Life Update/ 2018 in Review

Hellllllo Lovelies!

First off, let me apologize profusely for not checking in sooner. See, I have a bad habit of starting new projects and then not following through/ finishing all the time. One of the reasons I started this blog was to help keep me accountable…well you see how that’s working out.

I am not one for excuses– or I try not to be at least! But 2018 was a roller coaster of a year, and partly explains by absence for so long. So I believe you deserve an explanation, and maybe a little teaser of (hopefully) things to come!

My last blog post was I believe in May. Fast forward through the summer and my lack of posting was completely my own fault. I started my 18th century stays and they almost got the better of me. I had planned to do some blog posts while they were in progress, but could never find the time to simply sit down and write about it.

At the museum I was working at last year, fall is when fourth grade students descend, so I was dealing with about 60-80 students a day, 5 days a week. It. Was. Exhausting. I’ve been doing it for five years now, but it always wears you down a little. And then…

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This lovely lady named Florence happened. Now, first and foremost, we are ok, all of our stuff is ok, and my friends and family are all ok. There are so many people who lost everything. One the street one over from us, a family lost their lives. So we are grateful. This screenshot was also taken early on in the process, and we decided to evacuate Wilmington, where we live, and where the eye of the hurricane hit. The hurricane only made landfall as a 2 I believe, maybe even a strong 1. So it could have been much worse. We were displaced for about two weeks because all the roads washed out and we couldn’t get home. We were lucky enough to return to power, and only minor damages to our apartment building. My work survived with, again, only minor damage. My husband however, was not so lucky. His building was completely destroyed.

So fast forward another month or so, and do to nobody’s fault specifically, my husband’s unemployment was stalled in limbo, the plans to rebuild his work had started but were unsure how long it would take, and we were running out of savings fast. Luckily most of that got resolved, but all in all my husband was out of work for about 4-5 months. Needless to say it was a stressful few months. He was applying for jobs and finally got an acceptance in early November. I was at a good place at my work, and was about to get a promotion, but my husband is a marine biologist and his work is a little fewer and far between to find. So we decided to take the plunge and move…to Yorktown, Virginia!

We are settling in, we’ve been here about a week and a half now, and my husband had his first day of work today (hence why I’ve finally had time to sit down and actually write!) I’ve been applying for jobs myself, had about 4-5 interviews and at the time of writing this one offer has come through. I’m waiting to see where this journey takes us and while there’s already been a few bumps, I believe everything will work out in the long run for us both 🙂

So 2019 is hopefully the year I will get back on track. I plan to do some retroactive blog posts about my stays, the floral Italian gown I finished before a Christmas event, and I already have plans for a rose wool English gown, a blue Italian gown, and another pair of stays for this year.

If you’ve stuck around this long I applaud you. It would be an honor to have you stick around while I reorganize my thoughts (and life!) and get back on track. So here is to the start of a new year, a new adventure, and new sewing goals!

Thank you all ❤

Caitlin

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