Jan 282010
 

Hi everybody.

Last night, Amma and I watched some old home movies on my laptop together. We would have watched them on TV, but we don’t have a TV. We got rid of it when we decided that our family was being brainwashed by consumerism and wasting our lives away on the couch. We wanted more quiet, so we decided to create our own “Walden” experiment by living without a TV. Our decision was very rebellious and dramatic and revolutionary, I thought.

Here’s the thing. I miss my TV. I want it back. It’s been nice, you know, I guess, and I really do believe that life is better in most ways without it, but I still want it back. I feel out of the loop. I never know what’s going on in the world, and when I go to CNN.com to catch up, I try really hard to click on the important stories about the wars and natural disasters and thing such as this, but I always accidentally click on something about the Gosselins. And after reading about them, I get tired and my news time is over. So all I ever really know about the world is what Jon and Kate are doing. Also sometimes a little about Lindsay Lohan.

And also, there’s something comforting about flopping down on the couch at the end of a long day with my hubby and vegging out together. I miss it. I mean HOW MUCH CAN YOU REALLY TALK TO EACH OTHER? I think Craig and I may have hit our limit. And reading is great…reading is my favorite, but it’s so individual. We can read next to each other but we can’t really read together. I draw the line at marital read-alouds. And also, when I decided in my head that Craig and I would read together every night, I may have forgotten to factor in that Craig hates to read.

And, Oh My Gosh: HGTV. How I miss you HGTV. I think of you every single day, HGTV. How is the House Hunting going? The Divine Designing? Are you still Designing to Sell? Oh, we will meet again soon, Sweet, Sweet HGTV.

By the way: here’s a secret for you. While we don’t have TV service, we still have a little TV and DVD player downstairs that I keep to “do my yoga.” But I have NEVER “done my yoga” down there. All I have done is everyday say to my children “Hey guys! Since it’s a special occasion – would you three like to go downstairs and watch a movie and not come back up here unless someone is on fire?” And Chase always says “Mommy, why is it a special occasion again? It’s just Tuesday.” And I say, “This is the day that the LORD has made, Chase. Every day is a special occasion. Roll with it. Go.” So, the truth is that the entire Walden experiment is a bit of a sham anyway.

Or, maybe it’s not a sham. Maybe it just had a different outcome than I thought it would. Maybe the outcome is…I do want a TV. I do. I do. I really do. I mean, Thoreau didn’t live in the woods FOREVER. He came back. I wanna come back.

Here’s the other thing. I was going to write about Amma today. I think I got a little sidetracked. Oh, well. Here’s the video we watched together last night. I’d never seen it before. It will explain why my kids prefer to play with Craig than me. When I play “bookstore” I sit on the couch with my coffee and demand everyone use his library voice. Check out Tish’s body language, facial expressions, and attitude. It’s like she was made for customer service.




P.S. Today is the anniversary of Shayla Marie’s death. You can read about her here. We love you, Sunny.






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  131 Responses to “On Walden Mom”

  1. Gabby is just a selfish Glennon! Seriously, every time I watch it, I hit my husband every time Gabby opens her mouth and yell, "That's Glennon!" Except that Gabby's quick wit and tell it like it is humor is all about her and our G's would be about helping others. But, yes Abbey, you are totally right!

  2. Glennon,
    I've always felt I was watching all this HGTV vacariously for someone else–I guess it was YOU! I keep it on in the background a lot–like Maryann, I live alone & sometimes just the sound of the TV is like a comforting roommate!

    As I mentioned in an ealier post, I tend to boycott really popular things, so I don't get into many of the real "shows" and find that it's not healthy for me, personally, to watch a lot of the homicide/rape/forensic/violent stuff that's out there, but I love all the home improvement stuff (having renovated my own kitchen recently) and the food channel rocks–and, I admit to watching many of the "reality shows" like Project Runway, Top Chef, ANTM, The Bachelor, The Hills, etc–I do find them to be a fairly harmless escape from reality–and reality's been a challenge this past year since I got laid off! I deserve an escape!

