1.11.2009

my life lately

My life has been so hectic over the past month. Almost to the point where some days I have felt like I would lose my mind. And I don't even know how to catch up, especially with this blog. I would like to have the time to take two seconds to breathe and collect my thoughts, time to be inspired. But I just haven't had that lately. The holiday craziness and planning for Joe's residency took over my life for awhile. But I am going to try to regroup. Ok, so what did I miss on here? I will try to list the events that have taken place in my life in the last month if I can remember all of them.

1. I released my holiday collection in the Wiksten shop, and everything sold out! I thought with the economy tanking that people wouldn't be so eager to buy, but thankfully I was proven wrong. Packing up all the orders and sending them out is SO time-consuming. Sometimes I feel like I'm Darrell working for Dunder Mifflin instead of a clothing designer.

2. With some of the proceeds from the holiday shop and some Christmas money from various people, I got an amazing deal on a new camera! Very exciting. I've been eyeing the Nikon D80 for a really long time, and it went on sale big time not long ago. I've been taking a lot of pictures but unfortunately haven't had time to get through the manual yet, so I'm mostly using the automatic setting so far. My favorite thing to take pictures of, hands down, is people. And I've had a lot of opportunities to do that lately. However, my best pictures were accidentally erased off my camera. And I almost cried. More on that later.

3. Joe's fourth year of med school has been extremely stressful for both of us. He's been gone A LOT. He's had three months of away rotations just this school year so far. And on top of it, he's had to go on a ton of interviews for his residency all over the country. I got to travel with him to a few places, like Salt Lake City and Chapel Hill. And then last week we went to Iowa City to check it out and spent an awesome weekend with friends. (I got some amazing pictures and accidentally erased them all from my camera! Yep, I'm a grade A moron.) Then we had to make a rank list of all the programs he interviewed at. It was the hardest decision we have ever had to make, because our list will help determine where we will be living for the next SIX YEARS. We talked about The LIST and agonized over it for weeks. The night it was due, we fought over it for five hours! That was the worst. Finally we gave up and turned it in. Urology is an extremely competitive field, so there are only maybe two positions available at each program. So I don't know how likely it is that we'll get into one of our top choices. Here is the rank list by city:
  1. Portland, Oregon (If we don't get in here, I will cry a thousand tears.)
  2. Chapel Hill, North Carolina (I'm excited about this one too.)
  3. Kansas City, Kansas (Our families are here, and we already own a house here, so.....)
  4. Salt Lake City, Utah (Don't look at me--this one isn't really my choice. But at least there's skiing.)
  5. Iowa City, Iowa (Eh.)
  6. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Never been there.)
  7. Minneapolis, Minnesota (Never been there.)
  8. Brooklyn, New York (Brooklyn!!! But I don't know if I can handle being even poorer than we are now. Plus I've gotten used to a much more peaceful way of life since leaving New York.)
  9. Omaha, Nebraska (If it were only my decision, this one would be much higher on the list.)
  10. Hershey, Pennsylvania (God, no.)
  11. Chicago, Illinois. (Eh.)
  12. Columbus, Ohio. (Please God, no.)
It's pretty exciting that we might get to move, but I am also pretty terrified out of my mind too. I think I could try to be happy anywhere, but some places might be easier than others.

4. All the stress of the last few months has caused me to gain about ten pounds. None of my clothes fit me comfortably anymore. They feel so tight. I started exercising really consistently about six weeks ago, but I'm still not really dropping any weight. I hate to be one of those people who talks about their weight, but it's really bumming me out. At least it's gotten me to start exercising again. Things got so busy with my career over the last year or so that I never had time to. And that's not healthy. So now I am just making time. I'm hoping that this will be a lifestyle change. That and not eating con queso all the time.

5. We find out where we will be living for the next six years on January 26! If we move away, I've decided that I will either join a knitting club or start my own. Since I work at home, it's harder to meet people, and I think a knitting club would help. Also, if I stay in KC, I will join one here. The one thing about KC that I hate the most is that I don't have any girlfriends here. All of my friends live at least 45 min. to an hour away or in other parts of the country. And sometimes I just want to get together last minute with someone for a drink or a movie or knitting. You know? That's my dream.

