Money - hmm, sore subject with civil servants at the moment, especially in the MOD, as we haven't had a pay rise this year. It is still 'in negotiation' - which means the powers that be are arguing over how little they can spare to pay us.
And they have cut our bonuses - this year I got £500 (US$927) for exceeding my objectives and taking on extra work. Last year it was £800 which was a suitable appreciation for someone of my grade. But for 12 months of working myself silly and weekly commuting between offices - I got £350 in my pocket (£29 (US$53) a month). Was it worth it?
I'm not one to complain, but sometimes you have to blow off steam. I have no quarrel with reimbursing our troops for being on the 'frontline', but please - we don't ask for much, can we have our annual pay rise? Please? Although I am worried that the tabled 2% (pitiful isn't it?) will not match inflation even.
OK, enough about money. Next on the agenda; Health.
Just been to the doctor. The stomach trouble I had at, and have had since, Caldicot was gastro-enteritis (gastric flu) and the high dose of Prozac I am on causes the symptoms to hang around for ages ( a month, so far!). One option is to reduce my dose of Prozac, but as I, and several others, are worried about my mood swings at the moment I can't afford to reduce my dose. I need to be stable to work.
So, dose stays the same and I just try and ignore the constant stomach pain.
On the plus side; two weeks today the Crazies and I are heading off to deepest darkest Cornwall for a week away. To spend some time with those close to us, to help celebrate four(!) birthdays and to just, well, 'get away'.