(Closed) Trying to watch less TV at night…..

posted 5 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@VikingPrincess:  Darling Husband and I work the same schedule as you, and also suffer from being too tired at night to do anything!  I’m the one that gets sick of just watching tv night after night.

I find in our house it gets turned on for noise, so I started turning on the radios around the house instead when I get home.  Then we work on errands or (small) house projects at night.  We do them together to fit some QT in.  

Other than that I’d suggest playing with your pet (if you have one), take a walk, play a board game?

I feel like the quiet of these activities help me relax more than the chatter of the tv being on.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We dont do it, because we really bond over watching TV shows together. 

Maybe have a Game Night. One of our favorites when we play with our friends is Settlers of Cattan.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Besides vegging out in front of the TV, we work out, make food, play Wii games, sometimes play cards or board games… We don’t really do a ton of fun stuff on weeknights because like you, we’re pretty tired from working all day, and we like to save our fun money and heavy food/alcohol consumption for the weekends.

We also have 3 doggies to play with, and when the weather gets nicer we go for walks either with the dogs or to our favorite bar/food place.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We watch series on netflix together, which I know is basically tv but it feels more engaging since it is something you’re specifically choosing to watch together rather than just staring at whatever is on the flickering box. 

Also sometimes we play video games together, or cards, or even board games. And sometimes he plays video games and I read and we just lay together, which is kind of nice even when though we’re not really doing something TOGETHER.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

That’s hard because you want to turn off your brain! I would suggest finding a series on Netflix or DVRing something you can get into together. We watch Walking Dead, The Americans and Once Upon a Time together. We also listen to podcasts of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and some other NPR shows together so we have a common thread to talk about while we do individual things like playing on the computer or cleaning.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Someone bought us a jigsaw for Christmas so one night we thought we would do it (even though we thought it would be rubbish). It lasted a week and we couldn’t stop  doing it haha, it was so much fun and really made us talk to eachother rather than watching tv

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@KoiKove:  SO and I like this game too.  We have a couple of the expansions as well Embarassed.  

 

@VikingPrincess:  SO and I had this problem some before he got his new job (which is evenings and nights- so I’m always alone now).  I think playing a game is a good option if you’re not too exhausted to move.  Finding one you both like might be the hard part.  Reading is also less mentally draining for me than watching TV.  Also, are there any minor projects you’re both interested in completing (the “when I have time” kind of decor/hobby projects?)  Obviously not painting walls or anything after work, but for example awhile back SO and I were making shoes together for kung fu.  It’s a couch-friendly activity but more productive than TV. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We usually resort to the TV in winter because it is too dang cold to go outside.  In the spring/summer/fall we usually cook and eat outdoors and take walks.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@VikingPrincess:  Oh, makes sense.  I bet you could find a less brain-intensive game to play.  Honestly, even a video game if you could find one you both liked would be more interactive and engaging than TV.  SO and I have started taking walks because we’re trying to make the dog a little less of a couch potato.  Swimming sounds awesome but I didn’t suggest stuff like that because you said you were tired, haha. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Nothing. I work 8-5, Fiance works 8-3 (or will be at school twice a week 8-5). I get home, work out while Fiance makes dinner or while I’m waiting for him to come home from the gym. We eat, we watch our shows, and then I start getting ready for bed around 8. He plays video games after that, but it’s not a game I’m in to. We do play video games, but usually save that for the weekend when we have more time to kill. We do errands and stuff on the weekend, too.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@VikingPrincess:  We do exactly what you normally do…SO and I relax in front of the TV in our pj’s at night with our ipads on our laps. I normally cook dinner and sometimes do laundry. I am just too tired for anything else during the week. Also, both SO and I are introverts so staying in, getting cozy and relaxing at home with just each other during the week works very well for both of us. If we plan to do anything outside of the house with others it is normally on weekends. We like it this way…a lot.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We play Dance Central – it’s a workout and it’s fun! We also go for long walks in our neighborhood, or try cooking a new recipe together. We cancelled our cable so that we didn’t have the option of watching way too much TV, as well.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We play card games, silly mindless board games, he will Shia me random funny videos that he comes across.. He loves ping pong so I bought him a table for his bday, we can play together and he can teach me. We only watch tv together at night, and only follow a few shows so that counts in my book!

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