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Happy 1 year Contemplate and Communicate!

Oh my goodness, guys and gals!!

One year!  I have been blogging on Contemplate and Communicate for one full year as of today.

I just wanted to write a quick thank you post for you amazing people!

This is absolutely crazy, I am just so thankful for you all for taking the time out of your day to read my blog, send emails and enjoy my content.

You are all super stars and I have you to thank for pushing me to continue this blog.

Writing is my passion and I am so thrilled to be able to share it with a group of people who understand and appreciate what I do here.

Please keep those emails coming with suggestions, comments and your thoughts.  I love reading and responding to each one of you.

 

Ahh, I am over the moon, you all rock!

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This is my little guy(3) and I at the Zoo!

Cheers,

JMaxwell

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Friday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 21-22

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 21-22:

Tris finds she has adjusted well to the Dauntless lifestyle.

It has been four days since she spoke with Tori.

Erudite keeps releasing more articles about Abnegation.

Tris thinks about her choices and why she made them.

Tris goes back into the fear simulation many times with Four.

Tris realizes that she isn’t as affected by the fear as the others. Specially Al.

Progress reports are out for stage two and the results are shocking.

A confused and untrusting atmosphere is taking over the dormitory.

A tearful conversation between Al and Tris.

Uriah, Marlene and Lynn come to cheer Tris up.

Four and Tris have a short conversation.

Tris wakes up and overhears something she shouldn’t. She gets herself in trouble.

She is betrayed and needs help.

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 21-22**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 21:

Summary:

Tris wanders off to do some deep thinking, she finds her way to the net where she first jumped to join Dauntless initiation.

Erudite released two new articles about Abnegation, one article was about Abnegation withholding supplies and the other about how they should no longer be in government.

When the first one came out, all of Tris’ friends helped to cheer her up and keep her occupied.

Tris wants to spend tonight alone, she looks up at the hole in the roof and wonders what made her jump off the building just to be Dauntless.

She thinks that she didn’t know what fear was but now she does.

Tris’ fears so far are,

1. She is tied to a stake while Peter sets fire to her feet.

2.She was drowning in the ocean.

3. She watched her family slowly bleed to death.

4. She was held at gunpoint and forced to shoot her family.

She is thinking about the details of when she jumped and realizes, that she didn’t jump to be Dauntless, she jumped because she already was Dauntless.

Today she had the simulation of having to kill her family again, she says to Four that she knows it’s not real. He says, “You don’t have to explain it to me…You love your family. You don’t want to shoot them. Not the most unreasonable thing in the world.” (Roth. Pg. 264.)

She explains that it’s the only time that she gets to see them and that she misses them.  Four tells her that he doesn’t miss his family but it’s odd of him.

Tris wonders if Four is Divergent too.

They stare at each other abnormally long and before she leaves with a pounding heartbeat. She thinks that she shouldn’t be so distracted by Four.

She also realizes that she isn’t as affected as the others by the fear simulation.  Drew just stares at the wall and Al screams himself awake all night.   Tris just chews on her nails and has nightmares.

Tris goes to the dormitory to realize that the stage two progress reports are about to be posted.

Tris is first, Peter second and Will and Christina are seventh and ninth. Al is last place.

Tris realizes that Peter’s time is eight minutes where her’s is two minutes forty-five seconds.

Peter loses it and accuses her of having a secret way of getting first, when her friends stick up for her, Peter screams, “Are you blind or just stupid? She’s going to edge you out of the rankings and out of Dauntless, and you’re going to get nothing, all because she knows how to manipulate people and you don’t.” (Roth. Pg. 268.)

Will is now on edge, swayed by Peter a little. Christina sticks up for Tris but seems on edge too.

Tris tries to talk to Al but he is way too upset, he says she wouldn’t understand because it is so easy for her and to just leave him alone.

Tris runs to the place she hid when Edward left and Uriah, Marlene and Lynn find her.

They congratulate her on ranking number one and said that they figured her transfer friends wouldn’t.

They invite her to some Dauntless fun.  Uriah is going to shoot a muffin off Marlene’s head.

It just has plastic pellets in it, and there is some good friendly times.

They go over ranks,  Lynn is first, Uriah second and Marlene is fourth.

