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Lifestyle – Daily Hudson Valley News http://www.hvinsider.com/articles Online news source for the Mid Hudson Region Fri, 01 May 2015 05:10:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 3 Hawaiian Life Lessons We Could All Use http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/3-hawaiian-life-lessons-we-could-all-use/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:04:59 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16797 Island Time is not the timetable for me, even though I hate waking up before 8 a.m. and I haven’t had a set schedule in over five years. Whale watching plans in Costa Rica a few years back were altered because the guys running the show were just so very blasé about it all. Aside from my seasickness, whale watching was great, except we didn’t get to go snorkeling or voyage through a cave all because of the resulting time crunch. Of course I decided to go with the flow, but deep down I still wasn’t thrilled with the outcome.

That said, used to love working for a Hawaiian client, a wedding photographer whose lifestyle I got to dive into every day as I managed his social media. There’s still so little I know about the culture (“aloha” means “hello” and “goodbye,” right?), but I’m learning. While I admire the year-round perfect weather and the fact that work breaks are taken beachside, Hawaiian habits and perspectives are what really catch my attention. Here are the frames of mind that I hope to adopt even if I’ll always be a cynical New Yorker at heart:

Create a Dream Routine

When my cousin was moving back home to Westchester from San Diego, he said to me, “Palm trees and sunshine don’t fix everything.” If you follow the routine that many Hawaiians do, though, and plan your day around the things you love, I have a sneaking suspicion that beach days could solve a lot of life’s problems. You may not love surfing and sunbathing, but whatever your “thing” is, building the rest of your life around it will make you happier.

Get Out!

Pearl Jam’s credo that “nature has its own religion” has always been one of my favorite quotes. In Hawaii, nature is faith, therapy, leisure, exploration, play – you name it. In essence, nature is something to be worshiped because it’s just so darn gorgeous there; Hawaiians go outside for the uncomplicated task of just being outside. As I stare out my office window on this sunny day, I can’t help but ask myself what I’m doing with my time.

Less is Best

“Nobody here wears socks,” a Hawaii-based friend told me once. “Everyone either wears flip flops or they go barefoot.” Simplified is a perfect way to describe the Hawaiian lifestyle. Everything’s trimmed down, from clothing and how much you pack in your beach bag to drama. Freedom beats excess any day.

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Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals through her boutique writing company Poison Apple Ink and runs a lifestyle blog And the Pursuit. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.

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The House-Life Connection http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/the-house-life-connection-2/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:21:51 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16795 If you want do get an overview of a person’s life, check out their personal space. The way a person lives in their home is a reflection of their life. We can have good days and bad days. Those days can even stretch out over a period of time.

Is everything neat and orderly or chaotic and messy? This will give you a sign of how the person moves through life. If you feel stuck, look around you. If you feel you are being smothered from all the things you don’t seem to get to, try getting to them. You will start to feel better and you may find your life start getting unstuck. I call this the ripple effect.

If this topic resonates with you, check out the information for the House-Life Connection class at The Desmond Campus in Newburgh (details below). I will be presenting on how to create change in your life by creating change in your home this Thursday, February 12. Topics to be discussed: Feng Shui and clearing the energy of your home.

Upcoming classes:
“House-Life Connection” — 1-3 p.m. Feb 12, Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Rd, Newburgh. 1 session, $20. Call the Desmond @ 845-565-2076 or online at http://www.msmc.edu/Academics/Community_Education

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Claudia Jacobs DesignsClaudia Jacobs is a decorator, professional stager, columnist, mom, friend & not in that order. Living life with joy & owner of Claudia Jacobs Designs in Goshen, NY. Voted 2011 RESA Professional Stager of the Year in the Northeast. Claudia can be seen each Tuesday on Hudson Valley Insider. Visit www.claudiajacobsdesigns.com or call 845-294-8993. Send questions and photos to ClaudiaJacobsDesigns@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
 

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Hearts and Flowers in the Hudson Valley http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/hearts-and-flowers-in-the-hudson-valley/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:04:43 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16788 Orange County has romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day and beyond

Love is in the air and romantics will be head over heels with Orange County’s variety of full service hotels, charming B&Bs, and fascinating destinations. Special packages are available throughout the year, but the ones that Cupid has devised are particularly unique!

Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway with packages in February at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point.  Built in 1926, this landmark hotel located on the grounds of the United States Military Academy features Gothic architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Many of its beautifully fitted guestrooms overlook the scenic Hudson River. MacArthur’s, the hotel restaurant, serves excellent cuisine in its stunning dining room. The Thayer is one of Orange County Tourism’s “Stay With Us” premier properties.  To place a reservation, call 845-446-4731, or visit www.thethayerhotel.com.

