Dubai somehow always knows to turn on the humidity for the first day of the new school year. Yesterday the heat was almost bearable due to the gusty breeze, but today felt like a sauna as kids reluctantly shuffled their shiny new black shoes through the sandy car park to the school gates. Obligatory photos of perfect looking kiddos in their perfect new uniforms – check. Obligatory introduction to teachers – check. Obligatory exchange of summer adventures with other Mums – check.
A sense of calm and relaxation welcomed me as I left the school to walk to my car. I smiled knowing my munchkins were happy to be catching up with their friends. Yet opening the door to an empty and eerily silent house I felt something was missing. As I made a cup of tea, I have to admit I felt a little lost……with no squabbles to umpire and no demands for snacks or entertainment, I wasn’t really sure what I should do with my post-summer hols’ free time!
It wasn’t long before my mind filled with lists of things I could do: some were chores I had consigned to my ‘after summer, when the kids are back to school’ list; some involved the much promised post summer work out; and the rest fell under the ‘take it easy and relax’ category.
With my freshly made cup of tea in hand, I sat on the sofa to contemplate my options. Staring right back at me from across the room was the TV screen……the voice of Phineas from the cartoon ‘Phineas and Ferb’ (who, each day of the summer holidays were faced with a similar dilemma to mine re: what to do) rang out in my head ‘Ferb, I know what we are going to do today.’
I am going to watch TV. Uninterrupted TV. My choice of TV on screen bigger than an iPhone!
Given I would be alone for at least 3 hours with only lunch and toilet breaks to factor into my ‘me’ time, I decided a Netflix binge sesh was in order! I live in a house of sports’ junkies. We share one TV. Our TV package was chosen by DH so he could keep up with the English Premiership football, cricket, F1, rugby etc., etc. If my bambinos aren’t staring at sports on the ‘gogglebox’ they are looking up sports facts and watching sporting great re-runs on my laptop, their iPods or iPads. A weekly series is just not something I can factor into my schedule…..I am a Mum to three busy kids….I don’t always remember to tune in at the right time.
So, Netflix it was……
To date, the kids are the only ones who have accessed Netflix on the TV, whereas I have only ever used it on my iPhone – a simple click on the Netflix icon and choose your preferred series. Just how different could it be on a TV?
I knew I had to change the mode of the TV to HDMI. Done. Turn on XBox. Done. Sign in. Done (albeit a lot slower than my kids can do it – sausage fingers are a definite disadvantage in the 21st century!). Faced with a familiar digital photo of Messi from FIFA 16 and a YouTube icon…….I was not quite sure what I should click next. There was no Netflix option. How is it that when the bambinos watch it, it’s a matter of what seems like a gazillion, fluent clicks in record breaking time and they are happily inhaling another episode of Full House?? I try and am faced with YouTube vlogs about sweet 16 parties in the US???!!! I panicked. I now had 2 hours 30 minutes before I needed to move from my couch. My precious binge minutes were ebbing away…..all because I had gotten used to my kids’ independence!
Frustrated, annoyed and feeling like the smart technology world had it in for me personally, I clicked on the up, down, sideways and re-set buttons desperately hoping to find the Netflix icon. Short of flinging the remote at the screen, I tried everything…..and I only managed the circle timer that is sent by the smart technology world to test human patience……Perhaps I should have listened to my ‘inner Yogi’ and spent my time sweating it out in the gym….that was until the circle timer thingy magically produced Netflix….
To be honest….I am not quite sure what I did to get Netflix and dread another session….but at least I got 2 hours of uninterrupted TV for me! Bliss!