August 25, 2011

Why I Need A TV In My Bedroom

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that the television in my bedroom died the other day (and yes, I thank you in advance for your kind wishes at this very difficult time in my life).

I do not watch an enormous amount of TV, but the television in my room is irreplaceable (though I hope not literally so, as that would be bad news indeed). And having gone forty eight hours without it, I can specify why:

Top Reasons I Need A TV In My Bedroom
  1. My husband and I have been married for nearly fifteen years, and our kids and work aren't interesting enough to sustain us through a long evening. Without television, we would run out of things to talk about within about ten minutes.
  2. The door to our ensuite bathroom is not very sound proof. Without the television volume turned on high, I might hear souns emanating from that room that I just won't be able to ever unhear again.
  3. When my husband and I both read in bed, he tries to read me passages from his book, I try to read him passages from my book, we both get annoyed at each other for not showing interest in each others' books, and the whole thing descends into chaos.
  4. Without television in the bedroom, until we are ready to sleep there will be nothing to do in bed but talk (see point 1. above), read (see point 3. above), or have sex. As mentioned, we have been married for nearly fifteen years. There's only so many times a week we can have sex before it gets old.
  5. Without a television in the bedroom, I can't warm up for sex by watching The Mentalist.
  6. Without a television in the bedroom, my husband can't warm up for sex by watching one of those BBC 'Documentaries' he is so fond of (though quite frankly, Top Gear seems to do it for him just as effectively).
  7. Without a television in the bedroom, there is nothing to watch while I actually am having sex.
  8. Without a television in the bedroom, we can't turn on the morning shows as we get ready for the day, which means that all we can hear from 6.30am till 8am is the crazy-making sounds of Spongebob Squarepants.
  9. If I can't turn on the the morning shows as I get ready, I don't know what the news of the day is, or, more importantly, what the temperature is going to be.
  10. If I can't turn on the morning shows as I get ready, I can't pretend that I don't hear my kids above the noise of my television, and I might have to actually respond to their demands for food, bag-packing assistance, conflict mediation and retrieval of lost shoes, and quite frankly, I'm far too tired.
Do you have a TV in your bedroom?

32 comments:

  1. Tee hee.  I have a large television in my room, from my husband's bachelor pad (no kidding, yep, married 15 years as well & he lives interstate, it's a conflict of interest with an Army posting to Brisbane which means he's actually always in Afghanistan & i'm maintaining calm & consistent school life for our 4 children) so i feel like i'm at a sports bar, only in bed.  My husband, when home, doesn't watch television, he sleeps, so he's ready for any action required the following day??  Only action i'm ready for are morning television shows, like you, to tell me it's still -5C outside in Canberra & my children still won't put jackets on, they've gone missing anyway.  I do turn the television off for sex though, it creates strange mood lighting & makes us look like Navi blue people.  Love Posie
    http://posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com/

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  2. We've never had a TV in our bedroom...we use the bedroom for 2 things...sleep, and something else I can't quite remember...

    The lounge room is for TV watching...with the light on, and no shenanigans - like 2 proper responsible adults!

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  3. #7 made me pee a little bit. I need to see a Dr. Too many posts are doing that now.

    We haven't had a TV in our room for 2 years. But Joel just brought me a 100cm TV that acts as a computer monitor (because of my eyes, though I'm the first to tell you it's overkill) and it is also, of couse, a TV.

    I used to either leave the room or put some YouTube thing on to avoid sounds from the bathroom.

    God I hope it's not the Australian version of Top Gear that gets him good to go.  That's worse than ordering girly drinks. That's downright disturbing. Please tell me it's the original....?

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  4. And I thought all of my smart friends (I know we don't know each other, but it counts) stopped watching that morning crap (erm. Just remembered you at times appear on that morning crap).  I get my news each morning by going to abclive as I inhale my first cup of coffee.

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  5. LOL. Good. Don't want to be imagining you getting up to shenanigans!

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  6. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only the original. Of course!!!! And I must say, I'm a bit partial to the little guy... Hammond, I think?

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  7. Yes, I do appear on the marvellous morning programs on occasion. But abclive is *possibly* an excellent source of news too....

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  8. Oh this is gold.
    I don't have a television in my room- I used to. Being unmarried, 21 and childless I don't need one. hehehe
    x

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  9. Yes, and I love it. I was watching Simon Baker on it just last night. Please don't scare me by telling me they die.

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  10. I've never had a television in the bedroom either. I think I already probably spend 

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  11. YES! We have one and I LOVE it. If home on a Friday night Husband watches football in the living room and I can watch Escape to Country without his annoying side-comments. Aside from that, almost every night I will fall asleep while he watches some crap I'm not interested in and he plays with my hair. It's my favourite part of the day.

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  12. Nope no TV in the bedroom.  it's distracting and noisy and annoying.  my husband and I tried it when we first moved in together but it actually hardly ever got used.  would much rather read a book.

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  13. Know what I like about them?  They do this wierd thing that 7 and 9 don't. They report news. Actual-honest-to-goodness news.

    It's so crazy, but it kind of works!

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  14. Ah.. I love Richard too. I love it when him and James manage to one-up Jeremy. Smeg head.

    Except Richard got all mid-life-crisis-y after the crash (as you do when you almost die on camera). Went and grew his hair out and bleached the hell out of his teeth and tanned...and now it's like a Madam Taussauds version of him.  He could turn into Shane Warne if he's not careful.

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  15. No TV, in our bedroom. It's only used to sleep. Do people still have sex ?........

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  16. No, but I want one now! Particularly liked point 7.

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  17. That is divine! I want my husband to play with my hair!

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  18. Oh no, it's very very rare indeed *coughs*

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  19. For the past 15 yrs I've had to put up with the TV on in our bedroom every night because my husband cannot fall asleep without it and I CANNOT SLEEP WITH IT ON! AAARRRGH! So I stay awake till he's in lala land then quietly turn it off.  

    To make it worse when he wakes up in the middle of the night and starts worrying about something silly like the HUGE mortgage, he makes me swap sides so he can turn the telly on till he falls asleep again. I am then awake. It goes on every couple of nights and that's not the nights the kids sneak in when they can't sleep.

    Now I'm addicted to Craig Ferguson and crappy late night tv. Craig is my Simon Baker but when I roll over to tap sleepy on the shoulder he is always asleep. My life is over.

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  20. So funny! Yes there is a tv. But it doesn't get reception - so merely a movie-watching TV.  I have been married ten years... and not yet game to admit to point number 7.
    ;-)
    BB

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  21. Becci! You need earphones!! Or at least your husband does. We use earphones with an extention cord & my hubby can watch TV till all hours and I turn over and go to sleep.

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  22. we have a tv in our bedroom, but my husband claims it keeps him awake if i watch it at night, yet he can't hear our son calling/crying at 2 in the morning. I will be enjoying it tonight though as he is out and i have the TV and the bed all to myself!

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  23. I forget.......

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  24. I don't one a TV in my bedroom.There is a place  for relax, love, sweet conversations.No need of TV.

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  25. I don't need TV anymore, I have twitter.

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  26. Ah yes, the 'Can't sleep for the slightest noise, but strangely can't hear child screaming in the night'. I know it well...

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  27. We don't currently have a TV in the boudoir, but in the new place we're moving to, there is an aerial outlet in the master bedroom so I can either try #7 or I can boot him out so I can watch whatever I damn well please without the commentary about my choice of television viewing.

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  28. I'm the only tv addict without a tv in the bedroom, my shows are all on the computer ;)

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