Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Friday, January 28, 2011

Things have been pretty quiet over at Chez Ksam lately. Not too much to blog about. And my work trips keep getting pushed back, which has meant for a lot of twiddling of thumbs around here. Luckily I have my new slingbox to keep me busy.

The slingbox has had us living in a mini-US bubble. I watch the Today Show while waking up in the morning. I have seen the horrors of "Toddlers and Tiaras" first-hand (see below). We can watch Jay Leno before going to bed at night. C can recite the current specials at Red Lobster by heart. Which is his favorite restaurant by the way. "You can get a seafood platter for two for only $29.99. And they give you unlimited rolls! Cheddar & garlic rolls! It's the best thing ever! (Except for you)." Gee, thanks dear.

Because my mom lives in the middle of nowhere & has a fairly slow internet connection, the quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough for me. So thanks to everyone who gave me advice during the purchase/set-up of the slingbox. It's been well worth it, especially since we also added a DVR that lets us record shows and then watch them later.

In case anyone is wondering about the costs - we purchased the Slingbox Solo off of Amazon for about $150. In addition, we also bought two Slinglink Tubos for $70 (in order to allow my mom's internet to go through her electrical system). Those are the fixed costs - on top of that, my mom's cable plan will charge us about $15/mo for the DVR rental & service. So it's not cheap, but it's been really nice to not have to download TV shows and have them take up space on my laptop (or worry about viruses), plus it's also good for C's English.

And as promised above, here is everything that's wrong with America:

And then there is this.....there are just no words to describe this:

Methinks someone needs a little visit from Super Nanny.

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Blogger MilkJam said...

Oh. MY. GOD.

Just watched the second one.

Dude she sounds just like a little adult with her expressions - wonder where she picked them up from... dude!

January 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Oh my god.
I don't even know what to say about any of that. The mom with the newborn should be shot, and the mom with the five kids is just.. horrible. awful.

January 28, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

NEED to get the slingbox. We've been debating it for months and I think we just need to get it figured out so I watch trashy TV again.

January 28, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Animesh said...

and for the third time - oh my god! craziness.... I am speechless... and you know how hard it is to shut me up :).

Congrats for the slingbox. Maybe I should get my brother to set one up too :).

January 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Delana said...

That just might be the most horrible thing I've ever seen. What's amazing is that those freakishly weird mothers allow their twisted lives to be shown on TV. I think...I don't need a slingbox!

February 1, 2011 at 2:24 AM  
Blogger Pardon My French said...

Ah, yes, you are not the only expat who has discovered Toddlers & Tiaras -- it's kind of like rubbernecking at a car wreck. You know you should just look away, but it's so fascinating.

February 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Reb said...

that's just sick!

February 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Mil said...

I'm feeling like the best mother in the world compared to these ladies. pretty horrifying. Now with this slingbox you're actually on your mom's US cable system? How does that work?

February 5, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

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