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True Blood and other HBO shows now streaming on Amazon

I am super excited to announce that I just started watching True Blood for free with my Amazon Prime membership.

I have access to HBO Go but it is one of the glitches apps on my Roku Streaming Media Player.

My friend says that she isn’t having a problem with it but there are days were it can take me up to 20 minutes to get a show to play.

And, no, it is not my ROKU as I have no problems with Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, or Netflix.

Before you get to excited, though, right now it is only Seasons 1, 2, and 3 that are free with Prime.

In Season 4, they start asking for $2.99 an episode or $34.99 for standard definition and $46.99 for high definition of the entire season.

Personally, I will be watching on Prime until I hit the final episode of True Blood season 3 and then work my way over to HBO to finish it up before the new season begins on June 22nd.

Here’s the trailer for True Blood Season 7.

Once again, they are saying that this will be the final season.

You can keep up with the official True Blood news news on the HBO True Blood website.

Other shows that are available from HBO on Amazon are full seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Angels in America, and Flight of the Conchords and some seasons of Boardwalk Empire, and Treme.

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April 2014 WAH Report

Since I am already doing posts on my blogging income on Amablogger.com, I have also decided to do a post on this blog on all of the ways I make extra money from home

If your only interest is in the blogging income, I suggest you check out the post on Amablogger as I go into more detail on there.

Let me first start by saying that I will only be posting information on wahj (work at home job) that have actually paid me.

If I can’t spend it, it does not count.

So let’s dig into my cash flow statement.

There are so many ways to make money from home (without doing porn, thank you) and I have dabbled a toe in most of all of them.

There are sources of income that can just be bonus money.

And there are also  sources of income that can a full-time job…from your pajamas.

But, let’s face it, I’m a slacker, so I do not optimize any of them the way that I could and should.

(Especially as I need a new car and I have two kids off to college in the Fall. ~sigh)

All of these are easy ways to make money.

No special skills are required, really.

All you really need is a computer, internet, and time.

Before I forget, many of these opportunities offer a referral program so I may earn residual income if you sign up under me.

That’s only fair being as I brought these ways to make money to your attention, right?

Anyway, end of disclaimer…

On to the nitty gritty…how did I make money in the month of April.

mTurk: $1.59

Swagbucks: $25 Amazon and $50 Paypal

Media Insiders: $25 Tango cards that I cashed out for Amazon

Viggle: $7.99 Hulu Subscription

I have decided to make pages to link to each of these income opportunities so stay tuned.

Like I said, my only expense was to pay for my monthly internet.

There were no pay to signup. No fees assessed in anyway.

How do you make money from home? Any tips to share? Any money making ideas?

~MsCrookedHalo

 

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Your show has been cancelled

A&E

Breaking Boston

Those Who Kill

ABC

Killer Women

Mind Games

Mixology

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland

Suburgatory

Super Fun Night

The Assets

The Neighbors

Trophy Wife

ABC Family

Ravenswood

CBS

Bad Teacher

Friends With Better Lives

Hostages

Intelligence

The Crazy Ones

F/X

Justified

FOX

Almost Human

Enlisted

Raising Hope

The X Factor

Dads

Surviving Jack

HBO

Boardwalk Empire

Family Tree

Hello Ladies

NBC

Believe

Community

Crisis

Dracula

Growing Up Fisher

Revolution

Sean Saves The World

The Michael J. Fox Show

NICKELODEON

See Dad Run

SYFY

Being Human

THE CW

Breaking Pointe

Star-Crossed

The Carrie Diaries

The Tomorrow People

TBS

Cancels Men At Work

USA

Psych

VH1

Single Ladies

The Battle of the Sexes is a Biblical Principal

Men and women don’t see eye to eye on almost anything…

And do you want to know why…because the Bible says so…

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Genesis 3:15

We are not suppose to….that’s why….

But what I find interesting is that although enmity is placed between the man and woman, the battle with enmity rests solely with the man.

Or do you have another interpretation of the Bible verse?

A more earthly demonstration can be found on the blog Melany’s Guydlines.

One difference that she points out is in the research phase.

