So, John Scalzi used to do this thing on his AOL blog called Weekend Assignments: he’d post a topic, people would write about it, and then everyone would share linky goodness. Karen Funk Blocher is picking up the torch, and I’m jumping in. Anything to get me writing, right?


Weekend Assignment #196: Now that the WGA strike has had lots of time to affect the prime time television schedules, how is it affecting you as a viewer? What show do you miss most, aside from reruns? Do you miss your weekly appointment with that ill-behaved doctor, or your visits to Wisteria Lane? Does it bother you not to laugh at fresh jokes on your favorite sitcom? Or are you just as happy watching reality shows, or new episodes of shows that have been held back until now? We want to know!

It’s embarrassing how much tv we watch, probably three hours a day, starting with BBC news in the morning and ending with something frothy at night. The only thing that’s kept me from turning into a total vegetable has been Ironman training. By the time I get home from either the gym or a run, I only have enough time to watch one show while I eat and ice down. Anne’s been very cool about coming to bed when I usually do, rather than stay up and watch the shows she likes more than I do (like CSI or Bionic Woman).

What’s funny is that we ran out of Tivoed backlog just as Life On Mars started up, and The Daily Show‘s coming back next week (albeit without their staff), so that means just enough tv to wind down from training as I come into the home stretch for Ironman.

Extra Credit: how are you spending the time instead?

Training. It’s probably a good thing that we’re home from yoga and pilates so late, because it minimizes our eat/rest/shower window. When Ironman’s done, I will write. Dammit, yes, I will.