and exhale…


I’ve been knitting quite a lot lately, as you can see. There are many reasons for this, but there is one big reason that I haven’t shared: I’ve been waiting. Anxiously. And not sleeping super well. This fall, I decided that I was ready to apply to graduate school. I completed each step, put everything in the mail, and began to wait.

On Saturday, I received a phone call from a professor in an excellent department of ___ at an incredible university. In August, I will begin a PhD program. I have truly loved (and/or learned from!) the range of work I’ve done over the last four years, but it is time. I am so excited to be able to devote myself to reading, learning, thinking and writing.

I had planned to run away this weekend to disconnect from technology a bit and distance myself from things like “no” letters and the anxiety of waiting and worrying. That phone call came as I was packing the car. Boh and I headed south, to explore by doing this (that’s not me!):


And to help with this:


And to enjoy this, windows down, music a tad too loud:


And this:


Sigh. I slept soundly last night.


6 thoughts on “and exhale…

  1. Congratulations! That is so so exciting. I went through the same exact process last year, and I completely understand how frustrating and downright depressing it can sometimes be. I’d love to hear more about your program, and/or answer any questions you might have! Drop me an email if you like, or you can always message me on Ravelry.

    Good for you!!!

  2. Congratulations! Seriously amazing news. and sounds like a wonderful weekend to celebrate & decompress :) I’m so pleased for you!!

  3. Hi–I found you through Mel’s site (Pipe Dreams) and one of the first things I read was about your acceptance to a PhD program…just wanted to say congrats and good luck! I’m in the middle of one and trying to finish up the class portion at the moment. Probably have 2.5 years left to finish up all my analysis and writing…even though it’s hard, it’s been worth every minute and I hope you have the same experience!

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