unfinished business

i realized today as i was flipping through my latest purchase (stephanie pearl-mcphee casts off) that my problems with unfinished projects extend waaaay beyond the 3 current in-progress knitting projects i currently have (or the multitude of other ‘craft’ projects, some of which have been on hold for years). i have now purchased three books by the yarn harlot and have not completely read through any of them. then there’s still don quixote, sitting on my shelf, taunting me–i made it through over half of it in high school, ran out of time, and haven’t made it past page 100 since. then there’s reading lolita in tehran. anna karenina. lost world and other stories. to name a few. so, all-in-all, i’ve concluded that my problem isn’t limited to just projects. apparently, i have problems finishing just about anything that doesn’t have a deadline. (it should be noted that i own all of the above books – therefore, no deadline. a library book has a deadline.) not to say i haven’t finished anything without a deadline. it just might not be in any reasonable sort of time frame. (reasonable being relative, of course.) i did manage to finish a knit afghan. it just took me a year. all things considered, i supposed i’m doing pretty well with the wing-of-the-moth shawl. i’m just past the reverse stockinette ridge, so…hmm…the way i do things, it might be finished by next spring!