So I’ve been living with my roommate since the beginning of February and everything has gotten better than I could have ever hoped for. Seriously, I was worried after living alone for 3 years that I would be hard to live with, and I might be but things seem to be working. Phew! Maybe one of these days I will be able to convince her to do a profile on this blog.
I think what makes it work is we have a similar cleaning style. She’s better than me but we’re in the same realm. We are also both hard core Republicans (love talking politics with her!), both strong in our LDS Faith and both have big, loud families. We also both like TV, which may seem like a little thing but it helps.
What has been interesting is to compare our television viewing. We both like bride shows and project runway (our biggest argument was over a PR elimination). I like Survivor, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, and Food Network shows. She likes the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dexter and Girls.
The other day we were talking and she asked me ‘Do you like a single drama with a plot?’ To my surprise, I couldn’t think of a single one. Finally after thinking about it forever I came up with 1 show- Downton Abbey. I guess Masterpiece I like but that was it. I could think of shows I used to like such as 24, ER, Lost or an occasional old school Law and Order. (I watched Mad Men for a while but it got too adult themed and ridiculous for me)
This had never occurred to me. No drama in my TV life! I wonder why?
Part of it is I am an anxiety absorber and so if something is very tense and dramatic I feel tense and upset. I internalize things much more than I should but I honestly can’t really help it- especially if it is about murderers or rapists, things like that. I honestly don’t go to very many dramatic movies because they leave me unsettled. There has to be an element of hope in them (ie Slumdog Millionaire) for me to benefit from the experience.
Some shows like Drop Dead Diva or How I Met Your Mother have occasional moments of drama while carrying on a comedic tone, and that is nice. Some shows like Bones I liked but I got bored with. I tried shows like Breaking Bad and it was too violent, and too much profanity for my taste. Plus, it felt so pessimistic and somber.
I guess when it comes down to it I watch TV to be entertained. I’m tired at the end of the day and I don’t want to be challenged. I want to have fun and laugh. I also admit that I prefer things that are PGish on television, but I think I would lean to comedy and reality TV anyway. I don’t like seeing dead bodies or medical procedures and I don’t like being scared, upset, or seeing things about murderers, so that takes out most detective shows and medical dramas. I used to like X-files but even that got a little gross sometimes.
I also never watch shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians or other follow me around kind of shows. I do watch Pawn Stars and shows like that but I can’t even handle the reality version of drama. I don’t even like Restaurant Impossible. I want to have confidence in my restaurants and that show freaks me out.
Anyway, it was just a funny revelation. I don’t like drama. Is there anything I’m missing that I just have to see? Please let me know!
I do like the new BYU TV show Granite Flats which is a drama, so you never know!