Skirting the Issues

It’s been a very busy, tumultuous week in The Life of GiSt.

There has been a death in the family, an opportunity causing a shift in priorities, and a renewed connection to sewing!

Some time ago (and by that, I mean 6 months), I purchased some material from a fab local store Funky Fabrics along with a pattern by Little Bird Patterns. Despite the pattern being labeled “Beginner”‘ it took me until last weekend to finally open the pattern and begin.
After conquering some negative self-talk and false starts (re-familiarizing myself with the lingo), THE skirt was finally finished, without help from Mum.

p.s. pinking shears saved loads of time

The “opportunity” I mentioned above, was in some respects, the catalyst. I rang the local boys’ college simply looking for supply teaching work while our little family overcomes yet another speed bump along our life’s journey. Within hours of emailing through my details, I was being offered a full-time gig for Term 4.

How could I say “No”?

The next day I was being interviewed by the relevant head-honchos and given the “Cook’s Tour” of the college along with an intro to all their groovy systems.
Yeah, I’m a little excited!

But there was a problem. I quit teaching in 2006 when Rainer was finally diagnosed with severe Autism, so I had turfed every teaching unit, resource and accessory out many years ago.

Where to begin?

Needless to say, the recent sewing success has some weight to it. I now have a new pencil case and tablet case in the pipeline. Yep, this school is virtually paper-free so I get my very own tablet!

So priorities have changed once again, and very suddenly.
I will still find time for Art and may even raid the Art Dept at school on occasion LOL. Many adjustments are being made and hubby’s learning some new domestic skills😉
I am petrified at being in front of teenagers again, working with staff and learning not to burp at will. Being your own best company for 6 years doesn’t improve one’s gassy habits.

I imagine the blog posts will be weekly and perhaps shorter. While petrified at being back in the workforce and having so many expectations placed on me, I will also find a little sanctuary there. I’m looking forward to the academic rigour, collaborative environment and the pure energy adolescent males exude.

Day One is 8th October.
Wish me luck!!!!

xx Giovanna

8 thoughts on “Skirting the Issues

  1. suzi says:

    Love your handmade skirt, love the title of your post. With that much talent I am sure the teenagers will think you are super cool and creative. Good luck with the shifts in your life, adapting and evolving are creative acts too.🙂

  2. Malini Parker says:

    Hi Giovanna,
    All the very best to you in your new (old) role of teaching. With your down to earth, humorous take on life, I’m sure your students will LOVE you! And all those fears will felt away. And the burps will be very dainty and subtle🙂

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