I’ve been working at my current job for about a year now.  An annual review meeting is supposed to happen next month and I’m getting a little anxious about it.  I know most people are pretty wary about sharing their wages publicly but with all this hype about minimum wage and McDonald’s workers wanting to make $15 an hour seriously makes me question my pay rate.

I am curious about what YOU would pay someone who helps with…

  • Office Admin Tasks (contracts, contacts, correspondence, certification, craigslist, etc)
  • Sorting Job Applicants and Conducting Interviews (interns)
  • Accounting (Quickbooks checks and invoices, receipt organization for taxes)
  • Office Organization (supplies, equipment, files)
  • Film Fest Research and Submissions
  • Blogging & Newsletter (expected multiple blogs per week)
  • Occasional PA (gather actor/talent release signatures on set and occasionally assist with props and reflectors)
  • Office Clean-up (picking up clutter piles, garbage/recycling, sweeping)
  • Occasional Photoshop Editing
  • Miscellaneous Errands (oil changes, office supplies, post office, pine tree trimmings)
  • Babysitting
  • Home Organization/Rearranging & Helping with Decorations
  • Occasional Cleaning

I’m like a personal assistant, office admin, HR department, blogger, and accountant in one!  I definitely feel like I’m being pulled in too many directions.  I make $9 an hour.

I started seeing a nutritionist recently to kick my butt into healthy eating.  She is currently studying holistic medicine.  After telling her about my lack of sleep and stress, she suggested I sit in silence and see what thoughts come to mind.  I’ve been doing this occasionally and, much like what I experience when trying to fall asleep, thoughts of all the things I need to do at work come flooding into my head.  Even taking a week-long staycation did not help, it just piled more things on to my work to-do list.

It’s a source of stress.  Which leads me into thinking about how I’m 29 and have never worked a full time job. I’m 29 and the most I’ve ever made hourly is $9.  It’s rather depressing.

I love my job, don’t get me wrong.  It’s a small family business that started last year so they aren’t exactly raking in dough.  They’re great people and lots of fun to work with.  But am I spreading myself too thin?

I’m curious to know what you would personally pay someone for helping with all the things I do.  Also, any tips on how to bring all this up at the meeting would be appreciated!

7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

I’ve seen this going around the blogosphere so I figured I’d join in on the fun.  Here’s 7 things you probably don’t know about me (unless you are family or a really close friend).shortgirl

1.  I’m short.  Ridiculously short.  4’9″ short.

Grocery shopping alone is always fun because it usually entails me climbing the shelves to reach something on the top shelf.  I’m not complaining about it, I actually think it’s kind of fun.  I always hated living in an apartment complex that had shared laundry rooms because this would always happen.  Let me tell you, it’s not exactly comfortable dangling from the top of the washing machine.

2.  I can still pass for a child.

The shortness helps, so does my child-like voice.  People often just assume I’m a teenager.  It’s been a few years since I’ve gotten a kids menu (without asking) though.  I’m turning 30 in the summer and have no problem with passing for a kid.  Though it does get kind of annoying when I go to a new doctor and they question me if I came alone…

3.  I have no sensation on the right side of my face.

Because of my brain tumor and radiation therapy, I have no sensation on the right side of my face.  This includes no sensation in my right nostril nor my eye.  It’s both a virtue and a vice.  The vice being frequent corneal abrasions.  The virtue being unable to feel pain in my eye (because I’ve heard abrasions hurt pretty bad).  I just recently had a procedure done to remove the top layer of skin on my right lower lid because I had eyelashes that would grow into my eye.  The idea is that scar tissue will form and prevent lashes from growing into my eye.  I imagine it would have been painful even with the numbing shots, but I felt nothing.  I also don’t have sensation in most of the right side of my mouth.  The line fades about half way between my lower teeth.  The nerve sensation on those teeth get to be pretty intense when I go to the dentist.

4.  I eat really slowly.

I have pretty severe TMJ. Radiation caused my jaw muscles to become scar tissue and my upper and lower jaws are misaligned.  Eating becomes pretty difficult with about a 10mm opening.  I can’t fit a blow pop in my mouth and I will never be able to bite into an apple without slicing it into pieces first.

5.  I have an irrational fear of things that pop.

Pillsbury rolls in the pressurized cans are among my biggest fears.  I also have trouble blowing up tires and my exercise ball remains flat because I can’t blow it up all the way.

6.  I’m content without having children.

My cats are my furbabies.  I’ve been around enough mothers and kids to know that I would probably go insane.  I don’t get enough sleep as it is, I don’t need a baby to make it worse.  Labor would probably be difficult for someone like me with such a small stature and I never EVER want another needle in my back again.  If it came to a C-Section, the thought of being awake while they cut you open far exceeds my fear of things that pop.  Also, toddlers are monsters. Check out that link for a new collaborative blog I’m working on with my best friend who has a little monster.

7.  I claim to be a chocoholic but it’s all in moderation.

I crave chocolate a lot.  I love fruit flavored dark chocolate, particularly of the raspberry variety.  Not the gel-filled type, but the one with raspberries mixed in.  I also like Lindt’s dark chocolate orange bar.  I also love chocolate ice cream, chocolate shakes, chocolate pudding, hot chocolate…you get the hint.  I usually have to have a little chocolate after every meal but I only need a little bit to satiate my cravings.  A chocolate bar is usually 1 or 2 servings and I make it into 4-6 servings.

Now it’s your turn!  I nominate anyone and everyone who hasn’t done it yet.  You should do it, even it if you just post to Facebook.

Is there anything on my list that you didn’t already know? Anything we have in common?

Oberweis Home Delivery

Is it worth it?

If they mess up as often as they did for me, it might just be!

