Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday updates

Well, Spring break is over, and I start online teaching next week. It should be a weird 10 weeks.

Little Stitches
I've been working most evenings on this little piece. I have two sections of pink, a few more dark green flowers, and the inside of the sun to finish and then I'm done. I have one finished and one planned other patterns from Cozy Blue that will match this as a display so that's my goal for upcoming little stitch work.

I finished "Fake Like Me" and friends, I really really liked this book.  If you are interested in the creative process, you might like this one too.

I've just started "Red Lotus" by Chris Bohjalian and it is a good book, but it is a little tense so I don't read it before bed. I like Bohjalian's work a lot, although some of his historical books are not very interesting to me. This one seems good--a couple go on a bike tour of Vietnam and the man goes missing. So far, I like it.

I'm also reading "Lady in Waiting" by Anne Conover who was a lady in waiting to Princess Margaret. It's interesting yet simple enough for before-bed reading.

A few things on rotation in our house:

  • The last season of "Better Call Saul".  Always good.
  • The second season of "Succession". This is an interesting series with really crazy characters. We subscribed to the Amazon Prime HBO channel and it is a bit pricey but there's a lot of good stuff on there. 
  • The new season of "Top Chef". Nothing new to see with this, as it is a 'redemption' season with people who have been on the show before. But sometimes you need a little nothingness.
  • A new Amazon Prime show, "Making the Cut", with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. This is the show they contracted for when they walked away from "Project Runway".  We stopped watching PR when it got so formulaic. This new show is pretty fun. It focuses more on the process---all the designers are somewhat established---and most interestingly, they send the garments out to seamstresses for sewing overnight so there's no angst over sewing. The people seem nice and supportive, not cutthroat. So far, a thumbs up from us.
  • I've told you about "Repair Shop" and we're on to Season 2. "Repair Shop" is now my "Chopped", in that I fall asleep about twenty minutes in. It's that gentle and soothing.
A few cards went out yesterday, and I made a bunch more. It is so fortunate to be over-hobbied during these tough times. I hope you are all well. 


KSD said...

Are you teaching remotely from the coast? Hopefully not: crafting and reading time are so important right now.

Delighted Hands said...

For me it is a time of plans.
I hope you have a good weekend before you enter a 'new' kinda teaching!

Tired Teacher 2 said...

Teaching remotely would be difficult, but it’s new for your students, too. I predict by two weeks it will be more comfortable and natural. I like your new stitchery.

kayT said...

I hope that you will be telling us a bit about the remote teaching. I taught long ago and cannot get my head around video teaching or whatever it is you will be doing, so I would love to hear about it.

Vera said...

The daughter of my best friend is e-teaching middle school in NC. That cannot be easy! Hope your remote teaching goes well for you. I like your stitching = pretty!.

kathy b said...

Crazy crazy doc. series TIGER KINGS. There is a sanctuary by us. Its so weird

Bonny said...

I love Repair Shop! I don't remember how I stumbled upon it, but I think the repairers are all very good at what they do and are fascinating to watch. Most of all I love that they fix things that really mean something to people and hold dear memories (like plastic Daleks and flying saucer toys), not just antiques worth lots of money. I just finished Season 2 last night and will probably re-watch both seasons again soon.