"Mishmash" posts are always another way of saying-it's been a really long week and while I really should write about one of the books I have finished recently (they are actually starting to pile up now . . .), but I don't have the energy to do so. I'm not quite sure what is happening, but I seem to be losing my ability to multitask these days. How was I ever able to work, work out, read, blog, read and comment on other blogs, do needlework, Postcross . . . and other sundry activities and still have a little energy left over? If I can do one or two things (working being the necessity), I guess I am doing well. All the other extracurricular activities seem to be always left by the wayside. Maybe it is just the summer warmth. Now that we are in the dog days of summer with the promise of fall not too far off, I will find a way to manage things better. And then there is my upcoming vacation. Less than two weeks to go now!
So, just a little mishmash of things today, starting with a little needlework update. Look, my little Prairie Fairy is almost finished. I haven't been spending lots of time on her, but it is amazing how even fifteen minutes a day adding a few rows here, a motif there, and voilà, she is nearly done. Maybe I need to be content with smaller steps these days, rather than doing it all and doing so much of it? I won't promise that I will finish it this weekend, but I am getting very near. I have been thinking I would turn this into a "mattress pincushion" (see second photo down of Spring rabbit), but if I make it fancy with a proper backside and stitched edges, it may languish even longer. A regular pincushion? A little pillow? Decisions, decisions, but first to finish the design.
I have a feeling my vacation is going to be more about relaxing than doing lots of activities, particularly since it is going to be a very quick mini-vacation--a mere 2-1/2 days there with an eight-ish hour drive each way (perfect reading time). So I plan on taking some stitching with me. Just one project--either an "in progress" design or something new, but something really small. I've been thinking of picking up my "Eight Point Star" again. I think I only ever got part of the first star finished. October is still well in the distance, but maybe if I started working on my Halloween Mystery Sampler again, I could make some good progress on it? It's always a little dangerous to begin digging through my needlework projects, as, like books, everything all of a sudden looks tempting!
And for a little bookishness . . . have you seen the new translations/reissues of Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret books? I like them! I have about a dozen of his books on my shelves--both Maigrets and a few of his standalones. I am tempted (there's that word again), to pick one up soon (short-so instant gratification). Of course I want all the new books, and how fun would it be to read them in order (dangerous really, and a project likely doomed to failure--better to just pick one that sounds good). I suspect it is just fine to read them pell-mell.
Speaking of books in translation. Along with my French mystery, which I am thoroughly enjoying, I have decided on another book for my Women in Translation Month reading (If I can finish one or two books this month I will be very pleased indeed). As it turns out, I have picked another French author (I was trying for something translated from a language I've not yet read this year, but this one just jumped out at me). I think The People in the Photo by Hélène Gestern is going to be a perfect choice. It is an epistolary novel between a French woman and a Swiss biologist. She finds a photo of her mother as a young woman standing between two men and decides to try and find out who the men were and the story behind the photo. I love what I've read and it is the sort of story that invites you to pick it up again and again.
Otherwise the rest of my weekend will be spent reading a couple of mysteries that I am thisclose to finishing. I also have already started this weekend's short story by Andrea Barrett, and I still must see what The New Yorker has in store for me. I'm sure this will take up the bulk of what reading time I get this weekend, but if there is any left over, I need to dip into my current nonfiction books, too. I've been trying hard to approach my reading in smaller bite-sized chunks these days, and maybe I will feel less disappointed when I see how slowly I seem to be moving.
Don't forget to leave a comment if you are interested in a copy of Dana Gynther's The Woman in the Photograph that I have to give away!
Happy reading (or whatever other activity you have on the agenda this weekend).