At work recently, my former team asked me to help with a large project they were working on. I said yes, even though it would be a fairly substantial time commitment on my part, because the work was fascinating, in my area of expertise, and because I missed working with my old team (now I’m on a virtual, global team, which has its pros – working from home when I want – and cons – lack of cohesion/socialization).
The project went very well, and they were happy with the results. I was truly happy to have helped them, simply out of good will (I really like these people, and the work). So I was gratified and excited when I returned from the holiday break to discover they had given me a several hundred dollar bonus for helping them out.
I got a similar bonus a few years ago, and used it to take K on a helicopter tour of Chicago when we first moved to the city, something that was on both of our bucket lists. This time, she encouraged me to use the bonus on myself. So I am!
In March, K’s university holds a ball for faculty and honors students to raise money for the Honors College scholarship fund. We went last year – just a month after Ander’s death – because we thought it’d be good to get out of the house and get cleaned up and dressed up, and it was (I just tried to find a picture for you all, but there are too many other people in the good ones!).
This year, I’m treating myself to a new dress, new shoes, a manicure, haircut/style and – the most vain of all, and the one I’m most embarrassed about – a makeup application. I wear very minimal makeup, but want to look special for this night – just because. The dress and shoes I can doubly justify, as I’m going to a gala at the New York Public Library in April for work, so I “need” them. And I do, actually, need a haircut. The rest is pure treat, but I’m already looking forward to it! It’s just nice to intentionally do something for yourself every once in a while, and it’s certainly sweeter when you don’t have to pay for it!