I have a funny story. Or at least it was funny to me.... My dear mother-in-law saw me stitching this piece when we went to do a little bit of work for her. She asked, ever so sweetly, "Are you going to work on that until it is finished?" I managed not to howl in laughter, but told her no, it is my traveling project. She is very sweet, but she doesn't stitch.
I do find this piece relaxing as there are always bits that I can stitch without doing a bunch of counting.