When I started this blog, I planned on actually keeping up with it. It seems like life just always has other plans, despite our best intentions though, doesn’t it?
Since my last post, life has twisted and turned even more. I’ve previously introduced myself as teacher. While I do technically still teach an online class, I’m now really a stay at home mother, which I am loving!
In the summer of 2018, I knew I could not go back to my previous school. I had just survived the hardest year of my career, and I didn’t think I had the energy to go back to that place and do it all over again. I began a desperate search for another job. I found an online school that I thought had to be too good to be true. I got the job, and at first, I loved it, because for the majority of the school year, I worked from home. That meant I could still work but also stay home with my baby. But then state testing hit. And it was constant travel for weeks. It was hard on my husband, hard on me, hard on our newborn to be away from her mother. My husband even had to take vacation days from work and work nights/weekends to make up the hours he had to miss from work because of how much I was traveling. It was awful.
So, faced with even more days like this since the state increased testing requirements for students, last December, I resigned my position and became a stay at home mom. It’s been quite the interesting transition. I absolutely love getting to spend all day with my tiny human without worry about calling parents or grading. I do miss the interactions with my students, though, so I picture myself eventually going back to teaching in some capacity. Kids are awesome, and I miss the energy and fun that I had with them in my classes.
But, because of my struggle to manage being a full time teacher, wife, and mother, my poor knitting got pushed aside. At one point, I think I even went a month or so without picking up my needles. I often was just too tired at the end of the day to do anything more than scroll through social media and look at yarn and knitting patterns. Or buy yarn. Or buy knitting patterns.
Now that my days are a lot more flexible, and my tiny human is over a year old and needing less attention all day, my goal is to continue to publish more blog posts, including a few tutorials. I also have several new knitting patterns I’ve been poking away at, one of which I hope to get published within the next couple of weeks.
I miss being a bigger part of the fiber community, and I’m very much looking forward to having significantly more time to dedicate to bringing my quirkiness and geekiness to the world!