Last week was pretty stressful since: (1) my files at work were being audited for my year end performance review and (2) I needed to study for my last exam to get my professional designation. I started feeling ill last Wednesday but I started feeling better as soon as the sources of my stress were eliminated. (Surprise!)
Good News #1: I passed my third and final exam Saturday. (Woo hoo!) Because of this, I should get reimbursed for $330 I fronted for my study materials. And if the company doesn't reneg on its promise, I should be getting an $800 bonus. (After taxes, it should be about $450 or so.)
Bad News #1: I was hoping to use the reimbursement and bonus money towards holiday spending. But, I was visited by Murphy twice this month. (I'll report about Murphy #2 tomorrow.) I know the right thing to do is to use this money towards paying Murphy #1 and #2 but... ummm.... I'm still debating this issue. I'll get back to this issue at a later date.
Good News #2: I also passed my audit at work. This means I should be getting some kind of bonus next March and I'm considered to be in "good standing" so I qualify for my company's generous severance if and when I get laid off.
Bad News #2: This isn't so much bad news but something I'm ashamed about. Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have passed my audit if there weren't some manipulation by some nice people at work. I really haven't been focused or motivated at work this past year since I was expecting to get laid off. I put in minimal time at work and my work product reflects it. Lay off or not, I should've been more professional. Perhaps this will be one of my New Year's resolutions.
Good News #3: The remainder of the year should be relatively stress-free with the exception of New Year's Eve.
Bad News #3: Because I was out of my normal routine this past couple of weeks, I was a bit disorganized and I completely forgot my DMV renewal was due 12/8/08. Since I missed the deadline, I had to pay a $31 late fee in addition to the $193 renewal fee. Bummer. I should really calendar my non-regular expenses from now on.
Anyhow, looks like I've got a lot to catch up on with everyone's blog from last week. Looking forward to seeing what everyone's been up to. :-D
Monday, December 15, 2008
I'm one of those people who don't deal with stress very well. It seems to manifest itself in a physical ailment, imagined or otherwise. (Fine, fine. I admit it - I'm a hypochondriac.)