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Because I take my T.V. watching seriously

I just finished watching the Super Bowl. And by “watching the Super Bowl”, I mean that I just finished checking Twitter to read about Madonna’s halftime performance and commentary on all the commercials while I occasionally looked up to see the game because I really didn’t care at all if the Giants of New York beat the Patriots of New England.

In my opinion, real football ended for the season after college football wrapped up.

Also, Madonna has an incredible amount of energy for someone who’s 94 years old. Good gracious. She must take her One A Day plus iron without fail.

And now I’m going to write something quick because Downton Abbey is waiting for me on the DVR and I have to watch it tonight or I’ll never get to sleep for wondering if Lady Mary helps Matthew Crawley find the will to live again.

Speaking of DVRS, we got a new one on Thursday. We finally replaced our old T.V. with a nicer one. It wasn’t very hard to do considering that our former T.V. was a 20 inch Sony with a picture that had become so blurry that it was hard to tell what the score was when you watched a sporting event. Of course maybe the problem is with my eyes. I choose not to examine that too closely.

The upside of the 20 inch Sony was that we never had to worry about anyone stealing it because it weighed about 450 pounds. And, well, it was a ten-year-old twenty inch T.V. We could have left it out on the curb with a sign that read FREE and no one would have taken it.

But we’d put off getting a new T.V. Mainly because I am the technological person in our home. And that’s like saying that Debra Winger as Sissy was the classiest character in Urban Cowboy. Sure, maybe compared to Bud, but you weren’t going to find her at any debutante balls.

And part of the reason I didn’t want to get a new T.V was because I knew it would mean unplugging things and figuring out where wires go and how remotes work and the whole thing just seemed exhausting. So I wasn’t surprised at all when I called Dish Network and found out they needed to come replace our old DVR with a high definition DVR. And they could be at our house in two weeks with a ten hour time frame for the appointment.

Technology. You make me sad.

So our nice technician shows up and asks if they’ve told me he’ll also need to replace our satellite dish. This is where I need to assure you that it’s a very small, hardly noticeable dish because I am just vain enough to care that y’all might think we have a huge satellite dish sitting in the front yard of our home on wheels. Right next to the sixteen stray dogs.

And the car up on cement blocks.

Of course no one mentioned that our entire system needed to be replaced, but I told him to go ahead and do what he needed to do. And about an hour later he came in and announced our old dish had been completely installed the wrong way. Which explains why we had to sometimes lean out of bed at a precarious angle to change the channel on the T.V. in our bedroom.

Then he brought in the bright, shiny DVR along with new remote controls. That’s when it dawned on me that he was taking the old DVR with all the episodes of Thirty Rock I haven’t watched yet this season. And a little part of me began to hurt because I had big plans to curl up and watch some Liz Lemon on Friday night.

I was kind of feeling a little bitter and resentful toward the new shiny DVR with its absence of Thirty Rock episodes until the Dish Network guy handed me the new remote control and explained that I can now record up to 450 hours of shows. 450 HOURS.

Well, that’s a game changer.

I can’t tell you how many times I would get so stressed when we got down to the 30 hour zone of recording time. I’d start figuring out what I could delete to make more room. It was like a weekly Sophie’s Choice.

(Although I’d usually solve the problem by deleting some of P’s shows because how many hunting shows or shows about catching monster fish does one person need?)

But now there is such freedom with 450 hours. I can keep every episode of Downton Abbey on there forever. And I can let The Bachelors pile up until I have enough that I can watch the entire season in one hour instead of subjecting myself to all the filler and “Stay tuned for the MOST DRAMATIC ROSE CEREMONY EVER” stuff.

And I can experience all this television freedom on a screen that’s big enough that I can actually see the picture from across the room.

It’s an abundance of riches.

Now I just need to figure out where we’re going to put the T.V. because it’s currently sitting on the church pew in our living room. I always loved having our T.V. in an armoire but these fancy new T.V.s don’t fit in an armoire. I’m thinking built-ins. Any thoughts on that?

