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I'm a failure

February 16th, 2008 at 10:29 am

walked with mom at Walmart every day

I officially declared my first radish crop a failure. I got lots of really big leaves, but no bulbs. So I'm doing some research to see why and I have two more batches planted in containers. Maybe they will work. I'm not giving up yet, but I'm obviously missing some connection.

I got a raise and bonus this week. The raise was 4%, the most they could give and the bonus was $8,426.24. Again the most they could give. Since for a team of 13 people I consistently do 30 - 40% of the work load, it was well deserved. I get the bonus in next weeks paycheck so expect around $4000 to put in savings. The raise will add $60 - 70 dollars to my paychecks, after deductions. I get paid every other week. I'm contributing 25% of my salary to my 401K to get more money in the stock market now while it's down. I should max out around Sept and then will invest that money somewhere else.

I got a coupon in the mail for buy one get one free on 6" Subway sandwiches I picked up 2 today and will have one for lunch and one for dinner.

I bought 20 books of the forever stamps at the post office also. That should last me for years. I heard they are already raising the postage in May this year.

I finished my book The Bone Man by Vicki Stiefel. Mystery, Very Bad. I really hate books that have stupid women doing stupid things to prove they are independant. I also hate the overuse of coincidence. The woman takes off and drives from the east coast to Arizona and stops at a hotel and not only to the bad guys find her, but her boyfriend finds her. No tracking device, just find her in the middle of no where. Then she takes off in the middle of the night, leaving her boyfriend behind and travels thru some woods to a different city and stops at a hotel off the beaten path and gets found again. Give me a break. She gets beat up, bitten by a dog, ran over and can still hike for miles.

I also read the library book Beyond Eden
by S.L. Linnea. Really good. Emotional at the end I probably cried for a half hour last night. Not sure what category to put it in. Adventure is probably closest.

6 Responses to “I'm a failure”

  1. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Righto- I will give 'The Bone Man' a wide berth! ...and look for Beyond Eden.

    Wonderful news about your raise and bonus. Sounds like you are making excellent choices for your newfound income!

    I heard that too about the stamps.

  2. Dido Says:

    Big bonus and raise sounds like success to me! Radishes be damned! :^).

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    If you max out your 401k by September, won't you miss out on your employee match for the rest of the year?

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Your soil might have too much nitrogen if your radishes did not make "bulbs." Usually that only happens if one uses fertilizer.

  5. JanH Says:

    Congrats on the bonus and raise!

  6. reflectionite Says:

    congratulations on the raise. books, well, i have had a bummer month with books too. i hate reading bad book after bad book, it really makes you disappointed and angry that they can be published and raved about!!!
    have you ever read a book called Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah? i have read it many times. it is a true story and very moving, some sad parts, but very good. it's about a young chinese girls painful childhood and her journey through life.

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