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I got a raise today. Not a huge raise, just 3% but anything is better than nothing. I didn't figure I'd get a raise at all considering I'm essentially a new hire. But it's a raise on top of my current salary which is really nice. And extra $1500 a year. and it starts the 1st of March while everyone else has to wait until April 1 for theirs. Here is what happened. Out company uses this really twisted merit based evaluation system where you set goals at the beginning of the year and then get quarterly reviews to judge your progress and a full evaluation at the end of the year. If you meet your goals you get a certain percentage raise. If you exceed or significantly exceed or far exceed you get more of a percentage. But seeing my employment with the former company division of this corporation ended November 6, and I started with this division January 16, I really didn't expect a raise based on my performance for a company that no longer exists.

Add to that the fact I essentially got an $8,000 raise to move up here. And that includes the $2,000 over what they offered me initially that I more or less demanded for cost of living expenses. Plus they gave me just over $5,000 for moving expenses and I've only spent about $1,000 of that.

To giveme a raise based on an actual performance eval, they would have had to contact my former boss who has now moved on to yet another division and get her to give a final analysis. I think they thought it was not worth the hassle. So they took a look at the records that were in the system for my mid year eval last year and said, "Well you would have at least met your goals so we'll give you a 3% raise and let it kick in early."

Am I going to complain at all? Nope, not one little bit. Do you think the happy dance I did when I left my boss's office after getting the news was a bit over the top? So I've essentially gotten a $14,500 raise this year. Not too shabby.

So feeling good about all that I decided to do something nice for both Debra and I. when I was moving stuff up here, I broke the headboard to our bed. Not a huge deal since it was a freebie from someone who was getting married and getting better furniture. But still, it beat sticking the mattress up against the wall. So tonight I went out and bought this. I got the bed and the night stand. We already have an oak dresser and mirror. It won't match exactly but close enough. We'll get the rest of the pieces some other time. I'm supposed to pick it up on Monday and I'll have it installed before Debra gets all the way moved up here.




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Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
This is all just wonderful!

The headboard is beautiful. Will you leave it as is or add dangling stones?
Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
As is but with stones placed all around the room. I like the solid sound and feel of a bed as you climb into it. Don't like to hear tinkling sounds. I've slept on too many light weight brass beds that creak and shake when I sleep on them. Sleeping on something solid feels more like sleeping on the ground and close to the Earth.

Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Congrats. You know, $14,500 is seriously approaching half my annual salary. I can understand why that might require a (very dignified, no doubt) happy dance!
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
In spite of the layoff and having to move to stay with the company I actually can't complain too much. Seeing as how when I started at the Peoria location 9 years ago I was making only about $29,000. I'm getting close to doubling that. Actually with the expected incentive bonus, I might double it this year. Still and yet, if I could convince them to hire me as a semi-permanent freelancer, I'd shuck the city life and move back down to the farm or out to your area in a heartbeat. I could live quite comfortably in certain parts of NM for under $30,000.

Feb. 24th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
The Fanta Se area requires considerably more money than that. My $30k salary is not enough, by itself, to live in. Even 30 miles outside of town. Though I'll admit, at the moment I am in the last year of a rather high automobile payment...
Feb. 25th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Yeah I can see where Santa Fe and even parts of Taos might be a little pricey. I have a friend who lives in the Canyon between Taos and Eagle Nest and even out in the country, she say's it aint cheap. I too am living with about 18 more months of a $400 a month debt consolidation payment. When that is paid off, I won't know what to do with myself getting to keep that $400 each month.

Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)

Love the furniture!
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not used to having new furniture. It's always been hand me down stuff until now. well I had new when I first got married more than 20 years ago but I lost all that in the divorce. It feels really good being able to buy something new, even if it's not a huge purchase.

Feb. 24th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the raise! My company does the yearly goals system for raises and bonuses, as well. I just scored a 3.5% raise, and a $1200 bonus, on top of the huge pay raise they gave me in the middle of the last year because they decided I wasn't being given my due.

I'm tickled to see you getting some good stuff, considering how many challenges you've faced in the last few months. And the new bedroom gear is lovely! I hope to see more pics of the new homestead after you're fully moved in and comfy. :)

Feb. 24th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Congratz!
Yeah, I will post some. It's a maze of half unpacked boxes right now.

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