6. I finally got some brown boots! I've been wanting them forever, and I finally saved up enough to get my dream pair. I pretty much wear them every day.

7. I'm planning on finishing knitting my first sweater this week. Photos soon to come. Unless it sucks.

8. I took a last minute trip to New York a few weeks ago to help out a friend who needed me. It made my schedule even more hectic, but it was so freaking fun. I made great memories and did most of my Christmas shopping there.

Ok, I can't remember anything else. It's all a blur. If you've made it this far in my post, then I'm going to assume you're a personal friend of mine who hasn't talked to me in awhile and is catching up on my life via my blog. I'm so sorry about that.

I usually don't make New Year's resolutions. When I was younger, like in junior high, I used to stay up late on New Year's Eve, lock myself in my room, and make a list of 100 resolutions. They would be like this: "1. Read the Bible for an hour every day. 2. Pray for an hour every day. 3. Be a way nicer person and don't make fun of people. 4. Get A+'s in every subject in school." etc. etc. Can you imagine? If my kid made a list like that I would send them straight to therapy! But seriously, this year I just want to try to simplify my life and enjoy myself. Work less. Spend time with my husband. Cook dinner more often. Do more creative stuff just for fun. It could be a really good year. If I don't have to move to Hershey, Pennsylvania.

77 comments:

Jen Sc said...

Wow, Jenny!
We missed you.
Sounds hectic. Med school is a lot of work for everyone (I sympathize, my boyfriend is looking to find a place to move into, but with me applying to med school who knows what will happen).
Let's hope this new year will be nice and relaxing for you, and I hope you get to move to Portland! I've been there once... so pretty!
All the best in the new year... to you and your killer boots.

Anonymous said...

I am not a close personal friend of yours but I made it to the end of your post anyway : ) You are really so cute. I read your blog pretty regularly and have missed your posts. I just wanted to let you know I wish the best for you and know that the best decisions will be made and you will be very happy.

Jennette said...

Fingers crossed for Portland for you (even though we in Brooklyn would love to have you back)!

My only "resolution" for 2009 is my continuation of the resolution I made for 2008 to make it a Year of Health. I'm going to keep trying to make healthier choices in all areas of my life -- financial, emotional, physical, mental, recreational, etc. Here's to happy and healthy! And new boots!

Julia said...

wow! you have been busy. i will just say that if you end up moving to minneapolis, i really do think you'd like it here. there's a very strong community feel (lots of great ways to meet people, including an already existing knitting group with some great flickr ladies) as well as tons of support for local arts (including a very strong community of local fashion designers) just sayin'.

hope 2009 is a little slower for you (in a good way) and that you get to take some time for just you. happy new year.

HipHome said...

Columbus isn't that bad! :)

Katherine said...

I read your blog all the time and I almost mentioned the Toast boots in your post about hunting for the perfect boots. They were at the top of my list for Christmas. So classy, I know I will have them (and love them) for years.

Suzy said...

My goodness, that's quite an amount of stress! I'm actually moving to Portland in July so if you get in there I would gladly be the first to join your knitting group, what a fabulous idea!

And don't worry about talking about your weight. I gained a bunch when I first moved to Chicago and people got annoyed that I wasn't happy with my weight because I was still technically thin, but I just felt uncomfortable in my own skin with that extra weight I wasn't used to carrying around.

Anyway, glad you're back!

Cirilia said...

I'm another non-close-personal-friend who made it to the end of the post, which speaks to my own lack of girlfriends =/ It's a bummer! I was actually just cooking up plans of my own to start a knitting group for this exact reason.

I missed your posts but figured you were out living life! I totally hear you on the weight thing--I've started to notice a horrid little double chin thing and it's so unfair...like a previous commenter said, 'thin' girls aren't allowed to complain about weight gains.

Also--what if Hersey, PA is the next Williamsburg or Portland? You could make it happen, JG!!

