The Olympics have started and if you can figure out when the events in which you are interested are actually being televised you can get some serious stitching done. Maybe that's what is behind my new sense of optimism.
I was really dreading working on the combined block 6-7. Each of the other blocks that I've completed have taken quite a bit of time, but I considered them all individual projects so I had that feeling of accomplishment when they were done. The exception was block 4. That was a quicky. Anyway, the big block seemed daunting, but now that I'm into it, it's going fairly quickly. Lots of large sections of the sold stitching which I always tell beginners is a great way to distinguish the difficulty of a design. The fewer color changes you have, the easier it is. So now I'm thinking I might actually finish the whole thing!