Fun at Rathbun Lake

Over the fourth of July, I went out of town to go camping with some friends at Rathburn Lake in Iowa. I took my time getting back to Omaha, and was just crossing the river when I got a call from my landlord. She told me they were doing construction on all of the patios and I needed to take my satellite dish down.

Um…what? I asked how long I would be without a satellite dish and she said at least a month.

Um…what? A month without cable? Nope. Not going to work.

I need cable. For so many reasons. The most important being I am a total news junkie and I need to have access to CNN, MSNBC, etc, at all times. However, if there is a time to experiment with a no-cable lifestyle, I suppose the dog days of summer is the best time to try it out. So I called my cable company, suspended my service for six weeks (just to be safe, since I’ve never actually witnessed a construction project stick to a deadline), and started my new life.

Let me state this right now: a no-cable life is not in the cards for me. I know so many people who have ditched cable and rely on streaming services for their entertainment. That is just not going to work for me. However, I have (kind of) enjoyed my cable-free summer, for a few reasons:

I have learned so much.

I decided to use my time away from normal TV to watch a lot of documentaries on Netflix. I know so much about the movie The Shining, the Titanic, the Holocaust, Teddy Roosevelt, minimalist-living and Princess Diana that I could school you at trivia (if the trivia topic was one of the fore mentioned subjects).

I have started listening to news on the radio, like the olden days.

Actually, I have to admit – by “radio” I mean “on my phone” but still. I had to figure out a way to feed my news addiction while not having access to 24 hour news stations. I have downloaded some news apps and I listen to their live feeds now. However, confession: during the OJ parole hearing, I did sneak down to the fitness center at work so I could actually see OJ’s face when the verdict got read.

I’ve been reading more, and trying to find other ways to use my brain.

During this little television hiatus, I realized I never really use my brain. I like my job, but it is definitely not rocket science. At home, I usually just have the television on while I’m dinking around on my phone on the couch. So, I used this time to read more (although my choice of book, Stephen King’s It, is not helping me sleep at night), color (adult coloring books are the jam), and since I cannot completely kick my phone addiction, I downloaded word games that require an ounce of thought (instead of my usual go-to phone game, Cookie Jam).

My apartment is SO clean and I’ve found projects to make my space more comfortable.

I like to keep my apartment neat and organized, but I didn’t realize until I turned my TV off how much more deep cleaning I should be doing on the regular. I have reorganized, purged and rearranged every corner. I love going home now, because my space makes more sense and is organized in a special Jen-way.

While all of those things are great, I am very excited to go back to the cable life. College football and American Horror Story are right around the corner (oh, and Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Big Bang Theory….).