They speak about the differences between Four and Eric and determine that Eric goes by new Dauntless rules and Four prefers the old way.

Just then Four enters and kicks them out. Scolding them for being in there when they aren’t suppose to be.

He stops Tris and says, “You belong here, you know that? You belong with us. It’ll all be over soon, so just hold on, okay?” (Roth. Pg. 274.)

Tris and Four get into another staring contest but this time Tris reaches out and grasps his hand. Then turns and leaves.

When she gets back to the dorm, she crawls in her bed and pretends to sleep.

She wakes later unable to get back to sleep and goes for water in the hallway.

She overhears Eric being told that the only reason he was hired was so he could hunt for Divergent people.  Eric is happy to oblige.

As she is listening someone grabs her. She tries to scream but a hand covers her mouth.

At least three people are dragging her down the hallway, she can’t resist.

She hears Peter’s voice and is trying to identify the hand on her mouth, it smells familiar.

She hears rushing water and realizes what they want to do. They are at the chasm.

She is trying get away, kicking and trying to scream.

They slam her spine against the bar as they try to lift her above it.

They grope her chest and tease her about it.

Al’s hand slips and he talks, she realizes he is there and in the moment that he lets go of her, she thrashes and bites an arm as hard as she can and she hears a throaty scream.  They punch her, again and again. She falls to the ground and removes the blind fold as she gets kicked in the stomach. Someone grabs her head and smashes it off the ground.

Peter grabs her throat and lifts her up over the chasm. She tries to hit him but she is too short to get to him.

Then they hear a shout and Peter drops her, she collides with the railing grabbing for it at the same time.

She can’t see and barely comprehends what she is hearing, she hears painful screams and she thinks it’s Drew.

She blinks, steadies and says one word, “Four.” (Roth. Pg. 280.)

With that she closes her eyes, and for brings her over the railing and into his arms.

Favorite quotes from chapter twenty-one:

When Four tries to reassure Tris, “You belong here, you know that? You belong with us. It’ll all be over soon, so just hold on, okay?” (Roth. Pg. 274.)

 

Chapter 22: 

Summary:

Tris wakes up in a room she doesn’t recognize and is filled with pain every where.

She notices that Four is at the sink washing blood off his hands and is immediately worried about him.

Tris comes to the realization that Four must have carried her to his room.

Tris notices his bruises and he tells her not to worry about him. He then tells her what happened to her attackers,

“I deposited Drew at the infirmary a half-hour ago. Peter and Al ran. Drew claims they were just trying to scare you. At least, I think that is what he was trying to say.” (Roth. Pg. 283-284.)

Tris is happy that Four avenged her but asks him not to report it because she doesn’t want them to think she is scared.

Tris tries to act tough but Four says, “You can let yourself be in pain, it’s just me here.” (Roth. Pg. 285.)

Four explains that Al did what he did because she made him feel weak. He said it was more about Al than it was about her.

Four then tells her that she should pretend to be vulnerable so others won’t be jealous.

He suggests, “You are going to want to march into breakfast tomorrow and show your attackers that they had no effect on you, but you should let that bruise on your cheek show and keep your head down.” (Roth. Pg. 286.)

Tris is very uncomfortable with this plan because they had “touched” her and Four is furious.

He tells her it’s better for her to be safe right now but “when you get the chance, ruin them.” (Roth. Pg. 286.)

Tris calls him Four at the end of the chapter and he tells her not to. When she asks what to call him he responds with, “Nothing…yet.” (Roth. Pg. 287.)

Favorite Quote from chapter twenty-two:

When Four tries to explain why Al did what he did, “He wanted you to be the small, quiet girl from Abnegation, he hurt you because your strength made him feel weak. No other reason.” (Roth. Pg 285.)

 

Thoughts on Chapter 21-22:

I loved these two chapters but also hated them (because I hate seeing Tris get hurt.)

I loved the dynamic we see in Tris lately. I love the inner thoughts that she goes over.

I can’t believe she ranked first and the violence that ensued by her enemies and her friend.

I love that Four was there to rescue her and how close it has brought them.

Will any other initiates lash out at Tris?

What will happen when Tris goes to breakfast?

Will Al and Tris ever be friends again?

What is Four’s real name?

