Ima be a little late…

Ima be a little late…on my next craft post, sorry! Murph paid me a visit last week. Actually, he kinda hung around all week:

Monday – I finished my work on the fundraiser staying super late after work and going in early. We all came together and pulled it off short a few members, as Murph was keeping them busy.

Tuesday – huge storm. Like HUGE. I worked late and was driving down I-95 to see a tree WITH ROOTS AND ALL fly horizontally across the highway. I was so happy to get home. Trees down everyplace and lots of folks lost power for the remainder of the week. Got myself settled and stupidly thought my trashcans were the only thing busted on my property. Soon, I realized Murph made sure that my A/C didn’t make it through the storm. My options are now Antarctica or Hades until I can get it serviced.

Wednesday – I had a friend coming into town that I haven’t seen since around 2004! Murph delayed his flight so many times that night they cancelled it altogether. By the time it was finalized it was too late to get anything done.

Thursday – was the fundraiser. Left work a 3pm to go do the setup. It went really well, Murph didn’t show up. We raised over $51k for CHOP!

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Our fundraiser was a success!

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Met up with my buddy Juan really fast on the way back from the fundraiser since his flight got moved to Thursday!

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We saw this killer painted billboard for The Blacklist on South Street.

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Penns Landing was hopping Friday afternoon!

Walking out of the house to go to the gym I see that Murph stopped by again and busted a huge limb off my tree.
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Saturday – I had plans to see the Tall Ships with Dad and I made sure to get back early enough to get a post drafted. Murph called in some rain so I got home earlier than expected.IMG_6535IMG_6541IMG_6543IMG_6536IMG_6542

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Worlds Largest Rubber Ducky!

I set out to make cupcakes I promised Clint before I wrote and the power went out. Murph wanted me to take a nap, I guess.
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Went in to take said nap and heard water dripping. It was a mess dripping down the air duct shiney stuff so that you can’t tell whats wet and whats just shiney. It was really fun in the dark with a flashlight. 😦
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Clint brought me his 6′ ladder and I was able to get in the ceiling crawlspace and rule out the A/C unit as the culprit. Found I had a leak in my roof!

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Poop.

I sat down like 10pm and opened a bottle of wine. It was like vinegar. Last bottle, too.

Sunday – I spent the whole day cursing Murph while taking care of things that went wrong this week. Rented a 32′ ladder to find out there is nothing wrong with the roof. Dad hiked it up there and found NOTHING. Looks like the ENE 30+ mph winds (that are atypical in intensity and direction for my area) simply pushed the water into the house under the flashing and/or shingles on the side of the dormer. There is really nothing actually wrong that we can tell. I need to wait and see in the next rainfall what happens, I suppose. After that I mowed the lawn since it FINALLY stopped raining and Dad fixed my back storm door that was sticking.
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Found that the winds destroyed my basil and I had to pull those all out. Once that was done I cut up the tree parts that I can do myself without a chainsaw. Those are bundled and ready for the trash men.
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After that I made an Italian chicken bake to eat for lunch this week, boiled some eggs for breakfasts and made some mint chocolate chip cupcakes for Clint. Wrote this, and I don’t think I will be getting to my planned early week craft post.
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Have a great week guys! I am goin’ to clean up the kitchen and then stress-eat a cupcake.
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Thanks alot, Murph.

<3,

Roni

Save Money WIth Ceiling Fans This Summer

Did you ever notice that your ceiling fan has a little switch on the side? Well, you should take a minute now and go check if you haven’t. That tiny toggle can save you some dough this summer, man!  It will look like this this switch here:

Flip that switch each season!

Flip that switch each season!

If you never noticed the toggle before, chances are your fan is going in the warm weather direction as the default setting should be to blow the air down on you. Stand under your fan and take a look at it when it is on low. When you are looking up at it, it should turn counter clockwise. You’ll want to flip that switch if it is going the other direction. Keeping your fan on high like this can help you reduce your AC bill and will make you feel cooler this summer.

Stay cool my friends,
Roni

Ditching Cable – Part 5 (How To Stream By TV Show)

This is a chart to provide detail at a TV show level of how to watch shows across multiple formats: Network Websites and Apps, Sling.com, Hulu Plus, HBO Now and an antenna. (I did not include Netflix or Prime as they only have older seasons of shows for free.)

