfeld line (at least in our house) where Kramer is making is case against marriage. I have to respectfully disagree, especially now that the kids are in on this one.
One thing that we do well in our family, and something I have every intention of maintaining is our habit of eating together everyday. Research has shown that one of the most accurate predictors of “successful rearing” of children is the number of times the family eats dinner together at the table (with the TV off). We don’t actually do it because research tells us to, but, so far, we genuinely enjoy each others company.
We have recently begun having a time at most of our meals where we each have to answer a particular set of two or three questions in a round-robin style. The questions we generally use are similar to these:
- “What is the best thing that happened to you today?”
- “What is the worst thing that happened to you today?”
- “What can [insert name] do for you that would make your day better?”
- “What do you plan to do tomorrow to help someone in need?”
I learn a great deal about everybody through this, including Lori. I am most often reminded that for all three kids, I can generally make their day better by simply playing with them and it doesn’t matter how.
Praise God for his faithfulness. This is something I was happy to be reminded of today:
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.
Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, 1787, by John Rippon
I imagine that most “normal” people have hobbies such as fishing, gardening, even watching TV or just reading. I even looked up on the internet to learn that, according to Harris Interactive, the most popular hobbies are
TV Watching (15%)
Spending time with family/kids (11%)
Playing team sports (7%)
Going to movies (6%)
Golf (5%) . . . (and many more)
It looks like about 4% of the American population shares my affliction of the curse hobby of “Computer Activities.” I am just curious how many people out there would rather tweak the source code of a wordpress theme, develop php scripts to add “flare” to my blog, or even repair a damaged SQL database table, than to do any of those things on the above list. Of course, there are times that family time outranks computer time. And, at least as often, I’d probably rather be golfing (but who can afford that).
At any rate, this blog entry serves the primary purpose of being a guinea pig for a couple of new things I am developing. You may not see any change at first, since I am on the steep part of the learning curve, right now. But just you wait…