Giving Up The Office For Lent

February 14th, 2018

Dear diary,

I have decided to give up The Office for lent. My friends tell me they feel I can’t function without the show, that I only speak in Michael Scott quotes. I don’t get it, really. I love the show but it’s not like it runs my life. Sure, I watch it during my free time. And I do make a lot of jokes from the show. Without a doubt, I am capable of living without it. I’ll prove it.

For the next month or so, I’m going to refrain from rewatching The Office, quoting it to my friends, or even looking at relatable memes. No more “That’s what she said” jokes, or sarcastic looks into the non-existent camera, or putting Alex’s belongings into Jello. He really hates that.

Wish me luck.

Josh

February 20th, 2018

Dear diary,

This isn’t bad.

My friends are really impressed with me and my restraint. Just the other day Aaron said he wasn’t superstitious and I didn’t even reply with “but you are a little-stitious.”

That’s what I would call progress.

I run into a little trouble when I get home from work and am left to my own devices. Sometimes I go on Netflix and hover over The Office’s icon for a few seconds. Somehow, I haven’t caved yet. I’ve started this new show, Parks and Recreation; it’s supposed to be similar to The Office. It has the same writers. It definitely isn’t as funny but it is keeping my occupied. Things are looking up.

Josh

 

February 25th, 2018

Dear diary,

All is not well.

I think my friends are taunting me now. They are constantly setting up jokes they know I can’t respond to because it would involve Office references. I can’t even talk to them anymore.

Social interaction has significantly decreased as has my enjoyment of almost everything else. Almost every time I sit down to watch a movie, I wish it was The Office. When I go to cook string beans, I wish I had Creed’s baffling witticisms playing out in the background; I always use to watch it while I was cooking.

Also, I’m gonna say it: Parks and Rec sucks! It’s a terrible attempt at The Office with a serious lack of humor.

Nothing is seeming to fill the void that the show left. I can’t even bare to think of the fact that I still have about a month to go.

All I want is to be back at Dunder Mifflin, watching Pam and Jim fall in love. What I’d give to hear the sweet sounds of Dwight explaining German folktales again. Not only am I losing my real life friends but it feels like I lost a whole group of friends from The Office.

They’re right. Going cold turkey ain’t easy.

Josh

 

March 9th, 2018

Dear diary,

Sorry for not writing sooner. I found that confronting the void The Office has left makes it worse. Documenting my troubles makes me revel in its’ absence.

As you can probably tell, things haven’t gotten better. I’ve resorted to watching cooking shows in my spare time. Chopped provides some entertainment, but not nearly enough. I’ve completely given up on Parks and Rec.

My friends no longer speak to me and I don’t blame them. I’m not such a fun person to be around at the moment. I can feel myself sucking the air out of every room I walk into. I feel like Angela…no, I can’t.

This sucks. I don’t know if I’m going to make it.

Josh

 

March 15th, 2018

Dear diary,

I am writing again because I don’t know what else to do. I sit here, in my room, in complete silence staring at the TV, remote on my lap, just struggling to stay away from Netflix. My Office sweater sits in the corner; Michael Scott’s face stares at me as if he is mocking me. 

What would happen if I just turn on an episode? No one will know. No one will see this diary entry.

This was all stupid anyway. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. It’s just a stupid show, who cares if I love it? Who cares if I quote it all the time? All of the awkward silences between my friends and I would just go away if I ended this.

If I could just turn on the TV, I could be myself again.

One full month is enough, I think. I’ve definitely learned my lesson.

Dunder Mifflin….here I come.

jim and pam the office

Josh

 

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