Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pleasantly Guiltless

I'm feeling quite adult, organized, guilt-free, and generally happy today. Plus, my cold is almost gone. Yay! I have a call-back interview with a firm that's a contender this afternoon and I'm planning to do a pilates or yoga class after that as a treat for myself.

That's my new thing: rather than looking at this or this as a treat, I'm trying to view things that are actually good for me as treats, like all the things I've been meaning to do - yoga, pilates, me-time, journaling, eating healthy, exercising, yadda-yadda-yadda. You get the picture. If Lass can do two classes a night (one of them being "Butts & Guts"), then I should be able to do one class per week! I feel optimistic about it working tonight. Wish me luck.

Speaking of being healthy, I saw this and according to Popsugar's test, I'm a failure. I must drink more water. I had started carrying my purple nalgene bottle around with me again, but this morning left it on my bookcase. Curses, foiled again!

In other news, as some of you may know many of the top NY Law Firms have been announcing some incredible salary raises, causing a scramble of salary hikes across the board. When I saw the increases, I started feeling nauseous for several reasons, mainly because it's a ton of money, I expect they'll work us even harder than they had been doing before, and it does make it slightly harder to walk away. Plus, what I do is not worth that much! (Except for my pro bono work which is worth that much, but not to the firm).

That all changed after I learned two things. First, my little brother, who has a successful insurance business going, is well on his way to making as much as I'm making, and will probably surpass me in a couple of years, if not sooner. I have no problems making at least as much money as my little brother for the time being. Like I said, he's going to cruise past me shortly, which is perfect because then he can buy the beers when I have my public interest job (Note: He often already buys the beers. He's a good brother who takes care of his sister that way).

Second, I got my paycheck today. After the government, the state, and the city had plundered my earnings, I was left with approximately 40% of my salary. They took almost 60%!!! It's almost enough to make one become a Republican (kidding). But, seriously, I no longer have any guilt about making as much money as possible at the moment, especially if I'm allowed to keep only 40% of it.

Do you hear me United States? Do you hear me New York? I battled Dragons this year and you took 60% of what I earned!!

It makes a girl think about moving to Texas.


starshine said...

Whoa! 60%?!! YIKES! That ain't right.

The good thing is that if they are making salary hikes accross the board, I imagine that whatever firm you end up going to will be following suit. :)

Juls said...

60% tax! bloody hell, that's worse than it is here. *vows not to complain until next paycheck*

About your comment on my blog: I'm knitting this blanket, it is a sort of mismash of all sorts of colours and wools: it's a bit of a mess, but they all work when they're together. It's 100 squares of pure pleasure to make. Ha. For a baby blanket, there's one in Stitch n Bitch which looks quite fun, and I'd look at anything by Debbie Bliss. I am going to be making a couple of baby hats and cardigans and jumpers soon, and I will let you know about the patterns. Plus, you get to buy all the lovely wool that the SnB book chats on about, which isn't available in the UK. Stupid UK. Good luck with the job hunt. Juls x

Gypsy said...

Good luck making healthy choices! I'm trying, and sometimes it's not easy, that's for sure. Mmmm... Godiva.

InterstellarLass said...

Echoing Juls comment, Debbie Bliss is lovely. She actually just recently made an appearance at my local yarn store. I didn't go though because a) it was during work hours and b) it cost money.

*blush* I begrudgingly drag my butt to the gym. I do it because I know it will make me feel better, and if my ass spreads any wider, I'll be blocking out the sun here in Texas and you'll freeze if you move back.

Karianne said...

I almost stopped breathing on the Republican comment. Don't do that to me!

60% just makes you want to spend that much more time in bed, huh?

Good luck on the call back.

Anonymous said...

Come on down to Texas - you get to keep more of your paycheck, and I imagine the cost of living is a lot less, too! :-)

Anonymous said...

does the oil money trickle down to the lawyers in Texas?

Buttercup said...

Starshine - I just found out that I think you're right. Holy tamole.

Juls - 100 squares! OMG. I'm going to check out the place you and Lass mentioned.

Lass - Yeah right. Gf, you are AWESOME!

Karianne - I'm sorry. I'll never do that again to you, I swear.

Lisa - You are totally right. The cost of living is way better and you get to keep much more of your hard earned cash. They do know a thing or two down there, I'll give 'em that.

Sparky - TX lawyers get paid less than NY but b/c of the cost of living difference I don't think there's much of a negative difference. It might even be a positive one. My friend Prue would know as she lives down there and her husband is a lawyer. I'll check.