I love to feel appreciated.
Today, we got our yearly raises. I always assumed that they were "cost of living" increases, but all these years, I have been wrong. They are called "merit" raises, based on your performance, and your yearly evaluations.
This year, I get 5%. Doesn't seem like a lot, but when teachers are going on strike because the government won't give them 3%, it's pretty big.
Funny part is: the rest of the branch is only getting 3%. I get extra because I go "above and beyond" what is expected.
Feeling pretty awesome right now!