May 16, 2013

Married dates: Netflix

When our schedules align and we're both home for an evening, Hubs and I generally enjoy staying in. We throw on sweatpants, pull snacks out of the cupboard and gravitate to our couch to watch a couple episodes of our latest show. If we feel fancy (or bored) we may decide to spice things up by watching a movie. But we're terrible at finding something new to watch. 

Our evening ends up on the couch because we're tired. One of the two of us got home from work and doesn't feel like going out. If neither of us has a strong opinion about what to watch, we keep scrolling through Netflix, waiting for something to elicit any kind of reaction in the other person. Anything.

For all those Friday nights where you don't feel like getting fancy (or a Wednesday where you're both at home and have no idea what to do with yourselves), here are a few ideas for having a little fun on Netflix. 

1. Pick a random TV show. Find a show and start watching. Don't enjoy the first few episodes? Move on. Love it? Keep going. It's fun to have someone else to talk to about what's going on and trying to guess what happens next. (And, if you're anything like us, you may also need to put a ban on reading up what's going to happen as the story progresses. Guilty party in our house? Me.)

2. Have a "bad movie" night. When movie stores were a thing, Hubs and I used to go and rent movies we were curious to see but knew would be terrible. Sometimes, when the movies were extra-awful, it hurt a little to remember we spent our hard-earned cash on them.

With Netflix, it's way less of a gamble. Go ahead and select that movie that sparks your curiosity, then laugh and groan until your heart is content. Better yet, you could each make a list of terrible-looking movies that you want to see and jump back and forth between selections on each list.

3. Trust fate with your movie selection. Pick two random numbers. Open Netflix and scroll up or down through the genres as you count to your first number. Once you hit the number, open up that category and starting counting to your second number as you scroll through the list. Hit your second number? There's your movie.

Always give each other one veto for this option. There's no way I'd ever want to sit down to a horror movie late at night. Or, really, ever.

Any other ideas you'd add to this list? 

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