Yes, we have one. Two in fact. And if one is on, chances are so is the other because we’re in different rooms watching very different things. Here’s a taste of what I’ll be watching once the kids are in bed.
My Go-To Network
- HGTV Canada: If I could program my TV to automatically go to this channel when I turn it on I would. Actually, since it’s pretty much always the last channel I watched, that happens anyway, but you get what I mean. I will watch just about anything this network has to offer. Repeatedly. Pretty houses, pretty decor, pretty gardens…how to buy property, how to sell property, how to improve your property…renos, refurbishings, before-and-afters… HGTV lets me escape from my Lego-strewn, hand-me-down-furnished, overly cluttered and always-in-need-of-a-good-cleaning living room to a world of freshly painted, perfectly organized, throw-pillow-matching bliss.
Wouldn’t Miss It
- The Amazing Race: This has been my reality show of choice for at least 17 of its 22 seasons. I could do without the bickering and the roadblocks where they have to consume some icky local delicacy, but I’m fascinated by the tasks they have to complete and the fears they have to overcome. (Water and heights being the most common and the most entertaining, especially when combined in, say, bungee jumping over a shark-filled tank. Kidding. But wouldn’t that be cool?) I am so dedicated to this show that Luc knows on Sunday nights he will be putting the kids to bed no matter whose turn it technically is, because Mommy would rather neglect her children than miss one minute of it. Plus, it’s good for my health, because the way it makes my heart pound during the sprint for the pit stop is about the only cardio I get in a week.
Like to Catch It
- Modern Family: Because it’s funny.
- Til Debt Do Us Part: Because it’s money.
- Oprah’s Lifeclass, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Oprah Behind the Scenes, Oprah: Where Are They Now?: Because it’s Oprah.
Can’t Be Bothered
- Anything other than The Amazing Race that plays on the same day at the same time every week. I won’t remember what day. I won’t remember what time. I definitely won’t remember which channel. I’ll watch it once and never find it again.
- Anything that requires me to follow an ongoing storyline. I’ll miss an episode and be lost forever (happened with Lost, come to think of it). Also, these types of shows usually play on the same day at the same time every week. See bullet above.
- Say Yes to the Dress: OK, I’ll admit it, this is not exactly quality viewing. But ever since I sat in a hotel room by myself following a grueling day of going through my recently deceased grandmother’s belongings and watched a Say Yes to the Dress marathon on TLC I’ve been hooked. (I think it was 6 episodes. It might have been 10. Let’s just say however long it took me to finish the bottle of wine was how long I watched.)
The Alien Connection
- Luc and I are rarely in front of the same TV at the same time watching the same thing. Yes, he might pause to watch a segment of The Amazing Race if he’s passing through the room and it catches his eye, but my show selections, generally speaking, are not going to entice him to plunk himself down beside me and watch. Unless, that is, the show is about aliens. Ancient Aliens. Alien Mysteries. Documentaries about Roswell. Certain episodes of William Shatner’s Weird or What?. It’s an odd thing we share, this enjoyment of all things alien. Maybe it harkens back to when we were dating and used to watch The X-Files together. Wherever it comes from, it gets us a little snuggle time on the sofa and proves, yet again, that no matter how different we are, we do have a few (quirky) things in common.
Find out about Luc’s taste in TV.