Cirilia said...

P.S. Care to explain the figurines?!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, the Internets have missed you. My fingers are crossed for the 26th. I just know that everything will work out for the best!

LeeAnn said...

You would make Hershey, PA that much cooler if you 'had' to move here! But for your sake I hope you get your number 1 choice. Good luck with all the big decisions!

Hello Cozy said...

I hope Portland works out for you. Its an awesome place – my hometown! And oh I miss it so.

elisabetha said...

i'm another silent lurker who's missed your posts! welcome back, and i do hope that you don't have to move to hershey, pennsylvania, as well. i've actually been there...and, well, that's all i can remember about it!

wishing you some peace of mind. x

shim + sons said...

Oh, I'm crossing my fingers for Portland...not only so we can hang out when I move back but because I know Joe would love OHSU.

Hang in there!!!

Soon, Then said...

Sorry things have been so stressful lately! I, too, will keep my wishes in for Portland for you. I would love to welcome you to the PDX-fold!
Here's hoping things calm down very soon!

reader from Russia said...

wish you luck :)

Snowberry and Lime said...

some exciting changes coming up for you! I hope you get a good place to live, a place where you can enjoy the 6 years and who knows, perhaps even want to stay for longer!

I am trying to figure out myself where I want to live and it is never an easy decision, plus then I will need to find a job there and of course my boyfriend has slightly different plans to me altogether.... :)

Best wishes,
Veronika

allison/1 turtle dove said...

I don't know you personally but totally know where you're coming from. Life changes are great but cause major stress. Just keep doing what you're doing - making beautiful clothes!! And if you end up moving to Brooklyn - look me up - I'm in the city. Best of luck to you and your husband.
Allison @1turtledove.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

As another anonymous poster said, I'm not a personal friend, and I read to the end as well. I don't know about anyone else, but I was beginning to worry about you. Thank goodness someone here sent us to flickr to see photographic proof that you had not been kidnapped by aliens. Your blog, in addition to showing wonderfully sweet fashions executed exceedingly well, is like a little soap opera or a sitcom...you and Joe...where will they go...who will Jenny visit this week...what snafu will blindside her and disrupt young living, young love? It's great fun to come here and read about what you're doing. Fingers crossed you get a good post with your doctor/husband. And welcome back.

space 314 said...

I am so with you on the stress of moving. Good luck, my fingers are crossed for you.

S. K. Williams said...

There are actually some really cool artistic people in Hershey and the surrounding area, especially in Harrisburg, PA (and nearby Hummelstown, PA, has the most adorable antique stores). You just have to take a closer look. :)

erica said...

first of all, your new camera takes gorgeous photograph! i am hoping to dust off our film SLR and start practicing for the baby.

second, i really do sympathize with the moving stress. when i applied to grad school, i didn't think too much about having to live in cambridge for 7-8 years. and now that my 20s are nearly gone, it makes me a bit sad that i've spent all this time in a place i really don't like.

so, crossing my fingers that you get to move somewhere that you're both happy about. portland would be an awesome place to live, but obviously so much of it is out of your hands.

merche grosso said...

I really really hope that you will move to Portland... good look !!!

Stephanie said...

Ay yi yi. I hope you celebrated the New Year hard this year! It sounds like year worth celebrating being done with. You had me laughing out loud at your old New Year's resolutions.

Eric and Jill said...

Hmmm! Good luck! I really don't think any of those places are bad. Most places are better than you think (there are always cool things to discover about places). At least you don't have to be stationed to Minot, ND (like my aunt did)... Anyways, I'm partial to Ohio, I've lived here all of my life, and it just gets a bad rap. My bro's a dr. in Columbus and loves it, and I live in Cincy and love it. It's all a matter of perspective. I feel you on the gf front, a girl could always use more! My best friends are far away like yours!

euni said...