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell

Posted in Recipes

RECIPE: Simple Homemade Fries

I thought I would share my quick, cheap french fries recipe because it is so quick and much tastier than store-bought fries.

So let’s get started:

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You will need (four servings):

10 small potatoes

1/8 cup vegetable oil

1/8 cup coconut oil

2 tsp garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, rosemary

1 tsp paprika, parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

A knife and a baking sheet and two bowls.

First, reheat your oven to 400 degrees.

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Now you will want to mix the vegetable oil and coconut oil together in one bowl.

In the second bowl mix all the seasoning together.

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First slice each potato in half lengthwise.

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Then slice each half like this.  So you make slightly rounded slices.

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Now you want to add the potato slices to the oil and toss.

Then add the spices and toss, making sure each fry is coated.

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Now line them on your pan and into the oven for 15 mins then flip them over and cook for another 15 mins.

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You are done! Fast, easy and cheap homemade fries!

Cheers,

JMaxwell.

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Monday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 19-20

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 19-20:

Erudite has released an article about attacking Abnegation again.

Peter and Molly taunt Tris and Tris picks a fight with them.

Will and her other friends distract her.

They all get new tattoos and horse around.

Four and Tris have a conversation in their time off.

Al breaks up their conversation in an interesting way.

Her friends question her about Four.

Tris thinks about her life in Dauntless again.

Tris must go back to the fear simulation.

She faces a new fear.

Four finds something out and they get closer.

Tori and Tris have a heart to heart and Tris learns about Tori’s past.

Tori warns her again about being Divergent.

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 19-20**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 19:

Summary:

When Tris gets to the Dormitory she hears Peter reading an article about Abnegation and how Tris and Caleb left and why the leaders of Abnegation should be questioned. They want Tris father to answer as to why his children left.

Molly had an interview with them saying that, “I heard her talking in her sleep once, she was telling her father to stop doing something. I don’t know what it was but it gave her nightmares.” (Roth. Pg. 243.)

Tris tries to take the paper but Peter continues to read that Erudite believes that it’s not just her dad but the entire faction that’s to blame.

Tris tries to get the paper but it’s above Peter’s head, she stomps on his foot hard and then launches at Molly.

Will stops her as she screams, “That’s my father! My father, you coward.” (Roth. Pg. 244.)

Tris is mad but Will says that his ex-faction, “They’re arrogant and dull, and that’s why I left them, but they aren’t revolutionaries. They just want more say, that’s all, and they resent Abnegation for refusing to listen to them.” (Roth. Pg. 245.)

Christina and Al join them and they go to get new tattoos.

Al is giving Christina a piggyback and Tris’ new tattoo is burning. Her and Christina got the Dauntless seal, also dressed her in a shirt that shows her collarbone, shoulder and put eyeliner on her.

Will and Tris have a conversation about Tris’ tattoos and how Will thought she was sensible.

Tris notices that even though Al looks happy, he seems off and she’s worried about him.

Tris sees Four and he wants to talk to her.

He is drunk, they have a short conversation about how he wished he could hang out but she’s not supposed to see him like this.

He tells her that she looks good and then tells her to stay away from the chasm.  She says she will and he winks at her.

Al rushes in then and “rescues” her.

Her friends question her about Four but she gives little information up.

This chapter ends with Tris musing about how every night in Abnegation was spent in peaceful silence and how she never laughed so hard she was in pain or was carried by a boy or listened to a ton of people talk at once.  She realizes, “Peace is restrained;this is free.” (Roth. Pg. 250.)

Favorite quotes from chapter nineteen:

A conversation between Tris and Four while he’s drunk,

Four: “I’d ask you to hang out with us, but you’re not suppose to see me this way.”

Tris: “What way? Drunk?”

Four:” Yeah…well, no. Real, I guess.”

Tris: “Well I’ll Pretend I didn’t.”

Four: “‘Nice of you.’ He puts his lips next to my ear and says, ‘You look good, Tris.” (Roth. Pg. 248-249.)

 

Chapter 20: 

Summary:

Tris is back into the fear simulation Four tries to console her but all she can think about is how she has been having wicked nightmares and they are taking their toll on her.

Tris finds herself in a glass room, she can see her friends outside, standing with blank faces.