Also, is anyone watching The Voice? And is anyone going to watch that new show Smash?

I was on the fence about it but I’m going to give it a whirl now that I can rest in the security that I can still record an additional 449 hours of other shows.

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  1. 1

    I downloaded and watched Smash on amazon last week. I loved it, but I used to make a living in musical theatre. I am not sure what other people will think. I can say this: the acting is good and the singing is fantastic. It’s different than Glee.

  2. 2

    Despite already being overbooked with television Mondays at 10 (I can’t miss Castle and hubby records Hawaii 5-0) I will also be recording Smash as I love Katherine McPhee and musical anything. Looking forward to it.

    Enjoy your new TV!

  3. 3

    I’ve been so excited about Smash, but the more hype I see the more I think I might hate it. I just want so badly for it not to be smut. Here’s hoping. And my husband’s comment tonight when we watched the Voice: She’s got $20 worth of boobs in a $10 dress. Too true. Too true. And, Hello! Lady Mary had better figure out a way to give Matthew Crawley a good kick in the pants and if she doesn’t marry him I might not be able to watch next season. Out of protest. Of course. And I’m seriously jealous of your DVR. 450 Hours! I die.

  4. 5

    I came across the other day on pinterest for what to do with the TV mounted to the wall instead of an entertainment center.

    http://www.sawdustandpaperscraps.com/2011/02/28/how-to-hide-tv-cords-in-trim-work-guest-post/

  5. 6
    Melanie Miller says:

    When the hard drive on our old dvr kicked the can, we upgraded to the hd-dvr. First I grieved for all the shows I lost. But seriously, 450 hours of record time is beyond awesome. And fyi, you can back up your hd-dvr to an external hard drive so you don’t lose any new shows. I haven’t done that. I haven’t backed up all my photos on the computer to the external hard drive yet, which I bought over a yr ago. Gotta do that pronto.

    Our new tv fits in our armoire, but I’d like to change it to something…less ginormous. Hubby’s not convinced, though.

    Enjoy the freedom of all those hours!

  6. 7

    Ok, I had the exact same issue with letting go of my old DVR when we moved 2 weeks ago. I thought that we would just move our DVR with us, but my husband informed me THE DAY BEFORE the Direct TV was getting turned off that we were getting all new equipment! What?! I can’t watch the 300 hours I have recorded in ONE DAY?! Getting the TV shut off before all of the DVR had been cleared was the biggest loss suffered in the move. I had let it go, but now I need to mourn all over again. You’ve opened up a two week old wound for me this morning.

  7. 8

    My kids, if they knew of this post, would dislike you very much, for you have probably discouraged me into delaying our own upgrades for at least another year with all of this reality. I, too, am now the techie at our house. I don’t know how to re-set the clock in our van. We, too, have a 20-inch behemoth with an older DVR. Which at least fits cozily into our armoire for better appearance and out-of-sight-out-of-mind capability. Which contains all of Downton Abbey, season 2. And all of this impending TV trauma seems that much less worth it when I consider the 2 weeks and 10-hour window. Someone should make a reality TV show about this.

  8. 9

    I am just pleased as punch that someone else takes their TV as seriously as I do. I was so wrapped up in the commercials last night that I completely forgot about Downtown Abbey. Who does that?!

    I am very excited for you about your new TV. I just discovered that I can record stuff on the DVR on T’s tv in the living room and I can watch it on my DVR on my crappy old tv in the family room. It’s amazing. T doesn’t watch much of anything except sports, Fox News, and the History or Discovery Channels, and he very rarely DVRs anything…so it’s like I have two DVRs!

    And I’ll be recording Smash to watch…I like Debra Messing, and I also like shows with dancing and singing.

