NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month) since 2008. The goal is to write one post per day for the 30 days of November. November is my favorite month, and I like blogging, so it can be fun for me. I managed to complete 2011 while being pregnant, being in the hospital for a few days after having a baby and then learning to care for a newborn. But something tells me having a toddler (yeah, she full on walks now) may prove a bit more challenging.
My idea for this year is to talk about TV shows to fill up the bulk of the month. I watch a RIDICULOUS amount of TV and am always thinking "I wish I had someone to talk to about this show."
Even though I watch more TV than is necessary, it's cut back drastically from what I watched before I had a baby. (Jane doesn't watch TV. We don't even have it on when she's awake.) Before Jane I would fill every minute home with TV -- watching endless episodes of House Hunters and reruns of Law & Order, House, SVU, etc. And Food Network -- oh, how I loved that. I would also watch reruns of sitcoms on Hallmark, Lifetime and Oxygen. When we moved here I watched all of Who's The Boss while working out. I've seen most of the I Love Lucy eps again, and Golden Girls -- man I could watch that any time. Basically the TV was on all the time, whether we were eating, cooking, cleaning, etc. If we were in the living room there was TV going on. (Now I listen to the radio a lot, but it feels a little less "bad" somehow.)
As for TV, now I've cut back to mainly just watching DVR'ed prime time. We don't have premium cable (meaning Dexter has gone by the wayside, but we'll rent the DVDs or something next summer when the current season comes out), so I mainly watch FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS, USA and TNT. Seems silly that we still pay for cable for effectively six channels, but we also make use of ESPN for basketball ... and the cable companies don't really give the option to have a super bare bones plan. We also use cable for our internet and phone (terrible cell service at our house), and I'd be lost without DVR. I know I COULD do without TV entirely, but I don't know that I'd want to.
Basically I'll plan to talk about one show per day and I'll roughly go in order of the week in which they appear (although I know I'll forget some and circle back), plus I'll add posts about shows that aren't on the air right now (Psych may actually be my favorite ... I watched a ton of those reruns on Ion while pregnant. I wouldn't be surprised if Jane recognizes the theme song...).
I know this won't be super interesting for everyone, but I'll also be interspersing with my typical November fare -- election, birthdays, Thanksgiving, etc. And other things may pop up -- books I read, outings and travel with Jane, etc.
We'll see how it goes, if I stick with the TV theme or abandon it for more free-form stream of consciousness posts as in years past. In any case I'M SO GLAD IT'S NOVEMBER!