Friday, 2 December 2011

Back in Action!

I'm back! So for those of you who do not know, I am a teacher. Two years ago, I made the decision to switch over to my local school board, which is pretty hard to get an English job teaching in, as I live in Quebec, and although it is one of our English school boards, it is French Immersion, meaning that the kids spend at least 50% up to 100% of their day in French. My French is good, but the grammar aspect, not good enough to teach. It's so surprising to me that people don't realize that not all of Quebec is French speaking, and that there is a substantial population who live their lives pretty much only in English. I only really started speaking French, other than obligatory, poor quality French classes in school, when I worked in a French private school as the English teacher.

ANYway.... All that to say, I decided to switch over to this board despite all of this, and wait it out and be a substitute in the meantime. I like this school board much better than the others, and there is very little travel involved, which makes a huge difference. So now that I'm subbing, I realize that I think for the time being I actually like it better than teaching. The money is just about the same, there's no planning, no parent teacher interviews, portfolio nights or report cards, no long-term stress (a bad day just means I need an extra glass of wine, and then it's over and done with), the work is regular but if I feel like taking a day off because my house is a mess, I just don't work that day! This board has an online substitution system that is just fabulous, and I basically made my salary for a good part of last year not knowing a single person in the board, yet working everyday because of this online system. So, unless I get a great offer, I plan to keep subbing, and am thrilled at the thought of the freedom it gives me.

I spent Term 3 of last year replacing a teacher on sick leave in the most wonderful grade 1 class that could ever be, and I loved it. That same teacher had a gradual re-integration this year, with a different class, and I was replacing her a few days a week up until very recently. That being said, if you look at my past posts, you'll notice they sort of dropped off in September, and then stopped altogether. I guess I got a little overwhelmed with being in that class, and just stopped writing. But now that I've finished up with that, I'm back into the swing of things. I'll be back writing, hopefully Monday through Friday, and sometimes the weekends too. I'm super excited to be back into action, and have lots of great ideas to share with you all! I hope you will join me, and as usual I would love to hear about your experiences with the Mediterranean lifestyle, weight loss and seasonal living.

Until Monday!
Have a great day!


  1. I'm so glad that you're a huge fan of Melonheadz Illustrating too. Nikki has been such a great friend of mine, and she's such a wonderful illustrator too!

    So Kim, I wanted to stop by, and let you know that I'm having to put my Soda Parlor on Private for awhile. I would love for you to still come and visit. Please email me at and so I get your email address to send you an invitation.