I signed up for Oberweis Home Delivery during a special offer.  You get a free dairy box (cooler) and the first week of no delivery fee.  If you cancel within 6 months or have a lapse of more than 4 weeks, then they’d charge you $24.99 for the dairy box.

So I got free shipping the first week ($2.99).  The second week they messed up, changed my delivery day without notification and waived my delivery fee.  I also got a free insulated cooler bag because I brought my dairy box inside because I was worried that someone in my apartment complex would steal it and they delivered my order inside the bag while I was on the phone with Oberweis.  The third week they somehow messed up again and my order had been completely cancelled, despite getting an email saying my order was delivered…another free delivery.  So this fourth week rolls around and I can’t log in to change my order.  The site said my user information wasn’t in their database.  So I called and my account had been completely cancelled!  I didn’t cancel it, but I certainly didn’t let them reinstate my account!  And they didn’t charge me for the dairy box.

So I got 3 weeks of free delivery, a free dairy box, and a free insulated cooler bag.  Besides for those things, it totally wasn’t worth it!  It was nice to have milk delivered but the prices are high and it sucks they don’t offer produce.

22 Month Progress Update

Original Debt (December 14, 2012): $102,645

Current Debt (22 months later): $90,753

My debt has decreased by $1,203 since last month.  An overall reduction of $11,892 in 22 months.  I’m now at 11.58% of my debt payoff goal.


Federal Student Loans $59,225 $59,473 (up $248 since last month, an overall $3,573 increase over 22 months)

Private Student Loans $32,731 $31,280 (down $1,451 since last month, an overall decrease of $9,341 in 22 months)

  • StudentLoan#1: $3,061  $3,059 (down $2 since last month, an overall decrease of $4,101 in the past 22 months)
  • StudentLoan#2: $10,549 $10,553 (up $4 since last month, an overall decrease of $637 in 22 months)
  • StudentLoan#3: $17,149 $17,156 (up $7 since last month, an overall decrease of $1,084 in 22 months)
  • StudentLoan#4: $1,973 $513 (down $1,460 since last month, an overall decrease of $3,508 in 22 months)

StudentLoan#4 will likely be paid off next month AND I’m hoping to drop out of the 90k range!

My student loans have been switched over to Navient, Sallie Mae’s alter-ego.  It’s about time to reapply for Income Based Repayment but was waiting for the Navient switch-over.

The past two months or so have been rough.  I sleep horribly, and not much.  It’s definitely taking a toll.  I took a week off from work to try to figure out the whole non-sleep thing.  I thought maybe I needed to get out and do things, get some sun, so I explored my area for the first time since moving here 3 years ago.  It didn’t really help.  If two weeks of eating healthy and exercise don’t fix this for me, I need to see a specialist.

Happy New Fiscal Year?

A new fiscal year means my Tricare insurance deductibles reset.  Here’s to hoping FY 2015 will see less sickness and doctors!

Yesterday I had a procedure to remove a layer of skin on my lower eyelid, basically to permanently stop the growth of eyelashes growing into my eye.  I was going into my ophthalmologist every two months to get them plucked.  No more corneal abrasions caused by those little f-ers…at least I hope!  The idea is that when my lid heals, it will be scar tissue and hairless.

While heading out of my doctor’s office yesterday, I noticed a little old lady sitting outside on a bench.  She had been there when I went in over an hour earlier.  This time I saw her she was asking someone for change to take a bus home.  They didn’t have any so I dug through my purse and had a bunch of quarters for her (no wonder my purse was so heavy).

Anonymously paying it forward to someone is on my 30 Before 30 list…does her not knowing my name or anything about me count as anonymity?  And I know bus fare isn’t much, but I would hope that if I’m ever old and alone with no one to care for me that strangers would help out a little old lady!

The past month has been absolutely horrendous when it comes to sleep.  I just cannot sleep at night. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep but mostly, I can’t stay asleep.  I toss and turn, overheat, and wake up hungry. I’m so tired but can’t sleep, unless it’s a nap…and naps these days have turned into four hour long sleep sessions.  I need more naps but there’s just not enough time!  So much to do!  I am losing my cool, my patience, energy, mind, and memory.

I’m taking a staycation next week in hopes of resetting my clock.  I’ve lived in this area for 3 years and haven’t really seen any of the local attractions.  I’m hoping getting out, getting some sun will help me sleep at night.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!  Tips for better sleep are much appreciated (even if I’ve probably already tried it).

21 Month Progress Update

Oy!  It’s been another month since I’ve posted!

Original Debt (December 14, 2012): $102,645

Current Debt (21 months later): $91,956

My debt has decreased by $554 since last month.  An overall reduction of $10,689 in 21 months.  I’m now at 10.41% of my debt payoff goal.


Federal Student Loans $59,007 $59,225 (up $218 since last month, an overall $3,325 increase over 21 months)

Private Student Loans $33,503 $32,731 (down $772 since last month, an overall decrease of $7,890 in 21 months)

  • StudentLoan#1: $3,140  $3,061 (down $79 since last month, an overall decrease of $4,099 in the past 21 months)
  • StudentLoan#2: $10,550 $10,549 (down $1 since last month, an overall decrease of $641 in 21 months)
  • StudentLoan#3: $17,150 $17,149 (down $1 since last month, an overall decrease of $1,091 in 21 months)
  • StudentLoan#4: $2,663 $1,973 (down $690 since last month, an overall decrease of $2,048 in 21 months)

After mistaking StudentLoan#4 for StudentLoan#1 on multiple occasions, I’ve decided to push #4 up to the first to be paid off because there is only $1,973 left on it and it is my loan with the highest interest rate (9.75).  The reason it was originally lowest on my list is because it is the only private student loan I have without a co-signer.  I want to plow through the remaining balance so I can put more towards my other loans, slowly knock them down, one by one.