The pay raises were handed down. They were FAR less than our supervisor was hoping for -- but as I assured him, we ARE getting them this year, so yay. And mine is hardly shabby, even though smaller than last year (and because I'm past the halfway point in my pay grade, I get more bonus cash and less merit increase), it's still considerable; of course, my supervisor does focus strongly on giving the money to those who deserve it, and while I know that my raise came at the expense of someone else's, I say... hey. This is an EASY job. If you slack, then you lose. I deserve it.
One thing about riding the bus is that I get a chance to read. Every time I read a book by Steven Brust, I am struck again by just how freaking GOOD a writer he is. Now I think I will knuckle down and read all of the Jhereg books (honestly, I don't know why it's taken me this long to start reading them -- I think it's just been procrastination coupled with "other things to read" and then being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers... I'm starting at the end via the beginning, with the "history" books... so good. So really good).
Lunch was delicious and fun - all the usual tailgate stuff, burgers and chips and really good salsa and little dill pickles and potato salad and delicious ambrosia salad; my cookies were cheered by all and I have some left, so yay. One note about said recipe (a new one), is that they didn't indicate parchment or greased cookie sheets, and there was some amount of stickage in getting them pried off. Next time, parchment.
Now I'm wishing I hadn't spent money on some useless stuff last week... ah, well, I'll pull through. Fortunately, third paycheck of the month had a little extra in it, so... and then by the end of February the raise will kick in. I'll crawl along. At least Fry's had Coke on sale last week, so I'm well stocked on THAT necessity.