Monday, July 27, 2009

Much better, thank you

This weekend, I skipped everything. I didn't go to church. Ken called in sick to a friend's birthday party. I left the house once, on Saturday evening, to go out for dinner with some girlfriends. On Sunday I never even set a toe outside my front door.

Resting was heavenly. I was grateful for the almost constant rain, which removed all pressure to go out Have Fun.

On Friday when I got home, Ken had just finished setting up our new gizmo, the AppleTV. We spent all weekend luxuriating in the joy of blissful, media-induced oblivion. I'm not sure how much we racked up in downloading fees, but it was worth it. The complete absence of annoying advertising; the ability to press pause for a few minutes; and not being at the mercy of a network schedule were all priceless. Well, we'll see if I'm still saying that when the bill comes, but for now, I'm not worrying.

Soon enough we'll be hooking up our TV to a laptop so that we can watch some shows for free through streaming video websites. I'm also looking into the Canadian equivalents of Netflix, for reasonably priced DVD rentals. The thing that bugs me about the iTunes TV selection is that only blockbuster films seem to be available to rent. The documentaries I browsed through, which happens to be my favourite genre, were only available for full purchase, at $15 to $20 a pop. That's just a wee bit pricey for my liking, especially since I'm not a rewatcher. I watch a movie once, and I move on.

A few shows I like don't seem to be available anywhere but cable. You know what? I don't care. I don't love them that much. There are plenty of choices available through other means. And if I can't find anything to my liking, I might just read a book, or practice my violin, or call a friend.

Bye bye, cable. I don't think I'll miss you at all.


LL Cool Joe said...

Glad to read you had such a relaxed and chilled weekend. Sounds like it's just what you needed too.

I love it when it rains because it means I can't get outside and do all the things on the land that need doing!

Vanessa (DarcsFalcon) said...

Sounds like you had a "just what the Dr ordered" weekend. :) Good for you!

As for shows on TV, have you tried They might have some of your faves on there.

I'm so glad you're feeling better!

Oh, here's a link to that diary:

Anonymous said...

Awesome weekending indeed. Sounds great. And you're the second couple I know to dump cable and not regret it. Let us know how it goes!

Jenski said...

Sounds like you are a bit recharged - yay! :-)

I totally watch less TV without cable, which I figure isn't really a bad thing.

Nicole said...

I'm glad you took some time off and recharged your batteries :)

Claire said...

Oooh, I love proper rainy lazy weekends!


wigsf said...

Sometimes, you just need to relax and have a "me" day. I could use one of those. That's what the upcoming holiday is going to be for me.

Anonymous said...

Relax don't do it.

San said...

We subscribe to Netflix. Sometimes there's nothing like settling into a movie, especially a tearjerker, to make things better. Pass the popcorn.

Aurora said...

Maybe I'm missing something...are there any video stores near you?

Often cable shortens the movies and edits them, which bugs me. It would be nice to avoid that.