Saturday, July 5, 2014
My News and New Sewing Plans...
I'm away at the moment, and have scheduled this post. I've taken my tablet (gift from DH so I could keep in touch with you all), so hope to be able to keep up with your blogs in the evening.
I need to tell you my news - you might remember a few months ago my husband had to move his practice - I keep things in order there now. It was a rather tedious and busy time. I had also been accepted into an Honours course (Psychology) but quickly found I could not make the deadlines with all the stresses and time issues with the practice, so I had to remove myself from the course. As you know, I did not enjoy that decision. That, I thought, was that.
I've got things more under control now - and the big scanning project is going to be broken down into small chunks and tackled over the next two summers. It can't run my life.
Prior to accepting this place, I had also been offered a place in a fourth year graduate program in Psychology at another institution. I had enrolled, so I withdrew my courses after acceptance into the Honours program. As you have to at least do a semester in a new course, and can't defer, or take leave of absence, I thought to myself, well, that is that. I did not cancel my enrolment, because I thought the withdrawal before starting would take care of that.
Imagine my surprise, when I got a phone call a few weeks ago from this institution - asking me what was going on, as they had noted my withdrawal. I told them that I had enrolled, but that I was busy with what was happening with the practice, so I withdrew. The lady said, "you couldn't have done anything then, so we will put you on leave of absence"". I said "but you can't do that, I haven't done a unit with you yet". She said, " under the circumstances, we will"!! Of course, the conversation had more ins and outs than that, but that was the gist of it.
How's that for Good Karma??
Mind you with the topsy turvy year I have had, I'm wondering if I am slightly mad to consider this at all !!
So, I am starting in Semester 2. Residential School is on at the moment, so I am on the campus for a few days - in a NSW regional centre, where it is 1 degree C at night and about 10-12 degrees C during the day. Not my favourite temperature - I don't like the cold. We have 7 full days of lectures which should be quite intense and tiring, so maybe that will take my mind off the cold :)
Then fly back home, and catch up with the bookkeeping for the next BAS.
Then start studying in earnest.
So, sewing will be for stress relief, half an hour daily when I get back. It's amazing what you can do in that time. Study first, then stress relief sewing reward. I think that should work.
I'll give study my best shot, but if I really can't manage it nowadays, I can then graciously decide what to do for myself, instead of allowing circumstances to dictate.
And with the practice, so long as I keep up, and only have a small backlog in summer, then I will manage that - and during summer break, can start that horrible scanning project. A good student job!
I do like sewing plans though - I find it is better to have things to look forward to sewing, even if you don't get around to them. Otherwise I find that if I am busy, I tend to not be able to make anything, because I don't know what to make next! And I have made all the basics I need to make now.
So, on the list:
A Marcy Tilton Jacket. I have cut the muslin out so I have something to work on when I get back.
A simple little t-shirt using this polka dot knit - I have traced the pattern and will make a muslin first - it's straight up and down, and it may be better slightly shaped. I love the knit, so I want to make sure the pattern is a flattering shape.
All supposing the pattern is flattering, I also want to make it in this wide stripe knit. I have two pieces, on black and white stripe, one navy and white stripe. I want to make it up this season, while wide stripes are in fashion.
I also want to make a woven t shirt type top. This one by Burda might work. It's rather roomy, but again, that look is in at the moment. I happen to have a bit of black calico in the stash that I want out of the stash, so I will use that.
So, that is the sewing organised so that I have something enjoyable to do everyday.
Take care everyone, wherever you are.