We've never had a television in our bedroom. I used to have this list of ways to 'keep the magic alive' in a long term relationship. It was just silliness that only a twenty-two year old serial monogamist would put together; keep your shampoo and soap different from your partner's, use separate laundry detergent, and no television or electronics in the bedroom. Now of course I'm just thrilled if the laundry gets done, and we all use the same (unscented) detergent, and when I get the luxury of a shower, I gladly grab whatever shampoo or soap is hanging around. It's all gone out the window, but still no TV in bed so far... and while I'm not sure it always boosts the romance (6 hours of uninterrupted sleep generally does more for putting us in the mood!), it is probably better for my insomnia and also carves out some space in each day for a little reading.
I have always been an avid reader, and I'm embarrassed to say that ever since Little Smith came along (now too many years ago for that to be a proper justification), I really haven't been as committed to spending time with a good book. It's mostly magazines and articles and snippets of reference books for me, but James still sinks his teeth into novels... big books about infrastructure and CIA conspiracies that would put most of us to sleep. His side of the bed is perpetually loaded up with piles of books that Little Smith enjoys rearranging when the mood strikes. I do miss my own relationship with the printed word, and I'm hoping to polish off a few good reads this summer before we add a new little one to the mix and I have even more excuses to push books aside. Any suggestions for page turners are much appreciated!