Arrow Park Lake and Lodge in Monroe is an enchantingly elegant 1900s-era mansion with breathtakingly beautiful views of Arrow Lake nestled among snow-covered evergreens.  This estate property offers a “Valentine’s Romance Getaway Package,” which promises to “warm the heart and kindle the soul.” A special lake view or forest view suite includes a bottle of wine, chocolates, and continental breakfast.  For more information, or to make a reservation, call 845-783-2044 or visit www.arrowparkny.com.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills calls itself the “Hudson Valley’s most romantic getaway.”  Built in 1802, this historic home features original wood-plank flooring, high ceilings and crown molding, a lovely wrap around porch, antiques, and original paintings. The innkeepers are offering dreamy Valentine’s weekend add-ons to create the perfect memory. Pick from flowers and chocolates along with an option for massages and dinner for two. For fees and reservations, call 845-496-2954, or visit www.caldwellhouse.com.

The Cromwell Manor Inn in Cornwall is an historic country estate on seven acres of woodlands and formal gardens. Decorated with period antiques and fine furnishings, the main house is an elegant 1820 mansion with a charming 1764 Colonial cottage nearby. The innkeepers have created special Valentine’s weekend add-ons. Upon arrival, guests will receive a special homemade heart-shaped fudge treat from neighboring Jones Farm. Innkeepers are also offering a 25 percent Sunday night discount if the Saturday stay is extended. To make a reservation, call 845-534-7136, or visit www.cromwellmanorinn.com.

And, reopening Valentine’s weekend is the Pine Bush House Bed and Breakfast in Pine Bush. For those seeking tranquility and emotional restoration, this charming Victorian home, built in 1904, is a favorite for honeymoons, anniversaries, and other special getaways. The innkeepers offer a warm welcome with their southern hospitality, and are equally delighted to be known for their “remarkable white glove service.” To make a reservation, call 845-744-3641 or visit www.pinebushhouse.com.

“In any season, show the object of your affection just how much he or she means to you by getting away to this amazing area,” said Susan Hawvermale, Orange County Tourism director.  “We guarantee you’ll be enamored with what we have to offer as much as you are totally smitten with the one you love.”

Any Orange County stay is filled with marvelous activities to complement the overnight stays at these welcoming properties. Experience downhill skiing in winter, Storm King Art Center from spring through fall, or sample the many locally created, award-winning wines along the Shawangunk Wine Trail. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point offers a superb day of history. There are also world-class shopping opportunities at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Sugar Loaf Craft Village. You’ll find a different experience every time you stay.

Be sure to visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page: Orange County Tourism NY. It’s a fabulous guide to up-to-the minute postings of area events and activities, great times, memorable experiences, and confirms why the perfect romantic getaway is close by in Orange County!

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, New York, is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 800-762-8687.

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Dark Roasts, Light Roasts and Life’s Roasts http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/dark-roasts-light-roasts-and-lifes-roasts/ Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:59:05 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16768 Coffee is, quite literally and pathetically, the reason I get out of bed in the morning. I kid you not. The last time I was in Florida, I could not pull myself out of bed at 8 a.m. on the first day of vacation, despite having sunshine and the beach outside my window. Then I remembered that I had red velvet creamer in the fridge and I was on my feet in 30 seconds. There’s an Instagram post to prove it.

At home, when it’s even harder to face the day, I lay in bed and mentally choose which blend I’m going to put in my Keurig, which mug I’ll use, if I’ll drink it black today… T.S Eliot said, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” Yes. I get it.

Aside from one 4 a.m. wake up call to get on a hot air balloon in Sedona, there has not been a single morning in the past 14 years when coffee hasn’t been the first (and sometimes only) priority. While my memory of that chilly morning in Arizona is foggy, it’s completely possible that I brewed myself a quick joe before leaving on my adventure. Even now as I write this, I’m sipping a coconut coffee, light with cream. I just ate a roast beef, onion, and Ranch wrap. My meal is completely mismatched. I don’t even care.

Did you know that coffee served in a white mug tastes extra bitter? Science says so. The contrast between the light mug and the dark coffee tricks your brain into thinking it’s a bold brew. When it’s served in a clear mug, your brain tells you it’s sweeter. That’s probably why on work days, my professional self reaches for my white marble mug, but on the weekend, when it’s time to play with pumpkin beans and cookie-flavored creams, I automatically grab my clear glass mug. My I’ve-Worked-Now-Let’s-Play mug.

