Surprise! I got my bonus and a raise.
My boss asked me to come into his office and close the door. “You’re going to see these numbers in your paycheck tonight so I figure I might as well tell you in person.”
“Bob, are you going to lay me off?”
“Uhhhh, hmmmm, I hadn’t thought about that….No!”
He announced my bonus figure and my percentage increase in my salary at which point I started to get teary-eyed. “Oh Bob. I can’t believe it. Thank you. Thank you so much. This is so generous given everything that’s going on.”
“Catherine, you deserve every penny. You work so hard. I wish I could give you more. Now skedaddle.”
I expected nada, zip, zero. In my dreams, I heard my manager say, “Your bonus is that you get to keep your job. Capeche?”
So with this infusion of cash, I’ve been wondering what to do with it. Obviously, I need to be careful because who knows if I’ll get anything next year. But still, I want to treat myself. Last year, I paid for the matchmaker. This year? I don’t know.
Here’s what’s on the Bonus list:
Zoom teeth whitening
Vacation money for my trips this year: Mexico, Arizona, Turkey, Burning Man, Santa Fe
I’m definitely going to give my parents some gift money and do a donation-match for my high school. But really, I can’t think of anything I’ve been wanting. Probably will sock away the money for vacations and more writing classes which are pretty pricey when you add them all up.