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I will update the list as needed. These are just the shows I watch right now but it will give you a good idea of what each network offers in the way of consistency. Please do leave me a comment if you see an update is needed.  Check the links below for more how-to’s on getting set up to cut the cable cord.

Check out the other posts in this cord-cutting series:
Ditching Cable – Part 1 (Why I’m Going There!)
Ditching Cable – Part 2 (Dealing with a Dead Zone)
Ditching Cable – Part 3 (Options to Watch &  Stream)
Ditching Cable – Part 4 (How To Stream TV By Network)
Ditching Cable – Part 5 (How To Stream By TV Show) (you are here now)
Ditching Cable – Part 6 (How Low Can I Go?) (coming soon)

Happy Watching,
<3, Roni

 

Ditching Cable – Part 4 (How to Stream TV by Network)

As you know, I am going all-internet streaming and cable-free shortly. Here is a handy-dandy little chart I worked up for myself while looking into how to begin streaming. This chart includes all the networks that I normally watch in multiple formats: Network Websites and Apps, Sling.com, Hulu Plus, HBO Now and an antenna. (I did not include Netflix or Prime as they only have older seasons of shows for free.) The only one I won’t be able watch anymore at home is FX. Boo to that. Everything else will be covered.

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I will update the list as needed. Please leave me a comment if you see an update is needed.  Check the links below for more how-to’s on getting set up to cut the cable cord. Next post in the series will be a TV show level watching/streaming chart, so stay tuned!

To see what networks you can get in your area with an antenna, check the FCC site here. For an overview of the viewing options used above, see this post about options to watch and stream.

Check out the other posts in this cord-cutting series:
Ditching Cable – Part 1 (Why I’m Going There!)
Ditching Cable – Part 2 (Dealing with a Dead Zone)
Ditching Cable – Part 3 (Options to Watch &  Stream)
Ditching Cable – Part 4 (How to stream TV by Network) (you are here now)
Ditching Cable – Part 5 (How to Stream by TV Show)
Ditching Cable – Part 6 (How Low Can I Go?) (coming soon)

Happy Watching,

<3, Roni

Ditching Cable – Part 3 (Options to Watch & Stream Without Cable)

Here is the next installment in my guide to going cable free. The following is a list of ways that you can stream or watch TV once the cord is cut. As I researched this and thought it would have been great to have it all in one location. So here you are, look no further!

Apple TV | $69-120 (one time fee): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Many apps available for both free and paid content.
  • Purchase season of current shows via iTunes for Live streaming.

Amazon Fire TV | $99 (one time fee): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Many apps available for both free and paid content.
  • Games available.
  • Cool features like Voice Search let you talk to the remote.
  • Purchase season of current shows via iTunes for Live streaming.
  • Can Mirror Phone or Tablet to the TV.

Amazon Fire TV Stick | $99 (one time fee): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Many apps available for both free and paid content.
  • Cool features like Voice Search let you talk to the remote.
  • Purchase season of current shows via iTunes for Live streaming.
  • Can Mirror Phone or Tablet to the TV.

Antenna | $30-150 (one time fee): Watch CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, ION, CW, FOX

  • Watch live.
  • Most locally broadcast channels available.
  • Check for your available channels here.

Amazon Prime | ($99/yr): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch on-demand.
  • TV Shows offered by season.
  • TV Shows are back season – about a year behind live TV.
  • Unique content available.
  • Most devices have a Prime App to direct stream.
  • Music streaming.
  • Other perks: Free 2 day shipping on purchases, some free eBooks & Audio Books for Kindle users.
  • Check currently offered shows  and movies here.

Netflix $7.99/mo: Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • TV Shows offered by season.
  • TV Shows are back season – about a year behind live TV
  • Unique content available like Orange is the New Black.
  • Most devices have a Prime App to direct stream.

Hulu Plus $7.99/mo: Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Watch many current TV shows on-demand.
  • Some TV Shows are back season.
  • Movie library is tiny.
  • TV Shows offered are available the day after they air on live TV.
  • Most devices have a Hulu Plus App to direct stream.
  • Check for your favorite TV shows here.

HBO NOW$15/mo (via Apple, Optimum users price TBD): Stream HBO

  • Watch on-demand.
  • Full HBO content library.
  • Most devices will get a HBO Now App to direct stream.

