Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings & Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 240!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.



Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!

Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
AMAZON

Improvisation at Page 156

Here's the really good part. Commercial paper is largely made up of bleached wood pulp. The bleach is what makes the paper a nice bright white. Alice replaced my ink cartridge with one that contained highly concentrated ammonia--the same grade they use for pesticide production and sewage treatment. The ammonia was mixed with actual ink and a chemical agent designed to mask its horrific pungent odor. And the paperwork itself has been treated to an even higher concentration of bleach. Thus, when I started filling it out, the ammonia-laced ink came in contact with the chlorine in the heavily bleached paper and produced highly toxic chloramine gas. 


                                  ONLY FRIDAY 56 PARTICIPANTS MAY USE THE LINKY.

Book Beginnings leave your links in the comments if you didn't join in the Friday 56.
Book Beginnings

Prologue

Federal Bureau of Investigation--National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), Quantico, Virginia, Present day

This is the first day of the rest of your life, I think to myself as I squint under the bright fluorescent lights in a windowless interrogation room. In the reflection of the yellowy two-way mirror, I look like a bug in a jar, quietly waiting for a mentally disturbed five-year-old to fill it with water and watch me stiffly gallop to a slow and painful death. But my executioner doesn't come in the form of a bored suburban brat. He comes in the form of Assistant Director Winston Fletcher--a fifty-something FBI poster boy with a scrubbed red face (Ivory soap), machine-precision haircut (Floyd the barber), cheap, ill-fitting suit and prep school knock-off tie (Joseph A. Bank), and high-polish wing tips with skid-proof rubber soles (Florsheim).









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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Symphonized NRG Premium Wood In-Ear Noise-Isolating Earbuds

Listening to music is an everyday occurrence for me, so having great headphones is a must! Every one is different and likes different headphones. While I prefer in-ear earbuds, my hubby prefers over-the-ear headphones. Until Symphonized came along.


Symphonized sent me these NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-Ear Noise-Isolating Earbuds for review. 

Let me start off by saying that I have already purchased a second pair for the hubby, but more of that to come in a minute.

If you take a peek at my Barbie Rock n' Royals post, you will see I have a family of music lovers. We not only listen, we play! Any musician can tell you the importance of wood in musical instruments, so naturally, you would be inclined to use headphones that are wooden. 



The sound is just so much more sharp and clear, and yes, it cancels all the noise outside. Listening to music with these in my ear were a dream! The sound was so clean. Much more so than regular earbuds. It has a long cord too. Which is another feature I love. Instead of the regular cords that are fragile wires, these are actually corded to protect. They help with not getting so badly tangled too. Also included was different sizes for the ear insert. I use the smallest ones, but it came with medium ones on. You just pop them bad boys off and adjust to your ear. Easy-peasy! 

Now back to the hubby...
I liked these earbuds so much, I made the hubby check them out. He listened for a fraction of a minute and then asked me to buy him a pair. The exact same. So I did. They should be here next week. 

Here are the specs;

  • Symphonized in-ear noise cancelling headphones are handcrafted from real wood
  • The earphones have crisp powerful sound and strong deep bass
  • Three sizes (S/M/L) of custom comfortable silicone ear tips and one eco-friendly convenient carrying pouch come with our earbuds
  • Answer or end calls, activate Voice Control, skip tracks with a smart built-in in-line microphone. The headphones also have a sleek tangle-free nylon cord that comes in different colors
  • With the stylish design and high-end sound quality, Symphonized earphones are designed for the latest generations of iPod, iPhone, and iPad. They work with all Androids, tablets, mp3 players, and related devices.

Get a pair. They're a decent price, and fantastic quality, you probably won't need headphones again for some time.

AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA   |   AMAZON UK

Find more from Symphony in their storefront.


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#66: Advice For Italian Boys by Anne Giardini

Nicolo’s older and younger brothers seem to have their lives in focus. Nicolo works hard, saves his money, respects his parents and his nonna, but he is still living at home in his early 20s, his life as unformed as gelato. If only he knew which direction to take. His father wants him to study. His mother hints that he should to start a family of his own. Nonna’s advice is emphatic but mysterious.
      Filomena Pavone, Nonna to her family, watches over and advises her grandsons by day, and dreams by night of her youth in the southern Italian village of Arduino—its dusty narrow streets, its fragrant flowers, her first forbidden kisses. No one knows or remembers this other Filomena, and her surrendered life of passion and love. But her spirit still glows inside her like banked coals.
      Beloved by readers and critics alike, Advice for Italian Boys resonates and surprises. Anne Giardini reveals how life’s most intense moments arise unexpectedly, and how, like Nicolo, we must glean the advice we need to live our lives from wellintentioned but often misguided friends, family and strangers.



  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (March 16, 2010)
  • ISBN: 9781554680320



About the Author

Anne Giardini is a lawyer and writer. A former columnist for the National Post, she has written numerous essays and articles on a wide range of subjects. Her bestselling first novel, The Sad Truth About Happiness, was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the 2007 Audie Award, honoring excellence in audio publishing. She currently sits on the board of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Giardini lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and three children.

REVIEW:
Meh.
Most of this book, I wasn't feeling at all. It was just a story to me, until we got to Zoe's part about 200 pages in, and I was interested in something. 
Don't get me wrong, it has the most beautiful, descriptive writing. It's just that the story doesn't really go anywhere. These characters live,eat, sleep, work, go to school, love, just like we do. It still didn't work for me though. I felt like the story was missing something.
It kind of sucks that smaller character had a bigger impact on me than the main character of the book's focus. 
I did like the 'old country' proverbs. Especially with both English and Italian translations for each one. Those alone were worth reading the story for. Each one was quite deep and thought-provoking. 
So while this wasn't my cup of espresso, it may be more to your tastes. It's one of those cases where you can't knock it till you try it.

2/5


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