Thanks to the internet we can now virtually check out a potential mate.

So what, according to Melany, is the difference in what a woman is looking to find vs a man.

A woman is checking him out to make sure the he is not loco, is not a serial dater, his criminal record, his financial abilities, and his social skills.

A man is just verifying his initial impression that she is “doable”.

I always say that a man exists to protect, provide, and pamper.

And women…yeah, we got the rest of it…’cause that’s Biblical too…

A woman meets a man and he actually calls her and they set up a date.  Her logical next move is to Google the shit out of his name to make sure he does not have any felonies and is not pictured alongside a different bleach blonde, bandage-dress wearing, MAC-makeup-piling flavor of the week in his pictures on Facebook. If his legal record comes up clean (MIP’s don’t count) and he seems to have a somewhat normal life including a profession that can be easily explained and referenced on the web, then he already has points for the second date in her eyes.

-For a Man, his Googling experience is a little different because what he really cares about is if she has good-looking friends and that she looks “do-able” in her pictures. This is important so that he can show her off to his buddies prior to spending his paycheck on her. If she looks “hot” then she is good to go in the second date prospective category.

– See more at: http://melanysguydlines.com/getting-a-second-date-the-real-truth/#sthash.Xi5segu7.dpuf

A woman meets a man and he actually calls her and they set up a date.  Her logical next move is to Google the shit out of his name to make sure he does not have any felonies and is not pictured alongside a different bleach blonde, bandage-dress wearing, MAC-makeup-piling flavor of the week in his pictures on Facebook. If his legal record comes up clean (MIP’s don’t count) and he seems to have a somewhat normal life including a profession that can be easily explained and referenced on the web, then he already has points for the second date in her eyes.

-For a Man, his Googling experience is a little different because what he really cares about is if she has good-looking friends and that she looks “do-able” in her pictures. This is important so that he can show her off to his buddies prior to spending his paycheck on her. If she looks “hot” then she is good to go in the second date prospective category.

– See more at: http://melanysguydlines.com/getting-a-second-date-the-real-truth/#sthash.Xi5segu7.dpuf

A woman meets a man and he actually calls her and they set up a date.  Her logical next move is to Google the shit out of his name to make sure he does not have any felonies and is not pictured alongside a different bleach blonde, bandage-dress wearing, MAC-makeup-piling flavor of the week in his pictures on Facebook. If his legal record comes up clean (MIP’s don’t count) and he seems to have a somewhat normal life including a profession that can be easily explained and referenced on the web, then he already has points for the second date in her eyes.

-For a Man, his Googling experience is a little different because what he really cares about is if she has good-looking friends and that she looks “do-able” in her pictures. This is important so that he can show her off to his buddies prior to spending his paycheck on her. If she looks “hot” then she is good to go in the second date prospective category.

– See more at: http://melanysguydlines.com/getting-a-second-date-the-real-truth/#sthash.Xi5segu7.dpuf

A woman meets a man and he actually calls her and they set up a date.  Her logical next move is to Google the shit out of his name to make sure he does not have any felonies and is not pictured alongside a different bleach blonde, bandage-dress wearing, MAC-makeup-piling flavor of the week in his pictures on Facebook. If his legal record comes up clean (MIP’s don’t count) and he seems to have a somewhat normal life including a profession that can be easily explained and referenced on the web, then he already has points for the second date in her eyes.

-For a Man, his Googling experience is a little different because what he really cares about is if she has good-looking friends and that she looks “do-able” in her pictures. This is important so that he can show her off to his buddies prior to spending his paycheck on her. If she looks “hot” then she is good to go in the second date prospective category.

– See more at: http://melanysguydlines.com/getting-a-second-date-the-real-truth/#sthash.Xi5segu7.dpuf

A woman meets a man and he actually calls her and they set up a date.  Her logical next move is to Google the shit out of his name to make sure he does not have any felonies and is not pictured alongside a different bleach blonde, bandage-dress wearing, MAC-makeup-piling flavor of the week in his pictures on Facebook. If his legal record comes up clean (MIP’s don’t count) and he seems to have a somewhat normal life including a profession that can be easily explained and referenced on the web, then he already has points for the second date in her eyes.

