HANNAH O’BRIEN - on the fall television schedule

I am the type of person who welcomes the end of the summer. 

Fall in the Peace Region is my favourite time of year. The changing leaves, crisp mornings and golden sunsets make it feel warm and cool almost simultaneously.  Perhaps I’m not welcoming the end of summer so much as embracing the start of fall. Anyway, to me fall signifies a beginning.  It seems more like the start of a new year than New Year’s. Before I had a child the most exciting thing about fall was television. 

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I am a self-admitted TV junkie.  Love TV.  In August, before all the shows premiere, I embark upon what I like to call the “September Show Sweep” wherein I look at all the pilots, watch their trailers, rank them, and then decide if I want to put them into the regular rotation or not.  I enter the data into a spreadsheet, yes you read that correctly there’s a spreadsheet, with titles, dates, times, and networks and then I create a schedule. 

This has been made considerably easier with my new PVR that allows me to record up to six shows at once.  Finally technology has done us some good!  However, now that I have a family and adult responsibilities my time is divided amongst additional tasks such as raking leaves, putting the gardens to bed, and winterizing the RV.  I also relish the fall purge.  Go through the entire house and responsibly dispose of all the items that have accumulated over the last year. 

When that’s complete it’s like taking a deep breath of cool fall air. I also, perhaps like many parents, am eagerly awaiting the beginning of the school year.  After spending most of the summer with my child I have to admit that I feel outpaced, outwitted, and underqualified. Hence a HUGE shout out to the teachers who work with multiple (multiple!) children on a daily basis.  You guys really are the unsung heroes of our society. 

I can barely handle a week with one child, let alone ten months with multitudinous children. 

I still build my TV spreadsheet, but now it’s after I’ve gone school shopping, done the fall fertilizing, and cleaned out the garden shed.  To that end I say bring on the warm sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and first day of school.

Happy Fall everyone. 


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