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Good Sense Hemorrhoidal Suppositories, 12-count
Good Sense Hemorrhoidal Suppositories, 12-count
Offered by zBestRx
Price: $7.99
3 used & new from $5.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to open, April 24, 2014
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These hemorrhoid suppositories are made of the same thing as most of them on the market--cocoa butter and phenylephrine. Phenylephrine is a decongestant (you know it from allergy and cold remedies) and a vasoconstrictor, which is how it's working to shrink the "stinky little balloons" to quote Mr. Goldman the Pharmacist from a Simpsons episode. The cocoa butter has the property of melting at body temperature. Put them together and you have a hemorrhoid suppository. Not a cure, but helps a great deal with the symptoms.

These work fine. They were easy enough to "install" and kept me comfortable all day on a busy day when I had to sit. The true test will be one day when I'm on my feet standing, so I'll update as needed. (Standing can irritate hemorrhoids.)

Since they're all made from the same two ingredients, there no problem buying a generic rather than a name brand. The difference seems to be the packaging. Some of the not-Brand-H versions are encapsulated in plastic, not foil The plastic ones can be difficult to unwrap, and you can't even tell until you open the box and then, damn. Plastic. I hate those! These are wrapped in foil and billed as easy to open, and they are. The pull tabs on top are long enough to grab, and the crimping on the sides pulls away easily.

So if you are someone who uses these for hemorrhoids, this brand has superior packaging and is far less frustrating. Seems less expensive than the Brand-H.


Royal Ball Winder
Royal Ball Winder
Offered by byegonebooks
Price: $61.25
2 used & new from $49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lasts for years, works well, April 24, 2014
This review is from: Royal Ball Winder (Kitchen)
This ball winder is about twice the cost of similar-looking versions, but it seems to work better. The knock-offs have been reported to have gears that don't mesh, so when you wind your skein, you get a tangle rather than a cake of yarn. This is one of those items you buy once, and then use for years, so getting a decent one makes sense, especially if you knit a great deal. Yarn typically comes in skeins and needs to be wound into cakes for knitting. You use this with an Umbrella Yarn Winder to hold the skein and allow it to be wound off into a ball or cake.

The plastic and metal swifts work pretty well--if you want to spend more and leave the swift up on your craft table, you can go with a wooden version. But the ball winder needs to be a good one. I spent less on the swift (and it's still going strong after a quarter century) but I shelled out for the better ball winder. Also, if you are comparing, I find I want a ball winder with sealed gears (inside a casing) rather than exposed gears. Sometimes, the yarn can get tangled in open gear ball winders. I also found that cheaper ball winders have a softer center post that sometimes doesn't want to stay in the socket. (It's a slighly flexible plastic that you squeeze to set into the socket and it stays in place via some tabs on the bottom of the post.)

A few tricks to make sure it works well for you: align the skein with the yarn guide--don't wind off at an angle. Check the cake as it winds--some yarns want to slide up the center post and fly off. Push it down from time to time to make sure it doesn't do this. Slippery yarns tend to fly off more than fuzzy ones. Go at a sedate pace, if you wind like a maniac (because this IS a boring task) the cake can fly off. Watch as you get near the yarn guide. If you make the cake too large, the strands can get tangled on it.


The New Spanish Table
The New Spanish Table
Price: $2.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish food--different, wonderful, April 23, 2014
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Another riff on Mediterranean food but so different. Artichokes with ham, a boiled dinner and suggestions on how to handle the leftovers, and of course tapas. There's a good discussion of course on olive oil, the backbone of Spanish cuisine. The food is Mediterranean with an Arabic twist, but different than any of the other variations found in that part of the world.

The book is organized by region, because Spanish regions are very distinct and in some cases, have their own language. The recipes are unique--asparagus with tangerines and pistachios (how different, and how interesting.) There is a good chapter on eggs, because torta, the solid, potato-laden cold omelet is a staple of Spanish tables. Vegetables really shine in this book, though the Spanish love their fish and meat.

My first introduction to Spanish food wasn't impressive--it was a slice of cold torta in sleepy Pamplona at the time of day when everything is shut up like a bank vault. I had an irritable hungry man with me who was dying for a midafternoon lunch. We had earlier tried (and failed) to get a snack at the local convenience store-gas station when we filled up over the border because it was an unbelievable five aisles of variously sauced canned sardines. Clearly, we were missing what Spanish food was truly about. This book has me wishing I had more time to spend in Spain (literally, a half a day) and I had no idea Spanish food was so creative. Fast forward ten years, and Ferran Adrià put Spain on the map culinarily. But this book has a good combination of the new and different mixed with the time-tested and classic. It's an absolute steal in the Kindle version.


LED A4 Full Page Large Hands Free Magnifier 3X Magnifying Glass Lens Reading w/ Cord
LED A4 Full Page Large Hands Free Magnifier 3X Magnifying Glass Lens Reading w/ Cord
Offered by MECO (10-23 days HK shipping)
Price: $9.99
4 used & new from $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for reading books and newspapers, April 23, 2014
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I got this for a friend who complained about his eyes. Another friend, same deal. This helps read a newspaper. Plunk it underneath, the legs hold the magnifier (a Fresnel lens) at the right height. Only a bright light would make this even better. More light helps if you have vision problems.


