@muffintoplowfat I do not, but that sounds pretty spot on! I was at a major university medical center in the south. Now I'm on the university side and am SO in love with my job
24 was an interesting year for me. I got married and moved 1000 miles away so my husband could go to grad school. I didn't get a job for 10 months. Well, not true: I was offered a job and I turned it down because I knew it wasn't right for me. The job I got was only part time, but it was amazing and put me on the path I'm on now (which is non-retail. It's so hard to break out of retail once you're on that track, so I'm really lucky). It also was at a small non-profit that was more of a family and they've saved my sanity during my time in the northeast. My advice to 24 year old me would be to get a second part time job instead of letting the husband take out student loans. I lost a ton of weight while I was there because I had the time to exercise, but once I started a full time job that I HATED here, I gained it all back. We're paying for it now.
In my last job (with my crazy boss) they all did presents, so I got my boss a candle and a little glass thing to put it in. Was $10 for both (Ross!). I was okay with that. Here... I don't think they do presents at all? I have no idea. I've been here 2 months and my asst director said they don't but I feel so weird not giving presents to people I see every day! My husband is a student worker and they gave him a gorgeous university branded fleece. Normally they don't give their student worker a present, apparently, but he's super special. We got my students branded water bottles. They're really nice! And we had to get them branded because we used university funds. We wanted to give them giftcards but apparently that would be considered taxable income because they're student workers.
My last boss (the one who stared at me for 30 seconds without saying a word when I quit) was... interesting. She wasn't the worst, but she was just so bad at managing people and her life. Work was secondary to her and we were lucky if she actually showed up more than 3 days a week and double lucky if she showed up before 11. Then made such a big deal about the fact that she worked til 6 PM. Aside from that, she was just crazy in ways I can't describe. We functioned better as a team without her, and she made 3x as much as any of us... I got to the point where I was crying every day in my car before work (for about 3-4 months til I transferred). I am so much happier in my current job!
@kentuckygal That's what we're doing too. I think we have 3 open bags of peas in there (I love peas. I can't help it).
@LookUponMyWorks I did an emotional spend this weekend too. I was exhausted from catering a party (it was worth it, though) and one of my clerks didn't show up on Sunday morning so I had to deal with that. Afterwards I was so ticked that I went to Michael's and spend $67 on Christmas decorations. On top of the two totes I have at home, we are now covered in Christmas and glitter. Sometimes it happens. Hope everything is okay!
@BATS! We need to do a pantry/freezer week soon. Both have SO much stuff in it and yet we keep buying more.
@Ellie Rice for dinner is the best. I've literally eaten nothing but bread and brownies for most of the weekend. So... there's that.
I estimated something like $450 for my bookcase at the auction and new running shoes. The bookcase sold for $425 and $700 (I had two chances) and I just wasn't willing to spend that. I didn't make it to the running store because I was too busy catering my work holiday party. It was an EPIC party and we had SO much fun! Totally worth cooking for something like 16 hours. My boss gave me a hug for all my work, and he is not a huggy person. So funny. * Michaels for Christmas decorations (this was totally spontaneous after I had to go into work because one of my clerks didn't show up and I decided I didn't feel Christmasy enough) $66.92 * Pizza when I didn't feel like cooking ever again $31 * Moe's -husband's expense for lunch at training $9.70 * Walmart- a plastic tote for fall decoration storage $5.43 * Michaels- ribbon for party favors $4.68 Total: $117.73