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Bring on the extra income!

So far this month, I’ve made $980 in extra income through my PT job, and through this blog. :) I’m really happy for the extra income because it will help with the extra bills that I am paying, and for the 2 weddings that we will be attending this summer.

I still have to claim for a few expenses from the Las Vegas trip (probably around $50-60), as well as get a refund for my prescriptions that I claimed on my extended health plan ($100+).

Going forward, I don’t think I’ll be making any money from the PT job until early September. Which is fine, because in August I’m set to get another Google Adsense cheque, and hopefully I can do a few odd jobs with my side business or sell some unwanted items on Craigslist or eBay.

I’m grateful that I have multiple channels to generate income above and beyond my FT job: this blog, design side business, and my new PT job (at the end of the year, all extra non-taxed income I make gets grouped together under the umbrella of my design side business, for income tax purposes – gotta stay legit!).

So this means that starting in the fall, I should be able to bring in an extra $1200/month, which will boost my income by 29% and put me in the $65,000 salary range. Of course, that means I’ll have to pay more taxes at the end of the year, but it won’t put me in a new tax bracket at least.

3 months at the job

Today marks my 3-month anniversary at my job, and that means my probation period is over. Sometimes, I feel like I’ve been around for much longer than that, but most days I feel like time is flying by. I really like it here, and I’m lucky and grateful to have found a job that I enjoy – with co-workers who actually care about me. There is a lot of turmoil going down at the place I used to work at, and I’m glad that I am no longer there. They haven’t even hired for my replacement yet!

My job is also evolving. Right now, I’m doing 2.5 jobs – my job (marketing), the graphic designer’s job (going to hire someone by the end of the summer), and the sales coordinator (I took on 50% of her duties while she is on maternity leave). Going forward, I will be the lead person for our social media campaign – which I am very excited about.

As for my PT job, that will start shortly and will boost my annual gross income by about 25%. I’m not sure how many hours I’ll need to put into it each week, but I’m thinking it will be around 5-10 hours. No set hours – all at my own pace. I really want to get that Macbook Pro I’ve been talking about, so that I can make my job more portable. But I just don’t have the cash flow to do it at the moment. Hopefully by the end of the summer.

Recap: Las Vegas trip

Well this was my third time in Las Vegas. The first time, I stayed at Harrah’s. The second time I was supposed to stay at Harrah’s, but we got moved over to the Flamingo. This time, we stayed off the strip in a Marriott Hotel. The room was gorgeous, although about a $15 cab ride (including tip) to the strip.

And the heat??? It was crazy. 40-45C every day, and at night it was around 30C. I was uncomfortably hot most of the week, but near the end I started getting used to it a bit. And by the time we landed back in Bellingham, I was shivering and wishing I were back in the desert. :)

All in all, it was a great experience. I learned a lot, met a lot of great people at the conference and sales meeting, and I really hope to be able to go to more conferences in the future.

Monday
Picked up my boss, and headed down to Bellingham. We met up with 2 other co-workers and flew Allegiant to Vegas. We made it to our hotel around 4pm.  My room had a king size bed, down pillows & duvet, and beautiful French doors that separated the bedroom to the sitting area. We ended up having dinner at Rosemary’s Restaurant. It’s a little out of the way (okay, a lot out of the way), but the food was FANTASTIC, and the service was excellent too. It’s pricey though. I had the wilted spinach to start, followed by the rack of lamb, and finished it off with creme brulee. My drink of choice for the night was mojitos. :)

Tuesday
We had our annual sales meeting during the day (with catered breakfast & lunch). Then in the evening, we went to Timpano in the Venetian for dinner (had lobster ravioli), and went to see the Blue Man Group.  We were supposed to go indoor sky diving, but some people were over the weight restriction. I personally have always avoided the Blue Man Group because it looks kind of lame, and it was. So not impressed.

Wednesday
Conference all day. Egg-white omelet & juice for breakfast in the hotel, and burger & fries for lunch. My boss and I hit the outlet mall, but didn’t buy anything. Then we went to In-N-Out Burger for the very first time. DELICIOUS! I got a cheeseburger and fries, animal-style. I didn’t really care for the fries, but the burger was awesome, especially with the caramelized onions. Felt kind of bad that I ate burgers & fries twice in one day, but I wasn’t going to say no to my first trip to In-N-Out.

After dinner, I met up with a couple of friends who were down for the week as well. I only spent about an hour with them – enough time to drink a yardstick margarita! I was exhausted by 11pm, so I went back to my hotel.

Thursday
Conference all day. Egg-white omelet and juice for breakfast at the hotel, and a piece of pizza and salad for lunch. For dinner, we went to El Segundo Sol.  It was so good, and I highly recommend this place. Fresh guacamole & chips, plus margaritas! I ordered the mahi mahi tacos for dinner. Afterwards, we walked the strip and had a lot of fun.

Friday
Conference all day. Egg-white omelet and juice for breakfast at the hotel, and a piece of pizza and salad for lunch. For dinner, we just picked up a wrap at a fast food place at the airport. Our flight was delayed by about 90 minutes because the previous 2 Allegiant flights to Bellingham were delayed due to overheating. I was home by 2am.

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