-For a Man, his Googling experience is a little different because what he really cares about is if she has good-looking friends and that she looks “do-able” in her pictures. This is important so that he can show her off to his buddies prior to spending his paycheck on her. If she looks “hot” then she is good to go in the second date prospective category.

– See more at: http://melanysguydlines.com/getting-a-second-date-the-real-truth/#sthash.Xi5segu7.dpuf

Sam’s Club Spring Open House

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Shop Sam’s Club  Spring Open House

No membership required

May 2 – 4

Samples and cooking demos from noon to 5 p.m.

Visit SamsClub.com to learn more.

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I am a Mason Nation Mom

Congratulations to my oldest son for all of his hard work and determination.

That success has paid off in his getting accepted into his first choice college, George Mason University to learn the art of video game design.

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Of course I live to embarrass him!

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Yes, he does the leave me alone Mom pose in every photo.

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So my bestie got in on the embarrass him to death action!

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Stand here for just ONE more! Lol.

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Such a beautiful campus.

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Bribed him for another photo with some GMU swag from the bookstore.

This was NOT a cheap photo. Lol.

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Nagging got me this photo. I think that he just liked the statue.

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One of the best things that happened during this trip was that it renewed my friend’s daughter’s enthusiasm for going to a college. Since then, she has willingly and voluntarily toured a few more colleges around VA. Her fav thus far: George Mason!!

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I should have taken notes because I surely don’t remember what this is….anybody??

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 And so now I am officially a Mason Mom!

And I have the car decal to prove it.

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I am officially a William & Mary Mom

Ok, so if you have been reading this blog for awhile, you already know that I am a born procrastinator.

 And thus, you won’t be surprised at just how late this post really is…

Actually, you will actually be surprised that I am getting it written in the same month that the events occurred…Lol…

Anywho, I digress…

The real purpose of this blog is to state publicly just how proud I am of my middle son (my older son’s post is to follow. I am just doing in the order the visits occurred) for getting into the College of William and Mary.

We actually visited W&M on their admitted students day on April 12th and we had a blast (at least I did.)

In addition to a tour around the campus, they also offered the opportunity to visit a dorm.

They also offered many forums but also the opportunity to speak directly with enrollment or the financial aid office.

The latter I took full advantage of….

Anywho, here are some photos…Enjoy!

A beautiful statue.

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Statue of Thomas Jefferson??? James Madison??? I don’t know…Lol. Hadn’t discovered my zoom feature yet, apparently.

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Our tour guide. She had a head…I promise!

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The comedy troup drumming up some business for later on….

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The Student and his lil’ sis….

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More statues. I was too tired to go see who they were. Thank God for zoom on my cell phone.

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Paintings of, well, I am assuming William and Mary.

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The kids got tired of walking around and sat down to enjoy the entertainment. Wusses!!! Lol.

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Check out the future William & Mary Alumni in his first official college hoodie.

One of many, I am sure…

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Check out my new decal.

I am a W&M Mom!!

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Review: Amazon Prime

I had originally planned to review Amazon Prime last as it was the last video streaming service that I invested in but seeing as today is the last day to get Amazon Prime for $79/year, I thought I better hopscotch it to the front.

Last Day to Subscribe to Amazon Prime for $79

What is Amazon Prime?

Initially, and primarily, Amazon Prime is Amazon’s priority shipping program. If you see the check box with the word Prime next to it Prime that means that not only is there no shipping charge for Amazon Prime members but you will receive your package in as little as two days.

In addition to the shipping, you also have access to unlimited streaming of Prime Instant Video on any compatible device. Yep, the streaming of free movies and television shows is included in the price.

And, if you own a Kindle, you can request to “borrow” one free book per month from the Kindle Owners’ Lenders Library. You can only borrow one book at a time but there is no due or expiration date.

A program that I am just reading about today is Kindle First. With Kindle First, you can download one of four editor’s picks a month before the official publication date. This is available to everyone but it is free to Amazon Prime subscribers. Hm.

What I do like about Amazon Prime.

