Hubby’s been on a week’s leave and we’ve been living like a ‘normal’ family – a husband home in the evenings to help with the dinner-bath-bed routine before settling down for an evening in front of the box. Except that the mindless box watching bit hasn’t been smooth sailing. Why?
So at night we sit down and watch… what? On Sunday night we couldn’t agree on anything (and I’ve seen all the excellent Homeland episodes of Season 1) so we played Scrabble. On Monday I reluctantly agreed to watch True Grit, the Cohen brothers version. I confess it was sensational. On Tuesday night he watched a movie that he’s been wanting to watch for a long time, There Will Be Blood. I got 15 minutes into that, and when still no dialogue appeared to be forthcoming from any of the characters I retreated to the bedroom to read. On Wednesday night the cricket was on, so he watched while I blogged at the kitchen table and kept half an eye on Australia’s progress. On Thursday night nothing interesting was on. In the end he settled Pawn Stars on Gem, I think. Until I convinced him to watch Good Wife and Smash with me. He made it most of the way through before admitting defeat and going to bed.
Our respite comes on Sunday mornings. We both love Barrie Cassidy and religiously watch Insiders and Offsiders. But two shows in a whole week is a bit poor. Are hubby and I doomed to divorce because we have nothing in common, as evidenced by a complete inability to find anything to watch together?
How do other couples do it? Having a husband home in the evening is more common than having him at work. Are there shows that can appeal to both sexes? Is the remote divided up on days of the week – Mon – Wed is his night, Thurs – Sat is her night and Sundays it’s up for grabs? Or does everyone have two TVs?
But tomorrow is his last day of leave, so the problem will disappear very quickly and I can return to having the remote all to myself from Sunday night. Ahhhh…. bliss!