  9. 10

    I hear you on the technology thing. Someone recently gave us a blue ray player for Christmas and we went to hook it up only to find it wouldn’t work with our seven year old clunker of a TV. So we used it as an excuse to buy a 51″, flat screen TV. Whatever works, right? :)

  10. 11

    I am a fan of mounting the TV on the wall. We mounted ours above the fireplace since it is the focal point of the room and now our furniture looks better in the room, if that makes any sense. I’ll be watching Smash tonight to get me in the mood for my trip to New York next weekend. And I am somewhat ashamed to admit this but I found the Downton Abbey episodes online and watched them all, even the Christmas special. I have no patience, I know.

  11. 12

    We had a Dish receiver die last month–thankfully it was the one without the DVR (yes, we have 2 receivers and 4 TV’s hooked up for 5 people). Our DVR was full and hubby refused to delete the 67 episodes of Entourage he had even though he owns all the episodes on DVD as well, so we moved stuff over to a hard drive.

    My biggest joy last week was realizing I had 4 new shows on DVR when I went to do my Couch to 5K workout last Wednesday.

  12. 13

    I watched the Voice last night and I enjoyed it. I am also going to watch Smash to see if it’s worth the hype!

  13. 14

    We just recently had to switch to a HD TiVo. I am not one bit happy about the new home screen or remote workings, HOWEVER, I can now see the beads of sweat on Shemar Moore’s forehead when he’s doing figuring out the unsub on Criminal Minds AND I can record 2 shows at once WHILE watching a show already recorded. You talk about fancy…

    And if you need a good show on Wednesdays, might I suggest Face Off on the Syfy channel. My high school pal Robert “RJ” is a contestant and it’s fascinating to watch.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy your new television viewing experience. I think you’ll love the HD difference.

  14. 15

    Go to “yourtvseries dot net” to watch 30 Rock. It’s a free service. I’ve watched several series. :) Hulu also has it, but you would have to subscribe which is not so much free.

  15. 16

    Hey, watch it, Madonna is only one year older than me! :/

  16. 17

    I love having the tv mounted on the wall.

  17. 18

    OH MY GOSH….The Voice was fantastic last night after the Superbowl. I can not wait for tonight! Poor Adam, I didn’t think he was going to get anyone on his team last night. And secretly I’m glad that Christina’s former Mickey Mouse Clubber didn’t pick to be on her team. I don’t know why, but I’m just glad.

  18. 19

    I am in DVR withdrawal. We decided to install a digital TV antenna, get Netflix, and save a boatload of cash every month by not paying for cable. The downside is that we only have about 10 channels, and I cannot watch 30 Rock at my convenience anymore. Now it’s like olden times, when we had to BE HOME when the show was on. Or wait until next year when it comes on Netflix.

    We too upgraded, at long last, to a new TV and are using an old dresser as a stand — it’s the perfect width, and is a family piece, so it looks nice too. (And we can store DVDs and remotes in the drawers.) And we did leave it out on the curb with a “free” sign. No one took it, so we smuggled it into our van after dark and paid the fee to have it recycled/disposed of properly!

  19. 20

    The Voice is awesome! A really high level of talent. There was a video a while back that went viral of a US Air Force Band named Sidewider where the lead singer (Angie Johnson) does an amazing cover of Adele. She will be auditioning tonight on the Voice. If you haven’t seen it, search for it on YouTube. The Voice will be worth watching to cheer her on! :) (And no, I don’t know her, she’s just that impressive!)

  20. 21

    Last year we watched the super bowl on our 450 lb. Sony (and I had a hard time telling the score) and I was SURE we were the last people in America not watching it in high def on a flat screen with surround sound. Then we bought a new house and a new TV and last night we watched it like everyone else (except without the surround sound b/c for the life of me I can’t figure out how to make it work … we have something like 12 remotes now and I’m the technology person in our house …. and your analogy totally works for me too!).

    Anywho … yes to the Voice … I didn’t watch last year and felt like I missed out. And yes to Smash. And … as soon as I figure out how to watch the old episodes of Downtown Abbey, I’ll start watching that regularly too.

    Long live the 450 hours!

  21. 22

    Dear Melanie:

    You will be watching Smash and that is the end of that discussion.

