Life has been quite a wild ride lately! I haven’t been doing much blogging, but I’ve been sewing, working, worrying, working, stressing out, working… oh, and did I mention working? As you may recall, I’m finishing up my PhD this summer, and I think I’m entering the infamous end-of-PhD panic mode. Is that a thing? I’m pretty sure it’s a thing. It must be a thing because IT IS TAKING OVER MY LIFE. Oh the humanity.
Here’s a quick and dirty update from the battlefield:
After all your hilarious and brutally honest comments on my Sarrouel Trousers (aka #diapershorts) muslin, I decided to screw social convention and make a pair for public display. A beautiful floral rayon pair. And yes, I displayed them out in public! My obsession with She Wears the Pants continues, as I’m currently working on a Velour Blouse (check out Stacey’s version) in peach cotton voile with pink rayon accents. So far so good. I’m not convinced the style will work for me, but at least my broad shoulders can support the extra wide neckline.
Also, a first for me: I agreed to alter a friend’s bridesmaid dress. In blue poly chiffon. (!!!) Working with the chiffon hasn’t been as tricky as I was expecting, but it hasn’t exactly been easy either. Plus, since the original dress was several sizes too big, I wound up taking the entire dress apart and putting it back together again. It was quite a learning experience! Fun though, and I’m always happy to help a friend.
Post-PhD planning has begun, and what a terrifying prospect this was! After many months of uncertainty, difficult decisions, disappointment, elation, soul-searching, crying, and endless discussions, I’m happy to report that I can now see the light at the end of this 5-year-long tunnel.
I HAVE A JOB. (Right here in Boston!)
That’s right folks, an occupation other than “student” is in my future! Is this really happening?? Honestly, I almost can’t believe it.
For those of you academics out there, I just accepted a postdoctoral position. For those of you non-academics, a postdoc is basically a glorified graduate student. Nearly the same job description, nearly the same ridiculously low pay, but hey, you can make people call you “doctor.” 🙂
Every day has been a new adventure lately. One day I’m exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open long enough to eat dinner and collapse. One day I’m all smiles and telling everyone how much I love my work and how excited I am for things to come. One day I’m screaming in frustration at how near-disasters occur and there’s nothing I can do to stop them. I’m not an overly emotional/dramatic person, and this roller coaster of human experience is a little overwhelming. I have a feeling things will only ramp up as my defense date approaches, so I’d better learn to hang on.
I’m going to try to take some good blog photos this weekend, so hopefully I’ll be back soon with more sewing and less waxing poetic about the undulations of life. For now though, I wish you all peace in life and work, and hopefully lots of sewing time this weekend. 🙂