Water starts to fill the tank she stands in, the water is rising. Four smirks and points to her feet.

The water fills quickly and she watches as Christina talks to Peter and then they all laugh.

Tris is panicking, screaming for help. Tris sees Will and it triggers her memory.

She thinks to herself, “Don’t panic. The simulation is all in your head.” (Roth. Pg.254.)

She realizes she can control it, she kicks the glass and it shatters. Waking her up.

Four stares at her. He asks her how she did that.

“You’re Divergent.” (Roth. Pg. 255.)

She tries to play dumb but he sees through her.

He says he will delete the footage and warns her to be careful.

Tris goes to see Tori, she tells her about her brother who got real good in stage two.

When one of the leaders watched his fear simulation, the next day her brother was found dead in the chasm.

Tori tells her that if the Dauntless leaders find out she is Divergent, she will be dead.

Tris is in denial and says, “You’re paranoid. The leaders of Dauntless wouldn’t kill me. People don’t do that. Not anymore. That’s the point of all this…all the factions.” (Roth. Pg. 258.)

Tori tells her that only two kinds of people know about Divergence, “People who want you dead. Or people who have experienced it themselves. Firsthand. Or secondhand, like me.” (Roth. Pg. 259.)

Tris thinks of Four, he doesn’t want her dead, he protected her.  Is he Divergent or is someone he knows or knew divergent?

This chapter ends with Tori’s warning to Tris about Dauntless killing her for being Divergent, “Think about this, these people taught you how to use a gun. They taught you how to fight. You think they’re above hurting you? Above killing you?” (Roth. Pg. 260.)

Favorite Quote from chapter twenty:

When Four figures out Tris is Divergent, “Don’t play stupid. I suspected it last time, but this time it’s obvious. You manipulated the simulation; you’re Divergent. I’ll delete the footage, but unless you want to wind up dead at the bottom of the chasm, you’ll figure out how to hide it during the simulation! Now, if you’ll excuse me.” (Roth. Pg. 255.)

 

Thoughts on Chapter 19-20:

Peter and Molly really like to piss Tris off and I am liking the fight they bring out in Tris.

Tris being carefree with her friends is such a nice thing to read. I love the moments when you can tell she loves being Dauntless.

Four and Tris are such a cute friendship and Four while drunk is adorable.

Tori’s story is terrifying and makes me worry for Tris.

What will happen with Erudite and Abnegation?

What will happen now that Four knows Tris is Divergent?

What effect will Tori’s story have on Tris?

What’s next?

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell

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Friday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 17-18

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 17-18:

Tris is welcomed into the Dauntless-born crowd by Uriah.

They go out on an adventure as a big group and Tris enjoys herself immensely.

She proves she is brave.

Christina and her friends stick up for her again.

The Dauntless born initiates and transfers are together for stage two.

Stage two is awful.

Tris must be brave and smart for stage two.

Tris and Four have a few cute moments.

Tris learns about Dauntless changes.

 

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 17-18**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 17:

Summary:

Tris is sitting in a hallway because she can’t be in the dormitory anymore, she had cleaned the blood up because no one else wanted to. Uriah sees her and knows that she is upset so he invites her on an adventure with the rest of the Dauntless-born initiates.

Usually the only initiates that are allowed to come are ones who have siblings who are part of Dauntless but Uriah makes a case for Tris that she had just seen someone stabbed in the eye. So they let her come.

They jump on the train and she meets a Dauntless named Shauna who knows who she is because of Four.  Tris realizes that Four isn’t coming so that must mean that there is heights involved with this adventure and that no one else must know about his fear.

Tris gets jealous with how Shauna reminisces about being an initiate with Four.

Tris realizes that they are going to the empty Hancock building which is dark and empty. They enter the dark building and head towards the elevator.

Tris has a small fight with a girl who has a shaved head.

Shaved head girl: “‘What floor?'”

Tris: “One hundred.”

Shaved head girl: “How would you know that?”

Tris: “‘We’re in a one-hundred-story abandoned building with some Dauntless,’ I retort. ‘Why don’t you know that?'” (Roth. Pg. 216.)

When they get to the top, there is a hole, they use a ladder to climb onto the roof.