    Sincerely,

    Jen

  22. 23

    Oh my goodness – what I wouldn’t give to be able to save every episode of Downton Abbey. Last week I watched the episode on Sunday night while I was recording it, and then I saved it and watched it again Saturday so I was ready for last night’s episode.
    And could we talk about last night’s episode? ???? !!!!!
    I think I’m going to give Smash a try, but I am very nervous that it can’t possibly live up to the hype.

    • 24

      Ooooh…last night’s episode. What a cliffhanger! (Don’t want to spoil anything for anyone.) Can’t wait to see how it gets resolved.

  23. 25

    We do not have DVR…but I love Comcast “On Demand”…I honestly really don’t think I want to go there with recording TV shows and these comments reinforce the feeling!

    Downton Abbey…LOVE.

  24. 26

    I personally am not a fan of satellite. They always have all sorts of things they don’t tell you. But I might be a bit biased, because both my and my husband once worked for cable networks. My mom did for a very long time. Anyway, I hate the whole new tv thing with the new remote to figure out and all, also. It’s a pain, and yes, I’m also technologically challenged. As far as the tv shows, I don’t even know what you’re talking about, because as the daughter of a cable tv person and the wife of another, I have chosen to not have tv. Ha!!! Obviously that wasn’t even an option for me at one point. I suppose if I wanted I could look stuff up online and watch it that way, but that would defeat the purpose of not having tv.

  25. 27

    I refuse to watch The Voice until Christia covers up her boobs. I don’t think I can take all the stuffed in cleavage anymore.

    Dear Christina,
    You have loads of money, buy a shirt that fits.
    Sincerely, Jenni

    …so, I’m guessing that I won’t be watching.

    I do want to watch Smash though. Last time I checked Debra Messing kept her stuff to herself.

  26. 28

    I quickly read through the comments and didn’t see this “rumor” but I’ve heard from several sources that Anthony Evans will be on the Voice tonight. That is Priscilla Shirer’s brother. I guess tonight we’ll see if it is true! I would love to see him get a huge break!

  27. 29

    I’m recording Smash and watched The Voice last night (after I half-watched the Superbowl). I thought Christina was really tasteless in her remarks to Adam! Just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you get off scot-free with regard to good manners. GOSH.

  28. 30

    And that’s like saying that Debra Winger as Sissy was the classiest character in Urban Cowboy. – oh that made me laugh. Sissy and Bud’s conversations were a lot of ” K?” ” K” and making faces and getting drunk to prove you were mad. It was a prequel to the Bachelor franchise.

  29. 31

    Well now missy, Madonna is MY age and I guarantee YOU will be her age one day, much sooner than you ever imagined, and you WILL wish you could dance like a 94 year old. Love you to pieces!

  30. 32

    I do watch The Voice, though I missed a lot of it last night because I was driving home. Excited about the new season though!

    I am going to watch Smash tonight, even though it’s been available to watch before now because I want to get the whole experience of watching the new show, and that includes commercials. (I’m weird, I know.) But I’ve heard good advance press, though.

  31. 33
    Melissa H. says:

    I wanted to watch Smash until I read a review (Plugged In). It is definitely not for family viewing. I feared that might be true since it comes on at 10 pm. I am really sorry about that because I do like Katherine McPhee and was looking forward to watching.

  32. 34

    I watched The Voice last night and LOVED it. My daughter really wants to watch Smash. I’m hoping it is “cleaner” than Glee.

  33. 35

    There are very few shows I do watch and 30 Rock is one of them. I heart Liz Lemon! It is VERY sad and true that I do watch the Bachelor and am really disgusted with myself because of it. It’s “The most horrible season ever” (in Chris Harrisson’s voice) but I just can’t help myself! And I still refer to him as BOHN-AHF (said with last season’s Ashley’s “dialect”).

