Catching up with the Farmer’s Wife

I was running along quite nicely on my 2012 Farmer’s Wife Quilt resolution … that is until I made a trip back to the US.  At that point I pretty much was on hold for a good 8 (or more) weeks of the project.  I have now finally caught up.  It might’ve taken a few days of agoraphobic tendencies and a lack of fresh air and sunlight  but I’m almost caught up!  (by the way, I had to google the spelling of agoraphobia for that last sentence.  Whilst doing so I found out there is a metal band called Agoraphobic Nosebleed formed in 1994 and they were well known for their brevity of songs … yeah, really short heavy metal songs.  Love learning new and unimportant things on the internet – and I have now infected you with this knowledge.  I hope you credit me someday when it becomes the winning answer for trivial pursuit or jeopardy … but most likely it’ll be bar trivia at a TGI Fridays …)

Back to me … through this massive catch-up process I’ve learned that two block per week is significantly easier than 16 blocks per day.  (duh).  Here are the blocks.

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Farmer’s Wife Catch-up (19 – 25)

I’ll admit it, I’ve been a slacker lately.  Not in life in general but in new year’s resolution 2012 of the Farmer’s Wife quilt.  Things went off kilter for a bit whilst family was in town, and then I worked on another quilt for a bit, and then I found a book I liked, and then we bought a boat (and subsequently had to spend time on that), then I went for lunch (again), and then I spent some time at the movies, and then I hunted for Easter eggs … BUT then I acquired seasons 1 & 2 of Downton Abbey (not DOWNTOWN abbey as I keep wanting to call it) and have been cutting and sewing and seam ripping and re-sewing with this wonderful show to keep me company and focused (well, as focused as I’ll ever be).  So here they are, the backlog of blocks that I know you’ve been waiting in anticipation for …

More Books & FWQB Weeks 15 – 18

Can you say slacker?  I’ve had these book reviews and quilt blocks just sitting around, waitin’ to be posted and I’ve been having too much fun wallowing in President Day bliss.  So I have put my patriotic celebrations aside and here are my recent reads and blocks.

Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce – First book of The Circle Opens quartet. Light read full of YA magicnessment. (I swear that’s a word).

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – I read this with all of my Apple product en towe (iPad, iPod, iPhone, MacBook Air, iMac). Walter Issacson wrote a very good book. He was very thorough in his research and interviews and did not get pulled into the subjects charm. That being said, Steve Jobs was charismatic and calculated. He was the driving force for so many life changing technological advancements but I don’t care how smart you are, how rich you are, or how awesome you think you are – it doesn’t give you the right to be such a jerk to people.

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III – Such a well written, tragic book. The reading of this caused me so much anxiety that I kept wanting to take a break from it, but kept me drawn-in in a way that people can’t jump off a sinking ship (unless they’re an Italian cruise ship captain). I felt heart breaking-ly opinionated about the characters and the decisions they made.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin –  love non-fiction books – when they’re written well. Oh yeah, and when I don’t find the main character annoying. I think the work that has been done is great I couldn’t get past Greg Mortenson (and the pending law suit of his lies included in the book).

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri – I hadn’t read short stories since I was in the 7th grade and found this to be a much more agreeable experience. I enjoyed interloping into bits of lives of people who all share the feeling of displacement or aloneness but still find internal resolution or solace. I also thought it was going to be entirely depressing but found it enjoyable!

and onto the quilt blocks …

FWQB Weeks 12 & 13 & 14, Books, and My Thoughts on Pop Culture

Books

So I’ve read some new books with this new year.  I’m 3 books into my 2012 goal (once again see GoodReads links to your right hand side).  Here are my reviews:

Then Again by Diane Keaton – How not interesting. First of all – STOP MAKING COLLAGES, YOU ARE A GROWN WOMAN, NOT A 12 YEAR OLD! … and although she seems anti-marriage because it was oppressive to her seemingly creative mother to me it was apparent that it was because neither Woody Allen, Al Pacino, nor Warren Beatty would marry her (and she’s obviously still in love with the first two).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – Intriguing point of view. Christopher’s story, outlooks, and achievements were endearing. I found some situations hurt my heart a bit, but realised he wouldn’t understand why they should hurt his too.

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Kept me laughing (technically giggling on the couch), I’d be willing to trade-in two friends to be friends with Mindy. (Don’t worry, if you’re a friend reading this review I wouldn’t trade you in).

Thoughts on Pop Culture (specifically Beyonce and Jay-Z)

Apparently Beyonce and Jay-Z had a baby this week (I normally pretend to not pay attention to celebrity “stuff” … or something like that).  I’m kind of getting over the name (Blue Ivy Carter for enquiring minds) however I was verbally assaulted by Jay-Z’s new rap to his daughter not once but TWICE whilst in the car today.  At first I thought it was a radio station joke … and then I realized it wasn’t … here are some of my “favorite” lyrics …

  • Your grandpa died of liver failure
  • The most beautifulest thing in the world
  • You was made in Paris
  • Make sure the plane you on is bigger than your carry-on baggage
  • You’re my child with the child from Destiny’s Child

And it times for the quilt blocks.  Weeks 12 and 13 and 14. 

FWQB Weeks 9 & 10 & 11

It’s not that I’m behind on getting my Farmer’s Wife Quilting Bee blocks done in time, I just am not getting them posted in a timely manner.  Sooooo here are weeks 9, 10, 11 and a group shot of the first 20 blocks.  At first glance the strewn about look of the group shot may appear artistic but it’s really just a ploy for people not to notice that there just may be a slight discrepency in the sizes of the blocks … but really, who cares, it’s my quilt and I do as I please … enjoy!

FWQB Week 3!

Here it is – as promised – my week three blocks of the Farmer Wife Quilting Bee.  Yes, I realise the points on block 5 are not centered (I’m sure you’re all gawking at it now) and it annoys me too.  It’s time like these when I turn to the wisdom of Rob  who says “that way it just looks like you made it”.  Let’s just say that given my skill level this entire quilt will definitely look like I made it.  😀

I have some earth shatteringly awesome news! (I can’t believe I didn’t lead in with this!).  Rob and I have been married for 8 1/2 months and Facebook finally allowed me to change my last name on my profile!  I know that at the DMV and the Social Security Administration and the Courthouse let me change it in no less than 5 minutes but all it took was additional emailing and providing FB with a photo of a government issue ID to make it happen!  I can totally understand why they were a bit skeptical of my new last name, I mean Osborn is a bit tame compared to some that I’ve seen used on facebook (man oh man I couldn’t make these up if I tried)

  • theunfinishedproduct
  • BornAgain
  • PurpleLady
  • Ms’Sunshine
  • AkaSir
  • Luvv’nLife
  • KountinBlessings
  • CallMeYum
  • Kristin (ok, this is a normal name but I like to include my bff Kristin in my blog when possible since she’s oh-so-far away from me)
  • SuperStarr
  • Hotterdenastreetlite
  • MightyyMouse

Book Review: The Destiny of the Republic.  The sophomore novel of Candice Millard met my high expectations after consuming her novel River of Doubt.  Instead of telling just the story of President Garfield’s assassination it breathes new life into him as an individual, illustrates the important impacts of his Presidency, and reminds of the ignorance and arrogance of many in power at that time.  Loved it.