We’ll Always Have #SadTomBrady and Other Super Bowl Thoughts

Good news Bears fans! If the season that the Philadelphia Eagles just had (going 13-3 in the regular season and then soundly beating THE PATRIOTS to win the Super Bowl) is any arbiter of fortune, then about two years from now the Bears will also win the Super Bowl! Although, two years from now the Bears most likely won’t have Safety Malcom Jenkins, TE Zach Ertz, and definitely NOT WR Alshon Jeffrey. However, if the Bears are lucky, Eddie Jackson could be like Malcolm Jenkins Jr., Adam Shaheen could at least be a serviceable football player (fingers crossed), and a wide receiver draft pick could actually play more than 5 games…

Sigh. In the meantime, Bears fans can still revel in what was certainly one of the best played Super Bowl games in the past few years; oh yeah, and Tom Brady and the Patriots lost, which is always a good thing. (Quick aside: the halftime show was bad. Moving on.) The Eagles and Patriots played an exciting offensive game. While I would say that though both teams’ defenses were lacking, a high scoring game going down to a Tom Brady Hail Mary pass, and the Patriots still lost, was just what the NFL needed after a rocky and tumultuous season. My personal favorite highlight was seeing Tom Brady attempt to catch a pass, look down in dismay as he misses, and me turning to my older brother quoting the “E*Trade” commercial that aired not two minutes before saying: “I’m 85, and I wanna go home!”.

Normally with important television events, such as championship games and awards shows, I’m glued to Twitter to see what other people, experts or not, are saying about the event. For the first time in a long time, though, my phone was unchecked for most of the game. It really was that good. However, once the game ended, Twitter became open season for #SadTomBrady, and I was here for it!

Here are some of my favorite takes that popped up on my feed from Sunday’s game:

-This tweet is in reference to Tom Brady’s unconventional diet where he doesn’t eat certain foods because of their color. Seriously.

-This tweet was for the fumble that Brandon Graham forced on Tom Brady towards the end of the game. *Side note: someone responded to this tweet with “Phantom Throw”, which is a reference to the Daniel Day-Lewis movie “Phantom Thread”.

-The area may be pounded with snow soon, but we DO still have #SadTomBrady and as of today, Thursday, February 8, Black Panther comes out in 8 days! (Can’t wait for that one.)

-This is my personal favorite as this is in reference to Tom Brady’s personal health guru and trainer, Alex Guerrero, who in a report that surface back in January, other Patriots players aside from Tom Brady were seeking health and medical advice from Guerrero despite the fact that Guerrero is not a doctor, nor has an M.D. license.

Though the Super Bowl was almost a week ago, I hope you all had a fun weekend watching a great game, and also seeing a deserving Philadelphia Eagles team take down the “Evil Empire” of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and those pesky Patriots. Stay safe out there this weekend with the snow, and when you’re feeling down, just remember, your failures were not televised around the world for all to see.

-JW

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New Year, New You?

Last year I swore it would be a New Year, New Me type of attitude. Well at least when it came to my eating habits. I had informed everyone in my family and my fiancé that 2017 would be the year I would start watching what I ate and start to eat healthier and exercise. Well as we already know, changing a lifestyle of eating habits overnight is no walk on the park.

It’s been a whole year now and I have changed a couple of things in my eating habits. I eat less candy, no chocolate, and a little bit of chips but not too often. But, the most important thing is I’ve been getting ingredients that are low sodium or reduced fat. However, that still isn’t enough. I need to do more so I can feel more energetic and just overall start on a cleaner diet. Luckily, Fountaindale has many useful databases that can help.

I decided to try Gale Courses. I searched cooking and looked through the many results it gave me. I then looked at the start dates and selected one that I found worked with my work schedule and clicked, “enroll now.” I then, selected my course start date, clicked “continue”, and created a free Gale Courses account with my library card. After I registered to the course, I received an email with a confirmation number. The class I signed up for was, Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals to teach me how to eat better.

