My confession: I am obsessed with television shows. That sums it up. I am a binge-watcher. Most of the time, I am proud of it, but it isn’t something that I bring up in every conversation. I don’t want people thinking I am crazy. But, this is my blog, so I am going to lay it all out there. I spend most of my free time watching (or rewatching) TV shows. I have a wide range of interests when it comes to what I like to watch: Stargate SG-1, The West Wing, American Pickers, and the craziness goes on from there.
To put the complete truth out there, I thought I would give you an example of what a random day in the life of Leah looks like.
I get up about 5:30 in the morning, feed the animals, and take a shower. I have an iPad, which has probably enabled my binge-watching quite a bit. The damn thing is so portable! So I usually set it up on the bathroom vanity with whichever show I am currently watching. It probably takes me twice as long to get ready, because I am constantly pausing to watch an especially riveting part of an episode. The only time that I pause it while I am doing my hair and makeup is when I have the hairdryer on, because I wouldn’t want to miss any dialogue of a show I have seen a couple times already. Once my hair and face are done, I have to find something to wear, which usually means ironing some clothes. Well, that iPad goes with me. It sits on my dresser as I pull out clothes; it sits on the ironing board as I iron my shirt; it sits on the vanity as I pick out jewelry. Basically, it is attached to me. If I have time to make breakfast – which I normally don’t because I wasted too much time watching the iPad – the device goes with me and sits on the counter as I make my food. As I am walking out the door, I turn the iPad off and drive to work. I don’t usually think about the show too much while at work, but as soon as I get home I kick my shoes off and jump into some comfy clothes. For the evening portion of my binge-watching, I usually put Netflix on the TV so I can be comfortable while I watch. But, if I need to make dinner or do some house cleaning, I get the old iPad out and set it on the sill above the sink. And I watch it until I absolutely have to go to bed. I even fall asleep watching TV some nights.
Not every day is like that, but I have to admit that it happens frequently. Other people have friends, sports, and clubs they attend; I just prefer to spend my free time with my favorite characters. I am completely aware that there are many problems with this obsession, as there are with any obsession. I have recently made some changes in my viewing habits so that I can work on some of the other things that I like to do (such as writing, reading, and playing the piano).