    …and Caren–try implementing my family's rule: Whoever cooks dinner doesn't have to do the dishes–should do the trick! ;-) Sara

  3. I know, right? With Grant Goodeve singing, I forgave a lot.

  4. Sooo excited to read how many Monkees are in support of the TV coming back to life at the Meltons. I was worried you'd get some backlash, but YEA Monkees! I love me some TV, so I'm in full support. I'm also loving Glee & Modern Family for new shows this year and then lots of the other goodies that were mentioned (I'm a huge Charles Osgood fan).

    Diane – what is up with the 8isE theme song? Obviously Bon Zo not involved – who rhymes windowsill with love?

  5. Finn and I loved the video!! Finn's favorite part was Craig and Chase at the end. I loved Tish's VOICE!

    And about the TV – enjoy, Glennon. You deserve it.

  6. I love Tim! I think my penchant for theme songs made it's way into Marc's "Why Diane?" letter for our wedding ceremony…

    As far as 8isE,
    "There's a magic in the early morning, we've found,
    When the sunshine smiles on everything around,
    There's a plate of homemade wishes on the kitchen windowsill,
    And Eight is Enough to fill our hearts with love."

    :)

  7. Di– I have no doubt you can sing Eight is Enough. You probably know verses that weren't part of the opening sequence.

    But, I will always associate you with singing lyrics to Hill Street Blues. Hint: she just sings the words "Hill Street Blues" over and over to the tune. Tim was just singing that the other night.

  8. My DVR season passes include:
    Desperate Housewives–I always connected with flaky Susan, myself
    24–love Keifer
    Grey's & Private Practice
    Community–Ginger, Marc and I love it too
    Brothers and Sisters–one of the few shows on TV with huge family dynamics (my favorite show in childhood was Eight is Enough, having 7 siblings. Ginger, I can still sing the theme song)
    Glee–loved the "Thong Song"
    Top Chef–this one we watch with the kids

    also love South Park and Family Guy

  9. Dear Anonymous @ 8:20

    I watch Desperate Housewives sometimes. You are not alone.

    I also like brothers&sisters because sally field is cool. period.

    A new favorite is United States of Tara. I know it's not free since it's on showtime, but I feel like I'm getting my money's worth. I think you can get shows on netflix now too or just buy the dvds after the end of the season.

    BTW – Tish needs a regular show. She is hysterical!

  10. I still watch Desperate Housewives most weeks. It's not quite as mysterious as it once was, but it's fun.

    I can see Glennon as Gabby– hot, loyal, and yoga-practicing but with more orphan-love. Maybe she can be Gabby/Carlos when he got religion.

    I sympathize with Lynette– maybe it's the twin mom thing. There was a scene this year where she accosted a first time mom in the OB-GYN waiting room and one of her lines was, "You'll feel so lonely, but you'll never again get to be alone." It made me tear up– hit a little too close to home for me, I guess.

  11. I still watch Desperate Housewives most weeks. It's not quite as mysterious as it once was, but it's fun.

    I can see Glennon as Gabby– hot, loyal, and yoga-practicing but with more orphan-love. Maybe she can be Gabby/Carlos when he got religion.

    I sympathize with Lynette– maybe it's the twin mom thing. There was a scene this year where she accosted a first time mom in the OB-GYN waiting room and one of her lines was, "You'll feel so lonely, but you'll never again get to be alone." It made me tear up– hit a little too close to home for me, I guess.

