On the days when my husband and I both work, our schedules go something like this:
1. Take Riley to daycare. Depart for our respective offices, re-convening at the house with child in tow around 5:30 PM.
2. Dinner: sometimes all of us together, sometimes Riley eats first then runs off to play while JB and I eat our own dinners.
3. Playtime with Riley, reading books, taking baths, etc, before his 7:30 bedtime.
4. 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: JB watches the news, works in his shop, and catches up on work email. I write blog entries, work on freelance projects, and if it’s a good day, follow an exercise DVD.
5. 9:30 - 11 PM: FREE TIME.
Man oh man do I ever relish that free time, where I’ve got no obligations hanging over my head and I can just sit back and relax. Preferably with a giant bowl of ice cream.
While I’m sure we could be engaged with more worthy pursuits, such as playing chess or learning French or, ha ha haaaaaaa, cleaning the house, both JB and I like to veg out in front of the TV during our free time. This is when we watch our Netflix’d movies and recorded TV shows, and I think it’s just one of those homey domestic rituals that helps us stay marginally sane and balanced in the midst of working parenthood.
(I’ve informed our unborn child that upon his arrival he will need to immediately adopt the same sleeping schedule as his older brother. Hey, I can dream, right?)
Here’s what we’ve been watching lately:
30 Rock. Oh man, this show just never lets me down. Like most women I know, I have an enormous crush on Tina Fey, because she is brilliant and hilarious and I love love love her glasses.
American Idol. I know. I know. It’s awful, and yet I literally can’t stop myself. Every year I get sucked into the massive marketing machine that is American Idol, and every year I thank god for having a DVR so at least I don’t have to suffer through the commercials, too.
Man Stroke Woman. This BBC sketch comedy show has been the highlight of our Netflix queue recently — either there’s a dearth of non-sucky new releases at the moment or I just keep getting the duds. Man Stroke Woman isn’t consistently great, but the number of funny sketches far outweigh the bad ones. They’re all very short, too, so it’s a good DVD to pop in when you don’t want to commit to a full 2 hour movie.
TMZ. SO embarrassing, but I love this horrible tabloid show beyond all reason. It’s nasty, it’s mean, it’s probably going to send me to hell — but I cannot get enough. MOR CRAZEE BRITNY FOOTAGE PLZ.
A bunch of weird Discovery shows my husband likes. JB has a thing for shows like Smash Lab, MythBusters, and to my unending sorrow, Weaponology. I suffer through these so I can occasionally make him watch My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding.
Tell me, what have you been watching lately? Or do you use your free time for less brain-numbing activities?