Actually, I think I may be feeling guilty for procrastinating on my thesis. I've been supposed to do the statistic analysis for weeks now... Only, I've never actually done statistics before, never used the program before and only have the tiniest clue of what I'm supposed to be doing. I know it's not actually witchcraft, just a bit of maths and thinking and feeding data into the computer (which I'm actually reasonably good at), and I have a book an there's tons of tutorials out there, just... it feels like a huge undertaking. And I've had a lot of other stuff going on (like a vacation, and a weekend-getaway to London, and a choir concert at a club with a really mad choreography - and three concerts to go until mid-December). So of course hibernating under my bedclothes with a book was a lot more comfortable. But I guess I'll have to start with it at some point, before my supervisor kicks my ass, so. I've been thinking. A lot of things look huge and scary, if you haven't done them before. Sewing a pair of jeans seemed huge and scary, before I made my first pair of Ginger jeans. Sewing a coat seems huge and scary (even though I made an Anise wool jacket, complete with bound button holes, a couple of years ago). But I know it can be done!
That does sound reasonably smart, doesn't it?
I've started on research for both - reading introductions into statistics and the program I'm using, and looking through possible coat patterns. After lots and lots of searching (and buying the PDF of Burdastyle 7458, only to realize that it has 90 pages, which I sure as heck am not going to cut and tape...) I decided on a pattern from one of my Ottobre magazines, Dahlia from 05/2010.
I did manage one thing during my sewing hiatus, though. Since the muse wasn't inclined to make garments, I spruced my sewing space up a bit, made covers for my overlock and coverlock machines, got a thread rack and a new sewing chair - it's all so much better organized now!
So, anyone else doing any pesky, challenging stuff lately?