Tuesday, January 30, 2007


I got a raise on Saturday.

The first raise in the nearly two years that I’ve worked here.

$1,500 whole dollars.

Less than $30 a week.

Approximately $0.70/hour.

I think my boss wondered why I didn’t weep and thank her profusely when she had me sign the payroll notification.

She’s an idiot.

I have choices to make.

Over the weekend, Mom mentioned to me that a family friend was looking to hire for his uber-successful business. I could work there, she's sure, if it was something that I was interested in. Another family friend has a son working for him. He isn’t completely enamored with the job, but he likes it well enough and he makes significantly more than I do.

I’m thinking about it.

There are aspects of the job that immediately appeal to me. I would be working (and living) way closer to my parents, Colin, my grandparents, my friends, the rink I figure skate at on Friday mornings, my soccer team’s home field, my hockey team’s home rink, my doctors and pretty much everything else I know and love.

I wouldn’t have to work on Saturdays anymore. Nor would I have to put up with the funky schedule and the later nights.

I could skate before work a few mornings a week, which would be huge for me. Skating is a huge part of my life. My job now doesn't allow me to skate half as much as I would like.

I could live at home for a few months, save a bit of money, get spoiled by my parents before settling on an apartment.

I could play indoor soccer.

I would be available for impromptu knitting bees and movie marathons with Lucy.

I could put less miles on Stella.

I would make more dough, pay off my debt faster, save more money.

I could see Colin more than just on the weekends.

I could be so much happier.

The prospect is tempting. I want to jump on the opportunity now.

I'm trying to be patient. I will go to the job fair next Tuesday and I'll see how it goes. The jobs at the fair will be in my industry. The hours will likely be worse. The pay will likely be less. I suppose that there's something to be said for staying within this industry, what I know and what I've dedicated almost three years to.

If staying in the industry requires me to sacrifice my happiness, I'd rather leave. I'm not doing it anymore. My next job will not be like this.

It can't be.


Laurie said...

It's nice to know your options are open. You are right about not jumping into the other job and waiting for the job fair. You should give all of your options a fair chance before making a decision. I have my fingers crossed for you!

Oh and when are you ever going to exchange Christmas presents with Colin!??

Mrs. Architect said...

Yay for the raise! Even if it is only a small amount. Hey, better than nothing, right?

I'm trying to be positive b/c that was pretty much exactly what mine was this year, which was the max you could get here.

...Yep, pretty pathetic!

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