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Busy Bees

Do you know the saying that once you finish school you won’t know what to do with yourself because you’ll have so much free time? That doesn’t seem to be my case. It’s been non-stop running around and playing tag, it seems, with all of the events that I’ve been missing for the last two years. I’m finding that there are so many things to do that I’m planning weeks ahead of time how I’m going to spend my non-work hours. It’s amazing and I’m having so much fun. I’ve spent the last three weekends sleeping on couches as I bounce between Boulder and Story. I’ll be glad to spend the next couple weekends (at least) in my own bed but instead of state or city hopping I’ll be event hopping. For example, this week I’m taking my dog to agility class, attending a lecture on the best practices when investigating serial killers, a lecture by a Norwegian artist, a walk-through by the Norwegian artist, a law school chili cook-off, a public viewing of all the exhibitions in the UW Art Museum, a Cowboy’s vs Boise State football game and possibly a nature hike. I’m having so much fun! But in the middle of all this running around I’ve still had time to do some reading, movie/play viewing, quilting and writing. Below are a couple quick reviews.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarks


I finally finished Jonathan Strange after a month. I have to say that it is a very long book. However, on the plus side it is totally worth reading. A one sentence summary for the book would be two men attempt to bring magic back to a nineteenth century England. The imagery is amazing and the story is great. The characters are well drawn out and interesting. I often found myself interested in what the antagonist was doing and irritated by one of the protagonist’s actions. If you like Austen and dark fiction you should probably read this book. If you just like dark fiction you should still read this book.

The Fall


This movie was a lucky find. I’m still not sure how I came upon it but I remember coming across it once or twice when I was checking IMDB for what movies a couple actors had been in. The more I think about The Fall the more I enjoy it. It takes place primarily in the 1920’s in a hospital. A stuntman after performing a jump ends up damaging his spine and can no longer walk. He is visited by a little girl with a broken arm and begins to tell her a fantastical story about a group of men who have all sworn to kill an evil Governor. The stuntman stops his story at cliff hangers so that he can convince the little girl to steal drugs for him. It was a gorgeous film made beautiful by the cinematography. If anything, check it out for the scenery and attention to detail in costumes and landscapes. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Balinese chant sequence. The story is very sweet and sad. The actors were great, especially the adorable little girl. It kind of reminded me of Terry Gilliam but better. Click the picture for the trailer and enjoy.

Let me know if you have any questions about the movie, events or the book. There was a lot of content I just glossed over.

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Story Days 2010

I took the last 5 days off from work and home life for a mini vacation. Most of this weekend was spent in a lovely little mountain town called Story, Wyoming. Every year Story has an annual celebration that involves activities like the Dutch oven cook off, live music, chicken roping, parades and silent auctions.

For the last few years my family likes to get together at my sister’s cabin for the weekend and partake in the festivities. I’m sure that a few of you know this already but my favorite event of Story Days is the quilt show.

I’m a bit hyper active when it comes to creative projects and I’m always bouncing around trying new hobbies. One of my most consistent and favorite hobbies is making quilt tops. I get up to Story about two times a year to do quilting with my sister and usually have two or three other quilts going on at a time. I love the different patterns and fabric choices. There is just too much fabric to play around with!

Every year at Story Days I’ve been able to show off a few quilts and, not to be a bit boastful, I usually get quite a few comments on some of my more vibrant quilts. This year I was able to land two honorable mentions. Below are pictures of the 5 quilts I brought plus a bonus quilt that I gave to my sister and brother-in-law for their anniversary a couple years ago.

Fall Leaves I

My first quilting class in Story at Piney Creek Cottage.

Days on the Farm

My mother’s quilt made from flannel and upholstery fabric. The quilter did an amazing job. Sadly I’m not able to show the quilting in the photos I have.

Hunting

This quilt was made for my uncle for his 60th birthday. Shhh, don’t tell him. He hasn’t seen it yet.

Peace Angel

This is my first attempt at a stained glass quilt. I bought the pattern from Snowy River Quilts in Laramie. The Bonus quilt pattern I did mostly on my own and pulled the stained glass pattern from one of the stained glass books that I own. I have another one that is almost finished and I hope to show next year

Memory Quilt

This is a memory quilt that my sister and I made together with a bit of wordy help from my brother. It has childhood pictures of some of our favorite times and hobbies we like to do with our father.

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