I’ve had four concussions, so needless to say, my memory isn’t the clearest. I’m told I’ve been to California twice, but one entire trip has been completely blotted from my memory. I do remember, though, how each of my friends takes their coffee. I remember this sentence, uttered by my friend Ashley, the only person I know who’d probably jump at the chance to join me on my road trip to sip at the country’s best artisanal coffee shops: “I don’t like dark coffee. I like regular coffee brewed strong.” That’s the moment I knew our friendship would last forever. And when I learned to never invite her to try Dunkin Donuts’ new dark roast ever again.

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Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals through her boutique writing company Poison Apple Ink and runs a lifestyle blog And the Pursuit. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.

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Productive snow days http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/productive-snow-days/ Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:02:41 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16767 Why wait for Spring Cleaning when we have all of these days we are snowed in during the winter? This past week alone presented quite a few snow days. I found myself going through a few drawers, cabinets and closets.

Lots of really good stuff will be leaving my home. Piles of clothes are forming to donate to a charitable organization such as the Veterans or Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Another local option is to donate shoes to The Goshen Humane Society’s shoe drive. They are collecting as many shoes as possible. The minimum is 10,000 lbs. They need sneakers, boots, sandals, and shoes, dress shoes. Any type of shoe is acceptable except golf shoes with spikes. Please pair shoes together by either tying laces or by using a rubber band.

The bin is located in the parking lot of The Goshen Humane Society located at 44 Police Drive in Goshen by the Town of Goshen Police Department. The shoe pick-up from Angel Bins is 4/17/2015 but don’t wait till the last minute. Bring your shoes to their bin for this worthy cause.

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Claudia Jacobs DesignsClaudia Jacobs is a decorator, professional stager, columnist, mom, friend & not in that order. Living life with joy & owner of Claudia Jacobs Designs in Goshen, NY. Voted 2011 RESA Professional Stager of the Year in the Northeast. Claudia can be seen each Tuesday on Hudson Valley Insider. Visit www.claudiajacobsdesigns.com or call 845-294-8993. Send questions and photos to ClaudiaJacobsDesigns@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
 

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4 Things You’ll Learn When You Take a Vacation http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/4-things-youll-learn-when-you-take-a-vacation/ Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:46:14 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16725 At the end of an exceptionally busy spring, I made a promise to myself: I would take the summer off. As someone who’s worked two or more jobs since teenage-hood, summer vacation was the stuff of elementary school, not self-employment. “But there must be something to that two month break,” I thought. Remember how much we all looked forward to going back to school, refreshed and eager for the routine to start again? As an adult with a career, I use the term “time off” loosely – I still spent most days doing some amount of work, but I purposely took more time away from my computer than I ever have before.

1. Your mind will refocus the more you clear it.

Whatever it is that you do to take your focus away from your job, do it – you’ll be surprised where your mind leads you when you’re not forced to think about work. I do my best thinking in the car, but since I’m chained to my computer most of the day, I don’t get to take many joy rides. This summer, I drove more than usual and got a ton of thinking and planning done.

2. You’ll remove non-essentials from your life.

During your getaway, you’ll realize that some of your habits and possessions aren’t necessary. This trimming down of life is something we can carry over into our normal days. When you get back to the grind, you can do it with a few less things to worry about.

3. The world won’t stop spinning.

You’re not responsible for keeping your company afloat every second of every day, even if you’re the boss. According to the U.S. Travel Association and Gfk (a market research firm), 40% of U.S. workers don’t plan on using all of their paid time off this year. The top reason? They feel like nobody else can do their job, which means a pile of work will be waiting for them when they get back. Generally, even if you work for yourself and have nobody to rely on, things won’t fall apart because you spent a week by the ocean, especially if you planned ahead. Sure, you may return to one crazy week of backed up responsibilities, but getting away actually makes you better at your job.

4. Your productivity will skyrocket.

When you push yourself without any reprieve in sight, you end up exhausted and resentful of your job. When you care less, you perform worse at work. By getting away for even a short period of time, you’ll come back recharged and ready to be more productive than before.

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Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals through her boutique writing company Poison Apple Ink and runs a lifestyle blog And the Pursuit. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.

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And There Sits the Orange County Government Center http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/and-there-sits-the-orange-county-government-center/ Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:50:38 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16723 As a professional stager, I suggest cost effective changes before a home goes on the market. Fixing something that is broken always makes the list.

