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Aug 29, 2016

Home Again + Back to School


I'm home again, readers.

All over Provincetown, where we were on vacation last week, I saw these medallions embedded in the streets (up top), which I interpreted as welcome signs to us creative types. What else could they be?

Michael and I had a week of glorious weather on the Cape.  We generally don't do much when we're on vacation: we read, stroll, drink coffee, and relax.  We didn't even go to the beach this year.  (Though I did swim in the bay, which was steps away from where we were staying.)  We ate lobster once.  One highlight was getting to see Broadway star Audra McDonald perform in concert -- magnificent!

A few pics from our trip -- can you spot the me-mades?







As Amtrak has changed its no-dogs-allowed policy, this year we were able to travel on the train with the dogs to Boston, and from Boston take a high-speed ferry directly to Provincetown, which is at the very tip of Cape Cod.  This meant we didn't have to rent a car or drive, which can easily take 6-7 hours.  The trip by train and ferry wasn't much faster, but we were able to sit back and enjoy the ride and we arrived feeling refreshed instead of frazzled.






Meanwhile, readers, I start classes at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) again tomorrow evening.  This semester, I'm taking Draping II and Tailoring III.  I had been signed up for Tailoring II (whose focus is pants), but there weren't enough students registered, so they cancelled it.  I went to the department today to request permission to take Tailoring III, which is being offered. Fortunately, they okayed it, and I'll take Tailoring II next time.  Tailoring III is all about making jackets and will be taught by the same professor I had for Tailoring I last spring.  I'm psyched.

And that's it!

I can't believe it's time to return to school already but I'm eager to get back to class.  As always, I'll keep you posted about what I've been learning.

Have a great day, everybody!

"Are we home yet?"

24 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. Nice getting glimpses of what looks to be a great place. Looking forward to following this school years' adventure with you!

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  2. Simple little things...

    Will thou be making a "Joan jacket" (Crawford or Collins) this semester???

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  3. I love your vacation wardrobe! Looks like you had a fantastic time.

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  4. Your vacation pics look very relaxing. Welcome back. I can't wait to see what you'll make in Tailoring III.

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  5. I want to hang out with you guys!❤️

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  6. Vacation looks fun. Always great to have pets along. My little dog loves to go to PS with me

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  7. Omigoodness - that vacation looks lovely (and your pups are so cute)

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  8. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, we are all in the sewer but some of you are looking at the stars.

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  9. So glad you enjoyed the Cape. Come again during the fall, what we local's call "the best time of the year;" the ocean waters are still warm and things are much more relaxed and low-key! (Big "wave") Giuditta

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  10. I've been wondering about the Amtrak experience with dogs......it sounds like they are rather strict about keeping pooch in the carry case and under the seat? Our
    13 pounder does pretty well on up to 2 hour plane rides so I'm wondering if we can start to look at Amtrak options.....

    Love your sleeveless shirt and printed pants!

    ceci

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    1. The dog is supposed to travel in a carrier which should sit at your feet (we cheated and had the carriers on our laps or on the fold-down table). I'd check the Amtrak website for details.

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  11. Spitting out my water with the photo of you posing with the medallion!!!!

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  12. Audra! Provincetown! Lobster! Those shirts! I've rarely been closer to imploding from sheer envy. I'm so glad you had a lovely time - and do tell more about Amrak-ing with dogs. Also - did she sing "Some Days"? If so, I may simply plotz....

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    1. Plotz away -- she did! LOL

      Amtrak has changed its policy: on some routes you can take a small dog (or dogs) in a carrier; you must reserve in advance. Better check their website for more details.

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  13. Hahaha...sewer! No wonder we now call ourselves sewists :) Love your blog!

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  14. I love that first picture, hahaha! I hope you're enjoying your vacation, I'm super jealous. It looks beautiful. Good luck with your class, I'm sure you'll do great.

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  15. THREE classes? Glad that you were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation before the new term begins, because you aren't going to have much down time in the weeks ahead. Good luck!

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  16. Enjoyed my vicarious vacation with your family. Mo Willems has a gag about "writers write, drawers are for holding your pants" (or words to that effect). As for the sewers....LOBSTAH!
    It was fun. Go on more vacations for me!

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  17. My cousin has a place in Provincetown - did you see her? :)

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  18. "I'm taking ...Tailoring III."

    You mean Ladies' Tailoring III (TL-211-15A). "Tailoring III" (MW-242-15A) is a different class offered by the Menswear department and is also offered this semester. It has been cancelled several times in the past because of low enrollment.

    FIT can be very confusing. Other points for would-be evening tailoring students: The women's tailoring series is four classes and upon satisfactory completion, leads to a certificate. There is no prerequisite for Ladies' Tailoring I. The men's tailoring series is three classes. Although just as hard if not more (more hand work is required) no certificate is offered. Normally, one must take Menswear Sewing before being allowed to enroll in Tailoring I.

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  19. I spent a week in Ptown back in the early 90's... great memories such friendly people everyone was wearing a smile.

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  20. I'm off to research this change in Amtrak's policy - my dogs are much bigger but it would be amazing if I could travel with them! I sorely miss the cape, I hope you enjoyed it. Have fun in your classes, you lucky dog.

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