Thanks for all your recent comments on my WIPs and finish. I am hoping to get 4 Wishes completed this month and then go back to focussing on some other WIPs that are close to finishing and just get them done. My plan to do some 'finish finishing' this month hasn't really happened so that may be moved to next month as well.
In answer to the comment question back on the Cottage Garden WIP, I usually stitch using q snaps. I've never stitched in a hoop and I do have some large wooden frames but I haven't used those since Lia was born as I need my stand for them and it was just easier not to have that around with a toddler. I stitch in hand very rarely but I am a bit unusual in that I don't like closing the q snap around stitching (I never wash my finished items) so I can often be seen stitching with a frame that only has a couple of sides of the fabric clipped down.
Work wise I should have some answers this week as I have a meeting on Tuesday to discuss my options. I was worried last week as we were told that there would be absolutely no redundancy, if we didn't like the changes and wouldn't be flexible then we could just leave. To be fair I was pretty sure this wasn't legal but I was waiting until I had my own meeting to hear it officially. However we are now being told that redundancy is available although it is absolutely the last option. That makes me feel better because I was worried that there was a chance I'd end up with no job and no pay off after 10 years.
The bare facts are that if they don't allow me to work at home two days a week or stay at my current base I cannot afford to continue to work as the childcare costs will be more than my wages. It's totally simple and non-negotiable as far as I am concerned. In order to pay for Lia to have after school care I have to pay less for Connor and the only way to do that is to work from home and have him with me, not at nursery.
I absolutely do not want to work 1 hour away from my children but it would only be for two years so I would do it.
I have spoken to my friend (as mentioned in my work moan post) as we had her and her partner over for dinner on Friday. She was Headmistress at Lia's school until Christmas when she left to take charge of a brand new school (at that point it was an empty field!) We always got on but it's only since she left that we've been able to start a proper friendship rather than a professional one. I can't believe it's taken me this long to find out she stitches for a start LOL.
So it doesn't take a genius to work out what career I'm thinking of if I'm talking to a Headmistress right? It looks like it might work out as I'd hoped too. I'm going to start as a Teaching Assistant as with Connor so small I cannot train as a teacher just yet but the idea is start there, get some experience and once he's bigger and going to school himself then I can look at training to be a teacher.
I'm very excited about it all at the moment and there's a part of me wishes I didn't have to wait so long to get moving but my salary will drop by more than a third when I make this move and there's no way we could pay the required nursery fees so I just have to be patient and, in the mean time, there are some courses I can do to get prepared.
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