January is a great month to try to set new goals, make some changes because we are all starting with that similar mindset. On Sunday I'd mentioned I have given myself a 'guideline' of a half hour limit each work week night in order to give myself an hour of stitching. Another thing I'm going to try and do is post twice a week.
I do realize that I will likely not be able to show much stitching mid-week but I would still like to keep blogging...so let's see if you like this.
This week's mid-week post is on Audio books.
Now, I haven't had much luck with these in the past because I've tried to listen to them while driving to and from work. That doesn't work for me as I can't pay enough attention to the story while driving. In November, I tried borrowing some books on CD from the library. It's good to try a variety.
The most important thing for me, I've found, is that I can tune into the narrator's voice. Sometimes you click with at that voice or you just don't. Some narrators can take on the suits of the characters so easily, donning them and taking them off in an instant. A good storyteller is absolutely mesmerizing. This doesn't mean the storyteller must be melodramatic. It just means how well the story can be told.
I wish I had written down the ones I'd liked in more details but here are some I can remember. The first one was Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, performed by Emilia Fox. She is the actress who played Georgianna Darcy in BBC's production of Pride & Prejudice. She surprised and delighted me with her performance.
Another one I liked was Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. The narrator, I think, was Dylan Baker who was just amazing. I loved the Southern accents but he did a wonderful job with the characters. I really felt I was right there in the story.
While I was stitching Family Sampler, I listened to Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. This was an Oprah book club selection and a friend had leant me the book ages ago but I never read it. Before Christmas I found this at the library and decided to give it a go - it's 17 discs and about 21 hours in total! It is read by Kristoffer Tabori. What a fantastic storyteller. The characters come to life in his voice - a truly amazing performance. I really enjoyed this one!
Let me know if you have any audio books you'd like to recommend.
Now, about my trip to Victoria...we never made it because the planes couldn't take off/land due to fog. It's been foggy all week so our meetings got postponed to next week. This time we are going by car and take the ferry over which takes about 3 hours, door-to-door, each way! I'd better find some good reading material.
I've been feeling poorly this week and thankfully was able to get home earlier today and get a nap in. I can't be sick for this work thing coming up. I've been stitching little bits in the evening but really too tired to do much. Get this - last night, I was stitching the alphabets in for members of the family. Since our family is small I decided to add the cats' names (see sidebar). So, I stitched J for Julius, but for some reason I stitched C for Daisy. Are you laughing? C for Cat. Right. Foggy Brain syndrome so after I ripped out the C. Then I went to bed before I did any more silly things!
A little bit of stitchy talk. Here's "A Stitch in Time" by Workbasket. I loved it when it came out in 2005 but since I wasn't stitching then I didn't buy it. Now, it is in my stash.
Another chart acquired into my stash is this lovely one.
At the heart of things, I really am an 'old sampler' kind of gal.
Thanks for stopping by. I know many of you are getting hit with awful cold weather again - take care! We have a bit of reprieve at the moment though I'm sure the white stuff is not done with us yet! See you soon.