Yeah! Glad you are back. :) Good luck with your list and everything else for 2009.

emily said...

i'm probably not a close personal friend either, but i have been reading your blog from more than a year, so i get it.

thanks for sharing where-you-have-been. i was starting to miss you. glad you got to have the boots you love! i'm sure where ever you guys end up will be meant-to-be in one way or another. keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

don't fret my pet! if there is anything i've learned it's that when there are so many things up in the air that you are SO not going to EVER be able to control it's just best to hang on and don't panic. strangely, everything works out.
portland would be fab but chicago would be kinda fun... serious craft groups, great music, great art, great history. it's like portland but dirtier (in a good way) and windier. columbus isn't so bad either (shockingly). not the greatest place for forever but you DO have a defined timeline. again, great crafters, german village is a cool and even the surrounding areas aren't so bad. you might just be surprised!
also remember, the second all this chaos gets tied up that weight will come off too. that's all stress. like holding your breath your body is holding on until the icky passes.
can't wait to hear what happens.

emily said...

groan... i made resolution lists like that too - what was wrong with us?! your top city choices sound like good ones, but if you do happen to get in to chicago, know that it's an incredible city, even if the weather sucks. Portland is incredible - we visited over christmas. No wonder everyone loves it!

I've been eyeing those toast boots, too. good to know that they are likeable in person - i was nervous to order them and then hate them. I may just spend my christmas boot money there. hm.

Jessica said...

Jenny - there is a lot more to SLC than just skiing, although the skiing is a blast. If you move here I would be happy to take you to one of the best knitting shops I have ever been too - and to eat some of the best Mexican ever. Also, my cousin is in the Urology dep at the U of U hospital, fancy that!

UNIFORM Studio said...

wow.
so much going on. I know it must be exciting and stressful at the same time.
I hope you get your first choice in location, but if you don't I'm crossing my fingers for Minneapolis.
I know you would love it:)
xo

Kate said...

Oh wow, I can't even imagine how stressful and exciting it must be to have where you'll be moving so up in the air right now!

And remember, it's all what you make of it, so no matter where you move you will take that city by storm with your amazingness, girl!:)

Joslyn said...

for whatever it's worth, minneapolis is a pretty awesome city!

Grace said...

Well I think Brooklyn should be higher on your list. For one thing, there are tons of knitting groups for you to join. In fact we have a great group in (affordable) Bay Ridge. But if you don't make it to NYC, I hope you get to go to Portland. Good luck!

Kelly said...

So glad you are back. I hope you get to move her to Portland. It really is great. Good luck with the coming year. Can't wait to read what is coming next for you.

Deborah said...

Sorry that you're life has been so hectic lately....I hope things relax for you soon!

Sandy said...

I'm not a personal friend either, but reading about someone else's chaos makes mine feel a little more distant. :)
I hope you move somewhere you love and can meet good friends. I'll be checking in for your update...good luck!

debbie said...

I don't know you personally, but I like your blog :)

If you move to Portland, I have a group of fantastic ladies who love to get together for knitting and craft nights...we'd be happy to have you!

Good luck!

(love the boots, by the way).

Anonymous said...

How will you know in January where you will be going? I'm a 4th year and won't find out until Mar. 19th?

2009 Main Match Schedule

January 15, 2009
Rank order list entry begins.
Applicants and programs may start entering their rank order lists at 12:00 noon eastern time.

January 31, 2009
Quota change deadline
Programs must submit final information on quotas and withdrawals by 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

February 25, 2009
Late registration deadline

Rank order list certification deadline
Applicants and programs must certify their rank order lists by 9:00 p.m. eastern time.

March 16, 2009
Applicant matched and unmatched information posted to the Web site at 12:00 noon eastern time.

March 17, 2009
Filled and unfilled results for individual programs posted to the Web site at 11:30 a.m. eastern time.

Locations of all unfilled positions are released at 12:00 noon eastern time. Unmatched applicants may begin contacting unfilled programs at 12:00 noon eastern time.

March 19, 2009
Match Day! Match results for applicants are posted to Web site at 1:00 pm eastern time.

March 20, 2009
Hospitals send letters of appointment to matched applicants after this date.

Jessica said...

