Hobbies and E-learning: Acquiring new skills on Music and Cooking

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A few months ago I found an excellent website where you can take different online courses, the site is http://www.cousera.org.

The first course I took (for free) and finished two months ago, was Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning provided by the University of California, Irvine. In this course I learned some basic aspects of IRS, Insurance and Retirement.

The course format included video lectures, quizzes, readings, some peer asignments and you can also interact with your peers through discussion forums.

Like besides reading, other of my hobbies are cooking and music, I recently started other courses on the same website (also offered free of charge):

-Introduction to Guitar by Berklee College of Music
-Child Nutrition and Cooking by Stanford University

The first week of the guitar course was interesting (of course first I had to convince my husband to let me use one of his guitars to practice), the video lectures were entertaining, I learned to identify the different parts of the guitar and even though my fingers hurt at the end of the practice, I felt satisfied because I learned how to play the first two chords 🙂

This week began the course of Nutrition and Cooking, and I’m anxious to start my first assignment in the kitchen.

Once, the movie and the music

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Almost a year ago I watched on Netflix the indie movie “Once” and the thing I loved the most about this movie was the amazing soundtrack, Marketa Irglova and Gleen Hansard are great artists.

Today while I was looking for some piano’s songbooks in Amazon I wanted to listen this soundtrack again and to my surprise I just found out that the mp3 version is on sale at $2.99 USD in the Amazon store.
I don’t know for how long the offer will be available (and I think is only available for U.S. Customers), but If you enjoyed the movie and the music, this seems like a good opportunity to buy the soundtrack at a really good price.
🙂