Tuesday Thoughts

You guys are the best, seriously. Thank you soooo much for the support on yesterday’s post about possibly not doing the marathon, as well as Friday’s post with my big relationship (or lack-there-of) news. I promise to keep you all posted as soon as the marathon decision is final, as well as answer some of the follow up questions that came as a result of the Single post.

And since I’m all over the place lately, this post will be too. Here’s some fun facts I want to share with you today:

1.) I picked up my first honeycrisp apples of the season at the Farmer’s Market this weekend. They are by far my favorite kind of apple and make me love fall and look forward to so many other things that come with it!

2.) I realize I may the last person on Earth to catch on to this trend, but I’ve recently started watching Lost and am totally addicted. I ended up not getting cable at the new apartment and am doing Netflix instead, and the entire show is on in the instant stream. I just discovered it Saturday and have been staying up way too late to watch it, so 7 episodes down, only 93 to go. =)



3.) I leave for Charlotte, NC tomorrow for eight days!!! This is the longest I’ll ever have been away for work, and it’s going to be tough to stay on track/be away from my apartment. I feel like I’m finally settled in and want to stay and cook and enjoy it, but instead I have to go. Boo!

4.) I found my camera!!! It was left on my desk over the weekend. Phew!

5) Yesterday I tried commuting to work on bike for the first time. It did not go well. I am kind of an idiot and thought that bringing a huge bag that slings over my shoulder would be OK (rather than a backpack), and it turns out it was not. I also thought that I should put my phone in my pocket, and when it fell out of my pocket and into a puddle while I was riding, I realized that, too, was not a good idea. #Fail. More details to come on this one.

6.) I had a really great run this morning. 🙂 5.27 miles at a 9:10 pace (which is REALLY FAST for me!!). Fingers crossed that Saturday goes as well (albeit slower and longer!)

What’s your cable situation – do you have it or no? Favorite show right now?

When I lived with Wil, we had the works for cable – HBO, Showtime, DVR, etc, but it’s just SO expensive for one person. Besides that, I don’t watch TV that much/want to  watch less of it so this is an experiment. I’m going to play it by ear to see if I miss it/really want it, but I’m guessing I won’t be able to justify the expense!

52 Comments on Tuesday Thoughts

  1. Happy When Not Hungry
    September 13, 2011 at 8:42 am (9 years ago)

    Haha, did Emily have anything to do with your current obession with Lost??? After Lost, you have to start watching Mad Men. It’s also on Netflix Watch Instantly and is addicting and amazing. Have fun at Annual!!!!!! At least you get to go to Charlotte this year 🙂 Good luck with your running too!!

    • Beth
      September 13, 2011 at 9:13 am (9 years ago)

      I loooooooove Mad Men! I’ve watched every season when I used to actually have cable. And yes, Charlotte should be kinda fun!

  2. mindy @ just a one girl revolution.
    September 13, 2011 at 8:48 am (9 years ago)

    My roommates and I have cable (not Showtime, etc. just regular channels), but I would get rid of it if it were up to me. It’s so expensive!

    • Beth
      September 13, 2011 at 9:13 am (9 years ago)

      That’s one benefit of living alone – I get to make all the decisions! =)

  3. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    September 13, 2011 at 9:01 am (9 years ago)

    We pretty much have basic cable. It was just way too expensive otherwise. There are other things we want to spend our money on!

    • Beth
      September 13, 2011 at 9:13 am (9 years ago)


  4. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
    September 13, 2011 at 9:01 am (9 years ago)

    We didn’t have cable for a LONG time – I never missed it! We’d catch up on a few shows via hulu & network websites – which is a great, FREE, alternative.

    So glad you had a good run – that’s all it takes to get back in a groove! Not so great to hear about the phone, hah, but those are always replaceable if needed. 🙂

    • Beth
      September 13, 2011 at 9:15 am (9 years ago)

      I haven’t yet gotten into hulu – I need to check it out.

  5. sanam
    September 13, 2011 at 9:04 am (9 years ago)

    netflix is all you need! my bf and i have been without a real tv for years and we still get plenty of tv time thanks to netflix and hulu. i have to second the mad men recommendation, plus law and order: svu!

    • Beth
      September 13, 2011 at 9:17 am (9 years ago)

      I’ve never gotten into law and order: svu. I’ll have to tackle that next!

  6. Karen
    September 13, 2011 at 9:07 am (9 years ago)

    The first time my brand new phone took a dive it was from my pocket while I was on my bike. My hubster and I were on the bike trail and I yelled for him to stop but he did not hear me. My phone was fine (luckily there were no puddles that day) but he got an earful!

