Reading and Other Stuff

I finished But Inside I’m Screaming by Elizabeth Flock last week.  I still haven’t decided how much I liked it.   It is a story of a young news anchor who is severely depressed and ends up in a mental institution for a time.  Having experienced depression in the past, I found that it truly captured the essence of depression…. which was depressing!  But it was also insightful, funny, sad, and elightening.  There were several profound statements sprinkled in, but many more just so so pages.  I guess it was good enough to finish, but not good enough  to get excited about.

Then I started A Thousand Splendid Suns.  Oh my!  I just can’t seem to put it down for long.  I have gotten very little done this week because I have read almost half the book.  I bought it thinking I should read it just because it is a best seller and so popular.  (similar to why we watch the Steelers….. sorry all you huge Steelers fans!….. you know, just to be able to know what the buzz is about)  I never really thought I would get into the story because it is in Afghanistan and I know so little about that country.  I am learning alot.  And loving the book.  If you have read the book, don’t spoil the ending for me please!

We went to the bookstore again today.  I went to pick up a book that Chet had recommended and I ordered several weeks ago.  Why is it impossible to walk in, get ONE book and walk out?  I was glad Steve was with me to carry the very heavy bag out!


Quilting…… I have done very little.  My class is way frustrating to me.  I finally had to put some stuff away and will go back to it later.

I am getting projects ready to take with me to a quilting retreat Oct22-25 at Pymatuning with the Undercover Gals (my sewing group).  3 cabins, 6 women in each cabin. (if you are interested, scroll down on that link and click on the 360 views, kinda fun)  Lots of sewing, eating, sharing and very little sleep.  I really should finish some UFO’s, but will probably concentrate on my new piecing project.

Then I come home for several days to recover, repack and go to Houston.  I can hardly wait.  I am going to Quilt Festival to shop for a longarm machine of my own.  Yes, I use Steve’s.  But that means I can only quilt when we don’t have client work to do.  And I want to quilt more often.  Space is a problem, which means I will either quilt in the kitchen or we will add on again to make a bigger studio.  Getting a contractor here to assess the situation is a different frustrating story…..

Hope you all have a good weekend!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki W
    Oct 13, 2007 @ 08:27:27

    How cool that you are getting your own longarm! I’ll be in Houston too. Also loved that book as well.


  2. Jan
    Oct 13, 2007 @ 09:27:30

    Wow! A retreat and Houson!! Enjoy!!! Maybe those will energize you to come back and look at the class stuff again. Longarm in the kitchen… well… it might just be easier to buy a grill for the garage and quilt in the kitchen rather than hire a contractor 🙂


  3. AllenQuilts
    Oct 13, 2007 @ 10:00:40

    Oh wow, Gayle! What fun you have coming up! Hope all your trips are great! And a new machine…how very exciting!


  4. carlafibers
    Oct 14, 2007 @ 22:13:42

    Your own longarm… woo-hoo!!!

    Re: books… I agree, some books are too close to home. I could not read that book because of my DD’s illness.


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