As a design student, I featured Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government building in a report on architectural styles. It seems out of place for Goshen but sometime ago it was approved and, love or hate it, it is ours.

The government building has been sitting vacant for 3 years now. It’s broken. It is not getting fixed. It would cost 75 million for the county to get it up and running again in an estimated 3 years. I’m not holding my breath on this ‘tentative’ plan.

Manhattan architect Gene Kaufman’s proposal is to create a center where art will be created in a collection of studios. It is more like a manufacturing facility and it is likely, most of the art created there will be exported to purchasers outside the county.

The plan does not rely on local people coming to the arts center or buying art created there. The intended tenants are mid-career and late-career artists with well-established styles, prices, dealers, galleries and clients. Like many manufacturers, they’re looking to Orange County for inexpensive real estate, an educated workforce, access to transportation and a pleasant way of life.

The arts center would be like the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, Lycian Stage Lighting, Costume Armor, Union Square Group and the other designers and manufacturers here in Orange County whose products are exported for the arts and entertainment industries.

In 2007, revenue from agriculture amounted to approximately $70 million. Revenue from the arts amounted to approximately $140 million. Everyone talks about promoting agriculture in the County. The arts are already generating twice as much, virtually unrecognized and unappreciated.

The arts and entertainment are this nation’s largest export. This arts center will bring that export activity to Goshen. The plan estimates 270 jobs in the center, or about 3 jobs for each of the 82 tenants. Seems a reasonable estimate.

Many will buy local and engage the services of personal assistants, packers and shippers, printers, writers, photographers, publicists, web designers, travel agents, insurance companies, bookkeepers, accountants, attorneys and more.

The arts center would provide an opportunity for local schools for education, internships, class trips and employment. Since the building will go back on the tax rolls, the Goshen Central School District will receive more taxes.

Building a second, new government building on the Erie Street site is an integral part of the plan, which provides two buildings to the Village of Goshen. A new arts maker space housing 80 new businesses, together with a new government building, will mean far more traffic and local business for Goshen then restoring the original one.

The plan has a lower price tag than any alternative. If this opportunity with Kaufman passes, 10 years from now, when the building is sitting vacant and in worse condition, then what? It is broken. It is time to fix it. What an amazing opportunity for Goshen.

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Have a decorating question? Send it to Claudia.

Claudia Jacobs DesignsClaudia Jacobs is a decorator, professional stager, columnist, mom, friend & not in that order. Living life with joy & owner of Claudia Jacobs Designs in Goshen, NY. Voted 2011 RESA Professional Stager of the Year in the Northeast. Claudia can be seen each Tuesday on Hudson Valley Insider. Visit www.claudiajacobsdesigns.com or call 845-294-8993. Send questions and photos to ClaudiaJacobsDesigns@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
 

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5 Defenses for Going on a Television Bender http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/5-defenses-for-going-on-a-television-bender/ Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:09:16 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16710 If you’ve ever felt like a loser for opting to stay planted on your couch even though the sun is shining, don’t – the best of us get addicted to great TV shows. In my life, it’s added to my experience of the world. Here’s why:

1. In an age when you have to Tweet every hour just to be noticed, e-mail rarely goes unanswered for more than three hours, and multi-tasking is our greatest skill, there’s something alluring about focusing on one thing for a long time. Nothing else calls for the kind of undivided marathon attention that a captivating show does.

2. Condensing my TV show du jour means that it won’t interrupt my busy days. When I have the time, I plan to get pulled into an episodic; I never get sucked in and miss a deadline. “The Leftovers” took up ten weekend hours when I had the flu – I discovered a deeply thought-provoking story, which isn’t a bad outcome for two days that would’ve otherwise been filled with napping and reality TV.

3. I like being taken out of my comfort zone and finding out how I’d react to situations I’d never face otherwise. I want to be gently exposed to certain walks of life without actually walking them, like living in the slums of Chicago or forming a complicated friendship with a drug kingpin. The things that I hope to do someday don’t intrigue me when they’re on a screen, which is why I can’t get into “The Amazing Race” no matter how hard I try. While I do feel guilty for not being on an adventure while I watch a surfer on TV, I never feel like I’m missing out when Justin Theroux is living in a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

4. As a firm believer that everything from tattooing to filmmaking is a bonafide art, I’m easily tempted into seeing the creative side of things. An article on PsychologyToday.com questioned why Netflix viewers who started streaming “Breaking Bad” ended up watching the whole first season in one session. The answer is simple: because it was that good. Besides a story that immediately hooks you (they had me from the first second, as Walt’s pants glide down over the desert), the acting was stellar, phenomenal, perfect. You couldn’t not watch. That flawlessness of that show encouraged me to read interviews with the writers and the actors, which helped put words to my own thoughts on the art of creating, which then influenced my writing. It reminded me that some projects can be great, not just good, and that some art doesn’t get lost with the rest.

