Monday, January 13, 2014

Hey there 2014! How's life?

So much has happened in the last year, I feel like I'm recovering from whiplash! There were several big highlights:

In February I auditioned for graduate school and experienced -20 degree temperatures in the middle of the day for the first time in my life. (I thought everyone living in Milwaukee was crazy for choosing to be somewhere that got so cold...) I also rented a car for the first time :)

Such a cute car! This is before I woke up to almost a foot of snow...

In March I finished a beautiful quilt and gave it to two wonderful friends for their wedding in Las Vegas! My first time in Vegas, and let's just say I can't afford to ever go back :)

In April I accepted my offer of admission to attend the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (and started to buy cold weather clothes I've never needed before like a down coat) and finished a baby quilt for another close friend.

In May, I turned 25! (eeep!) and the reality that I was moving away in 3 short months began to hit.

In June I crammed as much practicing and quilting with my mom, and hanging out with friends as possible.

In July I sold all of my furniture except the bed frame and green dresser my parents agreed to keep for me, put over half of everything else I owned into storage and packed the rest of it into my car. Then my mom and I did a 3 day, 1000 mile road trip to move me to my new city!

In August, my new roommate and I savored no classes, no job, and sunny weather for a month.

In September I started classes for my Masters! Yes! No more major news happens until December, but it was a busy and stressful semester.

And finally, I returned home midway through December for a month long break!

There will be some changes for this year. I will go home or visit friends and family more often: 5 months felt like a self imposed exile..., make time for fun activities and not let school and practicing consume 100% of my life! read more nonfiction books, and finish up more of the myriad of projects I have started/planned/materials for.

Here's to a wonderful beginning!