Today My Life Changed Forever

OK. So it’s not the birth of Whoorlito, but oh oh OH, so very important.

My husband agreed to get DVR for our Direct TV. People, this is monumental. MONUMENTAL.

I have listened to you all sing the praises of Tivo for years now, secretly hoping I would be able to join the DVR family. I would casually bring up the subject here and there, only to hear a swift, resounding NOOOOOOOOO come forth from my husband’s lips. And I was fine with it- we really don’t watch that much television anyway and it was probably for the best.

You see, my husband didn’t own a television set when we first started dating. Not a one. Which frankly caught me off guard seeing that he was/is a huge sports fan. Now, it’s debatable which of us is a bigger sports nut, but I knew the no-TV thing was going to have to change if we were going to move forward. I mean, how could we possibly watch all of the college football, NFL, college basketball and March Madness (not to mention golf! love watching golf!) without a damn television set? Sports bars? Friends’ houses? No thank you.

Well, I won the battle rather quickly considering the first weekend we spent together was the OU-Texas football game in Dallas (where he lived at the time) and we didn’t have tickets. I do believe the first 24 hours of our long-distance relationship was spent buying a TV set.

Whoorl – 1
D – 0

Eventually, when we moved to Chicago and merged our belongings, we owned a whopping TWO television sets. Holy hell, I thought he was going to keel over. But it was our move out here to California that really shocked me. Not only did we buy a flat-screen television, but we purchased Direct TV with (DUN DUN DUUUN) NFL Sunday Ticket. My prayers had been answered.

Every. Single. NFL. Game. At. My. Fingertips.

I still quiver at the thought.

My point? Well, I thought the well had run dry. Here is a man who went from NO television to several of them- including a big grey satellite dish screwed into the side of his home. He was done. Finito. No mas.

I don’t know what changed his mind, my sweet persuasion (complete with pregnancy glow!) or my intermittent nagging.

Come to think of it, the mind-changing might have occurred when I mentioned something to the effect of, “I WILL be breast-feeding every 2-3 hours in the middle of the night and BY GOD if I don’t have something good to watch, guess whose ass will be dragged out of bed to entertain me?”

Yeah, that might have been the turning point.

It certainly wasn’t when I flailed my over-dramatic ass on the bed yesterday crying, “HOW CAN THERE BE TRUE HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD WHEN ONE CAN’T WATCH BOTH SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AND ROCKSTAR:SUPERNOVA? (sniff, sniff, sob, sob) WHY IS LIFE SO UNFAIR?”

Well, whatever I did worked. Happy days.

  1. ms. sizzle

    July 11, 2006 at 8:28 am

    you are hilarious. your dramatics are priceless! (says the person not married to you. hee hee.)

    way to work it whoorl! i’m proud of you!

  2. rebecca

    July 11, 2006 at 8:50 am

    DVR is by far the most life changing invention (well, maybe since the cell phone). I loooooove it. Welcome!

    I too love watching golf on TV… :)

  3. Natalie

    July 11, 2006 at 9:04 am

    Supah Sweet. I find DVR actually makes me watch less tv. I only watch the good stuff and don’t have to dig through the rest.

    And I thought I was the only one who enjoyed golf on tv! I get so into it…I smack the arm of the person next to me, “omg! did you see that?!” only to find that they have nodded off :)

  4. Jessie

    July 11, 2006 at 9:13 am

    I’ll have to remember the breastfeeding argument. That may be the one way to convince my husband it’s time for tivo. He’s been holding out too, but I think that might break him. Good job, and enjoy!

  5. Amy

    July 11, 2006 at 10:26 am

    Oh you are going to literally feel like you died and gone to heaven. Tivo is the best thing. ever. invented. end of story. I can’t believe i didn’t have it for so long. Way to work it!

  6. jonniker

    July 11, 2006 at 10:34 am

    It WILL change your life, and now that Whoorlito is coming, you *are* going to be spending a lot more time at home in addition to the breastfeeding so really, it just plum makes sense. I’m glad he sees the wisdom here.

