02 May 2016

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: How I Spend My Time

Life suddenly got crazy -- but all for fun reasons. Mid-April to Mid-May is full of birthdays, a lace workshop, a visit with my mom, and then, of course BookExpo America, which is in Chicago this year.

Regardless, I'm managing to read and listen to books, to watch a little television, to do some yard work, and to take my (almost) daily walks. What I'm having trouble with is finding the time to attend to my blog properly. Sooooo, posts will be a bit light until after BEA. I'll have my weekly photograph and Weekend Cooking and at least one giveaway (tomorrow). I'll see what else I can muster up in the meantime.

What I'm listening to: I've listened to and reviewed three books for AudioFile magazine and one just for myself. Sweetbitter is a novel that takes places in a Manhattan restaurant and is A-MAZE-ING. I'll be reviewing it here for a Weekend Cooking post later in May. Breaking Wild is a combination mystery and outdoor adventure that features two strong women -- one who is lost in the Colorado mountains and one who is a park ranger trying to find her. I love Lian Hearn and am sooooo happy she has new series. All four books in this fantasy / historical fiction series will be out this year. And I finally have Raven King on my phone. I'm listening every second I have. Oh so good.

What I'm watching: My top two current television shows right now are Outlander and Game of Thrones. I'm addicted to both. Yes, yes, neither follows the books exactly (well, GoT has now moved beyond the books), but I don't care! Do all the actors look like I expected the characters to look like? Not necessarily. Do I care? Only a tiny bit. I'm thrilled that these two book series have been brought to life. We're also currently streaming The Good Wife (we're still on season 1) and catching up with the last season of Justified. We have Better Call Saul on our list but I'm not sure season 2 will be available for streaming so, we'll likely drop it.

What I did this weekend: I make bobbin lace, and this past weekend I finished a piece that I've been working on for a long time. I was trying to figure out how many hours it took to complete this motif, but I don't really remember. Maybe 150? Maybe more. This is a Dutch bobbin lace called Withof, which has many modern elements and uses very fine thread. Anyway, click the image to enlarge it, if you're curious. I'm not sure what I'm going to make next. I may pick a fairly traditional lace (more similar to what you think of as wedding or lingerie lace) or I may make another motif in the same type of lace I just finished. I need to look through some pattern books and see what calls to me. By the way: Making lace is prime audiobook listening time!


Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 5/2/16, 7:46 AM  

I've had my eye on Sweetbitter, so glad to hear you loved it!

Daryl 5/2/16, 7:54 AM  

do NOT drop Better Call Saul ... wait for Season 2 if you must because it is truly one of the best written/acted shows on TV!

rhapsodyinbooks 5/2/16, 9:52 AM  

Just requested two from the library - thanks for the recommendations!

Nan 5/2/16, 10:09 AM  

I am amazed at all you do!

Literate Housewife 5/2/16, 11:09 AM  

Your lace is so lovely! I'm adding Sweetbitter to my list. Have a wonderful month. I'll be thinking about you the night of the Audies!

Anita LeBeau 5/2/16, 11:52 AM  

The lace, absolutely amazing. I listen to my audiobooks while I cook, clean, put on makeup, drive(which isn't much) and I should be listening as I walk...but the heat...a real problem.
Enjoy all your fun...wishing i was going to BEA, I love Chicago, but it's the week before my son's HS graduation. I think next year will be better with all my kids older.

Amanda 5/2/16, 4:29 PM  

The Raven King!!!!! (I read it in print then listened to the audiobook twice...)

Vicki 5/2/16, 5:52 PM  

Bittersweet looks really good so I just put it on hold at my library. It's on order so it may be a while before it comes in.

The lace is beautiful!

Nise' 5/2/16, 6:43 PM  

Breaking Wild has my attention. There is two episodes left of The Good Wife and I will miss the show. I am sure you are enjoying it.

Heidi’sbooks 5/3/16, 8:12 AM  

Wow. Wow. Wow. I didn't know bobbin lace existed. I love it! I'm jealous about BookExpo. We'll have to live vicariously through you. Make sure you post about it!

That Librarian 5/3/16, 12:39 PM  

I'm going to BEA for the first time and don't know a soul. I'll be looking for you!

Lisa 5/7/16, 10:28 AM  

150 hours? Wow, that is a real labor of love!

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