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Coming Up on Six Months

May 2nd, 2020 at 06:25 pm

May 14 will mark six months in my new job. I had a Soom call with my supervisor yesterday (we do this bi-weekly) and she brought up that it was time for my 6-month eval so I can get my raise. Smile I'm glad she brought it up so I didn't have to!

Overall, I am SO much happier in this job than the bus company. There is a co-worker whom I'm probably going to have to have a strong conversation with once we're back to in-office operations. I'm so not looking forward to that.

Our May budget looks really good. We had enough to cover all the basic amounts fully, with $100 leftover, plus the $2400 stimulus money. That money is being doled out to car repairs, pets, medical, income bridge fund, and a little bit to vacation.

If my raise hits in May, then our June budget will look pretty nice too. (It'll be about a $.60/hr raise.)

I've been doing well with my eating reset. 8 days I haven't bought chocolate, soda, junkfood or fastfood/takeout.

When I was at Aldi yesterday I ran into a church member with whom I worked with when I was at the bus company (he worked in the mayor's office doing communications.) It was nice to chat and catch up a bit. He's on our church board - it sounds like they are talking about having church services at a locally owned campground (where we can effectively social distance.)

It'll be weird to go back to church after all this time ... it'll be harder still to go back to working in the office. But from what I'm hearing, that won't happen till at least the end of May. Cases have been multiplying here lately, and our peak is predicted to happen around May 11. (Although our governor is capitulating to the minority asking to reopen. Our Mayor is kicking back on that ... I'm actually pretty impressed with her - a first year mayor. I'd vote for her again. Nearly 70% of Americans polled would rather stay closed down and kick this thing NOW, rather than reopen too soon.)

I watched a youtube video about the 1918 Spanish Flu. OMW! I only pray that Covid-19 doesn't follow the same pattern. Horrific. I'd heard/read about it before, but not to this level of detail. I'm actually curious why there aren't any fictional / real life books about it (other than scientific non-fiction) - at least that I've come across. There's books revolving around the Chicago fire, around the 1906? San Francisco earthquake, etc., but not the 1918 flu. I'm going to have to do some searching on that, because that just doesn't seem right - that big of a thing being ignored by fiction writers?? I mean the reality of what happened with it makes the movie Outbreak seem mild in comparison.

Youtube video - 1918 Spanish Flu historical documentary | Swine Flu

10 Responses to “Coming Up on Six Months”

  1. terri77 Says:

    Thanks, I’ll check out that documentary.

  2. Wink Says:

    Congrats on the upcoming raise! Sounds like things are going well for you at the new job, excluding the one co-worker. Hopefully you can work it out.

  3. Creditcardfree Says:

    I'm shocked that most Americans want to stay closed, considering most live paychecks to paycheck. I would guess that is based on fear and not understanding the immune system. Two California studies that did community antibody testing showed the mortality at 0.1%. We should not be breaking our economy for that kind of mortality rate. Those under the curve will get the virus, by being closed down we only extend how long it takes to reach community immunity, which is ultimately protective of all. I don't know what your documentary states, but remember aspirin was more widely used then, on very large quantities which is highly toxic and had to be causing complications, the food given to soldiers was not nutrition dense compared to now. The best results of recovery came from a doctor who got his patients outside in the sun...heat kills virus and the skin with sun exposure creates Vitamin D. The medical literature now shows high correlation of low Vitamin D levels with the worst outcomes from any viral illness, and new studies on CV point to the same. Our personal health status matters as to our ultimate outcome when coming into contact with this. I pray those most compromised get better educated on things they can do to control their risk, because the virus is there whenever we open up.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:


    I did find a very few fictional books - bought one called A Death Struck Year. The kindle version was only 2.99, so reasonable.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    CCF - I don’t remember where I heard that, but this article reports an even higher number.

    There’s lots of conflicting information about whether or not a healthy immune system (ie vit d etc) is helpful or not, as well as conflicting information about the death rate. It’s hard to know for sure what to think / believe.

  6. terri77 Says:

    At these early stages much of the information we’re getting is anecdotal & educated guesses at best.

  7. Petunia 100 Says:

    Thank you for sharing about the documentary. I just finished watching it. Like you, I didn't learn anything about that in school. It was very interesting.

    I know you have said before, but what is your new job? It is also for your city, but in a different department, is that correct?

  8. rob62521 Says:

    We watched a similar documentary on one of the history channels. I'm glad our country learned from those mistakes made.

    Yay on your review and raise. Glad you have a supervisor who gets it. Also pleased you are far happier.

    We have our church on Facebook and although it is better than not having church, I wonder when we will ever get to be together again. The Illinois governor says he wants to look at reopening the state if we get more testing, but it's like he's dangling a carrot in front us, one we can't get since none of us can make more tests. I don't expect everything to open up all at once, but our state was already in financial trouble before the virus, and it is getting worse.

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congrats on the raise and review! Nice job in this economy!

  10. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Congratulations, glad you’re happy there!

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