    I have been thinking about ditching the cable. It is SO expensive, and I feel like I waste a lot of time sitting in front of the tv.

    Congrats again on the new place! Dupont is such a great neighborhood! I am feeling some apartment envy right now!

  7. Rachel
    September 13, 2011 at 9:08 am (9 years ago)

    I bike to work and bring my laptop with me everyday. A couple of suggestions – either get a basket to go on your bike so you can put all of your belongings in there or wear a backpack to work and then put a purse inside…both of those have worked for me

    • Beth
      September 13, 2011 at 9:25 am (9 years ago)

      Today’s bike commute went WAY better. I used a backpack, didn’t wear loose pants (the legs got caught in the chain!) and kept my new phone IN the backpack. Success.

  8. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    September 13, 2011 at 9:09 am (9 years ago)

    I have been without cable for a year and a half now. If you have a digital television, you can pick up a digital antenna and get NBC, ABC, FOX, UPN, and a few other random channels (FREE). I also do Netflix (streaming only now). It works for me and saves me $50-$150 dollars a month

  9. Shady
    September 13, 2011 at 9:19 am (9 years ago)

    I currently have cable but am seriously contemplating getting rid of it. TV is such a time suck so above and beyond the money savings, I just think I would be so much more productive.

  10. marie
    September 13, 2011 at 9:22 am (9 years ago)

    Last winter my boyfriend and I got into Lost. So many friday nights were spent just plopped in front of the TV watching episode after episode… it’s so addictive! I was pretty depressed when I finished it, I felt like there was a hole haha

  11. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    September 13, 2011 at 9:27 am (9 years ago)

    My roommate requires a dvr, so our plan is a little more expensive per month, however, splitting btwn us is not so bad. When I lived on my own, I had the basics. It worked well enough. 🙂

  12. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    September 13, 2011 at 9:28 am (9 years ago)

    Beth I just wrote about upgrading our cable this morning — we got a good deal on our internet/cable so we decided to pay the extra $10 for the premium channels. I love having Showtime (Weeds and Dexter!!!)

    My sisters (and Mom!) were obsessed with Lost. I haven’t watched it yet but one day I plan on getting through that series as well.

    • Holly @ The Runny Egg
      September 13, 2011 at 9:28 am (9 years ago)

      And I totally forgot: GREAT JOB on your run!!! 9:10 pace is awesome!

  13. Jenny
    September 13, 2011 at 9:39 am (9 years ago)

    Cable free here. Between the free local channels, Redbox, Netflix, and Hulu I don’t feel I’m missing much. Lost is amazing! It’s actually good you’re able to watch it more continuously – it’ll be easier to follow. I always hated the summer break and forgot too many small but crucial details.

    Great job on the run and the improved commute.

  14. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    September 13, 2011 at 9:41 am (9 years ago)

    The Scientist is cable free and loves it. He streams a lot of shows from Netflix and Hulu. I’m on the edge of doing it. I just don’t know. It sure would be nice to save some money though!

    Can’t wait to hear more about the ride!

  15. Jennifer
    September 13, 2011 at 9:46 am (9 years ago)

    Cable is obnoxiously expensive. It makes me a little angry LOL. I actually prefer sitcoms and it’s hard to pick one, so I’ll pick 3: Community, Modern Family, Parks & Recreation.

    Congrats on the run! I’m not a runner, but that sounds fast 🙂

  16. Natasha
    September 13, 2011 at 9:57 am (9 years ago)

    We have cable and it is stupid expensive, but being in Canada we don’t get Hulu or much free cable from the U.S. My favorite shows are True Blood, Hell’s Kitchen, Fringe, Mike and Molly.

    I couldn’t get into Lost. I went to school with Evangeline Lilly, so it was hard to watch and not see it as acting! Ha ha! Enjoy your upcoming trip!

  17. Rachel
    September 13, 2011 at 10:09 am (9 years ago)

    We survive on Netflix alone as well. But we don’t even have internet at home, so we just use the “3 disc at a time” mail-in option. Works for us! We also just picked up a cheap digital antennae and get all of the local channels that way. $20 for the Netflix is a steal! I used to pay $167 for cable and internet before we moved into our house. I’m glad to not have to have that bill coming out of my paycheck anymore!

    I hope you enjoy Lost! I was a HUGE mega-fan while the show was airing and convinced at least 10 of my friends to start watching it as I shoved the DVD sets into their arms. 🙂

  18. Jenny
    September 13, 2011 at 10:21 am (9 years ago)

    We chose not to get cable because a) it’s expensive (and you know DC is expensive enough) and b) we don’t want to plan our schedules around tv. Though, once the cold months hit that’s basically what we do. I love me some Glee.

