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What’s your latest TV series obsession?

Travel Man is on an extended assignment right now and will be away from home for a total of 22 days. Ugh!  I’m fairly used to his travel schedule now, and simply focus on our together time.  This undoubtedly leaves me a lot of time to find things to do on my own.  Another thing I’ve been getting used to.

So, with the house mostly to myself for a few weeks, I spend my evening time watching more chick flicks than usual, channel surfing, and finding things that I like to watch that Travel Man and I may or may not watch together.   Recently,  I had read a few reviews of The Good Wife, with Julianna Margulies, and Christine Baranski.  It had been on my back burner of shows to check out on our Roku, via Amazon Prime viewing.  When I checked on this series a few weeks ago the seasons were not yet being offered for free, and I wasn’t going to pay to watch the episodes.

This past weekend, with Travel Man gone, I decided to check out the Good Wife again, and lo and behold Season 1 is now free if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber.  Yay!  So I settled in to watch the first episode of Season 1, and I’m hooked.  Three nights later I have watch 14 episodes, not all in one sitting people!  My son tells me I’m obsessed, or is it an addiction?

It’s been awhile since I got totally hooked on a TV series that I really enjoyed.  This series is about the workings of a law firm and each episode revolves around one or two specific cases.  There is also a great mini story in the background. I’m not going to be  story spoiler here, but if you like a good lawyer series, this is a good one to settle in for.

TV viewing has become so different over the past few years.  I would much prefer to find a series to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime over any of the regular network shows.  It’s definitely much more enjoyable to have the choices to be selective in your viewing, and not  be limited to only two or three local network stations.  Does anyone remember those days?

The guys in the house are hooked on The Walking Dead right now.  Those zombies are just a little too gory for me.  My Travel Man is watching the 3rd season on his Nexus tablet while he is on the road right now. He downloads the episodes before he travels, and then watches them while he flying or after work.  He would rather have the control over what he’s watching too.  It’s a whole new TV viewing world.

What’s your latest TV viewing obsession/addiction?  I’d love to hear any recommendations too!

Have you heard of this new fangled thing called a Roku?

Since we turned the page to the new year my house has been battling colds collectively, and while resting and staying hydrated Travel Man and I have gotten totally hooked on our new Roku device.   This is a video streaming device that allows you to stream tv shows and movies through services such as Netflix, Hulu plus, Amazon Prime, and a host of other “channels”.

This is beginning to change our tv viewing lifestyle immensely.  Of course this has been an ongoing process for the last few years.  What with the advent of being able to record tv shows, and then watch them without having to stop for the commercials.  We do our very best to avoid the commercials, but it’s funny because then when you’re watching a show with the commercials you get soooo impatient.

It’s been very eye-opening to come to the realization that we can be so very selective in our tv viewing, and movie watching.  Travel Man has said for a few years now that the cable companies need to sit up and pay attention.  It’s his opinion that the cable companies should allow their customers to pick the only the channels they want to pay for, and be billed accordingly.  Maybe he’s on to something.

Plus we keep getting hooked on certain tv series, of older show that we had never seen before.   We’re presently in the middle of watching Doc Martin.  A series on PBS for 5 seasons from 2004 to 2011.  Apparently there will be a sixth season in the near future.  Of course while Travel Man’s on the road I won’t watch anymore of this series, I will wait until he’s back home for a few days.  Since we have our Roku, and our streaming sources we can watch this whenever we want to, and commercial free I might add.

As far as I can see the  only drawback to the Roku is  I can’t watch my favorite baseball team on it.  Hmmm…. Give up my baseball games.  I cannot bring myself to do that.  Baseball games are part of my summer life.  So that means we will be keeping our cable service for a while longer.  I can see a point down the road where we could completely get rid of the cable though.

Travel Man’s a total gadget guy so he’s always reading up on the latest and greatest electronics.  I just follow his lead and learn about all the new fangled goodies from him and ask lots of questions.

What’s the newest electronics gadget in your household?

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