Whenever someone sees me knitting, sewing, or embroidering in public, it usually elicits a response such as, “Wow, that looks really detailed.” or “How long does it take you to make something like that?” Then we laugh and laugh with how it takes a special sort of person to be able to devote so much time and energy into a craft. The conversation typically ends with me delivering my favorite line, “It’s like therapy!”
People usually have a good chuckle at that point, but I wonder how many of them realize how serious I am. One of the reasons why I love “crafting” is that it really is like therapy! It give me something to focus my attention on if I need to separate myself from a situation. If gives me an outlet after a long and tiring day. It gives my brain something to solve if it is feeling restless. It gives my brain something to get lost in through repetition if it is feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes, depending on the project, it will hit many of these things at once.
When I am home and I am working on a project that has a big chunk of repetitive work to do, I will have something playing in the background. My choice of background noise changes, usually rotating through shows on Netflix, books on Audible, music on Apple Music, or just listening to the happy (or not so happy) sounds of my kids keeping themselves occupied. I would like to start sharing with you what I am watching or listening to in the background in hopes that you will discover something new to fall in love with!
Watching: Call the Midwife
Right now I’m watching my way through Call the Midwife, Season 1. The story takes place in 1957 when Jenny, a brand new midwife, begins her work with Nonnatus House. She is pretty surprised to discover that the house is actually a convent and not a hospital. The story quickly takes off as she faces the problems of her community all while navigating her new home with the nuns.
I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys period pieces, quality story line, and great character development. The entire season is available on Netflix.
Listening (on Audible): The Operator by Kim Harrison (Book 2 in the Perri Reed Chronicles)
Eh. Book 2 of The Perri Reed Chronicles is ok. There really isn’t anything magical going on here. Basically Perri is an on-the-run ex-agent with the ability to rewrite time by “drafting.” The idea is kinda cool, and I can see how some have compared it to Jason Borne. Honestly, I’m ready to move beyond the series. Here we are in Book 2 still trying to figure out where her loyalties lie and who she really is. I’m sorry, maybe we’re slightly beyond that in that Perri knows where her loyalties lie, but no one else does. A lot of the book involves all of the other characters trying to guess her motives, and predict what she is going to do next.
I would not recommend this book, unless you are looking for a really (really) mindless beach read with a little bit of action that doesn’t translate into anything getting done.
Rocking (on Apple Music): Awesome to the Awesome Playlist
I’ve received quit a few comments on Instagram involving the music that I have playing in the background of my stories. When I listen to music, I primarily listen to upbeat playlists that I compile, or Radio Stations that keep me moving. My current playlist that has been getting a lot of mileage is Awesome to the Awesome. I am constantly updating it and rearranging it, so if you are on Apple Music, enjoy! If you are not, you should be able to hear samples of the songs below, and download using whatever service you prefer.
Please, if you are listening or watching something amazing right now (or not so amazing), share it with us in the comments here, on Instagram, or on Facebook! I’m sure we’d all love to discover something new.