I hate the Kindle, Yes I do

Would you like to know why? I’ll tell you why.

My car and I recently parted ways (she was just too high maintenance), and as a consequence I had to go back to relying on public transport. I’m not a fan of public transport, it’s too slow and too full of people with questionable personal hygiene, but I have to get to work so for right now it’s a necessary evil.

To make my journeys to and from work bearable I either put my headphones on and stare out the window or people watch. I love people watching, seeing how people act in public, react to certain situations or even how they can escape into their own little world while chaos erupts around them. I love seeing which newspaper people are reading (here in the UK at least it will tell you so much about the person reading it) and of course I LOVE seeing which books people are reading. Except now I can’t!

I don’t know which books are being read because people are sitting there with stupid leather book covers housing even stupider electronic devices. Urgh, the Kindle. Bane of my existence.

Yes, thank you. I’m fully aware that it’s a really selfish and irrational reason to hate something, but come on, amazon are clearly trying to ruin my life (or at least 2 hours of it, 5 days a week). How on earth am I supposed to profile the person sitting in front of me on the bus now, the older looking lady sitting in front could be reading the latest best-selling biography or the newest 50 Shades of filth, but now I’ll never know. And I really, really want to know.
Because if eyes are the windows to your soul, then what you read (be it books, newspapers, comics or magazines) is the door to your personality. When I people watch I do it to link characters I’ve created in my mind with real people and see if their responses match up, it doesn’t always work of course, but it’s fun all the same.

But now amazon has ruined part of the fun for me. Or have they?

Ok, this is where my post goes from being an irrational rant about Kindle and my passion for people watching to my somewhat creepy foray into people stalking (sort of). Please don’t judge me to harshly.
Earlier this week I was on my way home from work, I have to get two buses and on the first one was a middle aged lady reading a book, on her Kindle *cue teeth grinding by yours truly*. I decided to ignore her (hey, if she wanted to be analyzed by me she should have brought a paperback), and watched some other people instead. Except Kindle lady was really fascinating, her eye did not move from her Kindle, no matter what was going on on the bus. I mean I can get in to my books as well, emerging 5 hours later wondering where my afternoon went, but if I’m on a bus and a woman (I’d call her a mum but the following scenario is not particularly mum-like in my opinion) is shouting at her 5 year old kid, telling him she is going to smack him till he’s blue unless

“you sit down and shut the fuck up!”

then I would probably look up. I mean I was listening to music and I still heard it all. But not this lady, nope, eyes remained fixed on Kindle.

Then we got into town where I had to change buses, and Kindle lady quickly stowed her Kindle in her bag, got off, sat down at the nearest bench and pulled her book out again. At this point my need to know what she was reading was becoming unbearable, I HATE not knowing things.

5 minutes later my bus arrivd and it just happened to be Kindle lady’s bus as well. In the moment when I realized she was getting on the same bus as me I made a snap-second decision, I let her get on first and then I sat down behind her. My evil master plan was coming together, she got her Kindle out again and I started reading over her shoulder. Luckily for me there were some pretty unusual names on the page and I quickly entered a few of them in to Google. How can you not love Google, how did we even survive in a world without Google?

Sorry about the blurry picture, I was trying to be covert

Sorry about the blurry picture, I was trying to be covert

Ok, back to the issue at hand, Google came through as always. Kindle lady was reading Avion – Book One of the Crystal Rose Chronicles. It’s actually free in the Kindle store so I downloaded it, because I just had to experience the book that had this lady so engrossed.
Well, I don’t get it. I only made it about 20% into the book and I had to give up, the spelling mistakes and grammar issues were driving me demented. This is why I generally don’t buy self published books, very few people seem to take the time to perfect their novels, some of them read like first drafts and some of them should have never made it to first draft. This book wasn’t actually bad, but the story did not grip me enough to overcome the mistakes, if your not that fussed then you should give it a go if you like romantic fantasy type stuff (which I generally do). But I digress, again.

Back to the Kindle, I can’t do this kind of people stalking every time I want to know what people are reading on their Kindles, it’s a little bit too creepy. Which is why they should probably be banned, at least on my two buses in Basingstoke. Is everyone in agreement? Would you like me to post a petition?

Welcome to the revolution!

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Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist – A must have

A while back I joined BzzAgent, a site where you fill in surveys and based on your answers you might get asked to try out and review various products at no charge. A month ago I was asked to review Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist for free.
Here is what the company say about their product:

What can Eye Revive Moisture Mist do for me?

