First, the Firsts

First, the Firsts

Since it’s the first of January, the first day of a whole new year, I was thinking today about all the things I did for the first time in 2015. I suspect some less dramatic firsts are slipping my mind, but here’s a short list, at least:

  • I started sewing my own lingerie (which led to a new blog, among other things);

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    The second bra and panty set I made— this bra is still my favorite!
  • I made my first Hollandaise sauce (is that supposed to be capitalized? I’m never sure);
  • I traveled south of the US border/into the southern hemisphere/to South America/to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the first time;
  • I taught my first sewing workshop;
  • I planned, prepped, cooked, and served my first authentic Argentinian dinner for friends;
  • I combined Knittique, The Bratelier, and Photo/Graphic Design into one color-oriented website for the first time;
  • I sewed a very British-looking houndstooth-checked wool cushion cover for a friend’s Aston Martin— first time I’ve made an accessory for a luxury car;
  • I danced at my first New Year’s Eve milonga (Argentine tango social dance)! I also designed the promotional flyers for this galaxy-themed event— another first.
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One of the flyers I designed for this special tango event. (Click on the flyer to see the color palette it inspired!)

I’m sure there must be many more, so here’s my Resolution #1 for 2016: Record all firsts when they happen, then do a round-up at the end of the year. I want to remember everything this year— it’s going to be the best year ever!

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to many more firsts in 2016!

An Unconventional Education

An Unconventional Education

“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.” —Louisa May Alcott

I saw this quote this morning on Paul Mark Sutherland’s wonderful blog, and couldn’t help thinking it’s so appropriate for me, not only with reference to my educational background, but also my ongoing process of learning. Make that learning-slash-living.

Since I’m currently working on an update to my résumé, I’d already been thinking about my educational and work experience. I have to say, because I have been involved in many different endeavors, I tend to think I won’t make the right impression on paper, but maybe I need to think outside the typical-résumé template. Here’s my brief history (in chronological order, although many overlap): Read more