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I got a raise

November 30th, 2018 at 08:56 am

I got a raise at my contract job. My one-year anniversary there was late September. I hadn't realized that when I approached the agency to discuss a raise that they would make it wholly contingent on whether or not the employer I'm working for wanted to give me a raise.

Luckily, they did. Although I had pushed for a much higher raise, based on the fact I do as much copyediting as proofreading, I am actually thankful I got what I got, and it was more than I anticipated I'd get if I was wholly reliant on the employment agency to give it. I'm paid on an hourly rate, so it works out to a 7.2% raise, to $34.50/hour. Which is also a lot more than I'd anticipated I could earn working p/t in semi-retirement. So I'm thankful. Smile

Since I only work 18 to 20 hours a week, it'll come out to just $50 more per paycheck, but that's $200 more a month. This should make some difference.

I just spent an hour with my father familiarizing him with the new Jitterbug phone I got him. He has major vision issues. Even with the larger keypad, he had some trouble reading what the buttons said, and same for the screen.

The phone with activation fee and 1st month of service was $108, and each month thereafter will cost just $20 and he'll get 200 minutes each month, which is more than enough. It comes with a built-in flashlight, magnifier and camera.

This afternoon is my last meditation class. I learned some valuable stuff about mindful meditation, but what I liked more was the yoga. I hope to keep this a part of my life, albeit not on a daily basis. So now I have just 2 more visits with the doctor running the study, and then, finally, I get paid $200.

I'll be seeing my friend with the prostate cancer before the meditation class. I hope he is doing better today, but as of late, he is not. He got multiple blood transfusions and some special injections to try to boost his red blood cell count, which is very low, and he's still reliant on an oxygen breathing tube and living alone at his condo.

My friend's best friend and I have have now both contacted his family (his niece, sister and brother) and suggested he should no longer be living alone. At the least, they could have the VNA and aides come to the house daily to check up on him, and he could get Meals on Wheels. I guess I will learn today when I see him if there are to be any changes. The purported purpose of my visit today is to continue helping him declutter and take stuff away, but I of course I am there for emotional support and will urge him again to consider his options.

My walking partner friend is having 2 Xmas parties, one on Xmas day. She seems to have a lot of friends, and I guess I will be meeting them soon. She's the one who likes to bake, so this will be good. Smile

I did some Xmas shopping online this past week, but I really don't have much to do. I'm having a gift shipped directly to my cousin in NJ, and we plan to open our gifts for each other over the phone together. Smile We met at Chris Ruth's Steakhouse, a restaurant midway between us for Thanksgiving, and we both liked the food a lot, although I felt gouged on beverages. They charged us $17 a glass for the Pinot Grigiot and $5 for a cup of tea. That's crazy.

I told my cousin if we did this again, I'd bring a bottle and some glasses, and we could drink in the car before going in. Smile

There are a ton of holiday-oriented craft fairs, festivals and teas around here now that we're officially in the holiday season. I plan to hit 2 of them tomorrow before I see my dad for lunch. I love homemade items and little old ladies who knit or quilt.

7 Responses to “I got a raise”

  1. Wink Says:

    Congrats on the raise!

  2. Dido Says:

    Congrats on the raise! Over 7% is nice even if it's not huge $$ wise. And a $34.50 hourly wage is pretty good!

    I'm sorry R's health has declined. It definitely sounds like it is time for some assistance from outside. I hope your visit went well and that you enjoyed the craft fairs.

    What are you planning to do to keep up with the yoga?

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    Good question about the yoga. There is Sat a.m. yoga every week at church on my street...i could even walk there. They also do meditation every thursday afternoon (a day off for me) at the library, which i could also walk to if i wanted.

    I just have to resolve to do it.

  4. Dido Says:

    You don’t have to resolve—you just have to do it! Put your yoga clothes out to get dressed in Friday night and set a reminder—a post-it in your dining room table or whatever works. I have Echo Dots from Amazon upstairs and down and I find it useful to set reminders—“Alexa, remind me to get in the shower by 7:30 a.m.,” for example, to keep myself on schedule in the morning when I would rather read and putter over coffee.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    Thanks, Dido. Good idea. I've also marked it in my calendar.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you got the much deserved raise!

    Too bad you don't live closer...you could have attended my church's bazaar. The requirement to set up a booth is your stuff has to be homemade. Between baked goods and crafts, lots of good stuff.

    That's a lot of money for tea and wine at the steakhouse. Ouch.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    7% is quite decent. Congratz!

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