Saturday, 19 September 2015

A Raise, Overtime and a Healthy Pet!

This has been an excellent week for us.

Tuesday, I left for the city with a co-worker for a work training session. It was a two-day course in Regina; meals, hotel, etc were completely paid for so a night in the city cost me absolutely nothing. It was an extremely helpful course and I came back with a ton of knowledge that will help me. Not only with my current job but this course is something I can add to my resume as all Credit Unions have this same training. I was able to meet up with a friend of mine who goes to University there, so we had a nice catch up over dinner.

Also on Tuesday G left for Saskatoon to bring Mocha in for a check up. We also wanted to get her eyes looked at again as one was become inflamed and the pupil was changing colour. I’ll explain more about this later.

Wednesday I had course all day and G was supposed to have the day off but got called into work – this triggered double time automatically. 13.5hours later he was done his shift. He could have been done a lot sooner but they asked him to do a prisoner transport and at double time he said hell yes. He made a few cents under $1000 in a single day. Talk about a hustler!

Wednesday was also his pay day at there was a good chunk of overtime payout. Payroll has recently switched systems so the payouts have been coming a little bit quicker. With that said the total owed in overtime is a little over $4800. It would be extremely nice to see that before our Vegas trip but I’m not getting my hopes up, lol.

I did a bit of calculating to see where we are at for taxes and even if G was just paid his regular salary for the remainder of the year, without any payouts, he will be hitting over 100k. Last year he was just a few thousand off so it’s definitely cool to see a number like that this year. Online calculators are giving him a refund at the end of the year thanks to my RRSP, the Saskatchewan Retention program and all the tax that gets taking off during big payouts.

Speaking of income. Everyone at work had a mid(ish)-year review on Thursday and mine went extremely well. My manager said she is really glad she hired me and I’m really showing everyone that I was the best person for this job. She sees a lot of leadership quality in me, even a lot of my other coworkers (some of which have been there for 20+ years) have said to her that I’ve been teaching them new and better ways of doing things and they always feel like they can approach me if they have questions. After about 20 mins of her talking and my head about as big as the room she said that I deserved a raise. Ummmmmmmm what! This is actually embarrassing but I started to tear up. I have never just randomly gotten a raise, only at year-end reviews has that happened for me. She kept repeating that I deserve this raise and I kept thanking her over and over again. LOL She was laughing and said she’s never had anyone so grateful for a raise before. My salary is now at $37,000/yr (rounded up just a few hundred but not including any bonuses). Woohoo!

Thursday we had more really good news. All the test results came back from Mocha’s appointment in the city. She is 100% cancer free!!! Everything, except her eyes, is healthy. The eyes have completely detached retinas so there is no hope of regaining sight ever again. They suggested the best thing for her is to completely remove her eyes. I know for some this sounds a bit extreme and why I would consider this good news, you may not understand. Mocha has been completely blind since the spring, but has never let that stop her. She’s never been depressed, acted any differently and still gets into the garbage no matter where we hide it (that’s how we really knew she was going to be okay, lol). Even though she couldn’t see thru them, her eyes were still causing a lot of health issues. We were giving her drops 5 times a day trying to keep the swelling down and discomfort at bay and the vets were getting nervous about future problems they may cause. This is the best option for her to continue living a healthy life. Seriously, this dog makes me more and more proud every single day.

Okay, that was the end of our epic week. I’m enjoying this string of goodluck now because I know something is bound to happen that I won’t like so much :P

- M


  1. Yay for the raise! You obviously deserve it. Also, so happy for you about your dog's health.

    1. Thank you! & we are really thinking positively about her upcoming surgery. :)