Tris sees something and realizes they will be zip-lining.  Shauna is the first to get in, she hurtles towards the ground and every one is cheering and getting pumped.

Tris thinks, “‘I have to wait for seven people’ It is a strange blend of terror and eagerness, unfamiliar until now.” (Roth. Pg. 219.)

All of the Dauntless are unafraid but the initiates look terrified.  Tris wonders what happens to transform them from “panic to delight.” (Roth. Pg. 219.)

Tris is up now,  Uriah’s older brother says, “‘Ready, Stiff?’ Zeke smirks down at me. ‘I have to say, I’m impressed that you aren’t screaming and crying right now.” (Roth. Pg. 220.)

Tris feels on top of the world as she flies through the air, weightless, free.

She feels exhilarated, happy and full of adrenaline.

She describes it, “The ground grows and bulges beneath me, and I can see the tiny people standing on the pavement below. I should scream, like any rational human being would, but when I open my moth again, I just crow with joy. I yell louder, and the figures on the ground pump their fists and yell back, but they are so far away I can barely hear them.” (Roth. Pg. 221-222.)

When she finally slows to a stop, she works to undo herself and drops twenty feet into the arms of the Dauntless people, she thinks that it is a braver act than the zip-lining.

They all get ready to catch Uriah and Shauna says to Tris, “Pretty sure we can’t call you ‘Stiff’ anymore, Tris.” (Roth. Pg. 224.)

As Tris walks into the cafeteria with the Dauntless, her friends gape at her.

She tries to act nonchalant but thinks they can see through her.

Will says, “They may not have wanted you there then, but they seem to like you now.” (Roth. Pg. 225.)

Al tells Tris that she missed seeing Christina stand up for Abnegation and almost punching an Erudite who was here as a reporter.

Christina turns to Tris and says, “Yeah, while you were off having fun, I was doing the dirty work of defending your old faction, eliminating interfaction conflict…” (Roth. Pg. 226.)

Will interrupts and tells Christina that she had fun doing it and then turns to Tris to tell her the whole story.

This chapter ends with Tris thinking about being Dauntless, “It’s the first time I have been really eager to be one of them. Which means I have to survive the next stage of initiation.” (Roth. Pg. 226.)

Favorite quotes from chapter seventeen:

When Tris zip-lines from a building with the Dauntless born initiates, “My heart beats so hard it hurts, and I can’t scream and I can’t breathe, but I also feel everything, every vein and every fiber, every bone and every nerve, all awake and buzzing in my body as if charged with electricity. I am pure adrenaline.” (Roth. Pg. 221.)

 

Chapter 18: 

Summary:

The second stage of initiation begins now.

The Dauntless-born initiates and the transfers will now be together for this stage.

They all speak about ranks and the unfairness that Dauntless-born get to train all their life but Uriah shuts it down by saying he heard there is no way to train for stage two.

When Tris is called she enters the room with Four and sees a machine much like the aptitude test.

Tris asks Four what the simulation is and he says, “‘Ever hear the phrase ‘face your fears’? he says. ‘We’re taking that literally. The simulation will teach you to control your emotions in the midst of a frightening situation.” (Roth. Pg. 230.)

Four will be able to see what she sees, so he can monitor how she is doing.

She will have to calm herself down and take hold of her fear in order to get out.

He tells her to be Brave and she closes her eyes.

She awakes in a field, she hears wind that she can’t feel.

Something lands on her shoulder, it has talons. It’s a black bird. A crow.

She tries to get rid of it but she can’t. Thunder rumbles in the distance.

The sky darkens, an army of crows is swooping down on her.

She tries to run but her feet won’t move, the birds are pecking her, hurting her, she is freaking out.

She screams for help before she remembers, “You stay in the hallucination until you can calm down.” (Roth. Pg. 234.)

She tries to calm, she is sobbing, she relaxes each part of her body slowly, while she cries.

She wakes in the metal chair and screams to get the birds off her but they are gone.

Four allows her to calm down so the others won’t she her all frazzled.

He grabs her and takes her out the back door, they walk for a while and then Tris gets angry at him for doing that to her.

He calmly says, “Did you think overcoming cowardice would be easy?” (Roth. Pg. 237.)

