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Binge-watching cannot be good for your well-being

Binge-watching cannot be good for your well-being

I stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy after the eleventh season – at least three years ago – and H stopped on the ninth season. I was waiting for the twelfth. That never happened. Life did.

Now I’ve decided to play catch-up, never realizing that each season is sooooo looooong! Twenty-three to twenty-five episodes in each one. It didn’t take me long to get involved in the storyline again.

I’m on season fourteen – episode one. Quite some time to go to get through the fifteenth season by September when season sixteen begins.

H was going to be out of town most of the afternoon yesterday until about eleven pm. “Great! I can watch a couple of episodes without interruption.”

He interrupted me at eleven-fifteen pm. Mmm, yes…I was still watching…My, how time flies when you are having fun!

I cannot believe I binge-watched and wasted all those precious hours of free time. I could have been writing or editing or something other than getting caught up in the drama of Grey’s Anatomy!

Those people have so much drama going on in their personal lives. I just want to shake a few of them and say, “Get a grip!”

It reminds me a little of the old soap opera, “Days Of Our Lives”. Yes, I’m that old…

You just get caught up in all that drama. It can’t be good for your mental state. Neither can sitting with your eyes glued to a tv screen for hours be good for your eyes.

The point of this story is, H left this morning at eight am to start his day teaching private lessons. He won’t be done until four-thirty.

I am not going to turn on Netflix…I am not…I am not…I am not…

What show did you last binge-watch?

~Elle

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Gilmore Girls En Route…

Yes, I have to admit I fell into the line of people watching Gilmore Girls. That line was loooong! 

A couple months ago I realized I hadn’t actually watched every episode – more than three quarters of them I hadn’t seen. Jessie was in high school when the show started airing and Andrew was in elementary school. I had more on my plate and no time to sit in front of the tube. My hands were full of taking care of kids. 

It’s a little easier to watch these days with our laptops, tablets, and smart phones that pick up the series on Netflix with the app. Use a pair of earbuds and no one is the wiser. 

As I sat on the sofa in the evenings for the last few months, while H was glued to the presidential saga, I was actually binge watching Gilmore Girls from start to finish on my phone. I wasn’t going to be the only one not in the know when Netflix aired Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, and as long as I nodded a few times and made eye contact often, he had no idea I was actually in Stars Hollow. 

We had a trip planned to Atlanta for Thanksgiving week to see Jessie and Kerri’s families when I realized I had two seasons left to watch – and those seasons were long seasons, with at least twenty-two forty-five minute episodes, in each. I had to finish this process before  Friday, November 25th, at 12:01 am Pacific time, if I wanted to watch with the rest of the world! 

Before we left on our trip, Andrew informed me that I could watch the show on my phone in the car, as long as we were on the interstate, and close to where I could catch a signal. I was skeptical, but he was actually right. There were a few patches of deadness when we were on those curvy Alabama back roads, but I managed to knock out season six and get two-thirds through season seven. I only had to stay up til two in the morning Wednesday night to finish it off. 

No, we didn’t stay up til 12:00 am pacific time on the day after Thanksgiving to tune into theis special of four, ninety minute episodes. I tuned into the show on my phone on the drive home on Friday. After all, I had six hours of riding time to kill and what better way to do it! 

I think Jessie and Kerri may still be watching. I left all their kids back in Atlanta, so they have their hands full…

~Elle

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