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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rules of Murder Review

Well, I finished the book, Rules of Murder, finally. I say finally because it took me longer than I had hoped to finish it. 

Rules of Murder is a good beginning to a series but it's definitely not my favorite mystery novel. I enjoyed the story for the most part; but I have to admit, there were times when I got a bit bored. I guess I'm used to a bit more action. Because it's a series, the romance never gets too far off the ground and what little suspense or excitement is in the book gets drawn out over the entire book. I was glad I finished the book, though, as I think the author will only get better from here. I did enjoy her vocabulary and her descriptions of the period. 

Will I read another book in the series - definitely yes. 

Another Article Published

My article, Power and Wisdom, was published in the August issue of Oklahoma Living Magazine.

For this article, I traveled down to Chandler, OK, where they held the Girl Power/Wise Guys Conference, a one-day workshop for 5th graders in Lincoln County. It was a lot of fun watching the kids learn about all types of occupations as well as getting tips on safety.

You can read the whole story on page 20 of the August 2013 issue.

Update on School

I just found out I have 53 signups for classes this year! This is going to be a very busy year! I start teaching next week, so I'm working hard to get ahead a bit so it won't be so bad. Keeping ahead will be a must! I ended my summer tutoring two weeks ago to give myself some time to prepare for fall.

One of the things I'm doing this year for my elementary students is having them do some scrap-lap booking. They will create notebooks using some elementary scrapbooking techniques. I hope they enjoy it. I had a hard time find clip art to use for my CSI class but I finally found a scrapbooking company that sold a police set. It worked perfectly!

I also have 29 composition students, so there will be a lot of reading and grading papers this year! I'm not complaining. I love these teens and enjoy helping them learn to write.

New Wireless Earbuds to Try Out!

I just received a launch sample of the new BackBeat Go 2 Wireless Earbuds by Plantronics in the mail to test out! I'm especially excited that they are "sweat-proof" so I can wear them to the gym! I also like the nifty charging case. Supposedly, you get about 4 hours on the earbuds, but with the case, you can about 14!


I'm also getting the Munitio Earphones to try out.  These are supposed to be engineered by music industry professionals, so they should have great sound. It will be fun to compare the two.

I'll write a full review after I've used them both for a while.

UPDATE:

I was going to wait to review BackBeat Go 2 after I had used it a while, but I can't wait! These headphones are awesome! 

First, the fit. I changed around the ear pieces and found that the smallest are perfect for my ears. With the stabilizers, I have no worries they will fall out while I exercise. I jumped around, did sit-ups, and tried to shake them out. Wouldn't happen. I'll test them at the gym later this week, but so far, these are great fit. I don't even feel them on my neck. The cord is extremely lightweight. 

Now for the sound, the best part. Oh my, these far surpass anything I've tried. My ultimate test is listening to Vivaldi's Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. I could hear every instrument just like I was in a concert hall. It was beautiful. Next, I tried some pop music - Best Song Ever by One Direction was popping with exceptional bass. The piano was crisp and clear in Just Give Me a Reason by Pink. I did have to turn the volume down on that one! On I went to country where I had to turn the volume down to 1/2 listening to That's my Kind of Night by Luke Bryan. Great country sound, too! Finally, I wanted to try another one of my favorite old movie tunes: May it Be with Enya. Ahhh - so beautiful and peaceful. It was like I was watching the movie. I can't say enough about the sound on these headphones. 

Next, I tried a phone call. This took a bit of getting used to. I felt like I was talking in a tunnel because I couldn't hear myself that well. The other party heard me fine and I heard him fine, too; but I kept wanting to talk louder because of the "tunnel" effect. I think because they block out noises, it's harder to hear yourself. 

OK, I'm back listening to Enya. So peaceful. . .