I'm one of those folks who still (gasp!) has cable. In spite of regular comments and emails both suggesting I cut the cord and asking why I haven't I remain a devotee. Until you can stream ALL sports including overseas sports live, I'll be in said system. With the bundle. The cable bundle remains a dedicated budget line item-and yes, it's my biggest non rent regular bill. By far.
Yesterday, I had a visit from the trusty cable guy.
Some of you may remember in a past "five frugal things" post that I mentioned working out a deal to lower my cable bill-by 70 dollars. As a part of that deal, I also got an increase in Internet speed to a gig. I could have also gotten door and window security sensors but around this house, with three different schedules, the security system would be on about five hours. We'll look at something more sensible, like perhaps a Ring and then sensors on the very back windows.
Anyhoo, the cable guy. He hooked up a new modem. He also gave the other two TVs that are not in the main room new boxes. The best part however, was that he gave us "talking" remotes. Now, if you have had one of these for awhile, you probably don't see what the big deal is. And if you don't know-put simply, you just tell the remote where you want to go. Or who you want to watch. Or what you want to listen to. You can say "Bette Davis" and it will pull up every Bette Davis movie on the screen-live, recorded or on demand. You can say, "find me a comedy" and it will give you all kinds of options. The list goes on.
|All you do is push that blue button and talk!|
in the words of my son "Oh, my God, I have a new toy!". Eventually, obviously the newness will wear off, but let me tell you, right now that baby is getting a workout. By all three of us. Technology, it can be a joy. Or a toy.
As if that wasn't enough, I've been wearing my Fitbit at night in order to track my sleep. My goal is between seven and nine hours, aiming for the higher number, and most days I succeed. Each morning when I go to the app, as well as telling me the basics (my much total sleep, how much time awake, how much time REM sleep and so on), it gives a nugget of advice.
On Sunday I woke up, and as well as sharing all the statistics, the little app ad a kernel of wisdom. It said "alcohol can affect sleep and increase restlessness". Which wouldn't mean much. Except that the evening before I had had a small glass of white wine, the first alcohol I had drunk since my mini sip of Christmas champagne.
So seriously. Did the wine change my heart rate. Does the ever lovin' Fitbit have a sensor for chemicals? Does Big Brother live? Or is it simply a casual coincidence?
Inquiring minds want to know. Or maybe not.