  12. Chimmy, hurry up with the letters already. I can't wait!

  13. Chimmy, hurry up with the letters already. I can't wait!

  14. Glennon, Gabby is totally hot. The hottest one. The funniest one. The most loyal one. Nevermind her few faults and the fact that she probably does not like orphans as much as you do. I like to think that she's an actual real person. She is, right? Too bad I'm the only person who watches Desperate Housewives…

    A

  15. Glennon, Gabby is totally hot. The hottest one. The funniest one. The most loyal one. Nevermind her few faults and the fact that she probably does not like orphans as much as you do. I like to think that she's an actual real person. She is, right? Too bad I'm the only person who watches Desperate Housewives…

    A

  16. maryann! let's nominate maryann for what not to wear! sugnizes!!!

    gotta go night night. please say more funny things so i can read them when i wake up. great.

    love g

  17. maryann! let's nominate maryann for what not to wear! sugnizes!!!

    gotta go night night. please say more funny things so i can read them when i wake up. great.

    love g

  18. oooh yes ginger fox. although since i told craig he'd get more sex WITHOUT the tv and that didnt exactly pan out…im not sure he's gonna buy that again.
    but ill try.

  19. oooh yes ginger fox. although since i told craig he'd get more sex WITHOUT the tv and that didnt exactly pan out…im not sure he's gonna buy that again.
    but ill try.

  20. And one last tip– if you have TiVo, you can snuggle up with your sweetie while you watch. And if you get too snuggly, you can pause the show and come back to it another time.

    See, TV could be good for your marriage! But I totally agree with depriving the kids. Kids programming is mostly terrible.

  21. And one last tip– if you have TiVo, you can snuggle up with your sweetie while you watch. And if you get too snuggly, you can pause the show and come back to it another time.

    See, TV could be good for your marriage! But I totally agree with depriving the kids. Kids programming is mostly terrible.

  22. Oh, Glennon. How could you have gotten by so long without Don Draper?

    I really do keep tv mostly to the evenings after the kids are in bed. But I don't go to bed until 11 or 12. And I don't have a blog to write. If I were you, I'd pick a few sitcoms to follow and maybe one thing on DVD to watch when there's not much on the TiVo.

    another recommendation– The New Adventures of Old Christine. It's Julia Louis-Dreyfus and she is a hilarious mess.

    I don't think I completely realized how important TV is to me until I started writing about it today.

  23. Oh, Glennon. How could you have gotten by so long without Don Draper?

    I really do keep tv mostly to the evenings after the kids are in bed. But I don't go to bed until 11 or 12. And I don't have a blog to write. If I were you, I'd pick a few sitcoms to follow and maybe one thing on DVD to watch when there's not much on the TiVo.

    another recommendation– The New Adventures of Old Christine. It's Julia Louis-Dreyfus and she is a hilarious mess.

    I don't think I completely realized how important TV is to me until I started writing about it today.

  24. My word to post was SUGNIZES— do you think that was ERin trying to tell me to stop eating so much sugar before it sugnizes me?????

  25. My word to post was SUGNIZES— do you think that was ERin trying to tell me to stop eating so much sugar before it sugnizes me?????

  26. I live alone — I love TV HGTV, FoodNetwork, TLC. USA hmmmm Shows: NCSI(Jethro is mine, hands off) White Collar, Burn Notice, Project Runway, Bachelor( hate Vienna) Hmmm Strongly dislike, What Not To WEar ( will someone PLEASE nominate me I would love to spend $5000 of someone elses money on new clothes), 16 and Pregnant and Road Rules, REal World ( they make great conversation starters with my students, Glee
    Lots and lots of sports — the Olympics are coming.

    HOwever, I love to also put on praise music and read or take a bubble bath and read or snuggle by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and read. Did I say I like to read.

    But my most fun thing to do is sneak peeks at the blog all day long at school. You Monkees are so awesome and keep me so entertained or give me lots of think about.

    Chimmy –can't wait for the letters.

    Sunny — thinking about you and the precious sweetheart you lost last year. She really did look beautiful in her pink prom dress —didn't she. Lots of really good memories to think about.

