Sunday, March 23, 2008


Thursday was a bit of a whirlwind. We are very excited to have matched in LA, but after the excitement wore off, I realized that I had to leave my life here and start a residency, aaack! I am quite sad to be leaving Iowa City, and when I realized that my countdown for graduation also represented the amount of time I had left here, I found myself wishing I could slow down time. So, med school was no fun, but I really found some unexpected joys here. I never dreamed of meeting anyone like Raul, and with him, I've established my first real 'home' apart from my parents. Though this house is small and has its imperfections, I wish I could pack it up, take it with me and plunk it down somewhere in LA. We have so many good memories here. I am also going to miss my friends (Hilary - we are so going to have annual reunions, and once we have both surfaced from debt, we are so going to surf camp!)

Enough sentimentality. I will leave you with photos of my craft table. This space was made possible by the Great Basement Clean-Up and Reorganization of 2008 that took place earlier this week during our frenzied preparations to get our house ready to show.

Fabric cutting central:

I have long desired a large cutting mat, and recently I came to the realization that everything at Joann's Fabric store is always 40-50% off. So, my desires suddenly became affordable, and I now am the proud owner of a rotary cutter, a self-healing cutting mat and a cool ruler/cutting tool thing. And the table is an adjustable-height drafting table that Raul purchased when we first moved in together and I was not so keen on the idea of sharing my desk. The desk is currently at its tallest height, and I no longer have to stoop to cut fabric. What a back-saver! Both cutting tools and desk were indispensable yesterday whilst I was cutting fabric for a super secret, surprise gift. So fun. And it was not my intention to have all my cutting tools be coordinating shades of pink. When you are searching for bargains, you can't be choosy.

Here is a close-up of the fabric on the table. I am going to make a capped-sleeve camisole!


Harlem Mama said...

You're going to have so much fun at your new station. Great job on the red slippers for HiK, by the way. SO cute.

Anonymous said...

SO EXCITING! Congrats!!! I'm sad that I never got to visit you though. :(

Lorrel said...

Love that fabric ShanShan. That will look sooo awesome on you. I can truly imagine the feelings you are having regarding leaving Iowa City, your friends and your home. I know you have made many memories there but life goes on and much is ahead for you and Raul. Much love.

Anonymous said...

That pattern is so pretty. I've got grand plans for when I move back to the U.S. Learning how to sew is top on the list, let me know if you have any tips for good websites & etc. I'm a complete novice (and have made no headway on the 'learn how to knit' plan either)

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