We’ve been pretty tech-averse in our house for awhile, that is until Christmas when welcomed a brand new Amazon Echo into our lives.
We’ve had it for five months now and I can’t really say that it’s changed our lives or anything (ok, maybe there are a few more impromptu dance parties than before), but it’s been a semi-helpful addition at least.
Need some soothing classical music when the kids are nuts? No problemo.
Need a quick weather report? Got you covered.
Have no idea what the family schedule looks like today? Just ask!
Am I worried about the NSA spying on me? Nope. I’m probably more worried about Amazon and Google getting together to form SkyNet and an army of Terminators, but I think as long as we keep Asimov’s rules in order we’ll all be just fine with our new friend Alexa.
Almost every Saturday I start the day with a walk around the neighborhood with my trusty sidekick Madden. This isn’t just for pure canine biological necessity, although she takes care of plenty of business along the way. It’s a chance to stretch our legs, get some fresh air, and enjoy the peaceful early morning.
Thankfully the rain stopped by the time morning rolled around today and we were able to make it out for a good long stroll. Here’s hoping for a respite from the rain and some decent weather this weekend!
Well, kind of…
You see, when the wife called our provider to get rid of cable it was actually cheaper to just keep the “local package” rather than to just keep phone and internet. So we still have a bunch of channels, but cut about $30 a month off our bill.
We tried going fully sans cable and just streaming a few years ago, but it turned out to only save us a few dollars, and the addition of streaming services pretty much wiped out that savings. This plan seems like the perfect mix though. We’re not paying for a ton of content we don’t consume, but still getting local networks and a fair amount of cable, including household staples like CNN, HGTV, and NatGeo. (Yes, those might be the lamest networks ever to be excited about, but I accept my lameness and embrace it!)
Now we have the flexibility to add and drop premium streaming services as shows we watch go in and out of season, and make use of the services we already pay for, all for less money.
If you’re like us and frustrated by paying exorbitant amounts of money to your cable provider because you don’t feel like you’re getting your money’s worth then give it a shot!
What’s the worst that could happen?