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A month long challenge to unplug & reconnect.

About two weeks ago Katelyn, (my perfect partner of 3 years) and I decided to challenge ourselves for the entire month of November. We realized that every night for the last several months had been exactly the same:

Get home from work. Express how exhausted we are. Make dinner. Cuddle the pup. Sit on the couch. Binge watch a TV series. REPEAT x1000

We've watched our share of good television lately. From our earlier days with White Collar and Suits (Harvey Specter is a personal favorite of ours and the namesake for our pup,) to nine seasons of Hawaii Five-O and all of Parks and Rec. I know they aren't TV shows, but we even managed to watch every MCU movie leading up to Avengers: Infinity War in release order... in about two weeks time.

While these things were airing, we'd also be on our phones. Makeup tutorials for Kate and mixing tutorials for me. Once, I even watched Katelyn take in a video of a woman cleaning out her makeup drawer.

We would do these things... and then complain about how we don't have time to do other things.

In July of 2017 we took on a multi-room renovation in our small suburban home. Knocked out a wall. Tore things down to the studs. Added new a exterior door, a window, new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and gas lines. A full kitchen, living and dinning room project all at once. We were doing absolutely everything ourselves.

...and it's still not completely done.

Sure, it's been more than livable for a long time now... but there are plenty of final touches to complete and this project needs to be over. We were so drained from work everyday that we dove into escapism headfirst and haven't come up for air in a long, long time.

So this month, Kate and I have challenged ourselves to #NoTVNovember. With exception to events (like election night and Buffalo Bills games) we are trying to not watch TV for a month.

It's going to be a struggle. It's going to be quiet. No Chip or Jo putting up shiplap in the background while we are eating breakfast on the weekends. No James Spader's oddly satisfying over enunciation while trying to finish up season 4 of The Blacklist...

Just Katelyn, Harvey and I.

A chance to reconnect with one another while disconnecting from TV. A chance to develop some healthier habits and create some new hobbies, perhaps like this discussed blog.

A chance to finish some old projects...

...and to start some new ones.

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