    It really is the greatest thing ever. You do not exaggerate. It’s *amazing*.

    Be warned, though – we were going to get DirectTV, but heard that the DVR technology was somehow either a) Tivo’s, and the agreement was going to be terminated or b) Direct was being sued by TiVo, so the DVR capabilities would be phased out soon. I dunno what the truth is, but my husband would, and I’ll ask him after work. It was, if I recall, a deciding factor in whether we would get Direct TV.

    And I see ALL sports listed here, except for my favorite: baseball. Crushing. Golf before baseball?

  7. reluctant housewife

    July 11, 2006 at 10:42 am

    I want DVR too! I may have to steal your technique.

  8. Obabe

    July 11, 2006 at 11:34 am

    Wait! Just wait! You’ll end up like our house with TWO Tivo’s- one is mine in the bedroom (raelity TV) and the other belongs to my husband in the living room (Family guy, Hogans Heros….).

    I still can’t belive our kids are growing up with only 4 VCR tapes left in our posession, one of them being our wedding video. Everything is DVD or Tivo’ed.

  9. Emily

    July 11, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    I love Tivo. Can’t imagine how we all lived without it (it won’t take you long to feel the same way).

    At least you’re due before football season! I will absolutely die if I have to lie in a hospital bed pushing out a baby while my beloved college football is on. And no chance for me to get to any games in person this season either. (And this is coming from someone who dragged her husband to her alma mater for the Homecoming game on their honeymoon.)

  10. Rachel

    July 11, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    Ah, yes. Ours is TiFaux, through our cable system and I have never loved anything quite so much. For all that I am a child of the 80’s and therefore should be able to program a VCR, I never figured out quite how to do it. With the TiFaux, it’s ONE BUTTON!

    Would I normally record “Bridezillas?” No, why would I waste a perfectly good VCR tape? But yes, OH YES, I will TiFaux “Bridezillas” and I will like it.

    Plus, shooting through commercials and/or pausing LIVE TV while I go pee (again)? Totally worth it.

  11. cj4

    July 11, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    Well, it’s a start, but let’s not forget the most wonderful use of putting lots of letters together to enhance your viewing pleasure: DirecTV HDTV Tivo DVR. That, cuz, is the true reason for existence and will make NFL Sunday Ticket a truly religious experience.

    Then again, the truly glorious reality of tivo with a little one is this: 30 hours of Little Einsteins and Sesame Street at your instant disposal. Its like Christmas morning every single quiet moment of the day.

  12. Bethany Coffey

    July 11, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    Hahaha, who says that love and impending fatherhood dosen’t soften men? Way to go!
    We have a 40 hour and I just don’t see how we can survuve without upgrading to the 80 hour.

  13. lin

    July 11, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    “Here is a man who went from NO television to several of them- including a big grey satellite dish screwed into the side of his home.”

    I’m still trying to convince my man that satellite dishes are not ugly and one will not spoil the architectural lines of the house. Last year when solar panels for the pool were installed, they had to be installed such that when you drive up the driveway they are not visible. We’re both getting so annoyed with Charter Cable that a satellite dish is in our future, I can tell…and maybe then I can get DVR, too!

    You lucky girl! A new baby AND DVR!

  14. Teej

    July 11, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    I’m so jealous. We don’t have Tivo in Canada. The best I could ever hope for is to get satellite and then watch the shows I missed 3 hrs later in mountain time.

    Speaking of tv and a previous post of yours “A Moral Issue” I thought you might be interested in this pbs special if you haven’t already seen it. http://www.design-e2.com/ And it’s narrated by Brad Pitt so maybe the horrible environmental issues won’t sound as bad.

  15. molly

    July 11, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    Welcome to the world of DVR! Soon you will find yourself pausing and rewinding the latest VW commercial over and over again, b/c what is better than the re-introduction of The Rabbit?!