7 Quick Takes, vol. 89

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1. I’ve been having one of those weeks again. One of those weeks where I found myself out of balance, focused myopically on writing, unable to sleep at night for being wound up about it, and spending far too little time being wife and mom. Any time this happens to me, it calls into question the whole vocation, makes me doubt whether I’m really supposed to be writing, or whether I need to stop trying to live in both worlds.

2. And then, out of nowhere, a week like this. A royalty check, payment for an article, completion of a really good query class, two queries and a personal essay sent out into the great beyond, a not-quite-rejection from a literary agent, and to top it off, forward motion on my new flute collection with GIA. Talk about a celestial message that the struggle for balance is worthwhile! If every week was this good on the writing front, I’d be making a living at it. Then again, I probably would never sleep.

3. Okay, enough about writing. I’m curious, folks—who out there still has movie rental stores nearby? Because all of ours closed. All but the one locally-owned one that has no parking b/c it’s downtown. Anyway, being movie lovers with three small children (which means that we hardly ever get to the theater), we have been driven to something we always thought we’d never do. We joined Netflix.

4. We always thought Netflix would be one of those things that we never deemed worthwhile—like cable TV. We keep basic cable—the kind of cable that they don’t even advertise because their standard package is “family cable.” But after we gave up TV for Lent for a couple of years, and saw our life shift for the better, we called the cable company and said, “Hey, whatever happened to that basic package? You know, the $15 one?” Yes, we miss out on a lot. But the more TV you have, the more you feel compelled to watch, and TV is really not a very good use of time. And it shields the kids from a lot of commercialism, too.

5. I always looked at Netflix that way. I mean, how many movies do you need to watch in a month? If you’re going to be socked with a monthly fee, you feel compelled to watch a bunch. But I have to say, I’m sold on it. We’ve more than used our money’s worth this first month, finally getting to watch the last season of Alias (we watched them all on videos, borrowed from friends, but never got to the last one…life intervened) and playing 1940s Superman videos for Alex on the computer.

6. Julianna’s summer school ended yesterday, so now summer begins in earnest. No more cute schoolbus moments till fall, and then Alex will be going to school, too. Six weeks. Wow! They say in parenthood, the days drag and the years fly. I think that about sums it up.

7. I have a babysitter this morning, so I get to go out to the nature area and sit this morning. I definitely need to find some stillness. And then, I will come home and work on adding 4000 words to my novel. Sounds like a good day. Let’s get on with it! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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7 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes, vol. 89

  1. We still have some Blockbusters near us. However, last night we went in and left empty-handed after not finding anything. I think Netflix would be superior, just because they have a larger selection than the junk that composes the new releases! But I agree I’d feel like I needed to watch a lot of movies to get my money’s worth.

  2. Redbox is a godsend. I think Redbox was the final nail in the coffin for movie rental places, since it’s just $1 a night for rentals, you can return to any Redbox and there’s nothing to join or commitments.

    Why would anyone go to Blockbuster and pay $5 for the exact same service?

  3. Clarification…when I mentioned vocation in my latest comment, I was referring to being a wife and mother…

    Stuck here without a drivable video store. Haven’t tried Netflix, but now we may…thought about Redbox, but haven’t given that a shot.

    Enjoy the stillness and thanks for your visits–love when you stop in 🙂

  4. CC

    I agree Redbox is good – but the selection is limited. We have a Blockbuster nearby. They used to have good deals, but then the Hollywood across the street closed. I do still go to Blockbuster though I like browsing the movies, and they have rent one-get-one in the summer. But I do use the Redbox at the grocery store from time to time too!

  5. CC

    Plus, we tried Netflix, and never could get our money’s worth. We only had one movie at a time, and if you had a comedy when you wanted adventure well … *shrug* if they had a better selection of online movies it would have been better.

    • Here’s my annoying “when you have kids” moment du jour: WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS you have to plan everything anyway, so the anticipation of what movie comes next in the queue gets you in the mood for what you’re getting. And we have so many videos already that if we did have a conflict between what was in the mail & what we felt like, we could just go grab an oldie.

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