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TV Intervention and Chicken Salad

This past weekend, we finally switched from cable to satellite. I mean, honestly, our cable bill was getting a little ridiculous. I know, boring….but it occurred to me that while I like to get out there and do activities like hiking and hanging out at the beach with my pups on the weekend, during the week, I go to work, go to yoga or the gym, after a few chores and fixin’ supper, this one here, she likes a nice reclined pose in front of the TV.

Sometimes in yoga class, the instructor will tell us all to get into a “creative expression of the heart,” meaning make some sh*t up and I have that awkward moment where I am like what do I do and I end up literally in the fetal position “child’s pose.” You know what, next time that happens, I have mind to lay on my side, one arm creating a perfect 90 degree angle, hand holding up head, the other arm extended out in front of me at just the right angle to inevitably shoot a radio signal over my dog who is standing directly in front of my cable box, staring at me expectantly with toy in mouth, so that for that brief moment I feel a slight tinge of guilt. I will call it couch potato pose….

Anyway, even though I don’t like to admit that my husband and I enjoy “rotting our brains” with tv as much as we do, it seemed really important that I write down the list of series recordings that we have on our DVR so that I could make sure to immediately program them in on our new system, because heaven forbid we miss one episode. And that is when it occurred to me that maybe we have a problem, like possibly needing a 12 step program kind of problem.

I had never really looked at the list before and was pretty astonished when I saw that we had 59 programs that we watch regularly, 59! That’s not 59 movies or one time events, this is regularly occurring tv shows, representing hours and hours of our lives. I looked at the list, most of which involved reality television, which we both admit is our guilty pleasure, only a handful of scripted dramas, and a handful of daytime talk shows. It’s embarrassing, but I know the only way to fix a problem is to first admit that there is one.

I realize that I must dwindle this list down, because at the end of my life I don’t want to say I filled it watching other people live their lives. I can actually remember a time that my husband and I didn’t have cable, we couldn’t afford it, so we had rabbit ears that for whatever reason only received signal late at night around 9 pm or so. We would lay on pillows in the floor and watch pbs because that was the only station that would pick up. Once a month we would go to his parents house for a visit and end up in their den gorging ourselves on tv for an entire afternoon, but we always left saying the same thing, that we were shocked at how little new tv programming was being played. In those days, we got a lot done and we entertained ourselves by being fully engaged with each other. Television was a treat, not a way of life.

I say all of this as my satellite TV guy is installing a brand new system with upgraded channel selections giving us so many more programming options. I can hear my husband in the other room making small talk with the installer. He is excited that it is better, meaning more variety, more options, and cheaper, meaning less money. Both things I would be excited about, had I not stared the reality of 59 series recordings in the face this morning, but I wonder is it really better for us to have more TV options and in the long run, what is more valuable? Wish me luck as I attempt to navigate these waters and find a happy medium in the face of all this new-ness.

Anyway, getting completely off the subject, I wanted to share our chicken salad recipe (see I do other things than watch TV). Perfect for parking your butt in for a nice afternoon of reruns and marathons (D’oh!)

Are there any other TVholics out there? What is your favorite can’t miss TV shows? Do you have any favorite screen time snacks?

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad Sandwich topped with Arugula
Chicken Salad Sandwich topped with Arugula

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs remind me of the holidays. One of my cousins had to have a tray of deviled eggs just to himself.  He wouldn’t eat anything else, just those eggs.

He was the only one of us that was tall and lanky, definitely an odd man out in a family of shorties. Actually, now that I think of it,  he was the only one of us that didn’t talk that much. I’d ask him questions and he would give one word answers and continue to stare at his food. Not like the rest of us “young’uns”  who were frenzied with activity and possibly ready for a food fight at any moment.

At the time, I thought he was kind of weird, stooping over his plate at the too small children’s table, not talking, completely focused on chasing each egg, one by one, while they slid across his plate and eventually into his grasp. Quietly, he sat slowly chewing and eventually swallowing in one big gulp, only to accent his large protruding adam’s apple on his long neck. You could tell, he savored every bite.

Now I know he wasn’t weird, he just had a more elevated understanding of his food. He knew what he wanted and he practiced mindful eating before it was cool. This is for my cousin, the trendsetter, our family’s deviled eggs. Enjoy!

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs

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Macaroni Salad

Today is Memorial Day in the Unites States and most everyone will be congregating with family and friends around a grill and having picnics, enjoying the lovely weather and each other. Hubbie and I have started the grill ourselves and I will be sharing some of those recipes with you throughout the week. If you will be attending a get together and are still unsure of an item to bring, it’s not too late! This macaroni salad is perfect for a BBQ and is super easy and quick to make. Enjoy!

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad

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