It almost came to this, but Time Warner saved me!
I love living in Manhattan, but there are issues here unique to living in an urban canyon on an island. One issue is that I get no television reception without a cable. Without cable service I get nada, zip, except snow and noise. It's not pretty. Ten days ago my cable service went. I fiddled around, my super checked that I hadn't accidentally disconnected a wire and then I called Time Warner, my cable provider. Between my schedule and their schedule this morning was the first time they could come. The technician was great, punctual and efficient and I am back in the television business.
If you had asked me a month ago about my television habits I would have said I don't watch much television. I realized I watched more than I thought I did. I missed the "Today" Show, the late night news and my favorites, "Say Yes to the Dress" and "What Not to Wear." I missed the Sunday morning news shows and watching the Academy Awards, even if I generally fall asleep after the first half-hour. I missed having the option of turning on the television set and not thinking about using my time more constructively.
I found I had a lot more time without television. And what did I do with that time? I read magazines, I blogged more than usual and I decluttered. I got a big boost to my decluttering. I would give myself a B for decluttering in January and an A- in February.
I am grateful for my interruption in viewing and grateful, too, to have my television given back to me. I wouldn't have chosen it, but what a good lesson I received.
Sweet wishes, citizens of Buttercupland!