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sat posted: Sat 2018-05-19 08:19:50 tags: n/a
Paid washer/dryer rental
Car note payment
Paid electric

Fri: went in 1/2 hour early to hobnob with the controller over discrepancy reconciliation and my future. When I'm peeling myself out of bed an hour early, it feels like an extra $20 in my paycheck isn't worth it; but if you multiply by 5 workdays/week, it's $100 after taxes, and if you multiply that by 50 workweeks/yr, it's $5000. (Because figure there whould be 2 wk/yr where you get paid vaycays but no OT.) So is it worth $5000/yr to add an hour to my workday? Put that way, it could be, but only if my base income (exclusive of OT) already fully funds retirement plans, i.e. the OT is earmarked for investment, not scrambled-after just to make my life financial plan work. In this context, "investment" can also include continuing education, home improvments etc. I'd feel still even better about it if I could come in just 1/2 hour early, and take only 1/2 hour lunch break to get my daily OT hour.

Green beans for kung pao chx did not last the 2 weeks or however long we had them, so we had burritos instead. Killed the wasp colony on our balcony. Picked "East Side Sushi" (2014) for our evening movie.

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Thu: Big Boss Brewery for Nerd Night. Enjoyed the Space Mistress saison, presentations on the lifecycle of fish-parasitic freshwater mussels in NC and brain-machine interface, and tying for trivia winner as coordinator of Alpha Team. Snoopy's for hot dogs and BBQ, then home.

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Tue-Wed: finished watching Zodiac (2007) because I fell asleep in the middle Tue.

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Last Thu's counseling session homework for me was to pause when I feel like my boundaries are being overrun, or my autonomy is under seige or whatever, and identify the feelings underlying it. Anyone with a lick of therapy savvy will know that it will inevitably boil down to elemental fear. What's not always so easy to connect is that fear is a valid, healthy response to a genuine threat. So whether I phrase it one way, affirming my right to personal choices, or another way, acknowledging my gut reaction of elemental fear to a pattern of challenging decisions I make for myself, the message is the same.