My vote is Portland, mostly because I'm here and I used to work at a knitting shop and cafe! I still fill in occasionally, but check out Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks--it's a great place to hang out!

Mariss said...

Hi Jenny! I rarely comment, but wanted to say good luck! I started knitting 11 years ago? When I moved to Philly with my boyfriend, he was in grad school and it was important to make friends of my own. I made the greatest friends after joining one of the knitting circles in town. They are such a hysterical motley crew of people, and I don't know what I would've done without them!

jenny gordy said...

Anonymous, Urology is early match. We find out in January.

abby said...

If you end up in Hershey, I will take you to all my favorite antique/thrift stores? I live an hour away :).

Regi said...

I'm usually a lurker, but glad to have an update. Moving -wow-I love Portland so I hope (and I'll pray-just not an hour a day ;)) you get your choice. My parents live in Lawrence and I always think maybe I will run into you when I'm down town, quirky, I know, but I don't think I am there often enough...

I started my second sweater this month. Have fun. My will take me awhile.

Myra - twigs and honey said...

Happy to see Portland is at the top of the list! If you two get lucky enough to move here, I would love to pick your brain over tea. -Lifestyles of the seriously overworked and underpaid - keep up the fantastic work!

elliebelle said...

This is such a cute post. Good luck with the placements and possible moving! I can bet that has to be very stressful. Congratulations on selling out on all of your Wiksten products. I think it is really an amazing thing that you can do what you love and not be stuck in an office like some of us. I really admire you!

Jessie said...

I don't mean to sound like a creepster, but I have been looking to join/start a knitting/craft group here in KC and if you stay here (or would want to join us before you leave) definitely let me know!

I'd even love to grab drinks sometime...

I can't wait to hear where life takes you!

kaitlin k said...

portland is an unrealistic hipster utopia! its definitely worth living in crabby, gritty chicago. the winters will kill you and the governmental corruption is awe-inducing, but we have awesome ethnic neighborhoods, crazy architecture that, aside from appearing as such in 'the dark knight' actually does feel like the closest to Gotham City possible, and tons and tons of food, shopping, nightlife, etc. however, we do lack in the 'fresh air' department but its worth it walking down the street in some areas, seeing buildings that graced chicago in its dirty mobster golden age. ah yes, tis a rough but ready city, my hometown, and i wouldn't give it up for all the farmer's markets and vegan restaurants in the world.

Ady said...

Jenny, I think you would really like Minneapolis! We have a great sewing/craft scene (www.craftyplanet.com has some good stuff). I hope you get your first choice, though!

Louise McCown said...

good luck to you and ps those boots are f.i.n.e. good find!

Anonymous said...

Oh well, I've lived longer than six years in places I don't like. It goes by faster than you think...and you never know what a place will really be like. But Portland is great--almost moved there myself. Good luck--

I totally understand what you are saying about friends too...most of my old friends that I feel really comfortable with are over an hour away to say the least. And family is several states over so I constantly feel like I'm in a sea of strangers, even though I know quite a few people.

I sell on eBay, aside from my normal job and I can also relate to the time it takes to wrap things up, make sure they look great and send them out. But I always try to remember that they could buy from anyone and if they didn't buy from me, I wouldn't have the money to buy other things I want. Needless to say, that includes things from you.

Weight...I gained 5 in two weeks over Xmas!! And I was being careful not to...so far I've been home a week and only lost one pound. Does suck.

Anyway, don't fret. It will all work out.

habitual said...

I agree with Kaitlin, the only thing Portland has on Chicago is dirty hippies and mountains. While those are two pretty great things, Chicago is unbeatable. *wink* If it ends up being Hershey, I pray you love chocolate!

I hope you guys get your first choice, it sounds like it was a painful process. Ours was simple, and we've been stuck in Boston ever since. But, sometimes even your last choice has a way of growing on you and unfolding its greatness, even if it takes a while. The things I love about my new city are things that take a while to discover. :)

Ginny said...

