Monday, May 24, 2010

Grumpy Monday

Yeah, I'm grumpy. I didn't do any sewing this weekend, even though I intended to. It's not like I didn't RUSH to buy patterns. It's not like I don't have a graduation to attend in less than two weeks.

So, what's the problem? Hormones. And a book. The hormones will work themselves out in a day or two. As to the book — DS brought home My Sister's Keeper on Friday, a book he read for school and about which we'd had a few conversations during his read. The book had to be back today as the school is gearing down the year and collecting its property. No book, no graduation. And 450+ pages in less than 24 hours = no sewing, hence the grumpy.

Interesting book. Strange, and I think disappointing, ending. I've got the movie now queued up for the DVR to record mid-week. We'll probably watch it together and compare with the book. I'm prepared to be disappointed since I always am with books to movies.

The other thing I'm grumpy about is that the fabric I thought I was using for the dress? Well, I don't have enough. So I've got to find something else.

I will work on it during the week, at least to get a muslin together. I might aim for a "wearable" muslin as a nightgown if I can decide on a fabric for that. Otherwise, just an icky knit to quickly check the fit.


  1. Do be prepared to be disappointed in the movie. The ending was changed & some things are left out. Plus, this is just me, but I'm not a fan of Cameron Diaz, so that was an error in casting for me.

  2. I was not disappointed in the movie...opposing view point here...and actually liked that they changed the movie ending...but I have a hard time with Jodi Picoult books because of the twists that she adds each and every time to the ending. And I've read quite a few of them.

    However, I would be well pass the hormonal stage before I saw the movie...I started crying about 20 mins in and stopped when the movie ended and I know the d*mn story!

    I also liked the casting...Cameron didn't bother me in the least and I really loved Jason Patric as the father. So let us know what you think when you've watched the movie...but if you are any kinda sensitive, have the tissues ready!

  3. Jodi Piccoult books tend to put me in a funk because her books draw me into a story and deal with tough emotions. I second Linda's comment, the movie wasn't very true to the book and the changes sort of changed the message, or at least changed what the book asked you to think over. Make sure to let us know what you think after seeing it though!

  4. I spent a good 40 mins trying to squeeze a pattern onto a scant piece of fabric. I gave up. But, it's frustrating.

  5. Oh those kids and the "book must be returned before you graduate" crises! Believe me, I feel your pain.
    I alos get grumpy when I on't have enough fabric for something...and it's not like I don't have enough fabric to dress the statue of Liberty or anything already.

  6. I just watched the movie Saturday night. I liked the movie but have not read the book. I have a 29 year old beautiful daughter who has had cancer 2 times and just had a cancerous mole removed Saturday. I cried through the whole movie but felt much better about my situation after I let it all out.

  7. I haven't seen the movie, but I will tell you that I was disappointed in the ending of the book. It just seemed kind of contrived.

    I have when I don't have enough fabric for a pattern. Of course, my usual problem is too much and then I end of with a stack of too-large-to-throw-away scraps.

  8. I'm with Amy. I hated the book -- thought the ending was cheap and contrived and avoided answering the hard question.

  9. loved the book, HATED the movie. the ending is entirely different and such a cop out. cameron diaz was totally not believable as a mother.

  10. The ending of the book was SO LAZY. The rest of the book was dealing with difficult, nuanced issues and then...that. I couldn't believe how cheap it was. Ugh. I have no desire to see the movie.

  11. ~off topic~

    just wanted to say, ""what happened??"" personal attacks on PR?
    saw it was closed, (can't help but think a lot of people are really defensive). doesn't seem to matter what you say or how well you say it!! sorry you were attacked (again) by the moderators.


  12. I think Jodi Picoult's books are pretty good until you get to the double-switch-back at the end. Kind of like double whiplash.

  13. Marie-Christine4:04 AM, May 28, 2010

    A weekend without sewing is a sad thing indeed :-). But thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting up the FBA tutorials again. There's nothing quite like them anywhere! They don't just work, they make the process painless. The chest-challenged everywhere thank you.

  14. I actually thought the book was a bit of a suckfest, as well as a huge waste of time, given the perfectly stupid ending.

    Like "Hey, spend 13 hours reading my book, and then BAM, I'm going to make your entire 13 hours a complete waste of time! Ha ha, sucka!"

    Plus, the story would have worked for me if the younger sister had already been born before the older one had gotten sick - to me, that's a real dilemma. Conceiving a child to maybe prolong another child's life is... well, it's kind of ridiculous.


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