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Good and Bad

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, I did not get the graduate school fellowship I applied for (which I realize I never mentioned here). The good news is, that I don’t have to put my sewing machine away for the next two years while working on a masters in public administration.While I am personally disappointed (I was looking forward to proving to myself that I could be an academic), I did not relish the thought of being a student and giving up my free time again and sewing.


This past weekend was our annual Artscape in the City. I loved these street lights hanging over Charles St. I also loved that this guy asked me for my number.  I totally remembered that he had asked me for it over a year ago and never called. I remembered that because I didn’t want to give him my number the first time (player vibe). Yesterday, he asked me where I ‘liked to party’.   Trena says her usual response is ‘In my sewing room’.  I’m saving that one for next time 🙂

So, I have a few more book reviews coming: Pattern Magic II, Grosgrain Style, and the Fall-Winter 2010 Vogue Collections. Hopefully, during the next couple of weeks I’ll get to them.

21 thoughts on “Good and Bad

  1. Looks like a loverly day in Baltimore, especially if your weather was as marvelous as it was down here in Washington!

  2. My sister’s husband got a full scholarship for his masters in education from the Ford Foundation (as in Ford Motors). This was back in the nineties so I don’t know if they still are offering fellowships with the current economy but maybe you could look into it. I think it took him about three years to finish it because he still taught full time.

  3. Ahhh sorry to hear about your fellowship 🙁 I give you props for trying though…just the thought of being a full-time student again made my toes curl. I feel ya on the “playa” vibe, I am a magnet for all fringe guys both old, nasty, and addicted. Where is Will Smith or The Rock when you need them to defend your honor…LOL!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about the fellowship. That must be a huge disappointment, and I hope you’ll bounce back from it soon. I, too, would have a hard time answering the question about where I like to party. The jungle gym, perhaps?

  5. I’m sorry about the fellowship. If you really want it, don’t give up. There are other fellowships (scholarships) out there. Remember, being a full-time grad student is very time consuming and hard work. That means litle to no: sewing, quilting, knitting, nail polish and social life(what’s that?). I know been there…done that.

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

  6. We should talk sometime in an email, because I just ended my time (by not passing my comps) in a public policy phd program, and I’m trying to figure out how to use that interest without being “in academia”. I worked while I did the program part time and completed my coursework. I am glad to have my time to sew back, though.

  7. I’m sorry about your fellowship. I like Trena’s answer. I never gave my number to guys, my motto being “if he wants it he will find it.” My daughter has the same philosophy and it seems that men can find your number if they try:)
    The festival looks like it was fun.

  8. Maybe you can try for other fellowships. There may be a window of opportunity somewhere. I just spent years on my degree and accounting chartership. I had no time at all to think about sewing and all other lovely stuff. I put them aside as hazardous distractions. But I do feel if you really really want it you can strike a balance somehow.

  9. Yay for time to sew, but sorry to hear that it’s at the expense of something you wanted. If you really want it, there will be other avenues I’m sure. I know quite a few PhDs and they do get very stressed with the whole no time no money and I’m a student again at 3? years old. And in some cases it really lead to the jobs they wanted, so was worth the sacrifice, they felt.

    Choices, it’s all about the choices and the opportunities. Including choosing to say no to party-dude! 🙂


  10. Sorry about the fellowship. I’m sure you would have found time to sew. You really would have needed a distraction. I got my MA one class at a time. It took absolutely FOREVER – longer than getting my BA. If you’re patient, you mighty consider that route.

  11. ha ha so you got that pattern magic II huh? Can’t wait to see what you think about it. Sorry about the fellowship, even though the job of you putting away your sewing machin (which means me losing one of my favorite blogs)saddened me for a moment. Still, I understand you’re disappointed about missing this challenging -but enriching- experience. Party in the sewing room, so funny!

  12. Sorry to hear about the fellowship. Chin up. Think of all the sewing time you’ll have now. 🙂

  13. Sometimes when things don’t go the way we want them to, its not such a bad thing (I’m forever the optomist!). I like Trena’s response but it sounds like a spin on the old “Would you like to see my etchings?” Perhaps now it’s , “Would you like to come up and see my sewing creations?” Hmmm.
    And for the first time in my life I can say I’m glad that I’m too old for anyone who says “Where do you like to party.” Unless of course I was a cougar, and those women scare (and embarrass) the crap out of me!

  14. I applied two years in a row to a masters program in Art Therapy, and I was *devastated* the second time I didn’t get in. But now, I have a different job in a new field, and I’m relieved that I’m not getting up crazy early for a long commute for a demanding program. I hope that whatever works out for you also leaves you happy that this happened!

    I don’t know if I’ve ever commented before, but I’ve been reading your blog for awhile 🙂 Happy sewing!

  15. Im sorry you didn’t get the fellowship. But this was not your time, especially since you were a bit conflicted. When it’s your time, it will come. Stay open to the possibilities!

  16. I too am sorry that you didn’t get your fellowship, but I also have to confess to a moment of selfish relief that one of my favourite blogs might be ‘off line’! I am a bit of a lurker but have been enjoying your blog for about a year now. If it is meant to be then you will get the fellowship when the time is right, I too believe there is a reason for everything.

  17. you know, it must have happened for a reason. I know it sucks but maybe God has another plan for you.

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