Jenny, I am another long time lurker- (isn't it amazing how we all come out of the word work at once?)
It's so difficult not knowing what lies ahead and the stress can so easily lead you to fight with your love (I know it does with me & my boyfriend) I remind myself that he is my team mate and I'm sure with a team mate like Joe you'll be happy wherever you end up.

And this might annoy you but I think you look more gorgeous in your recent photos! X

pigeon.toed said...

portland would be amazing! my friends live there and everytime i visit i alwasy fall in love.

moving away can be VERY stressful. i recently moved for work and it's been tough. but it's also a very good opportunity as well to explore another part of the world! i hope everything turns out okay!

mixette said...

Also not a CPF, but I was so happy to hear what you've been up to. I can't believe that you would have any trouble making good new girlfriend wherever you end up!

Good luck with everything...

fleur_delicious said...

I have a feeling you have a lot of readers who aren't close personal friends that enjoyed the whole delicious update, like me. =) Good to hear from you; I always worry when favorite bloggers go silent for long periods of time. You don't know someone enough to write and say "are you okay? No tragedies?" but you wonder.

Sounds like quite the wild ride. I'm working on a Ph.D. and I seem to spend weeks each quarter apologizing to my fella for being such a basket case; it's a crazy time of life. Hope you land in Portland. One more creative awesome person up in our Pac NW neighbourhood; we'll collect them all one day, and the PNW will rule the crafting world! mwahaha.

I've never been to Milwaukee, but I've heard nothing but good things. (My mum grew up there and a friend of mine was just there for two years getting her master's.) Some extremes of temp/weather, of course, but midwesterners are SO NICE and Milwaukee is, from what I hear, very vibrant and has a great art scene. One more great (or at least okay! I don't like it that cold, tho!) place on your list!

Anonymous said...

Portland = Rain. You will knit. A lot.

It takes great talent to have that many choices; congrats!

Anonymous said...

Another anonymous poster (i am too lazy to register or start my own blog just yet)...i have just moved to Melbourne, Australia and wish I had girlfriends here as well so I empathise. I miss my best friends in NZ and London. My husband has a morbid fear of cafes and there are so many good ones here. Best of luck for your move and thanks for sharing your stories. It's nice for the rest of us women around the world who are in similar boats so to speak (my husband's career dictates both our lives also at the moment). Thanks for being you! Things can only get better...

hannah said...

you could always come over here :)

shayna said...

wow, that's a lot of big life changes to think about. i don't deal with "transitions" well so i can understand the stress you're feeling. my momma always says to think of it as opportunities instead of scariness; she has a point, but i'm not always so brave! good luck, it's all very exciting! i like your resolutions...i call them new year's goals and feel less of a cheese-ball :)

Christine said...

Those are my dream boots too! I hope they are even better in person.

Anonymous said...

You and Joe are lucky - I didn't realize Urology matched early - I have to sweat it out until Mar.
Pitt
Brown
Penn
UNC
Northwestern
I've told no one what my choices are so that I can still change my mind!

Kait said...

Minneapolis is actually quite wonderful. Maybe not this year however with all these extreme temperatures. Hopefully the planets will align and you'll be packing for Portland! : )

Joseph said...

I hope none of these programs saw my rank list before they had to rank canidates. God knows you were one of the things that I talked about most durring my interviews.

Anonymous said...

Jenny-

I am a lurker and I am glad to hear from you again. Sorry you are stressed and hope that you can find balance with all of it soon. My secret selfish hope is that you stay in KC because I live here and I keep meaning to get in touch with you. After reading your blog for the past 6+ months I see that we have a lot in common. Weird, eh? Anyway, since you are my blog friend (crazy how that can be one sided!) I hope you get what you want! Good luck! and thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I sympathise with the 5 hour fight about the order of preferences on where to move. Had a few hours lng fight with my husband recently about moving for his job and we never fight.
Exercising more is very likely not to make you lose weight because it turns fat into muscle (I'm sure you know this but sometimes it helps to here things from anonymous lurkers!), so, you'll be changing fat into muscle - so, getting less "fat", but might even gain weight - it's a good thng. Also, you're very pretty - I don't think 10 pounds would make you any less pretty.
p.s. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, your work is amazing and inspirational and I'm sure you'll do well where ever you end up.