  27. I live alone — I love TV HGTV, FoodNetwork, TLC. USA hmmmm Shows: NCSI(Jethro is mine, hands off) White Collar, Burn Notice, Project Runway, Bachelor( hate Vienna) Hmmm Strongly dislike, What Not To WEar ( will someone PLEASE nominate me I would love to spend $5000 of someone elses money on new clothes), 16 and Pregnant and Road Rules, REal World ( they make great conversation starters with my students, Glee
    Lots and lots of sports — the Olympics are coming.

    HOwever, I love to also put on praise music and read or take a bubble bath and read or snuggle by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and read. Did I say I like to read.

    But my most fun thing to do is sneak peeks at the blog all day long at school. You Monkees are so awesome and keep me so entertained or give me lots of think about.

    Chimmy –can't wait for the letters.

    Sunny — thinking about you and the precious sweetheart you lost last year. She really did look beautiful in her pink prom dress —didn't she. Lots of really good memories to think about.

  28. i don't even know how to respond to you people anymore. everyone is so wildly entertaining.

    chimmy, bring on the letters, ill try to be brave.

    abbey, gabby's hot, right? ill take it.

    virginia fox, you've got me so excited about tv that i think i might lock myself in the house and do nothing but catch up till summer.

    everything in moderation, even excess.

  29. i don't even know how to respond to you people anymore. everyone is so wildly entertaining.

    chimmy, bring on the letters, ill try to be brave.

    abbey, gabby's hot, right? ill take it.

    virginia fox, you've got me so excited about tv that i think i might lock myself in the house and do nothing but catch up till summer.

    everything in moderation, even excess.

  30. Melinda, no Allie is not a middle child, she is the first! She is just beyond firecracker! She is actually the reason why I'll never, ever HAVE a middle child….I'm stopping at the two I have! She's the kind of kid who, if you tell her she can have 2 graham crackers, says, "But if you give me THREE, then I will grow bigger and stronger and you want me to do that, right mommy?" She's a 2 1/2 year old firestorm. She will make up a song on the spot for complete strangers, then reprimand them if they don't cheer loud enough.

    Glennon, you've been missing out on the Bachelor….my total indulgence! We don't get cable, but we get ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, so that's about the junkiest TV I can get. Modern Family and The Office literally make me snort sometimes. If I can stay up for 30 Rock too, I do. Tina Fey is absolutely my crush in a non-lesbianish way. OK, maybe in a lesbianish way too.

    Also, does Gabby on Desperate Housewives remind anyone else of Glennon??????? Gabby is a little less Monkee, a little more Real Housewives probably, but I swear they remind me of each other!!!!!!! Unless Glennon doesn't like Gabby. Then in that case, she reminds me NOTHING of her.

    Abbey Braun (Otherwise known as Abigale White on Momastery facebook!)

  31. Melinda, no Allie is not a middle child, she is the first! She is just beyond firecracker! She is actually the reason why I'll never, ever HAVE a middle child….I'm stopping at the two I have! She's the kind of kid who, if you tell her she can have 2 graham crackers, says, "But if you give me THREE, then I will grow bigger and stronger and you want me to do that, right mommy?" She's a 2 1/2 year old firestorm. She will make up a song on the spot for complete strangers, then reprimand them if they don't cheer loud enough.

    Glennon, you've been missing out on the Bachelor….my total indulgence! We don't get cable, but we get ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, so that's about the junkiest TV I can get. Modern Family and The Office literally make me snort sometimes. If I can stay up for 30 Rock too, I do. Tina Fey is absolutely my crush in a non-lesbianish way. OK, maybe in a lesbianish way too.

    Also, does Gabby on Desperate Housewives remind anyone else of Glennon??????? Gabby is a little less Monkee, a little more Real Housewives probably, but I swear they remind me of each other!!!!!!! Unless Glennon doesn't like Gabby. Then in that case, she reminds me NOTHING of her.

    Abbey Braun (Otherwise known as Abigale White on Momastery facebook!)

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