    We went the Netflix route, too, and I love it. We’re currently watching Dog Town (the gf’s obsessed) and a lot of food documentaries. I’m two episodes into Mad Men, too, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be obsessed reallll soon. 🙂

    • Dani
      September 13, 2011 at 11:44 am (9 years ago)

      I just have to share this story because you said you don’t want to plan your schedules around tv… and I completely agree. One day, I was waiting for the bus to come after work with a group of people. The bus was running a bit late, and one adult woman actually started crying in this group of strangers and explained she was crying because she was going to miss one of her favorite tv shows! I couldn’t believe it! A TV show is just not that serious!

  19. Anna
    September 13, 2011 at 10:35 am (9 years ago)

    Honeycrisp apples are my favorites too! Apples just taste better when autumn rolls around 🙂

  20. Lauren
    September 13, 2011 at 10:44 am (9 years ago)

    For a long time I didn’t have cable, but my last apartment it came with the rent. During that time, I discovered OnDemand…so when I moved, I decided to shell the money for cable and ondemand because I became ADDICTED to Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, and What Not To Wear. I do like the ability to watch the shows later, because I am not a late night person and a lot of the shows I like start at 10. The winter months I think cable is worth it…the summer. eh.

  21. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    September 13, 2011 at 10:51 am (9 years ago)

    We do have cable. Justin would not survive without it. Especially during football.. baseball.. and hockey (aka all year). We LOVE Dexter. They have the first few season streaming on Netflix. If you havent watched it.. give it a try!

  22. Dani
    September 13, 2011 at 11:33 am (9 years ago)

    Great job on the run 🙂

    I do have cable (because I have roommates and they want it), but I honestly cannot remember the last time I watched it at home! It’s seriously been months. I have netflix and stream everything. I like the flexibility of being able to watch what I want when I want and when I used to have a DVR I just recorded so much junk that I wouldn’t have watched overwise. I’m actually pretty anti-tv to be honest, haha. Our nation (as a whole) has really become a bunch of couch potatoes, imo!

  23. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    September 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Oooh…backpacks are definitely the way to go on a bike. And I always put my cell phone in the bag (I’m not very good at keeping a phone in one piece so I make sure to take this precaution). One of my favorite shows that’s on right now is called Parenthood. I think the 3rd season starts tonight, so maybe you’ll be able to get the previous seasons on Netflix. It’s REALLY funny but also really good in the addictive kind of way. I’m also a huge fan of How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory!

  24. Lisa
    September 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm (9 years ago)

    I have found when biking to work the best deal is a SMALL backpack with only essentials. I take a change of clothes and stuff the day before and leave it at work so I don’t have to carry it.

  25. Lenore
    September 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm (9 years ago)

    The best part of being single and “cable-less” is viewing parties! You get to save some dough, get some friend time, and still enjoy your favorite shows.

    Big Bang Theory is probably one of my all-time favorites for comedy, but Dexter and True Blood serve up for my gruesome side.

    Have safe travels, Beth!

  26. Roz
    September 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth! Biggest yay that the camera is found. Phew!!! Our cable is one step over basic, because that gives us the Food Channel for me, the Space Channel for my husband, and the Outdoor Living Network for us both. That said, we don’t watch as much tv as we used to. I WAS addicted to 24 when it was on and I LOVE The Amazing Race (makes me want to travel the world!) but that’s about it. Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!!

  27. Liz
    September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm (9 years ago)

    You should bring Lost with you to watch in your hotel room on your trip! We have a lot of cable channels, but I think we’ll cut back when we move to Colorado. It’s pretty ridiculous because it is more than any of our other bills, including car insurance, electricity, etc.
    p.s. I highly recommend saddle bags for your bike if you have any cash to spare

  28. Shannon
    September 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve always had cable but my current roommate is moving out and a new one in — she said she doesn’t watch TV much and it got me to thinking… I don’t really watch TV much either. I use it as a filler when I’m bored but I’m generally on my computer at the same time or only half paying attention. So I’ve made the decision to eliminate it too. I figure I’ll subscribe to netflix streaming again for when boredom strikes and I told my boyfriend he can’t delete a show until I’ve watched it — though he refuses to DVR housewives for me. Sigh, I think I’ll survive…

  29. Ang
    September 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm (9 years ago)

    Way too much of our budget goes to cable. Sadly we’ve become addicted to almost all of the series on HBO, plus every fall we pick up Showtime for Dexter and then Shameless. I used to never watch TV and now I’ve gotten into so many shows I’m afraid to watch a new series for fear of loving it! lol

  30. Sarah
    September 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm (9 years ago)

    Eeek I live alone and I have cable/DVR but no fancy chanels. I pay a pretty penny for internet and TV..thanks Comcast.

