How I miss reading books. Ever since I discovered the internet years ago, I spent less and less time reading books. The numerous amount of information online has replaced my usual dose of reading materials. Information through the internet is easy and very accessible. Still, I miss the feel of paper on my hand and the smell of books.
So lately, I have been finding more time to go back to the basics. I hope to read at least one book every month. It seems like such a pathetic goal considering that I used to devour two to three books every week when I was younger. However, with the limited amount of free time that I have, I think my goal is quite reasonable.
With my resolve to go back to reading books, I started making comfortable nooks around the house where I could quickly plop down and read. I found several really interesting areas where I can have a few undisturbed moments of reading.
Surprisingly, the kitchen seems to be a quiet place where I can read. Our kitchen light fixturespendant light fixtures are good for focused lighting and she likes reading under them, I am considering replacing the lights in the kitchen with kitchen pendant lighting. It will be great to read while waiting for the food to be cooked or simply while having my coffee. I am also on the lookout for a comfortable bar stool that I can use by the kitchen counter.
I am already excited to start on a good book. Hopefully, I go beyond my minimum and I find enough time to finish more than one book a month. So, do you have any recommendations on good books that I can read?
Hair loss is genetic. Although it is more common in men than in women, a lot of people experience it especially when they reach old age. A few weeks ago, a cousin of mine has been complaining of his receding hairline. It seems that his other side of the family has the hair loss gene. He has been thinking about how to address the problem because the way it looks now has been bothering him.
Since he does not want to any solution that will require a lot of money, I told him about the possibility of wearing wigs and hairpieces. He laughed at the idea but I seriously told him that he only needs to get a good one and no one would even know that he is wearing a wig. I gave him the details of a beauty supply warehouse where a hair and makeup artist of mine gets black hair extensions and told him to look at the wigs first and to try them out. He was really against the idea so I told him about the male celebrities who allegedly wore wigs also at some point in their career. You would be surprised to know how many Hollywood celebrities wear wigs and yet they are barely noticeable. Below are some of these celebrities.
· Burt Reynolds. Although he denies that he wears wigs even back in the 70s, a lot of people noticed how his hairline seemed to have stopped receding all of a sudden.
· Ben Affleck. One of the things you will notice with this actor is his hairline. A rumor about him losing his wig at a party fueled more wig speculations.
· Matthew Mcconaughey. Back in 1999, a picture of this actor wearing a wig surfaced and it sparked discussions of who else among Hollywood actors are wearing one as well.
Here I am blogging again about coffee. I have mentioned in a blog post from previous months about getting a single serve bunn home coffee maker. It is serving me well and I have no complaints about it. It really is a great, if not the best, the best drip coffee maker.
How does it work?
Drip coffee makers are the ones you commonly see used in homes. They are easy to work with and relatively cheaper to own than other coffee makers. Available in a broad selection of models, colors and sizes, there is a drip coffee maker to suit any kitchen.
Cold water from a reservoir on the coffee maker is first heated and then dripped onto coffee grounds contained within a filter assembly. That is essentially how it works. There are variations in the water temperature of the brew, the filter assembly design, and speed of the drip, so some drip coffeemakers do make better coffee than others, and it’s not necessarily a function of price
What are the qualities of a best drip coffee maker?
With BUNN coffee makers:
1. BUNN drip coffee brewers manage the water-to-coffee contact so coffee is never over extracted and bitter.
2. BUNN brewers ensure water is at a consistent brewing temperature of 200F degrees. Most brewers heat water during the brewing cycle, letting water drip slowly. BUNN brewers make sure the water hits a certain temperature before releasing it over the coffee grounds.
3. BUNN brewers use a nozzle spray to release all the water at once to make sure that coffee grounds are evenly wet to extract the most ideal flavor from them. Other drips let water go down slowly, so that there are coffee grounds that get wet and extracted first, making them over-extracted and tasting bitter.
My friend was asking me a few days ago whether I know a seller of discount batteries. Her husband’s laptop battery seems to be nearing the end of its life because it can only sustain power for around thirty minutes even if it was fully charged.
They already asked the laptop’s manufacturer for replacement batteries and the price was a bit expensive. Since her husband can be stingy when it comes to such replacements, they are on a search for a battery store where they can get cheaper ones. Another option they are considering is to just have the batteries repacked since some friends of theirs are recommending it.
She recounted to me the story of her husband’s cell phone batteries which also needed to be replaced a few months ago. They found original batteries for the cell phone but at an expensive price. They also found cheaper ones but the quality is questionable. So her husband ended up choosing to buy a new cell phone instead. This was also the case with his motorcycle batteries.
Their dilemma got me worried about the batteries of my laptop and cell phone. So I have researched on some tips for taking care of batteries to make them last. Although the life of laptop batteries are not forever, I can take better care of it to make it last longer. I am careful now not to overcharge my laptop or cell phone batteries and also not to let its battery power go totally empty. According to an article I have read, being consistent in how you charge your batteries is a very important factor in making them last longer.
I jokingly told my friend that her husband’s laptop can still work like a desktop which is constantly plugged in and she told me that the husband is actually thinking of buying a new one and letting their son have the laptop and use it like a desktop!