Monday, July 13, 2009

Cross-Stitch, Movies, & Books

I decided, just now, that I need to write more about my cross-stitching, movie watching, & book reading!!!

Currently, I have 3 cross-stitches to do. One is a large one, still in it's packaging, waiting for me to finish the other 2. I am working on a large one and a small one. I started both in May. The large one is a small count aida (18 count - tiny stitches!), so my eyeballs go a bit nuts! It's called 'Mighty Samurai.' I'm making it for my mom, to go along with the 'Jewels of the Orient' geisha one I made for her. The 'Mighty Samurai' count is so small, the printed pattern and material so large (12"x18") that I've sort of pushed it aside after completing maybe 2 square inches of it. I was finding the large size of the aida fabric difficult - I couldn't seem to get the material outside the active working area adequately secured out of the way.

I also got tired of the paper with the pattern constantly slipping onto the floor because my magnetic board has only one magnet left (OK, yes, that is my fault as I have a habit of losing my magnets down the sides of my recliner and they disappear into an abyss, never to be found again, not even by SP when I make him move the recliner around and search for them - there must be a magnet monster in the house) and one magnet is not enough to hold the large piece of paper in place. 

I am actively working on and enjoying working on a small cross-stitch called 'Dreaming of Tuscany.' Hopefully, I'll finish it by the end of August.This past Friday, I started reading the new book by Greg Iles, one of my favorite authors. His books are much better written than most current, popular, best-seller fiction. The writing is terrific, detailed, it makes you want to savor every word (except for the parts about murder or kidnappings - I guess I meant savor the rich descriptions of Natchez, MS and the Mississippi River). I'm on page 35 of 575 pages. This book features Penn Cage, who has been in previous novels.

Lastly, movies. SP & I subscribe to Netflix's unlimited 3-at-a-time option. We've been so busy the past 4-6 weeks that we've hardly watched any movies. I think in June we watched 4 - usually in a month we (well, mostly I) watch 8-9 Netflix movies. So in the past 5 days we made an effort and we watched 3 movies: The International, Waltz With Bashir, and Inkheart.The International was fun and held our attention even if the plot was a tad... unrealistic. Or maybe it is realistic and we just don't want to think so? The shoot-out scene in The Guggenheim is a lot of fun and we watched the special feature describing how they re-created the Guggenheim for the movie. We both would give it 3.5/5 stars - worth seeing, fun, but not one of those super well-done Oscar type films.

Waltz With Bashir is an animated documentary film from Israel. It was nominated for 'Best Foreign Language Film' at this year's Oscars. The filmmaker explores/revisits his life in the Israeli army during the Lebanese war in the early 80's. It's a very good film, we'd say 4/5 stars, but it is kind of slow paced. Don't start watching it at 10:30 on a Friday night after a long day at work followed by mowing the grass and other chores. We both were so tired that we dozed off at various points during the movie.

Finally, Inkheart. We watched it last night. We really enjoyed it!!! I didn't expect it to be very good because I thought reviews weren't so positive (39% at Rotten Tomatoes). It definitely held our interest. It's a very enchanting fantasy, even if I did question some of the logic of reading characters in & out of books (at times in the movie it didn't seem consistent for all characters, but maybe it was just me!).

1 comment:

  1. Hey fellow Pittsburgher! Glad I found your blog. :) I used to cross stitch a lot in my preteen years but I haven't done it in a while... maybe I should...