Day 918: Background TV?

A week ago, I was standing in the lounge of a small and cosy hostel. A quiet Sunday morning when thousands of people were getting ready for the Cardiff Half Marathon. Well, it was indeed nice to see such a big event happening, especially because it was only minutes away from where I was standing. But. Something kept haunting me. Something that I have been thinking of quite a lot, in fact.

‘Let’s put some background TV on!’ a guy said.

Background TV? What’s wrong with the natural silence of the room? Do you really need some annoying noise and pointless imagery running on the screen to feel better? Before the half marathon scenes, I was having a breakfast, with the background of some dull TV show. I confess that during my house sits, I have turned the TV on just to feel a bit less lonely. I have been away from my husband for almost 5 weeks! Alone in big houses, with only pets to keep me company. I longed for some human company. But the TV isn’t really human. At one point, I got tired of it and turned the TV off again. I started listening to podcasts instead. At least I learned something, not merely background noise.

Oh, I do hate when people have the TV on all the time! It’s like the ‘walls’ in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, gigantic TV screens that people have in their homes and that kind of devour them. Can’t we live without surrounding ourselves with noise all the time?

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

Did some work and listened to loads of investing podcasts to become smarter when it comes to money matters.

2. Write AND publish a book.

Wrote the creative writing assignment for the next week. Not 100% happy with it. It sounded much better when I was constructing it inside my head, back in St Fagans. Should have made more effort to write it down sooner but I was just so dead tired after that run to the museum.

3. Win a major race.

Just a short run. But… new house sit, new dog. Went for a walk and realised that this dog loves to run! It was even quite hard to keep up with him. Could be my new training buddy?

Photo of the Day

This could be my new running buddy once he has fully rested!

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