She is sobbing again and he just stands there and let’s her cry.  She says she wants to go home and Four gets mad at her.

She thinks she failing but finds out that she got out of her hallucination three times faster than any of the other initiates.

Four explains that being fearless isn’t the point, but being able to act regardless of fear is the goal.

Tris finds herself leaning in closer to Four, closing the distance.

Tris says she finds getting into Dauntless difficult and Four tells her that it never used to be so hard and that the new Dauntless leaders are the ones who have changed it to make initiation tougher.

She realizes that Eric has been trained to be tougher and vicious but the training didn’t work on Four.

This Chapter ends with a conversation between Tris and Four,

Tris: “‘Do I look like I’ve been crying’ I say.”

Four: “‘Hmm.'”

“He leans in close, narrowing his eyes like he’s inspecting my face. A smile tugs at the corner of his mouth. Even closer, so we would be breathing the same air-if I could remember to breathe.”

Four: “‘No, Tris,’ he says. A more serious look replaces his smile as he adds, ‘You look tough as nails.'”  (Roth. Pg. 241.)

Favorite Quote from chapter eighteen:

When Four warns Tris about the stage two testing, “‘Be brave, Tris,’ he whispers. ‘The first time is always the hardest.’ His eyes are the last thing I see.” (Roth. Pg. 232.)

 

Thoughts on Chapter 17-18:

Tris made some friends with some Dauntless-born initiates and had a lot of fun zip-lining, she feels alive, free and for the first time really enjoys being a Dauntless.

The detail of the zip-lining experience was amazing, you really get to see how fearless Tris is.

The second stage is “facing your fears”  its terrifying and very well detailed.

I loved all the Tris and Four moments.  I am growing very fond of their friendship.

What will happen with Tris’ new friends and her first friends?  Will there be jealousy?

How will Tris fair with stage two, will she be found out as her mother suspects she will?

What is going on with the Dauntless leaders, why did they change the initiation process?

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell

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Influenster: Garnier Fructis – Color Shield voxbox unboxing

**Before I begin, I would like to say that I received these products complimentary from Influenster with the intent to test these products.**

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An Influenster box showed up in the mail and I am super happy! I color my hair a lot so I was excited to try this product out.

When I opened the box, I found,

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A shine spray, a shampoo and a conditioner.  They are all full-size and smell absolutely delicious.

The smell: It is a very light, fruity smell.  It slightly resembles a mix between pomegranate and strawberry. The shine spray smells slightly like cinnamon when sprayed.

The look: It is a light pink color.

The consistency: The shampoo is typical consistency, not too runny.  The conditioner was thinner than I am used to but was better because it was easier to coat my hair.

The taste: Just kidding ;).

So here are my results,

First Picture: My clean hair with my normal shampoo and conditioner. Second picture: My clean hair with new color shield products.

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I can’t be 100% sure if it actually make my color more vibrant or not. It looks more vibrant but it could just be the way I took the two pictures. In the mirror, I can see a slight difference in color which is awesome considering it has been a while since I dyed my hair.

My hair is so much smoother with these new products, smells amazing and less frizzy.  I would definitely buy this product when I run out.

The quality is very close to Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser except this one smells better and protects your color which is perfect for me since I will be getting my hair done again soon.

I would definitely recommend this product for people who color their hair.  According to the card I received with this box, they also have a blonde refresher bi-weekly hair masks to keep your blonde dyed hair from going ashy.  (I didn’t receive this product because, well, I’m not blonde.)

I absolutely love getting voxboxes from Influenster and I can’t wait to see what they send me next!

 

*Influenster is an invite only online community where you can review products, share on social networks and receive badges. The higher your social score, the more chance there is for being eligible for free samples, voxboxes, etc.  If you would like to be a part of it, you can ask me for a referral or you can log onto the Influenster website and request to join which will give you the chance to join when a spot becomes available*

Cheers,

JMaxwell

 

 

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Monday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 15-16

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 15-16:

Visiting day has arrived!

All of the transfers are quiet and nervous wondering if their parents have shown up.

Eric gives them all a piece of advice.

Families fill the pit area and are meeting their children.

Tris meets Will and Christina’s parents as well as Al’s mom.

Tris is given advice on being divergent.

