Today, one among my easy pleasures is my husband and my end-of-the-day ritual. We flop on the sofa with a deal with in hand — a mug of cookies n’ cream ice cream for Max and a ramekin of chocolate chips for me — wrap ourselves in blankets, and tune into Survivor Season 18.
I do know we’re 20 years late to the Survivor hype, however after seeing a preview of monkeys screeching and other people wrestling within the rain, and understanding that White Lotus creator Mike White competed in a season, we had been intrigued.
The remainder of the night, we’re debating which one among us is extra strategic and will last more on the island (Max), gasping over blindside votes (the betrayal!) and laughing on the contestants’ offhand feedback. Later in mattress, I go to sleep feeling the way in which I all the time do after I’ve reached a brand new level of intimacy with somebody I really like, giddy and content material.
The final month has been actually enjoyable — but in addition uncommon. Discovering a present we each like is uncommon. Earlier than Survivor, our typical night finds one among us watching a present on TV, whereas the opposite is off scrolling on their telephone.
Fortunately, there may be hope. A reader named Lisa shared an excellent technique for watching TV along with her husband. “We have now painfully totally different tastes. So, on Saturday evenings, we take turns selecting a film. The chooser selects three choices, and the opposite particular person makes the ultimate choice.”
Additionally, bear in mind this genius film selecting tip? One particular person will get to maintain selecting the film so long as the opposite particular person favored the final one. As soon as they don’t, you turn.
Over our six years collectively, Max and I nonetheless haven’t nailed down a system that helps us select exhibits. However we have now constructed a considerable checklist:
The Queen’s Gambit
Outdated Sufficient — “It’s humorous watching tiny youngsters discover ways to downside resolve,” says Max.
Grasp of None
The Watcher — This thriller plot is spooky and gripping. Every time we completed an episode, I’d double verify all of the locks in our home.
Emily in Paris
Most Expensivest — In every episode, rapper 2 Chainz exams out merchandise made for the 1%. He then offers his trustworthy and hilarious opinions.
Seinfeld — This present bought us via the start of the pandemic.
Quickest Automotive – I don’t often like automobile exhibits, however the suspense of whether or not a tricked out 1984 Chevy truck can smoke a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracán will get my pulse racing each time!
Subsequent up on our checklist after Survivor is this good and touching comedy, which follows a therapist (Jason Segel) who’s grieving his late spouse and attempting new issues in his apply.
What are a few of you and your associate’s/roommates’/youngsters’ meet-in-the-middle exhibits? Suggestions are very welcome!