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Looking ahead & toxic work environment

April 15th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Despite some non-usual expenses coming up, we're doing really well. One of AS's "extra" paychecks will be coming up in June. (She gets paid biweekly so 26 times a year, but I budget as if she will only get paid twice a month. So two paychecks a year are just sort of extra.)

Even though we've had to budget for some miscellaneous college expenses, medical bills and window washing (18th-floor necessity), our bottom line at July 15 looks like it will be about $1200. That's a much comfier surplus than we usually have, but I'm not pre-spending it in my head. I'd really like to have closer to $1950, the equivalent of two of AS's paychecks. She's wanting to switch jobs as soon as possible (probably not possible till June or July), and I want to be able to drop two of her paychecks off the budget painlessly, in case she gets a new job and there's a gap in payment.

Sample transcript of meeting at AS's job:

COWORKER #1: AS, everyone loves reading XYZ [news blog AS created and writes as part of her job].
COWORKER #2: (makes audible noise indicating surprise at this)
AS (gamely): Well, maybe it's the "Green Tips." I've been getting a lot of positive feedback from readers about those.
COWORKER #2 (unable to limit bitchiness to inarticulate sounds any longer): Really? Wow. Because I think the Green Tips are just really obvious.
ME (hearing about it later; gnashing teeth): Grrrr...

???
Who just goes around saying stuff like that? And AS takes this kind of crap from multiple coworkers, nearly every day. There are other problems with the job too, so rather than fight it she's just going to look for a better position somewhere else. But jeez! Had to vent about that.

1 Responses to “Looking ahead & toxic work environment”

  1. sillyoleme Says:

    Ugh, don't you just hate rude people? Hopefully AS can find something better and get away from that nonsense.

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