Tris comes to a shocking realization.

Al and Tris have a short conversation about Dauntless, which leads to an uncomfortable situation.

No one discusses anything to do with visiting day.

Christina and Will have a little fight.

Tris concedes some information about her aptitude test to her friends.

The ranks for stage one are up.

Fighting breaks out after the ranks are released.

That night, two new and unexpected people are leaving Dauntless permanently.

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 15-16**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 15:

Summary:

It is visiting day at Dauntless and Tris wakes up to see Molly just leaving with a purple and blue face.

Tris gets ready quickly; all the transfers are quiet because they are nervous that their parents haven’t shown up.

Eric comes in to give them advice,

“If by some miracle your families do come to visit you…which I doubt, it is best not to seem to attached. That will make it easier for you, and easier for them. We also take the phrase, ‘faction before blood’ very seriously here. Attachment to your family suggests you aren’t entirely pleased with your faction, which would be shameful. Understand?” (Roth. Pg. 176.)

Eric stops Tris and congratulates her on her fight against Molly.

Tris thinks, “If Eric thinks I did something right, I must have done it wrong.” (Roth. Pg. 176.)

There are so many families in the pit. Most of them are made up of Dauntless initiates with their Dauntless parents.

Drew and Molly’s parents didn’t show up but Peter’s did.

Will’s mom showed up as well as Christina’s mom and sister.

Tris is considering just going back to the dormitory when she sees her mom.

Her mom is impressed with how she has filled out and wants to know how she is.

Tris asks where her dad is and her mom tries to say he is too busy with work.

Tris tells her that she knows her dad won’t come and her mom says, “Your father has been selfish lately. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you, I promise.” (Roth. Pg. 179.)

Her mom explains that she can’t go see Caleb because Abnegation is no longer allowed anywhere near Erudite.

Tris sees Four and wonders why he isn’t with family, her mom notices and they go to talk to him.

Four says, “Your daughter is doing well here. I’ve been overseeing her training.” When her mom says she had been worried, he responds, “You shouldn’t worry.” (Roth. Pg. 181.)

After this Tris takes her mom to meet her friends, they run into Al’s mom and Tris tells her she doesn’t know where all is.

Al’s mom speaks of almost having a panic attack coming into the pit and Tris notices that her mom seems comfortable and alive unlike all the other transfer parents.

Tris gets in a miniature fight with Will’s sister Cara. Mainly because Cara attacks the abnegation because she is Erudite, claiming she knows that they steal food, etc.

Tris speaks up for mom, “Don’t speak to my mother that way. Don’t say another word to her or I swear I will break your nose.” (Roth. Pg. 185.)

Will tells Tris to back off and her mom distracts her and pulls her away.

Tris’ mom drags her down towards the dining hall and then down a dark hallway.

Tris asks her how she knows where she is going and her mom thwarts her by asking her about the fights and about her rank.

Her mom then asks her what her test results and after a few moments of contemplation, Tris tells her they were inconclusive.

Her mom doesn’t seem shocked at all and warns Tris saying, “I thought as much, many children who are raised Abnegation receive that kind of result. We don’t know why.” (Roth. Pg. 186.)

Continuing by telling her some advice, “But you have to be careful during the next stage of initiation. Beatrice. Stay in the middle of the pack, no matter what you do. Don’t draw attention to yourself. Do you understand?” (Roth. Pg. 186-187.)

She continued to tell Tris is never say the word Divergent and never tell anyone because Dauntless could already be watching her.

She then asks Tris for a favor, she wants her to go see Caleb after initiation and ask him to research the simulation serum.

With that her mom is leaving, “’Have a piece of cake for me, all right? The chocolate. It’s delicious.’ She smiles a strange, twisted smile and adds, ‘I love you, you know.’” (Roth. Pg. 188.)

Tris stands alone in the hall, thinking about the events and all of a sudden, it’s very clear.

Her mom was Dauntless.

Favorite quotes from chapter fifteen:

When Tris finds out why her mom is so accepting of her choosing Dauntless, “I stand alone in the blue light coming from the lamp above me, and I understand: She has been to the compound before. She remembered the hallway. She knows about the initiation process. My mother was Dauntless.” (Roth. Pg. 188.)

