This is going to be a fairly short post, partly because my writing this week has focused on my research so I am a bit pooped. Also, Mrs. ROB and I are heading to Great Britain where I am going to be presenting this research I am working on. I wish I could call it a pleasure cruise or that we can extend it to a vacation, but it is going to be a quick trip because we both have to work. It will be unusual to be celebrating July 4th in the country from which we broke away.
Anyway, this post is about some good news and bad news.
The Good News
First, I was notified that I was promoted. I actually received this news a while back but haven’t shared it on my blog. It comes with a small raise, which is nice. Moreover, getting to full professor is considered to be a pretty nice milestone in my profession. There are countless articles of people who are tenured and promoted to associate professor, but for whatever reason don’t make it to the next level.
Second, I was told by my university that we want to make our study tour to Greece an every year occurrence. I was the first in my department to take students to Greece in 2013 and I haven’t been back since even though we have had two other study tours since then. Now I will alternate every other year. I loved going to Greece and I look forward to going back.
The Bad News
I have written before about the home ownership blues. We have only been in this house less than 3 years, but have our fair share of repairs/replacements. We have added new insulation into the walls; bought, installed, and rewired a new dishwasher; replaced a refrigerator because of a water leak; because of that water leak we had a small mold outbreak in the basement that called for remediation; and updated our electrical panel from 100 to 200 amps because we had too much power going into it. Last night I tried to microwave something and our microwave basically quit on us. We can replace it, but it is over the range microwave so we would probably want to replace the range as well. And if we actually make it a gas range we have to run new piping from our gas furnace to the new range, which will cost us total about $1500-$2000. Plus, we have a bunch of little things we need to get: 1) new bathroom shelving; 2) slipcover for the couch; 3) a new filing cabinet; 4) a new desk chair (I accidentally broke over the arm rests; 5) we want to reglaze the bathtub (and it needs it); 6) plus eventually we will have to replace our water heater (it is about 10 years old or more). All total those items will run us about $5000. Do we have the money? Sort of? I am getting some additional compensation this summer, but we have some additional costs in the near future (a future post coming up).
So I will be getting more money in the future but that raise has been basically flushed down the toilet with these added costs. Fun stuff huh?
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