miss sophie said...

jenny - take a deep breath and try not to worry! wherever you end up, i'm sure you'll find yourself among friends and new inspirations :)

stay warm! it's snowing here relentlessly again in nyc...

rebecca said...

nice to have you back here jenny!
wow. that was a big catch up, but pretty entertaining, so thanks. the "next 6 years" list is daunting and i just hope you guys end up in a place you will love. (i'm near-ish to portland and have family in chapel hill, so the top two sound great to me too.) i'll look forward to the announcement... but not as much as you, i'm sure!

Nantucket Dreams said...

if hershey happens, at least it is only for a few years. well, 6. but still...
i am so with you on the lack of close girlfriends. mine are either far away, or else are wayyyyy too busy to even get a cup of coffee. but i met some cool new friends through my own knitting group...so that is a great place to start!

alysha said...

ummm...just skiing in SLC? I'm hurt.

jenny gordy said...

alysha, no! you are actually the best thing about slc. but i didn't want to say that and put too much pressure on you to be my friend. : ) plus, it didn't sound like you liked slc that much!

Danielle said...

I've heard great things about Minneapolis...
Also, Columbus is not bad at all, although it's no flee to the Cleve.(Check out evencleveland.blogspot.com)but only two hours away. There's a cool art school, market, and handmade scene. Google Columbus Short North.
Also you only an hour or two away from Athens, OH, which is a really cool artsy, hippy Appalachian town.

anna said...

As long as everyone's giving their two cents, might as well add mine for Chapel Hill. The best part about Chapel Hill is that you actually get a few other cute towns for free- Durham, Raleigh, Pittsboro and Hillsborough are all within 20 minutes and have a lot going for them. You might think about living in Durham because real estate is generally cheaper here and you get a lot more for your money. Durham has also been doing a lot to bring the arts into downtown, offering cheap rent to artist for storefront studios. There is a really good community of artists downtown, and the Art Walk is a extremely popular. The commute to Chapel Hill from Durham is easy, plus Duke and UNC offer a bus that runs between the two campuses every half hour. It's meant for students who study at both places, but open to an Duke or UNC affiliated persons.

jenniferz said...

Jenny, re: #2 on your list:

A few years ago I wiped my Thanksgiving photos off of my memory card when I accidentally disconnected my camera without ejecting the card from my computer first. My friend's husband tracked down a software download that recovered almost all of the lost photos. I think it's something to do with there being a ghost of every file that remains even when the file is deleted.

I can't remember which program he used but I see that Lexar.com has one called Image Rescue that's supposed to work with any brand or kind of memory card. I'm sure a web search will unearth many such programs, one of which can hopefully recover the photos you accidentally erased from your new camera.

I hope you can get your missing photos back!

Vilija said...

Be thankful you have early match to look forward to... the rest of us have to wait until March to learn our fate. Hopefully you'll make it to Portland or some top spots on your list.

kim said...

Just wanted to say good luck with the match - My husband & I went through it twice (once for residency, once for fellowship - both mine) & we've survived & found that you generally end up where you're meant to be, just start searching out why once you get there. And then sooner than you expect you'll be having the completely surreal but lovely experience of figuring out a real-deal job after so many years & years of training. We're working on that right now.
Oh, and if you end up in Milwaukee, I have a friend who was there for her husband's residency & she loved it.

teresa said...

I just found your blog and I like it! Your Columbus "please god no" comment is still cracking up. You are so right on. I lived within and around I-270 for the past 11 yrs. and I can't think of a day where my husband and I have not dreamt out loud about the day we can move far far away. The weather is depressing, I think there is only one snow plow for the entire city, the social community is pretty lackluster unless you're in college or have lived here your entire life and all the condos only 2% occupied (b/c they're way over priced at million+) whereas a 10 minute drive away will buy you a newly built home and 30 acres for the same price. But if you have to live here drop me an email, I'll met up for sushi or something :)