    We, too, had the problem with the new tv not fitting in the armoire and that leaving all the stuff that was IN the armoire homeless, which lead to increased stress, etc. (first world problem). W did take our 450 pounder to the electronics recycling place because there is NO WAY even the most desperate of tv watchers would have wanted that beast!

  34. 36

    Mount it on the wall. It solves all kinds of problems. The installer can “hide” the wires in the wall, so your tv, literally, looks like a picture mounted on the wall. It’s truly a beautiful thing!!

  35. 37

    I was a little tied up watching Eli Manning whoop up on Tom Brady last night — I’ll be watching my Downtown peeps tonight.

    Technology is wonderful as long as my hubby is around to make it work smoothly. I flip out when I can’t get something to work. Yea I’m lame like that!! Hehe

  36. 38

    You can watch Thirty Rock on Hulu Plus. It’s 7.99 a month but the first month is free! :)

  37. 39

    I love The Voice. I think it is the best show on tv. I just feel good after watching it, nothing negative, nothing I need to worry about my kids seeing. Love it!

  38. 40

    I have been looking forward to Smash since November! My husband and I would get mad every time they showed the same preview. Last night I saw a new one… and now I’m not so sure I will like it. It may be a little too soap opera-y for me.

  39. 41

    TV placement – I feel a $15.00 item from the antique store would make a great place to put the tv.

    The Voice – I really wanted to watch but I had to get a kindergardner in the bed at an appropriate hour and unfortunately he only goes to sleep in his bed if I lay down with him and that means Mom goes to bed at a decent hour too.

    Smash – Well they have definitely played it up enough but I can’t say that I will get to watch it. I would like to at least see this first episode but I just don’t know.

    I so wish I had spell check on this….I think I made a mess of a few words.

    Until tomorrow….

  40. 42

    Monday night is turning into a total DVR night – definitely want to watch The Voice (it was fun last year) and try out Smash, but I also LOVE that new show Alcatraz and saw the first episode of Touch and was on the edge of my seat! I wonder how the Nielsen ratings people get their info nowadays on shows watched. I may not watch a show (like 30 Rock) on the night it is aired, but if I watch it over the weekend on my DVR, shouldn’t that count too? Or maybe Big Brother knows all that I watch, somehow, someway – that could be embarrassing :o)

  41. 43

    I LOVE Downton Abbey! It is all because of you. I had been looking at it for a while on Netflix and then took the plunge after you talked about it being so good. Thanks for the suggestion!

  42. 44

    Will not be watching Smash. I’m sure it is great but Being Human is my show to watch on Monday nights. I love 30 Rock. Hilarious show! As much as I love Adam Levine (so darn fine and yummy) I have not gotten into The Voice yet. I need to start DVR’ing it so I can attempt to watch it on the weekends.

  43. 45

    I thought the first episode of Smash was very good. The music, dance numbers and the singing are top notch. Both Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee are great singers. There is a bit of soap opera quality to it, but I think the writing and acting has the potential to be up there with The West Wing. I have daughters who are professional actors and the one I watched with was very impressed. Looking forward to more.

  44. 46

    I’ve never commented before, but I just had to weigh in on the TV placement! I, too, really prefer the look of an armoire or entertainment center type piece for the TV. I guess I just don’t like the sides and back of the TV “exposed” as they would be just sitting on a stand-type piece. Anyway, I found an entertainment center type thing at Sam’s Club (kinda like Costco) that we love. It’s in two pieces, a base and then a hutch that sits on the base. The thing I love about it is that the hutch is only a few inches deep, just enough for the TV to sit in. The fact that the top half is recessed from the base makes all the difference in feeling like it doesn’t take up the entire room. I like it because you see furniture instead of just seeing the TV. This probably didn’t make any sense at all, but if you are actually interested in seeing what I’m talking about, let me know and I’ll email you a picture.

  45. 47

    I feel sad for the armoire. Remember when having the armoire was the epitome of fancy living? I remember when I got married in 2000, I just wanted my new bedroom suite to have the armoire, darn it! Alas, now no one wants the armoire. Where do dreams go when they die, anyway?