Tag: Sling TV

3 Quick Thoughts on Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • The pool robot is working out very nicely. I was able to put it in the pool earlier this week and by the time I was done mowing and trimming the side yard and watering all my plants, the pool was clean.  I took advantage of the clean pool and went swimming!  I needed to cool off – we’ve had temperatures in the high 90s all week, along with heat indexes of 104 – 109.
  • I’m sad to report that the SlingTV is not working out as well as I had hoped. It does fine on most shows, but anything that is live, such as a news show or, most importantly, the race, it pixilates a lot, which causes headaches.  Not good.  It is uncertain if it will improve by upping our internet speed, and that’s something that Bill needs to handle, as he has some concerns about what they need to send a technician out to do here at the house. Until he gets those answers (and has the time to pursue the whole issue), I think we’re going to be stuck with continuing to use DirecTv.
  • I’m not sure if I’m brave or foolhardy, but I started reading a Diana Gabaldon book yesterday, Seven Stones To Stand Or Fall. I am two books behind in reading her Outlander series and all of the short stories and novellas included in this collection are about the Outlander world in some fashion.  I’ve put off reading anything by her for several years because I knew once I began, I would not want to stop.  I’ll end up reading the whole Outlander series from start to finish.  The last time I did that was in 2007 and it took me a full year – and there’s two more full length novels added since then!  Wish me luck!

3 Quick Thoughts on Sunday, July 16, 2017

  • Our roof has new shingles!  It looks nice.  The crew cleaned up nicely and the contractor is going to be back tomorrow to check on the work again, answer any questions/concerns we might have, and do another sweep with the magnet to pick up any stray staples.  We’ve swept and looked around, found a few stray staples, but it looks good.  I vacuumed the pool yesterday morning and there really wasn’t much shingle dust in there, which was good.
  • The pool is finally clean and warm.  We’re really enjoying the swimming.  We ordered a robotic pool cleaner, which should arrive this coming week.  That will save me many hours each week brushing and vacuuming.  And it supposedly will also mean we have to use fewer chemicals, which would be nice.
  • We are testing Sling TV this weekend, watching the NASCAR races and other shows, via the app and an XBox One.  I can see we’re going to need to up our Internet bandwidth, but otherwise, we’re fairly pleased with how it all works.  The biggest challenge has been figuring out how to use the XBox controller to operate the television.  Hopefully later this week I’ll be able to cancel our satellite tv service and save ourselves some money.