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June 3rd, 2008

job things, Fiona's missing tooth, and the weekly summary @ 07:02 pm

We took Fiona to the vet yesterday to get her heartworm medicine and have her yearly vaccines. The vet told me that she needed to have her teeth cleaned, so she went in to have them done. Seems that one of her premolars was cracked, so it got pulled. Poor Fiona is very groggy, tripped up on morphine and laying in my bedroom. I have no idea how the tooth got cracked, but the vet thought it was a good idea to have it removed, so I'm glad we had it done.

I got word from DLA about my job. Seems that the step increase that I requested because of my masters degree and extre experience was disapproved. What does that mean? Well, I come in on the lowest step possible. Though there's room for promotion, I jump two grades per year, it was still kind of sad that I wasn't able to come in with the added value of having my masters. I thought about writing a "what am I really worth" or "what worth can I put on myyself" essay but then decided against it. I know that I learned a lot while getting my masters. I also know that this is a good starting job, I hope, and that Holly and I will manage with the starting salary I'll be making. A job making some money is better than doing nothing, which is what I've been doing for a while. It's a job thab that I know I will be able to do and do well, so I decided to officially try to throw my money hungry side away and take the job so that Holly and I can move forward with our lives. Thinking positive is the only way to do it I think.

My voice continues to be MIA, sI I went to the doctor today. Got some antibiotics and cough syrup, and so I'm hoping that I'll feel better soon.

haven't been able to work with Velvet much lately because my Mom has been moving to a new classroom, and my Dad has been busy working and cleaning up the yart which, with our recent rains, seems to grow in feet per week rather than some more sane unit of measure.

We're still planning to take a trip to Richmond to check things out. Still need to firm up the details of our trip.

Well, that's all I have the energy to write about. More soon.
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Date:June 4th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
That does suck about your master's degree not getting you a bump up on the pay scale. But not really all that surprising to me. Not very many people get paid what they are actually worth. Of course too many people get paid more than they are worth and this could be part of the problem... but I digress. Look on the bright side, you've got a job and I doubt you'll be living in poverty. And as you said you have regular opportunities to earn increases in your pay with promotions. That is also something that a lot of people do not have, the opportunity to move up. Take me for example. I work in a notoriously low-paying field, my opportunities to move up in my workplace are nonexistant so long as Mickey and I remain married unless one of us moves to a different department, and I don't make as much money as many people who have fewer abilities than I. But, on the flip side, there are people who have so much less, I don't have a bad life, and I can pay my bills. I will never earn what I'm worth in money, but I don't measure my worth in American dollars.
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Date:June 4th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
the good news is that you're in the door of Federal employment.

the gooder news is that -- after six months on the job -- you can look around for higher pay within the Federal system.

the goodest news is that you have likely set yourself on track for an interesting and fulfilling government career!

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