Start Course dates are:

  • January 17, 2018
  • February 14, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • April 11, 2018

Before starting a course, it gives you all the information you need. It provides the syllabus that contains all the information you need to know and what the next 6 weeks will be like. It also provides the requirements that will be needed in order to complete this course, which in this case is only an email and internet. I believe this is a fun class to take and to learn more about cooking. Therefore, if you are looking for ways to bring up the flavor and start eating healthier this New Year join me. Or sign up for another class. Better late than never, I say. Let the lessons begin!

food blog -DR

 

Free PlayStation Plus Games in January 2018

Are you ready PlayStation Plus Subscribers? This January Sony is offering up a couple games for free. All PlayStation + subscribers who have either PS4, PS3, or PS Vista need to get ready to play because its game time.

= Owned by Fountaindale Public Library

(Along are also included OpenCritic scores)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

PS4: 

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (82% on OpenCritic)  √
  • Batman: the Telltale Series (71% on OpenCritic)

PS3: 

  • Sacred 3 (55% on OpenCritic)  √
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales (73% on OpenCritic)

PS Vita / Crossbuy PS4 :

  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory (77% on OpenCritic)
  • Uncanny Valley (62% on OpenCritic)

PS VR (Jan. – March 6)

  • Starblood Arena (68% on OpenCritic)

Pretty exciting games coming up this new year, but don’t forget about the free games still available this December.

PS4: 

  • Darksiders II: Deathfinitive Edition
  • Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends  

PS3: 

  • Syberia Collection
  • Xblaze Lost: Memories

PS Vita :

  • Forma.8 (crossbuy)
  • Wanted Corp

Don’t forget to check our library’s catalog at http://fountaindale.org or call at 630-759-2102 to see if the video game is available or place a hold. If you don’t have a library card just give us a call or check out the library’s website to see what forms are accepted.  http://fountaindale.org/about/faq

-DR

Top New Artist of 2017

Here are Billboards year end charts:

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  1. Lil Uzi Vert

 

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2. Khalid

 

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3. Niall Horan

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4. Kodak Black

 

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5. 21 Savage

 

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6. James Arthur

 

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7. Cardi B

 

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8. XXXTentacion

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9. Harry Styles

 

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10. Brett Young

Check out our catalog at http://fountaindale.org or give us a call at 630-759-2102 and see what albums of these artist albums are available or place a hold.

-DR

Universal Class – Bartending and Mixology 101

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Here at the Fountaindale Public Library we have a vast selection of databases in which one can choose from.  These include ones that fall under specific categories of research as pertaining to such topics as Articles & Research, Arts & Entertainment, Auto & Home,  Business & Employment, Consumer Information & Finance, Education & Homework Help, Genealogy, and Government & Law…just to name a few.

Today I will be looking at those that fall under the category of Education& Homework Help.  These include Universal Class, Mango Languages, Lynda.com, and Gale Courses.  Specifically, I will be discussing Universal Class and my experience with it and using it.

Universal Class is an excellent resource for anyone looking to further their knowledge and education.  Universal Class offers a staggering 500 online continuing education courses with real instructors.  Some of the courses include such diverse subjects as: Computer Training, Personal Finance, GED Training, Business, Pet and Animal Care, Professional Development, Health Services Training, Music and Painting, and many others.

 

 

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The course I took and will be discussing in this blog is Bartending and Mixology 101.     To start you need to register as a new user.  After you have created an account, you then can decide on one of the 31 subjects listed.  Once you have decided on what subject you would like to pursue, below each one is an estimate of how many online courses each subject details.  You can also choose to search through the Course Catalog in the Find Course search box.  I typed in the word “Bartending” and with that it came back with 1 match found.  It could also be found under the main subject area of Arts, Crafts & Hobbies and under the subheading of Cooking and Baking.  It shows that there are 7 Lessons, 11 Exams & Assignments, 3 Hours average time, and how many CEUs.  The 7 Lessons were broken down as Alcohol Awareness, Bar Essentials – Alcohol, Bar Essentials – Additional Requirements, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, and Heated Drinks, Types of Establishments, and Employment.  I joined the course and began.  Each lesson included text, photos, videos, as well as links to certain recommended/essential sites as well as glossary of terms.  Each part is divided into sections that need to be completely in order to proceed further through the course.  After going through the specific lesson each portion would go turn from a red color to becoming highlighted with a checkmark and turning green.  Finally each lesson would end with an exam that would be either multiple choice, essay, or sometimes a combination of the two.  After which, would be sent to the instructor to be graded.  Sometimes it would take a few days other times it would only take a few hours to get your grade back via email to see if you passed to move forward through to the next portion of class.  Eventually, I reached the conclusion of the course and when I received the final email that I had passed and completed the course, I was presented with a Certificate of Course Completion.

