Elsa

Work update...

Cheryl and I visited the location of our future office space. The common space within the building itself is gorgeous but our office space leaves a lot to be desired. Right now the entire office area is empty  - no walls and only the existing horrid paint, carpet and ceiling fixtures. And they expect us to be moved in during the second week of July...*is extremely doubtful* Each of the offices are going to be so tiny and even though we have floor to ceiling windows they seem so dark. Of the five offices available for our staff, Phil is naturally claiming the largest corner suite. I'm leaning towards the opposite corner office which is virtually the same size and has windows on two of four sides. Adjoining that office is a balcony but in the infinite wisdom of the building management that balcony will not be accessible. My logic is that even if I can't utilize the balcony, at least I should be able to open the door/window - in other words, fresh air!! Other than that, the layout of that office is a challenge - the desk will have to be crammed over to the side virtually blocking the balcony door. That office has North West exposure and is so dark in the morning. Plus the view is kind of dull. The other offices facing east having a nicer view and seem bright enough but we did visit in the morning and my guess is that by mid-day and throughout the afternoon, they will have no sunlight at all. In truth, none of the offices are 'perfect' so I doubt any of them will satisfy me in the long run. I can't believe what a difficult decision this is going to be!

The other office news today is that I received a raise - 2% for cost of living expenses plus 5% (the maximum amount) for performance. I won't know how much of a difference that increase makes until my first paycheque at the new rate which will be on May 17th. After taxes, I'm estimating a minimum $30/pay increase. Anything above and beyond that amount would be phenomenal.
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I received a raise - 2% for cost of living expenses plus 5% (the maximum amount) for performance

Nice! Cost of living? Performance? wtf is that?...no srsly we get 1% if we're lucky and "exceed expectations". The Church sucks!
I'm deeming my raise "The 7% solution" as I believe it is just the right amount to get me through this last year of debt management. Hopefully it will give me anywhere from $60-180 more a month depending on taxes. But I am thankful in any case. At least now I won't be completely destitute every pay after covering for bills and groceries!! August and September still may be tight but once October comes around it's a three paycheque month. And November and December will have an extra $100/paycheque since CPP and EI will have maxed out for the year. That extra $$ will help carry me through January and February into March when I withdraw from RRSPs to pay out the remainder of my debt. OR, conversely, I win the lottery...whichever comes first!!! $20 million tonight. First thing we do is get the passports and I think we may still be able to make the French Open or, at worst, Wimbledon...after a nice long spa vacation!!!
At least now I won't be completely destitute every pay after covering for bills and groceries!!

I wish I had even just $20 but it's the @#$%&* TTC costs that's my problem...when I didn't have to take public transit I saved so much money!

October comes around it's a three paycheque month

I'm still on the fence about whether that is a better way to get paid or the bi-monthyl...on the one had an extra paycheck is nice on the other the twice a months give me more per paycheck...6 of one, half a dozen of the other really.

$20 million tonight

Bring on the jackpot!!

First thing we do is get the passports and I think we may still be able to make the French Open or, at worst, Wimbledon...after a nice long spa vacation!!!

ABSOF*INGLUTELY!