Made it Monday #5: THE QUILT IS DONE

I wrote about the hand stitched Haptic Lab Chicago Quilt back in January 2017 when I was still stitching away....well fast forward to the real deadline of Marissa and Alan's wedding in May, and I knew I wanted to try and finish it for her bridal shower! It did take a long time to make - but then again, I was new to hand quilting/embroidery, and the last step of the project, the quilt binding. I also worked in spurts and was more motivated to finish it at various times - It definitely was a great fourth year of medical school project ;) not the best one to have looming overhead though in residency! 

...but all that to say, it's done! and it's been given away! Kyle and I visited Chicago this past weekend for Marissa's shower - It was a fun tea party at The Allis with many of her friends from Chicago and family, and I got to give away the quilt, finally! 


Here are some photos of it, in all its glory :P Close up photos to see the details as well!

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Thanks everyone who's been on this quilt journey with me from Syracuse to Michigan :) It's been many a TV episode or Michigan/Tigers/Lions/Redwings/Pistons game on the couch with Kyle, but now this quilt lives in Marissa and Alans' new home! 

Onto the next one... :) 

- Olivia 

Off the Road!

After almost three years at EY, I (Kyle) finally said goodbye to the consulting world this holdiay season. Thinking back to when I first started the job back in Syracuse, I knew that there would be an end at some point after we moved for residency, but we weren't exactly sure when that would be. I thought that a job change would be a little farther down the road, but sometimes everything just lines up and it becomes the right time.

It was definitely not an easy decision to leave the firm, especially with all of the friends and good experiences I had to EY. All of the travel started to add up though, and from almost my first day I had wanted to get off the road. So when the opportunity arose to take a new position that would let me work locally, it felt like the perfect situation.

My new office is literally overlooking my former employers.

My new office is literally overlooking my former employers.

Starting last week I am now working for Rock Ventures, the holding company for Dan Gilbert's family of companies, which includes Quicken Loans, the Cavaliers, and a bunch of startups and buildings. I think that means LeBron and I are coworkers and future best friends.

My official role is as data scientist, which I guess means doing a lot of stuff in Excel. Commuting to downtown Detroit has been an interesting change, but it does beat 7 am flights and constant delays. I like the people I work with and the job so far, and it's really nice to be at home every night, so I think I made the right decision!


We spent Christmas in Grand Rapids with Kyle's family and enjoyed our time relaxing, going skating, and hanging out around the house. New Year's was a little busier with Olivia in the hospital, but she did make it home by 11:45pm on New Year's Eve!

We also celebrated three and a half years of marriage recently! Olivia is thrilled to no longer be a consulting wife and to have me home every night and be able to spend time together :) However, I will still be a residency husband, meaning our schedules are still a little unpredictable.

Intern year is already halfway over though and we continue to make the most of the time we have outside of work. Hopefully we will write about these things on the blog!

Vacation to Maine!

It's been a long time since we've updated! Probably that's because residency fell into full swing and Kyle started traveling to Charlotte, NC on a weekly basis... 

Olivia completed rotations in the Peds ED, Newborn Nursery, and survived round one of the Labor and Delivery floor on both days and nights. Her vacation was a much needed break, and we took the opportunity to go to Maine for a week! Having never been there, we decided to go to Portland and Acadia. Here are some highlights. 

SEAFOOD: we ate a lot of Lobster, clams, and clam chowder. Thank you to our friends who provided various restaurant recommendations and Yelp :) We didn't have a bad meal during our entire week in Maine. 

HIKING: It's a good thing we did a lot of hiking to make up for all of the yummy food we ate! Acadia was beautiful in October with the foliage still around and cooler temperatures for hiking. Our favorite hikes included the Beehive Trail and the Precipice Trail - both had a lot of obstacles, rocks to climb up, iron rungs, ladders, etc. to overcome before getting to the top! We were unaware that the Precipice is considered one of the more dangerous national parks trails that exists....but we made it just fine! :) Look up a Youtube video if you want to see exactly what climbing it entails! It's definitely unique! We also took an easy stroll along the Acadia Ocean Path Trail. 

THE FARM BY THE SEA: An adorable Air BnB that we stayed at that had oceanfront property and a hobby farm. You could walk out to an uninhabited island during low-tide and look at the all the tide pools. It was magical. 

LOBSTER CATCHING: We decided to be touristy and ride a lobster boat - it was a lot of fun learning how they catch lobster, regulate the industry, etc. and a unique way to see Portland. We enjoyed helping bait traps, measuring lobsters, and throwing back crabs. 

It was a week full of food, hiking, and enjoying God's creation! The rest of Olivia's vacation has included a visit from her parents and relaxing at home. We will hopefully update again and remember to post some favorite recipes we've been making this Fall :) 

Thrifty Thursday? Transformation Thursday?

This probably falls under "Made it Monday" - but this post wasn't ready on Monday, nor was it ready for Transformation Tuesday, so it's getting shared today since I work a later shift in the Peds ED :) 

As I get used to seeing the maize and blue M everywhere throughout the hospital and all of the Michigan-ified hospital slogans... (Cancer needs Victors! Depression needs Victors! Research needs Victors!)... Kyle and I have made several trips to the M Den to increase our closet of Michigan stuff, because you can never have enough Michigan stuff, right? 

They had these really adorable dresses that were tastefully maize and blue, but they didn't get any smaller than a small - so I figured I would have to make my own if I wanted a spirited dress. However, my sewing time has been more limited these days, so I didn't want to start anything crazy ambitious (I still have enough ongoing crazy ambitious projects...). 

Fortunately, because the school has switched brands, there was an entire rack of adidas things on major clearance! And there happened to be loads of 2XL basketball jerseys just waiting for someone to buy them, which got me thinking about how I could turn one into a dress. It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought:

This is the before photo. 2XL shirt seems to be the right length of dress for me ;) 

This is the before photo. 2XL shirt seems to be the right length of dress for me ;) 

I remembered to grab an in process photo

I remembered to grab an in process photo

Modifications: It was pretty simple to turn the jersey into a dress - it involved trying it on, pinning down the sides, carefully taking off the dress with all of the pins in it, cutting off the excess and using the cut off piece as a template to take off the same amount on the other side. I left all of the bottom hems, neck band, and sleeves in tact. I contemplated changing up the shoulder sleeves to make them thinner, but they almost looked like flutter sleeves, so I left them as is and serged up the sides! and Voila! A dress:

Kyle has informed me that this basketball jersey/number is that of Glenn Robinson III (he now plays for the Indiana Pacers, you might have seen him win the 2017 Dunk Contest) - I'm sure he'd be thrilled that there's potential to make a line of women's dresses out of his college basketball jerseys. 

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So that's all! A quick and easy fix to turn a 2XL basketball jersey into a dress for a very petite lady :) 


who wore it best? just kidding. 

who wore it best? just kidding.