I started working on this yesterday here and there and am pleased with how easily it is coming along! I finished one line of text and half of the inner shading (which is hard to see because it is a beige color). I think I will I finish the inner shading and then move to the outer shading. That way all of the silly filler stitches are done and I can focus on the main stuff. Although I still don't think it will be done in time for this month's GG posting...but we'll see.
I think the plan will be to work on the map during down time at work and this at home when I can (since the intended recipient works with me). We'll see how it turns out!