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Norwegian Shows and Movies On Demand

by Lindy

Films of Norway

As more and more people move away from traditional cable providers and towards digital media content on demand, there are many choices available to the viewer. For those of Norwegian descent, being able to watch Norwegian shows and movies is an incredible opportunity that hasn’t been an option in the past, due to licensing issues and accessibility. Now, Films of Norway is bringing Norway’s best media to the U.S., on your phone, tablet, computer and casting to your TV.

With a small monthly subscription fee, Films of Norway allows you to stream all their media content, most with English subtitles and completely ad free. This can help strengthen your Norwegian language skills as well as give you a culture fix. Almost like traveling to Norway, without going anywhere.

Films of Norway content includes movies, documentaries, TV series, kids’ shows, cooking shows, classics and more, with new shows added regularly. We watched a lot of the festive Christmas shows around the holidays. The kids also loved the shows Zookeeper and Vic the Viking (English version). The language difference served as an excellent lesson for the kids; reminding them that there’s more than just the English language and that they can actually understand what is happening in the show and follow along through context, facial expressions, body language and inflection.

I personally enjoy the Taste of Norway cooking show, Creativity for Kids kids’ crafts show, music videos and the Northwest Passage show. I love seeing the beautiful backdrop of the country of my heritage. I enjoy being immersed in the Norwegian culture through its media, which seems more authentic than the typical U.S. media content.

If experiencing Norway through media on demand, give Films of Norway a try. They offer a free seven day trial membership. Check it out!

Taste of Norway

If you end up watching a few Norwegian shows, drop me a line and let me know which are your favorite. Stay tuned for more detailed reviews of Films of Norway shows and movies.

 


Spotify Word Genre

by Lindy

I’m not sure if you’re already familiar with Spotify or not. It is one of the numerous options available to listen to music – on your phone, PC, tablet. (It’s free with ads/paid for ad-free).

I’m always looking for the ideal channel to tune into on Spotify for just the right music to work and be productive. It’s hit or miss a lot of the time. You might like one song, but not the next 20. (But I’m too lazy to do a few extra clicks to change it up.)

Lately, I’ve discovered a random and interesting genre on Spotify called ‘Word’ (at the very bottom of the options under ‘Browse’). It is so intriguing… When trying to focus on work, you can’t really listen to and absorb it all, but it’s nice to have on in the background to take some of your mind off the mundane. Check it out: https://open.spotify.com/genre/word.

Spotify Word

The Spotify Word playlists are eclectic and unique – poetry, speeches, stories, meditation, self help, foreign languages, vintage radio, children’s stories, presidential voices and more. They have specific writers featured in some playlists as well – Shakespeare, Bronte, Jane Austen, Noam Chomsky, Emily Dickinson… You can learn what you might have missed in high school English!

The voice actors can be varied, dramatic and entertaining. A few times I’ve tuned into the Shakespeare poetry playlist and got entranced in it. It’s nearly impossible to comprehend what is being said, but it transports you to another place in time. Then, at random, you start speaking in Old English to your colleagues.

I highly recommend exploring it for yourself. Play some for the children in your life for good measure. It’s truly a fun and passive learning experience.

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Folk Yeah: S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

by Lindy

I absolutely love this song and video by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – S.O.B.

His voice is gravely and rustic, reminding me of some of my favorite classic country artists. The video and music is similar to the vibe of O Brother Where Art Thou with the folk elements. The hand clapping, foot stomping, humming and swearing/shouting is infectious. The prison story element is compelling – nod to Greg Barnes and Melissa Giles, producers.

I don’t have personal experience with delirium tremens or alcoholism, but can relate to needing a stiff drink on occasion. Cheers!

My friend/drinking buddy Vanessa and I with our lemondrop martinis at the Green Dragon, Carlsbad

You can purchase this Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats album on CD, MP3 or vinyl!


PSA From Weird Al: Word Crimes

by Lindy

This is the best song, video and message for the masses! Word crimes are the worst kind of crime; so insidious and heinous.

Weird Al Yankovic continues to entertain and educate. I love him!

By the way, does my communiqué make my butt look big?

You’re welcome!


Introducing an Ingenious New Work Desk

by Lindy

At work, I’ve been known to sit on an exercise ball, peddle an under-the-desk stationary bicycle and do crunches while I sit at my desk. I like to multi-task by marking items off the to do list while working on my fitness simultaneously. I’ve always wanted a stand up desk or treadmill desk, but could never justify the cost…until now.

Knowing about my enthusiasm for such health/productivity devices, a conscientious coworker introduced me to a new phenomenon I can embrace – the ‘Hamster Wheel Standing Desk‘!! Even better, it’s a DIY project you can do for a team building exercise.

In the future, I would like to have a ‘fishbowl’ work desk invented: a small swim spa, floating desk and waterproof PC. Can someone in Redmond get on this stat? Heated water, please.

Hamster Wheel Standing Desk

Hamster Wheel Standing Desk

 


Action Item: Please LIKE Signorelli-Mix Jewelry’s Etsy Store and Facebook Page

by Lindy

“Alright stop. Collaborate and listen! Ice is back with my brand new invention. Something grabs a hold of me tightly. Flowin’ like a harpoon daily and nightly.” – Vanilla Ice
*Warning: Personal plea for you to take social action below. Listen to Ice Ice Baby while I attempt to persuade you to go shopping for some beautiful, handcrafted Italian jewelry.

Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Signorelli Etsy Store

Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store

    Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Signorelli-Mix Etsy Store

Annika, 8 | Signorelli-Mix Butterfly Necklace | Etsy Store

Janine Signorelli | Signorelli - Mix Jewelry

Janine Signorelli | Signorelli – Mix Jewelry Designer | Etsy Store

Here is my little girl, Annika, modeling her new ‪Signorelli-Mix butterfly necklace!

Please take a moment to LIKE Janine’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SignorelliMix) and her new ‪‎Etsy‬ store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/signorellimix).

Read my previous post describing more about Signorelli-Mix jewelry.

If you like Janine’s handcrafted jewelry, please share it with your friends and family. Better yet, buy some Signorelli-Mix jewelry for your mom, mother-in-law, wife, girlfriend, daughter or grandma! Her jewelry would be perfect for ‪Mothers Day or Easter gifts!

 

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