I love to read. True.. But all of the books I read come under the same heading in the library. Fiction, Mystery… I have never stepped foot in the fantasy area of the stacks. I have never read Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. To my daughters endless disappointment, I fell asleep during the Harry Potter movies and never even tried to watch any of the Lord of the Rings.
The first thing you do when you have ten gorgeous new six-foot windows installed around your living room is to install solar shades. Admittedly, too much sunshine isn’t a current worry but it will be an issue this summer. The more pressing concern for the last two weeks was the clarity of the TV picture during the day.
I was one of the few people in my family let alone the planet who had not read any of the Game of Throne books or seen any of the shows. Knocked to the couch by the 2018 flu bug the only thing we both could do was rest, watch TV and pass the Kleenex. I wasn’t going anywhere soon. This was it, albeit a little late, my chance to be a part of the worldwide conversation. We started Game of Thrones.
The first twenty episodes (two seasons) consisted mostly of E answering my endless questions. Who is he? Where are they? Do we know this guy? There are two guys sleeping with their daughters? But isn’t she his sister? How can they kill him? He’s dead? Isn’t he the hero? ………I’m lost…. E was very patient.
My friend Janice wisely suggested I get a geographic map, a list of characters and the family groupings off the google.. I spent season three with the map and a flashlight huddled on the couch as the shows played in front of me. I tried to answer my own questions and finally keep up. Ten more episodes under my belt and I felt I had a pretty good grasp of the situation, everyone dies.. don’t get attached.
By the middle of season four I was seriously addicted. We watched the last two episodes of season four and all ten of season five in one day. If you are doing the math that is twelve hours of TV in a day….We did break at 4 pm for the dogs walk but for most of season five we didn’t move or talk unless to ask for the box of Kleenex .
Season six, was pretty much finished in a day also. But we were both feeling better so actually stopped to make a proper dinner.. Up to then we were reheating leftovers from the freezer… We have two episodes left of season seven.. We are saving them for tonight.
We are both finally over this horrid bug. My only defence of laying on the couch for ten days watching TV is that it was literally the only way to fight this thing. I can’t imagine a more unlikely way for us to spend our time here on this island, and yet we did it… and enjoyed it thoroughly