Changes Ahead!

And so they are! On Monday, my maternity leave comes to an end. After about 14 months, I am returning to my job in legislation. Only part-time, mind you, but still. I am quite nervous, but really looking forward to it.

Pip will be looked after by my mom and so far, they seem to be getting on very well. I am experienced in my work and the break was not too long. I am going to work great hours and the commute is very short (less than 30 minutes, door-to-door). I will still keep Pip´s playgroup and swimming lessons. I have full support from everybody around me. Yet, I am still nervous.

I am also quite sure to face lots of questions and I will need to explain a lot, most probably. It is a big thing here, you see, as the standard maternity leave here is 3 years per kid, for which your job is held and you get some parental allowance. Seriously. It may sound like a huge benefit to you, and it is, but if you want to do it differently, there are lots and lots of challenges.

However, as I said, I am looking forward to it. I will attempt to get the best of both worlds, career and home. The blog might change. There will most probably be a bit less crafting. However, I will have a chance to test lots and lots of time management and organization tips, and I will for sure blog about that 🙂

Oh the seemingly random picture at the top? It is a pic from Prague, the lovely city we live in. Here, have one more 🙂

Both are from the CzechTourism website.


The year of stashbusting

Yeah, stashing and stashbusting! 🙂 I have quite a collection that takes over almost all of our hallway cabinet (more or less the only storage space we have besides bedrooms). I suppose I don´t even have to hint at the value of the stuff being stored in there, do I?

My problem is ordering online. I start a project not really checking how much material I have, then running out of it and deciding to order some more. Obviously, you don´t order JUST the two missing skeins, do you? And that´s how it goes… The same principle applies to running to a haberdashery to just get that one zipper I need…

I decided (mostly motivated by lack of appropriate budget to sustain my stash hoarding habit :-)) to start a project called “Year of stashbusting”. I pledge to do 52 projects in next 52 weeks, using ONLY what I have available. No getting extra yarns, also no getting extra zippers, buttons, etc. For every successfully finished project, I will but one small item on a future shopping list 🙂 Every Monday (probably not the following one, though, as it is in two days, so I give myself this weekend as an extra :-)) I will post a FO here and in a year review my stash again…

Wish me luck and resolution!