I like that I can start off with a free 30 day trial.

Cover of "Veronica Mars"

Cover of Veronica Mars

What I actually spend the most time using is the streaming. I have found shows that are not available on Hulu Plus or Netflix. I have finally watched all 3 seasons of Veronica Mars and my friend and I are planning a day to order the newly released Veronica Mars movie. Yeah!!

And I have been slamming House Hunters even though the skip several seasons with no real explanation.

I also like that I can share my two day shipping benefit with up to 4 other people. Especially as I have 3 teenage kids who order from their own Amazon accounts.

What don’t I like about Amazon Prime?

My first turn-off was that I couldn’t use my Amazon gift card balance to pay for my Prime. That $79 debit on my card came as a bit of an unpleasant surprise. Especially since I asked an Amazon chat representative if they would charge my balance and got a positive response. Apparently, my representative was incorrect.

So far, the shipping itself has been fine. I don’t always go with Amazon Prime because it might not be the lowest price. On the other hand, if time is of the essence, than I immediately seek out Prime offerings. Other members on my plan, however, have been killing the shipping savings. Lol.

One thing that sincerely bummed me is that the only way to borrow a Kindle book is if you own a Kindle device. If you are using the book apps on your phone, you are pretty much out of luck for this aspect. Although, I do wonder if I had a Kindle device  and borrowed a book, would it also show up on my Android phone. Hm. (Anyone know the answer to this, feel free to leave it in the comments. :-))

My final criticism is about the streaming videos. First off, I was very disappointed to learn that not all of the videos were not available to be streamed.  And, of course, I loathe the way the try to plump up there offerings by having each season separated so that I have to add/remove each one as I go along. And if you plan to watch a particular show, you better hop on it quick as it could be taken off of Prime at any time. I was watching Californication under my Prime account but just the other day, I logged in to find that it is now $1.99 an episode. Boo!!

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

The Closer

The Closer (Photo credit: srqpix)

So, is Amazon Prime worth it? For my family, yes. I stream a lot. As a matter of fact, I am streaming The Closer as I write this post.

Compared to Hulu Plus and Netflix, it comes out about even. While Hulu and Netflix offer more shows and the interface is more logical, I can’t discount the value of the free shipping. I used it just this morning to save $3.75. And the package that I ordered shipped just a few hours later and is expected to hit my doorstop on Friday.

For me, it is definitely worth it. Although I order frequently, it is not frequently enough to reach $35 each time. And my family, yeah, it seems as if we have packages delivered every week.

Don’t forget, if you want to lock in the $79/year price, you have to at least sign up for the Amazon Prime Free 30 Day trial by the end of today and upgrade to paid membership by April 17, 2014. After that, the price is $99/year.

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Child Support Intercept Taken By Tanf

My ex called me whine, er, tell me that Child Support Enforcement had snatched his tax return for child support.

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Child support groups (Photo credit: DFID – UK Department for International Development)

I politely commiserated while inside doing a dance of glee (ok, I was wiggling around in my chair a bit too but he couldn’t see that through the phone. Lol.)

Forward to weeks later when I am checking my balance and up pops a payment that is only 1/10 of what he says was taken.

Calling my local CSE, I found out that the have snatched 9/10 of my check to pay back the TANF that I was forced to be on years ago.

WTF?!?!

I may have not been so mad if I had been given a heads-up in advance.

I might not have been so mad if they had split the check 50/50.

I probably wouldn’t have been so vexed if they had billed him separately and not coxed it under the guile of “child support”.

As it is, I was (and still am) highly miffed.

I felt like I was billed for his inability to pay child support at the time.

I feel as if they used me to collect the debt rather than just, well, collecting the debt.

And, of course, who is suffering the most from this action…

…that’s right, the children…

Most specifically, my boys who are suppose to be going off to college.

The college who charge enrollment deposits.

Enrollment deposits which are not covered by financial aid (believe me, I checked!).

I said it before and I will say it again, welfare is a system designed to keep the recipients on welfare.

And I am glad and proud everyday that God gave me the wherewithal to pull myself up and out of  the pit of a trap.

~MsCrookedHalo

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