- I did more reading, which is something I have been meaning to do for a while. This does have a bit of a bad component, though...see below.
- I realized that there were times that I was watching out of habit even thought I didn't really need or want anything to watch.
- I realized that most of the reason that I felt like my kids didn't nap long enough was because they would be ready to get up when I was in the middle of a show they shouldn't watch. Without the TV, I was ready for them to be up and around me again, which was a really good feeling.
- I learned to be okay with the times of quiet in my house. I think I was using the TV as a noise maker at times, and really? My house is noisy enough, thankyouverymuch.
- I knew I was watching too much TV, but now I know exactly which shows to delete from my DVR. I decided that the shows that I didn't think about at all during the four weeks need to go, and some of the ones that I rarely thought of will go, too. The rest I will keep without guilt.
- I really missed having the TV for the chores that are no fun to do otherwise, such as folding laundry, ironing, and entering receipts into the computer. These chores just haven't gotten done much since my fast began because the thought of doing them without a distraction is not a nice one.
- Nursing Andrew right before he goes to bed is more difficult without the TV. Jerry and I would usually watch a show together while he nursed. A show without commercials is 40 minutes long, about the same length of time as Andrew nurses, so the timing is perfect. Otherwise we sit there, unable to talk because it disturbs Andrew and struggling to read in dim light.
- I found that I tend to find some sort of escape mechanism no matter what. Without the TV, I just switched to books (the lesser of two evils for sure) and over-read when I should have been doing something more productive. Just a look at the way my "read" column has lengthened on the side blog will prove my point.