Thursday, May 29, 2008
It's 7:30pm, and I'm at work.
And, I will be here until 9pm.
Tonight is our discovery night for potential students and their parents, and the boss has asked me to open our photo room for them to come and have a browse through. I have a lot of pride in this room (and think of it as 'mine'!) and have spent many hours creating displays out of students work, and posters of DeBono's hats, Habits and Mrs Potter's questions..
Anyway, so I'm sitting here downing loading music our techie has so generously given me ( I'm currently listening to Amy Winehouse.. not a fan of her as such, but I do enjoy listening to her songs).
I'm hoping my canvases come in tomorrow, so I can play all weekend with them. Fingers crossed!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Things have started rolling for me on the Pink Vanilla front. I've finished the set of 6 canvases, and have orders for 4 more sets. Unfortunately the place I was buying the canvases from have run out, so I've ordered some online. I can't wait until they get here, I'm so inspired!
It feels like I finally have the spark back. To be honest, I was extremely worried that it had left me, and I couldn't find my niche. It really does feel amazing to be excited and confident in what I create. Also, it's so good to see the ripple effect of this positive frame of mind on everything else that surrounds me. I haven't laughed and enjoyed myself this much in a long time.
Last night I also started stitching and beading my canvas flowers. I want to get a collection of about 10 happening so I can think about opening my Etsy store. It's so hard, I feel like work is taking me away from it, and I count down the hours until I get home! All my earning are going to go towards our New Zealand trip. What a reward that will be :)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
I know that it's only 3rd session on a Monday, but so far, this week has ROCKED. The well being team at work bought in a masseuse for today, and I was lucky enough to have first session off and book in a free massage. It did almost put me to sleep, and I was fairly bleary-eyed through second session, but wow, if only every working day started like that!
They also supplied morning tea for us, and have a Pilate's class during lunch time today. Combine that with no meetings tonight, student free days on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a social golf event tomorrow after work... well, this could turn out to be the best week of the year (apart from the last week of school, of course!).
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I'm also after a new pair of skinny jeans, and some new slouchy tan boots. I've worn my current pair so much I have holes forming in the back of them!
Oh, and definitely a new bag. It's not a good look when the fabric has torn away from the zipper.
And one last thing, I ADORE these shoes from Chinese Laundry. I'll have to search for them when I'm in Melbourne.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Bought a hat from Sportsgirl today. I'm not normally a hat wearer, but Deon pointed it out and told me to get it. It's a soft grey one with a little peak. Might try wearing it at work this week... is it weird to wear hats if you're a teacher? I don't know! Maybe I'll just wear it on weekends.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I'm heading off to Niccy's house in about an hour, for a night of movies, pizza and wine. Just the sort of night I love. It's going to be a great way to finish off a week that has been, let's face it, less than average. I'm relieved that next week is our well-being week- a week of no meetings, 2 days of restorative practice (and no students!!!) massages and morning tea supplied. AND... our pay rise kicks in next week! Now, why can't every week be like that?
I'm also going to stuck into some more projects this weekend. I REALLY want these pelmets done, but I also need to get some art stuff kick started again. Eventually, I'll get our of our honeymoon pics into a moment album too.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Anyway, to the actual point of this post- I've been playing around with a name, logo and tag for my artwork I'm hoping to sell. I tried to pick the words and colours that I love, that represent who I am and what I'm all about. Quite difficult to do really. After lots of trials last night I've ended up creating this:
I love the background colour. It's so chocolatey warm, and the cherry blossoms I'm hoping give it that nice soft touch. A soft pink ribbon will be used to tie the tag to the artworks.
So, what do you think? Lan, I know you're a pro at this stuff, so be gentle on me! ;)
Monday, May 12, 2008
I know it's still over 6 months away, but I am SO EXCITED because Deon and I are planning a trip to New Zealand! It's going to have to be around December-January, as it's the only time Deon can get off, but it will be so magical spending New Years Eve there.
We've settled on the South Island, Queenstown in particular. Everyone who has been has told me of the breathtaking scenery and the fabulous hikes and walking tracks you can do. I'm going to have to start training now so I'm fit enough to do them!!!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Happy Mothers day mum. I love you xxoo
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Victorian teachers to be nation's best-paid
The education union has hailed a deal that will make Victorian teachers the highest-paid in the country as the best deal for its members in more than 25 years.
The agreement between the State Government and the Australian Education Union (AEU) resolves a 14-month industrial row, which included three statewide teachers' strikes and weeks of rolling half-day stoppages.
The unions had threatened to walk off the job from May 13 to 15, disrupting during the first national literacy and numeracy tests. The resolution of the industrial dispute means those tests are now likely to go ahead without disruption.
AEU Victorian branch president Mary Bluett said it was the best enterprise bargaining deal for teachers that she had seen in 25 years with the union.
11% rise for some
However, there appears to be some contention over the increases announced by Premier John Brumby and Education Minister Bronwyn Pike this morning.
The Government says the deal will equate to a 4.9% pay rise in the first year and 2.7% in the second and third years of the agreement.
But the union believes some of biggest beneficiaries of the deal will get between 8% and 11%.
"It's a complex arrangement, but the least any teacher is going to get out of this is somewhere between five and six per cent per annum,'' Ms Bluett said.
"This is the best outcome in terms of salary and career structure in my history as a union official of 25 years standing,'' Ms Bluett said.
Pupil-free days to stay
A key sticking point in negotiations was the issue of pupil-free days, which the Government had originally wanted to abolish.
Under the new deal, three pupil free training days will be brought to the start of the term and become professional training days and only one will be held mid-term, in a bid to minimise disruption to parents.
It also includes an exits strategy to remove disengage teachers from classroom and find them new jobs.
Secondary students will get an extra six days of tuition each year under the deal, Mr Brumby said, describing it as a win for students and teachers.
"A graduate teacher in Victoria currently earns $46,127 and under this agreement will become the highest-paid graduate teacher in the country earning $51,184, while an experienced classroom teacher will receive a $10,000 pay rise to $75,500."
Mr Brumby said the pay deal was consistent with the Government's wages policy of a 3.25% rise every year, plus increases off-set by service improvement.
Teachers would keep one marking and report writing day at the end of semester one, Mr Brumby said.
Teachers also will receive a one-off payment of $1,000 and principals $2,000 at the agreement's start.
Ms Pike said the deal would increase all teachers' pay, make teacher graduates the highest-paid in the country, give high-performing principals executive contracts and create six more days tuition a year for secondary school students.
She said teachers would now implement a school reform process encouraging the best teachers to move to schools where they were most needed and encouraging high-performing graduates in other fields to enter teaching.
Victorian teachers had demanded that the Government match their salaries with those of NSW teachers.
They had sought a 10% pay rise each year for the next three years and a reduction in short-term contract employment.
But the Government had stuck to its offer of a 3.25% annual rise, in line with its public sector wages policy.
After a statewide strike earlier this year and weeks of rolling stoppages, teachers threatened to sabotage the national literacy and numeracy tests with a series of four-hour stoppages.
The Australian Education Union also won public support after an advertising campaign showing the disparity of incomes between teachers and other professionals and their interstate counterparts.
State Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu last month vowed to spend $396 million over three years on teachers' wages to boost them from being the lowest-paid teachers in the country to the highest-paid.
Needless to say, I am quite happy about all this!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
We were supposed to go to dinner at a friends place tonight, but it looks like I'll be going solo. I think it's going to be an early night though...