 

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The whole class and experience was very rewarding.  I found it to be entertaining, informative, and even fun.  The materials were presented in a way that was very easy to understand.  I also found navigating through the course very easy and user-friendly.  I also liked how the instructor would back all the grades in a very timely manner.  I cannot recommend Universal Class highly enough.  Cheers!

 

-Brian S.

Book Recommendation: UnF**k Your Habitat

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The library recently got this really awesome book by Rachel Hoffman, UnF*ck your Habitat: You’re Better than Your Mess. It’s based on her website of the same name! The book and website intentionally has a little bit of strong language, but it’s not to the point where it’s in bad taste. If that’s way too much of an (understandable) turn-off for you, let me point you out to Marie Kondo instead!

As I’ve been making my way through the book, Hoffman has some really great advice for people who struggle to keep up on the messes our daily lives bring us. It assumes nothing pertaining to cleaning ability. This gives you a chance to start fresh to learn and build new cleaning habits!

My favorite is her philosophy of 20/10s. I know that sounds like a really weird name, but bear with me while I explain. All 20/10 means is for every 20 minutes of cleaning, you take a 10 minute break. 20/10s are adjustable based on your cleaning endurance. Not quite ready for that? Try 10/5s. Are you ready to be a cleaning MONSTER? Try 45/15s! It’s workable to fit any kind of level. You can do as many 20/10s as you want. Do one a day, do several in a row, it’s your choice!

Check it out today (after I return it…whoops!)!

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Unicorn Frappuccino: a review

I tried Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino today so you don’t have to.

First, let me tell you something about myself: I love unicorns. I have unicorn jewelry. I watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Twilight Sparkle is my favorite, in case you were wondering). I still have the horn saved from the unicorn piñata I had at my birthday party when I was like 7. I have a unicorn/narwhal art print framed on my bedroom wall. Yeah.

So imagine my excitement when I heard Starbucks was releasing a limited edition Unicorn Frapp! (PS – I also love me some Starbucks. Give me a sugary sweet grande goodie any day of the week.) Very excitement. Much excited.

The Unicorn Frapp is a beautiful creation. Just behold its pink and blue swirly beauty, topped with whipped cream and magic sparkle sprinkles:

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You expect it to taste like cotton candy, right? Or birthday cake. Or strawberries.

But no.

Oh no.

This thing is different.

I had already heard some things on the internet about the recipe for this disaster, so I didn’t go in without skepticism. It’s basically mango flavor with blue raspberry sour swirl. As you mix it, it’s supposed to magically change colors and flavors. Cool concept, but mango and sour blue raspberry in a creamy Frappuccino? Hmmm….

Here we go… @mrcheezypop #unicornfrappuccino #MaxsMunchies

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Rather than describing the experience of drinking this, allow me to show you instead:

Needles to say, I did not like it, Sam I Am. I did not like it one bit.

It is quite sour, and as you mix, the sour just permeates through the mango flavor, which would have been decent on its own. The creamy-ness of the Frapp also adds a really strange dimension; you don’t normally have sour and creamy in one drink, and for a good reason: it’s awful. Altogether an abomination. An insult to unicorns everywhere. Would not recommend.

Thankfully, the Unicorn Frappuccino will only be sold for a few days, while supplies last. Then it will magically disappear into the social media abyss, right along with the striped dress and the Harlem Shake. May it rest in peace.

-ES