Modern lifestyles – computer screens, air-conditioning and central heating – can make our eyes drier, leaving them feeling tired and sore. Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist has been designed to care for tired eyes so they can feel good again. The convenient mist-on format can be sprayed over closed eyes any time of the day, even over make-up.

How does it work?

Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist works both in the eyes and around the eyes:

Sprayed over closed eyes, the hydrating liposomes stabilize the lipid layer of the tear film restoring your eyes’ natural moisture barrier so they feel comfortable and soothed
The spray contains pro-vitamin B5 and is clinically proven to moisturise the skin around your eyes

Safe for use with contact lenses
Will not smudge eye make-up
Suitable for everyday use
Can be used up to 6 months after first opening

And here is what I say about their product:

My issues with my eyes are not bad, they are a little sensitive and can get a bit dry, but it’s not chronic so it’s never really bothered me. I was very eager to try Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist though, to see what effect it would have if any. The bottle was a great size, no problem fitting it into my handbag or even a small clutch. The packaging reminded me of Durex condom box, however since I had no intention of keeping it in the box this was a non-issue. My eyes are usually at their worst in the morning after I’ve applied my make-up, after work (think it must have something to do with the bright lighting) and in the evening before bedtime, so I made a point out of spritzing my eyes at these times. It worked amazingly, my eyes felt refreshed and moisturized without feeling wet (I have previously had issues with my eyes just constantly leaking). The spray is wet on and around your eye for only a moment before soaking in to the skin and eye. There was no smell to it and no negative reaction at all. And my make-up remained completely unsmudged. I don’t actually wear much make-up during the day so I did want to try it out when I was more heavily made up. I got the chance on a girls night out, I first spritzed my eyes after the make-up was done, not a smudge. Then throughout the evening I continued to use Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist, and my make-up stayed on without a problem. At the end of the night my make-up was no more smudged then it would normally be after a night out. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the spray more frequently, hayfever season is upon us. The spray has been a god send, for both me and my husband. I would wholeheartedly recommend this product to everyone I know, it’s worked wonders for me and I don’t know what I’d do without it now.

You can buy Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist in both Boots and Tesco, but it will be in the beauty section, not the pharmacy section.
Optrex Eye Revive Moisture Mist

#100HappyDays

Two weeks ago I started a journey to embrace the good in every day, instagramming the things that make me happy. Today is Day 15, 15 out of 100, and let me tell you it’s really hard to find a picture to post everyday. I could easily write something every day, but I’m not great at taking pictures so it’s a bit of a scramble some times.

Today for example I could have been happy for the lovely weather which made it possible to hang the laundry outside (I LOVE drying my clothes outside, they smell so much nicer), but alas no picture. I could also showcase how happy I am that I managed to do some car fixing today (getting the old girl ready for her MOT, she’ll probably still fail, but at least I made an effort). But yeah, no pictures of a greasy stained moi. At the very least you could have had a picture of me enjoying a relaxing day off in this beautiful weather, but again, no picture. I really need to get my act together and start taking more of them.

So what did I end up with for my Day 15 picture of happiness? A selection of some of the people who make me happy, I found some baby pictures the other day, they not only featured me but also some of my nearest and dearest. Enjoy!

Things that make me happy – Day 15 – A couple of days ago I found an envelope with some of my baby pictures and going through them today I found some great ones of me and my family. Seeing pictures of my family definitely make me happy πŸ™‚

Addiction – Pin Pin Pin

Hi, my name is Line and I’m an addict, a Pinterest addict.

I currently have 72 boards, and about 1400 pins, and the numbers are constantly growing. There are boards and pins for great make-up, domestic cleaning advice, food, sewing, decorating, you name it, it’s there. I can’t just pin one thing, if I open the app I end up spending hours there browsing and pinning, it’s truly addictive.

I’d say that 95% of my pins get pinned and then never seen again, at least not by me. I’ve used some of the pins for my crafting, cooking, diy etc. but not as many as I’d like to.

It’s a shame really, because there are some really great things on my boards, which is why I’ve decided to make more of an effort to utilize them.

Which brings me to “Don’t Just Pin It, Do It- Tuesdays”, where every Tuesday I will showcase a pin I’ve tried out, the good, the bad, the incredibly disastrous. Hopefully it will be mostly good though, fingers crossed.

In the mean time here is a small sampling of my favorite boards, and if you see anything you think I should do, please let me know in the comments.