    Congrats on the run!!

  31. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    September 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm (9 years ago)

    I have been buying honeycrisps from the Farmers Market the last few weekends in a row and they are SO GOOD! I am so excited for apple season!

    My husband and I have Direct TV at my house and love it. We had Comcast for years, but switched to Direct TV when we bought our house last fall. We had nothing but problems with Comcast, though I do miss the On-Demand feature.

    And sadly, I could not live without DVR. It’s how I watch everything (usually all crammed into Friday night, fast-forwarding through commercials).

  32. janetha
    September 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm (9 years ago)

    1. i loved your single post
    2. i’ve never watched lost
    3. honeycrisps are my favorite apple
    4. i am seriously impressed with your running skills
    5. xo

  33. RunEatRepeat
    September 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm (9 years ago)

    I LOVE LOST!!! Let’s talk about it 🙂

  34. Allison
    September 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on a great run this morning! I keep debating waking up to run before work but running at 5AM in the dark doesn’t sound too enticing… When I was in college and had my own apartment, I had the most basic package as I could get but had a DVR since I don’t always have time to watch my shows 🙂

  35. Lauren
    September 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm (9 years ago)

    I just picked up my first bunch of Honeycrisp of the season. LOVING them already. 🙂

  36. Lorinda @ Waisting Away
    September 14, 2011 at 12:28 am (9 years ago)

    I’m so glad your run was so much better today!

    You’re not the only one to have not watched Lost. We just signed up for Netflix so I’ll have to check for it there. Have also never seen Mad Men or True Blood… we don’t have cable (instead we get a strange assortment of about 10 channels for free which keep me mostly out of trouble and save us soooo much money each month)!

  37. Megan
    September 14, 2011 at 12:34 am (9 years ago)

    I purchased a Asus Nettop computer and hooked it up to my 40 inch flat screen via HDMI. I stream everything. I’m never home a regular hours as it is and with almost everything on streaming, I just can’t justify TV. Don’t miss it at all.

  38. Lili
    September 14, 2011 at 1:30 am (9 years ago)

    We’ve always had cable and paid $o much for it. Until a few month ago, when we decided we don’t really need it. I called comcast to cancel it and they offered me to keep the basic cable for only $9.99 . So I accepted it 😉 pretty fair deal– I rarely watch TV but hubby likes some TV noise.

  39. Hot Coco
    September 14, 2011 at 9:22 am (9 years ago)

    I gave up cable to save money, then gave away my TV so it wouldn’t taunt me. I stream Netflix, instead, and am currently rewatching Ally Mc Beal in its zany, poignant entirety. 🙂

  40. Christine
    September 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Ditch the cable. Between broadcast tv, the Internet & DVDs I’ve found I just don’t need it at all. Congrats on the wicked fast run! I did 5 at 9:40 pace on Monday, and I was pretty happy with that.

  41. Marlena
    September 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm (9 years ago)

    Isn’t LOST addicting???? I love that show!!!

    My husband & I cancelled our cable/dish as well. There are so many shows & movies online that we don’t really miss not having cable/dish. Plus, a lot of the websites we watch shows on are free!

  42. Julie
    September 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm (9 years ago)

    We have AT&T uverse in our area and its so much cheaper than cable or dish and is not affected by the weather at all!! Around here if the wind blows wrong, or it rains… your cable or dish is out. I watched Lost when it was 1st airing, and then again with my daughter on netflix. LOVE IT!! My friend was telling me about something called ROKU that is also super cheap and streams shows through internet that is hooked to your tv. Maybe check intothat!! Love your posts, and thanks for the inspiration!!

  43. jassy @ Healthy Egg
    September 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm (9 years ago)

    re: commuting, use backpack and safety gear 🙂

  44. Anita
    September 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm (9 years ago)

    LOST!!!!!! OMG, my husband and I missed it on TV and watched it this summer on Netflix for 12 straight weeks. LOVED IT!! We finished it about 3 weeks ago and I’m still depressed. Where I could KICK myself in the pants is we were in Oahu 3 years ago when they were still filming the show and even saw in the paper the location shoots for the day and didn’t care. How I wish I could turn back that time……


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