The Best of the Midwest STITCHES Fashion Show: 7 Inspiring Free Shawl Patterns, Knit Tops & More
The Best of the Midwest STITCHES Fashion Show: 7 Inspiring Free Shawl Patterns, Knit Tops & More
Price: $0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but at least it's free, April 23, 2014
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Seven knitting patterns in here, the "best" of the Midwest Stitches Knitting show. They have a fashion show at every event. I've sat through it myself a few times. These patterns do not inspire. The sleeveless lace vest (you can see it on the cover) is ok, but chevron lace doesn't get me excited enough to knit it. The rest of the patterns are equally uninspiring. I downloaded this, then I deleted it from my Kindle. I don't think I'd be tempted to knit any of these except the vest, and at that, I'd be using it as a template and changing up the lace pattern. Hey, it's free.


How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth
How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth
Price: $12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to survive and thrive --important lessons from extreme adventures, April 23, 2014
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I've read a number of mountain climbing and expedition books (such as Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition,The Last Place on Earth, and Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster) and they all point out that to survive an extreme endeavor such as climbing Everest or reaching the South Pole, you need not only grit and determination, you need planning, teamwork and a certain mindset that literally is the difference between life and death. "How Winning Works" is written by a woman who has climbed some of the msot challenging mountains and trekked and rafted through the most difficult terrains on Earth. She outlines these lessons of survival and achievement and shows us how we can apply them to our lives, especially in business.

Starting and running a business, or even just navigating a successful career is difficult. With the right mindset and preparation, however, you can survive and thrive. The lessons in this book are true--and the story is so dramatic that this makes for far more exciting and meaningful reading.

The book begins with a climb up a steep volcano, in altitudes that cause some people to experience deadly pulmonary edema. The team doctor is measuring blood oxygen saturation of each climber. If you don't reach seventy percent saturation (which is pretty low by any standards) you don't climb. Benincasa checks in--at seventy-one percent. Just over the line. She can go up. But it's by no means a done deal. Her story of that climb and how she achieved it, and survived it is a dramatic opening for this book and had me hooked on page one.

The chapters outline the principles, preparation, planning, purpose, perseverance, then go on to discuss awareness and most important, how to manage a team and think like a team that succeeds. When you read the other expedition books mentioned above, the teamwork (or lack of it) was clearly the difference literally between life and death. People DIED when the teamwork was dysfunctional. Political rather than practical decisions doomed members of Scott's team to the South Pole and they failed to reach their goal or even survive. The climb to Nanda Devi was flawed from the start; the team fragmented into who would summit (their personal goal) and there were decisions out of personal ego, not out of prudence. Reading "How Winning Works" really focused me on what works, what makes you win and what mindset you need. If you are an entrepreneur or just making your way in your career, you should read this book and keep it on your desk. Can't recommend it highly enough.


The America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook: A Faster, Smarter Way to Cook Everything from America's Most Trusted Test Kitchen
The America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook: A Faster, Smarter Way to Cook Everything from America's Most Trusted Test Kitchen
Price: $19.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big, bulky and that goes for the recipes, too, April 22, 2014
I got this book directly from ATK when they had a big sale. Sadly, back it goes. There are SO many things I DON'T like about it:

1. It's in a ring binder with glazed pages. I find these are hard to store on a bookshelf, the pages get dirty and smudged more easily and it's heavy. I just don't like ring binder books and I hate hate glazed paper stock.

2. The ring binder rings don't even stay closed evenly; they pop open and are mis-aligned. So you can't flip through the pages without them catching on the rings. That's annoying.

3. The recipes are on the high fat, calorie-laden side; cheddar and apple turnovers, chicken stuffed with boursin cheese, etc.

ONE good point--well illustrated with pictures of meat cuts, techniques, and finished results. However, the format and the fat make this book a no-go for me.


Zeiss LCD Clean Screen Wipes (compatible with all Kindle and Fire models), 50 count
Zeiss LCD Clean Screen Wipes (compatible with all Kindle and Fire models), 50 count
Price: $3.99
2 used & new from $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy to have, wish it was smaller, April 22, 2014
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This is a box of fifty wipes, the size of a pack of playing cards, maybe a bit thicker and longer. They work well to de-smudge the Kindle screen. I just wish it were smaller. I carry the Kindle everywhere, but this container takes up a lot of room in my purse.


Knitting Hats & Mittens from Around the World: 34 Heirloom Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques
Knitting Hats & Mittens from Around the World: 34 Heirloom Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques
by Kari Cornell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.37
92 used & new from $5.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Mittens and hats to knit, April 22, 2014
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There are 34 hat and mitten patterns in this book, organized by region--Scandinavia, Europe (including Greece, Britain, The Baltic, The Far East and the Americas (South and North.) Most of the patterns are colorwork; there are some texture or cable stitched patterns as well. If you like colorful hats of all shapes (earflaps, berets, toques, caps with brims) then you're going to like this book. At the cost of knitting patterns today, running an average of about five bucks per pattern, the book is actually a bargain if you like a majority of the patterns. Even if you don't like the colorwork, the shapes can be useful and you can often use them to substitute your own color charts.


BISSELL Pet Power Shot Oxy for Carpet & Area Rugs, 14 ounces, 13A21
BISSELL Pet Power Shot Oxy for Carpet & Area Rugs, 14 ounces, 13A21
Price: $6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Takes out stains, but runs out quickly, April 22, 2014
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This really works well on fresh pet stains. You simply spray the foam (which has a very narrow, tightly focused stream) onto the stain and wait some minutes, then blot up.

The problem is, it works well but the can doesn't seem to contain much foam. After barely a handful of treatments, the can runs out of foam. Not a great value, unfortunately, and a shame because it really works well.


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