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1) Is it my imagination, or does that whole family just get more repulsive as the years go by?

2) They used the proper size blood-pressure cuff on me yesterday, and my pressure was 119/79. Fat arms. That's my life-threatening health condition.

3) People around me are more worried than I am about my impending surgery, but it's rubbing off a little, so I'm getting a tiny bit anxious. Being aware of it, though, means it's not causing me too much distress.

4) Super-busy at the Best Job Ever, because school just started. It'll slow down, but meantime, I'm working my big tushy off, and loving it.

5) The magazine is going to be good. I'm very excited about it. The thing I'm most nervous about is making it LOOK good, because I'm not visually oriented, but I expect I'll get some help with that.

6) Oh. Em. Gee. The landlady and the people upstairs have gotten together and figured out a solution that gets the Munchkin her own room. For only an extra $100 or so a month.


Long survey nicked from firecat, along with at least one of her answers )
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We went to the Social Security office today to get the Munchkin's number so I could sign us up for my new benefits. So as of tonight, we both have:

Dental (free of charge to me),
Vision (free of charge to me), and
Legal coverage.

In addition, I signed up for:

Retirement (403(b)) -- I chose a moderately risky portfolio with good long-term yields (60% domestic stocks; 10% non-domestic stocks; 25% bonds; 5% short-term investments)
Supplemental disability

I also get the following free of charge:

UC mandatory retirement program (pension)
Short-term disability
Basic life
TIP (program that pulls premiums out pre-tax)

That really took a weight off.


Aug. 5th, 2008 08:48 pm
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I love my new job. I love my family. I love that my new job doesn't take me away from my family TOO much. (I was even able to get in a date with [ profile] stonebender before it started, and we're gonna do lunch in Berkeley once a week when we can.)

But lately, I really love ME. It was really, really hard to choose to take this job. I know I'm overextended already. I know I'm a busy, tired introvert, with a family to take care of. But the more I thought about it, the more I *really wanted it*, and I'm so glad I didn't balk. I think I'm doing what's best for me.

I walk through the UC Berkeley campus every day with this huge grin on my face. I love being there. I love the people I work with. I even love the job, which most people would find terribly tedious. It's just perfect for me, though, and I'm SO glad they offered it to me.

And now, after how many years? I am a real, career employee there, with health insurance, a pension, a cubicle, keys, and the whole shebang.

I deserve this. I totally rock.

Originally uploaded by serenejournal
This is me at work. Goofy, I know, but the joy is genuine.


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