Follow up on my moratorium

It’s now been a whole week of not watching daytime t.v. Here are some things I noticed:

  1. I’m sleeping much better!  Watching 3-4 hours of mindless television was like taking a really long, boring nap without the rejuvenating or beautifying benefits. Of course I wouldn’t be tired by bedtime if I just took a nap with Conan.
  2. I’m getting outside more. I’ve actually bumped into three people I haven’t seen in a while. I used to complain that I never bump into people I know, but now I understand people are outside – not in my living room.
  3. On a continuation of #2, the reason I’m going outdoors more is because there’s no safe place in my apartment. I can’t hang out in my bedroom (the sleep clinic doctor told me to avoid the bedroom during the daytime), I can’t hang out on the couch (it’s too tempting), and  I can’t hang out in the kitchen (I’ll just eat peanuts all day). My desk is a safe zone, but my sister warned me that mindless internet surfing can fill the void of t.v. if I’m not careful.
  4. I’m getting a whole lot more done. Yesterday, after 4 hours of business school (more to come on this!) I wanted nothing more than to plop down and watch some good old t.v. Instead I decided to apply the second coat of paint in the hallway. And then I went to the gym and ran two miles. All in the time it would have taken to watch 2 reruns of Friends – and maybe a little bit of Seinfeld.
The hardest challenge I’ve found is breakfast and lunch. Since I’m all by my lonesome during these mealtimes it gets…well…lonely. It was comforting to hear familiar voices in the background while eating my cereal. But now I just sit at the table facing the window – in silence. I’m trying to appreciate the quietude, and treat each meal like a mini meditation, but just between you and me, that’s when I feel the most like cheating. But I shan’t.


  1. I like to listen to music, a podcast, or the radio when eating a meal alone. Fills the silence nicely without becoming a big distraction.


  2. This all sounds amazing! The getting more done and being outside more parts sound really satisfying. Mini mediation meals are probably a really good idea. You know what I do when I’m by myself (which is frequently)? I listen to NPR and podcasts. It fills the silence, but with mind-expanding and educational information. NPR is the main way I stay up on current events and This American Life and Radio Lab can keep you company with the best of them.


  3. Great minds think alike. I was going to comment about how wonderful podcasts are. They are an informative way to pass time. I hope you continue to get outdoors. People are usually awed about how much I know about my community. I truly don’t pay more attention than most. The only difference is I get out and walk everywhere….that is where I hear and see the most displays on upcoming events.

    Great job finding ways to pass your time. I am glad you are sleeping better!


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