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Stash Overload: My Oh My, This Isn't All Of It... 
Sunday, 29th of April, 2012 12:12 pm
I am an addict. That is my excuse and I stick with it.

Well, honestly from now on my stash shopping will happen about once in a blue moon as I am at home with Boy and it affects to our income level even though maternity and parenting grants are tied to one's income level. At least higher income leaves are relatively long. (Honestly I don't get it how you folks in short maternity leave countries do it... work and baby. Boy is easy and content child 99% of the time and still I don't have time and I don't even want to think how tired I'd be if I had to work...)
When my parenting leave ends and "caretaking" leave begins it'll be nothing extra. Nada. But, that's around New Year and in any case it's all the same income wise am I home with Boy or go back to work so the decision isn't hard. I rather have time for the little guy.

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Ton of OOPs, some nice stuff from ABC Stitch Therapy's and 1-2-3 Stitch's Clearance bin, pretties from Silkweaver, silks from 1-2-3 Stitch etc... *sigh*

And this wasn't all.

Oh yeah, Ovi Share will be closed so I had to change place... If anyone has any good suggestions for free and unlimited image hosting please tell. (Of course I have unlimited server space and bandwidth at Servage which I could use, it just would mean setting up a gallery and I don't kind of have time now... rather I hate adjusting file and folder rights even at my best.)
Sunday, 29th of April, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
The real challenge is finding time to stitch! :)

I'm in a non-existant maternity leave country: the US doesn't require anything paid. You can take up to 12 weeks unpaid if your company falls under the federal laws, though small companies often don't. About half the states have some sort of maternity leave policy. In my case, my state offers 60% pay for 6 weeks or 8 weeks if you have a c/s. Then there's another 6 weeks at the same rate for "bonding leave," which can be taken by either parent and can be used for adoption of a child, not just birth. There's a max cap on that money, though, which for me made it less than 60%. My company has a private plan that made up the difference for the first 5 weeks of that (which isn't a very good; most large companies do better).

Anyway, I went back to work 8 weeks after DS was born. He's going to a local daycare that we really like. I wish I could be home more, but I also really like working so I think I'd be bored home. I hope to be able to afford to reduce my hours at some point. That would be the best of both worlds for me. Or even a shorter commute! It's an hour each way right now.
Wednesday, 2nd of May, 2012 7:49 am (UTC)
Yikes! Boy is almost eight weeks and I just can't imagine leaving him to day care... though because we have long maternity etc. leaves it's normal to me to think that I'll be home with boy as long as possible.
Not to mention that I am not too fond of my boss and I'm contemplating on studying while off work... ;)

And surprisingly I would have time to stitch if I hadn't got this pretty purple cast to my right arm... :D

Edited at 2012-05-02 07:50 am (UTC)
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