Of course I love a good bonus, who doesn't?
At work our bonuses came thru today. I won't complain about it because, hey, it's a bonus! But I had thought it would be a little more. Oh well! The manager before the one I have now, is the guy who submitted all the merit increase and bonus paperwork back in Dec-2014, right before he left. So at that time, I hadn't stepped up on a lot of projects and therefore I a got a middle of the road (just like most everyone else) "meets expectations" on everything type of rating. So it's a good thing, but I know next year's will be a little better
GOOD news - along with my 3.10% pay increase and a bonus this year, we have 2 long-timer folks retiring this year, causing 2 higher-level openings & my current manager has promised me one. Just a matter of which one, I guess. The other employee who has the same 'seniority' as me - hired about 2wks before me - is also up for promotion, but she hasn't volunteered on extra projects or gone the extra mile that I know of. So no idea when the promotion will happen, and "who gets it first". Not a huge deal really.
MORE Good news - My manager is well aware of how much I love working on this project. So is my other manager (the one ON the project, not my usual mgr.) So is the director (his manager) and HIS boss the VP of the region. I am so excited that they are seeing the change and effort I am putting in. I actually look forward to coming in to work more, and I work on the weekends a little bit from home on the laptop (which I never did before). I am initiating/making process changes, giving support that wasn't there before, and the people who work below me and alongside me are loving the changes (they're better for everyone). I really feel like I could do this kind of work permanently - it's project management or just management, essentially. But I am just overall happy with how things are going at work
Threw the bonus (after tax, blech) at the VISA and we are getting darn close. I still need to revise our budget to accomodate Casper's food (on a monthly auto-pay order) and his diabetes supplies so they don't take us by surprise anymore. I think the slew of vet visits are over, the only thing we need to focus on next is his dental health. But that is something I feel we can price out and save up for. He also still has fleas which is irritating. We've tried frontline 3x on the nape of his neck but I guess we have to keep it up. My in-laws swear by this spray stuff that you spray on furniture and carpets but they can't recall the brand. Sigh!
I kicked up the weekly grocery budget a little because I am on an 8-month bootcamp challenge. Winner takes home a cash prize which is nice! But it is a gluten free diet with high protein/fat low carb approach. I know that I can find ways to tighten the groceries and still eat this healthy - but it's so hard. It feels like I do not have time in the day for that. I've been crock pot dinner-ing all week and it's been saving my butt. Following a meal plan is too. I just need to go to Grocery Outlet or Winco for my frozen meats (the bulk of grocery cost) and stick to it.
The weather has remained gorgeous and the garden is coming along! We spent some blow last weekend at a local greenhouse/nursery. WOW. We bought potatoes, cilantro and other herbs, and some other plants I can't recall. $17 total. We love our garden and we want to build one or two more raised garden beds as the plans for the 2 large and 1 small one we have, are full. The only problem is I want these 2"x12" (I think) cedar planks that we used last year to build them. They are more spendy than other kinds of wood. But cedar LASTS LONGEST in wet conditions. So I prefer quality here, but we could use a cheaper wood and save. Dilemma.
anyways, that's it for me right now. Got to get back - I have extended my break too long Miss you guys, I do pop in and read, but it only lasts 5 minutes before I'm off to do something else more important. I'm sorry!!