Sling.com$20/mo: Watch AMC, TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, Disney Channel, FOOD Network,  HGTV, EL REY, IFC, Travel Channel,  [ADULT SWIM], CNN, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, GALA Vision, MAKER 

  • Watch live.
  • Some shows also available on-demand .
  • Rent movies $0-4.99.
  • Many devices have an App to direct stream.
  • $5 Sports extra (ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and more).
  • $5 Hollywood extra (EPIX, Sundance and more).
  • $5 Kids extra (Disney Jr., Boomerang, XD and more).
  • $5 World News extra (HLN, Bloomberg and more).
  • $5 Lifestyle extra (DIY Network, TRU TV,  Cooking Channel and WE).

Network websites | $0 – cost of cable: Check your favorite channels websites.

  • Some networks allow free show streaming without a cable log-in.
  • Local news channels often allow you to stream their news broadcasts.

Network App’s | $0 – cost of cable: Check for your favorite channels on your streaming devices.

  • Some networks allow free show streaming without a cable log-in.
  • Find further details on which popular network App’s do this on the next post in this series.

The Dragon Box | $299 (one time fee): Movies, Music and Shows

  • Acts as a directory to find your content from other hosts.
  • Potentially could lose content as lawsuits are filed against the sites they direct toward to stream.
  • $5/mo Tech Support
  • $49.99 Support Upgrade

(Rumored Fall 2015) Apple Steaming TV Service | $30-40/mo (estimated): Stream TV Shows and Movies

  • Approximately 25 channels will launch.
  • Rumored channels could include CBS, ABC, Disney.

Slingbox and other devices are intentionally left off my list as they require a cable subscription to watch. As more options become available, I will add them here. Have one I missed? Leave me a comment and I will add ASAP.

Check out the other posts in this cord-cutting series:
Ditching Cable – Part 1 (Why I’m Going There!)
Ditching Cable – Part 2 (Dealing with a Dead Zone)
Ditching Cable – Part 3 (Options to Stream) (you are here now)
Ditching Cable – Part 4 (How To Stream TV by Network)
Ditching Cable – Part 5 (How To Stream By TV Show)
Ditching Cable – Part 6 (How Low Can I Go?) (coming soon)

f you have gone cable-free lets hear about it in the comments.

Happy Streaming!
<3,
Roni

Ditching Cable – Part 2 (Dealing with a Dead Zone)

In order follow through and ditch cable, I first needed to address the dead zone in my house. One can accomplish this with running a wired connection all the way down to the dead zone from the modem. That is not ideal (and it’s ugly). I set up a quasi-wired solution with 2 routers and a Powerline Adaptor Kit. Got that first set of equipment all set up an working super fast, too!

I had to do manual set ups of everything. I use a Mac updated with Yosemite – which doesn’t gel with the set up software of most routers. Your routers likely have set up utilities you can use. It took me a long time to find the confidence to try this and many hours of researchto know where to start. I wanted to put it in one place for the next fellow. So, if you need to know the details on how to do this yourself, read on.

Preliminary Instructions:

  1. Find your dead spot and before you begin.
  2. Gather all your materials: Ethernet cables, 2 Routers, Powerline Adaptor Kit and your Computer.
  3. If your computer is not near your Modem, you need to relocated it there to complete the set up.
  4. Establish the difference between a LAN and a WAN connection. (WAN will usually be marked ‘Internet’):
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  5. We are going to use one router as a true router and the other as an access point. These instructions refer to Router 1 as ‘Router‘ and Router 2 as ‘Access Point‘.

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Ditching Cable – Part 1 (Why I’m Going There!)

I am cutting the cord.

My cable bill went up again and I am so over it. I have no ‘upgrade’ channels, 50 Mbps internet (that doesn’t stream correctly) and a house phone of which I don’t use. I don’t even know the number. My bill is now approaching $150.

Nope.

I have 3 TVs and a computer. The TV on my 2nd floor was used once when the cable was installed (it was free). The Bedroom TV was used about 6 times. Ever. Once when I streamed an episode of SOA on Chrome Cast while sick, and the rest when my 7 year old cousin comes over and needs a Nick or Disney fix. My Living Room TV is gihugic and I do stream to it a lot using my Apple TV and we watch DVR’d shows on that one.

If you come over my house and turn the TV on, you will likely find some hunting channel my boyfriend watches when he’s over. I mostly watch stuff on-demand and try and stream a few Prime shows and that’s really it, myself. It’s time to get my butt in gear and go digital. Continue reading