5. Conversations were sparked with friends and family. “Lost” references are still an inside dialogue between me and my friend John. Episodes of “Breaking Bad” were dissected over sushi with my brother. Bulk episodes of “Homeland” were watched at my parents’ house every Sunday after dinner. There’s nothing cheap about cinematography and it’s not silly to bond over shared interests, even if they are fictional.

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Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals through her boutique writing company Poison Apple Ink and runs a lifestyle blog And the Pursuit. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.

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The Project CARD ONE Program http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/the-project-card-one-program/ Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:07:24 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16693 Thanks to Project Card One, veterans at Castle Point in Wappinger Falls and seniors at Elant in Goshen received holiday cards.

Proud mom moment: my son, Preston Jacobs and another Goshen High School senior, Katey Merenyi, signed cards to distribute to the recipients.

Please donate used cards by tearing off the decorative front to create a postcard. No envelope needed.

New & used cards can be mailed to Project CARD ONE, ML, PO Box 68, Greenwood, Lake, NY 10925.

For more info contact Michelle at mikil43@verizon.net.

Upcoming classes
Mount St, Mary College Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment
6 Albany Post Road, Newburgh, NY 12550, 845-565-2076
Fall Back in Love with your Home:
Tuesday, January 13 1-3 pm $20
House-Life Connection
Thursday, February 12 1-3 pm $20
Staging Tips for selling your Home:
Thursday, March 5 from 6-9 pm $40

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Claudia Jacobs DesignsClaudia Jacobs is a decorator, professional stager, columnist, mom, friend & not in that order. Living life with joy & owner of Claudia Jacobs Designs in Goshen, NY. Voted 2011 RESA Professional Stager of the Year in the Northeast. Claudia can be seen each Tuesday on Hudson Valley Insider. Visit www.claudiajacobsdesigns.com or call 845-294-8993. Send questions and photos to ClaudiaJacobsDesigns@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
 

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A Love Affair with TV and How Hitchcock Contributed to the Binge-Watching Trend http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/a-love-affair-with-tv-and-how-hitchcock-contributed-to-the-binge-watching-trend/ Thu, 01 Jan 2015 13:19:30 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16660 Mid-afternoon on New Year’s Eve, I said to my boyfriend, “Maybe next year we’ll be at the top of some mountain, a few days into an incredible hiking trip. But this year, we’re having pizza and champagne, watching ‘Shameless’ until we can’t keep our eyes open.” We made it through 11 episodes – 11 hours – before exhaustion got the better of us. Around midnight (about nine hours in), we turned on NBC to watch the ball drop. Thirty seconds after we clinked our glasses and wished each other a happy 2015, we both thought the same thing: how long do we have to wait before we can flip back to Showtime?

 

My Meet Cute with TV Binge-Watching

 

It began in 2009, after a friend of mine took his life. I couldn’t sleep and so I spent my nights watching episodes of “Lost,” finishing them all just in time for season six to premiere. When the final episode aired, I made themed Rice Krispies Treats and went to a “Lost” viewing party. I’d become an expert on a five-year show in four months. (Like everybody else, I hated the ending. Are they dead? Were they dead all along? We’ll never know.)

 

The Alfred Hitchcock Example

 

We’re not hard-wired to be lazy; we’re built to be focused. A study by a Princeton University psychologist had four people watch notably different clips while their brain activity was studied. Hitchcock’s “Bang! You’re Dead” had the highest level of response: 65% compared to 5%, 18%, and 45%. The studied concluded that the more commanding the clip, the more attention was paid. Hitchcock – a cinematic control freak – regulated everything in his films, from what had your attention to what you were feeling and even what you predicted would follow. Today’s television show creators do the same thing, which is why I watched every episode of “Lost” twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything, yet can work through any Real Housewives without missing a beat.

 

Next week, I’ll be writing about my defenses for going on a TV bender and why you shouldn’t feel guilty for devoting part of your life to the boob tube.

 

Lindsay Pietroluongo is a lifestyle writer in the Hudson Valley. Visit her website at LindsayOnTheRocks.com.

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