 

Chapter 16: 

Summary:

Later on in the day Tris wanders back to the dormitory while the other initiates hang out with their families.

She finds Al and asks him why he didn’t go see his mom.

He tells her that his parents were big fans of Dauntless and they would be disappointed that he is doing so poorly.

She asks him why he chose Dauntless and he tells her that he wanted to protect people, not hurt them.

Al tells her, “I feel braver when I’m around you, you know, like I could actually fit in here, the same way you do.” (Roth. Pg. 191.)

Then he slides close to her and puts her arm across her shoulders. Tris rejects him and he gets extremely embarrassed and hurt.

None of the initiates speak about their family visits. At dinner, Christina and Will get upset with each other while discussing how Erudite aren’t allowed to have pets. Christina is sad because she misses her dog, Chunker.

Will tells her to get a dog after initiation and she said that dogs are ruined for her after the aptitude test.

They all talk about killing the dog but realize that Tris is lying. Tris inevitably tells them that she got an Abnegation result but chose Dauntless.

The ranks are up when they return to the Dormitory. Eric says that stage two is weighted more heavily because it is about overcoming cowardice.

The ranks were as follows:

  1. Edward
  2. Peter
  3. Will
  4. Christina
  5. Molly
  6. Tris
  7. Drew
  8. Al
  9. Myra

Tris thinks quickly that Al isn’t last but if the Dauntless-born did well, he might be out.

Molly freaks out about being fifth, and Four says, “If you intend to secure yourself a high rank, I suggest you don’t make a habit of losing to low-ranked opponents.” (Roth. Pg. 199.)

Molly then says to Tris: “You, you are going to pay for this.” (Roth. Pg. 199.)

Peter is second, Tris thinks that it is weird that he is so quiet, he shouldn’t be happy with second.

Al refuses to go and celebrate with Tris, Will and Christina, he just wants to sleep because he might be out of Dauntless and he is still embarrassed.

Tris can’t sleep that night, she is thinking about her mom and why she left Dauntless for Abnegation.

Tris hears movement in the night, a shoe, then a scream that suggests a lot of pain.

Someone goes to get the light and Tris thinks, “I don’t want to see where the screaming is coming from. A scream like that can only mean blood and bone and pain.” (Roth. Pg. 202.)

The lights are on, it’s Edward. He is on the ground holding his face, with blood everywhere.

From his eye sticks a butter knife.

People are yelling for help but Tris takes control. She feels calm, she tells him to lie still.

She convinces him to let the doctor take out the knife and consoles him until the nurse gets there and makes her move.

The only two people missing in the room are Peter and Drew.

As Tris was her hands, a bunch of times, Christina, Will and Tris talk about how telling someone who did it would be brave but in Dauntless wouldn’t do any good.

Will talks about the faction manifestos and says that part of Dauntless’ was, “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for the other.” (Roth. Pg. 206.)

Tris thinks, “I know what he means. Maybe Dauntless was formed with good intentions, with the right ideals and right goals. But it has strayed far from them. And the same is true for Erudite.” (Roth. Pg. 206.)

She wonders if the same is true of all the factions.

Later when they go back to their room, Edward and Myra’s beds have been stripped clean and they are informed that they have both quit.

Two of the Dauntless-born were cut.

At the end of the chapter, Tris thinks to herself, “We started stage one with nine initiates. Now we have seven.” (Roth. Pg. 208.)

 

Favorite Quote from chapter sixteen:

Something Al says to Tris as they are discussing why he chose Dauntless, “No, I guess it was because…I  think it’s important to protect people. To stand up for people. Like you did for me. That’s what the Dauntless are supposed to do, right? Not…hurt people for no reason.” (Roth. Pg. 190.)

 

Thoughts on Chapter 15-16:

Four tells Tris’ mom that she is doing very well.

Tris gets to see her mom and she finds out her mom was Dauntless and that her mom wants her to go on a secret mission after initiation.

Edward is out because of Peter, Al made it through as well as Tris and her other friends.

Seven transfers left, Tris gets closer to being Dauntless, will she survive?

 

What will happen when Tris goes to see her brother?

Will she follow her mom’s advice and lay low?

How will they do in stage two?

With Edward gone, who will be Peter’s next victim?

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell