beat the clock

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Monday, January 03, 2011
Okay - so I switched over to the newer editor thingy in blogger, which means that posts are time stamped from when they are published instead of when they are opened. This means I have to type VERY QUICKLY to get this post in on time! (I know it's only a deadline of my own making, but I'm trying to get better at meeting those as they can be very useful in many areas.)

Today went roughly like this: read more of Jane Eyre, read internet, get piecing on my new quilt* while watching Season 3 of Big Love (there's so much to like about this show - NICKI - but my enjoyment is hamstrung by how annoying I find Bill and how much I don't want to see his pasty white ass humping across the screen), go to work**, come home, eat dinner, fall asleep on the couch etc. and so on. EXCITING TIMES and yet I enjoyed it all. Even my irritation at Bill the Self-Righteous Polygamist.

*the quilt I'm making from this excellent quilting blog

** several quality moments today, mostly with younger patrons. This is one of my favorite parts of my job.

JANE EYRE BONUS! Okay, so I've been reading this for a while (since Christmas, but I got waylaid several times which is why it's taking me longer) - but, may I just say: this book is bananas! In a good way. Jane sounds so modern to my ears - the situations are all as you'd expect in a gothic novel ( cruel aunt, poorhouse school run by religious nutter,  governess, brooding master, MYSTERY and INTRIGUE, and copious descriptions of DRAPERIES), but Jane is so sharp and on it! I can't even formulate thoughts (beyond BANANAS) about the gypsy fortuneteller. (seriously...)

Here's something that jumped out at me in this morning's reading - Jane is returning to Thornfield after staying a month at the house of her miserable childhood. She's eager to return because Thornfield has become the place she most wants to be. Here's the quote upon coming home and being warmly greeted: This was very pleasant: there is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.

Such an apt description of feeling at home someplace.

(Have you seen the Illustrated Jane Eyre  with drawings and paintings by Dame Darcy? I think she's got a real feel for the novel.)

edit: I couldn't finish in time, so I published then came back to edit the picture in... we'll see if it works!
5 comments on "beat the clock"
  1. I just couldn't get into Big Love. I watched the first season but didn't care enough to watch the second one. I just don't "get" it, I guess. Maybe someday...

  2. I wouldn't worry about it - there's plenty else that's wonderful in the world.

    I watched the first two seasons on demand when I got free HBO a couple of years ago - (thanks to squirrels eating the cable line) and finally now, two years later, the third season came through the library and no one had a hold on it. I think the parts at the compound caught my interest the most - it's a whole nother world existing alongside the larger mormon culture.

    At this point I want to see how the story concludes, but I can totally understand it not grabbing you. (although Chloe Sevigny is great, as is Jeanne Tripplehorn.)

  3. Chloe and Jeanne are fantastic on the show, but just not fantastic enough to keep me watching. However, I watch The Bad Girls Club so I don't fancy myself a rational critic of television programming.

  4. For your quilt, are you using Dear Betty fabrics? I loved those (natch), though I think once they are a little faded I would love them even more.

    Looking at the quilts on her blog, I realized I only like quilts that have red in them--a little or a lot, doesn't matter.

    A newly discovered idiosyncratic opinionation.

  5. I love the Dear Betty fabrics, too! But I'm not using them - I had a specific palette in mind (blue/olive/something) and Fabric Depot didn't have the whole Dear Betty set, or at least they weren't out where I could see them. I'd love to use it in the future, though.

    Yay, red! What I like about her quilting style is that it's about the technique (which is modern and lively yet still precise) and you can add your own flair into it anywhich way you please. I've had fun looking in the flickr pool (she links to it) for other people's interpretations of her patterns.


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