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As of last week I’ve been at my current job for 9 years. My contract specifies that I receive a longevity payment every year on my anniversary. Due to the kindness of my employer and their recognition of my professional experience prior to my current job I am actually credited with an additional 5 years on the job. This means that this year I got a longevity check for the equivalent of 14 years of service. It’s still not a lot of money – this is public service, you know – but it’s a nice little bonus every year right around my birthday.

I have a rule that I use my longevity money each year for something that’s just for me. Years ago I used my check to buy my first sewing machine. Another year I bought myself a really beautiful winter coat. A few years ago I bought my first spinning wheel. You get the idea.

This year I bought myself something I’ve been longing for since last Christmas: a macro lens for my Canon Digital Rebel. It only arrived last night so I haven’t had much time to play with it yet and I’ve definitely got a learning curve to conquer but I think I’m going to love it.

I think you all will, too.

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  1. Oooh, exciting new toy! And I’m way jealous of your bonus. Are you hiring? πŸ™‚ (Seriously, let me know if you hear about any area libraries hiring…)

  2. OH BOY!! Which one did you get? I have a Digital Rebel XTi and I’m lens shopping! I am so happy for you, that’s a really nice toy and now you can take nice macro pictures of bugs, raindrops, ribbing, kitchener stitch and flowers.

  3. Very cool! I wish my office would adopt such a policy. Instead, they increase the workload of those who have been here the longest (almost everyone who’s been here 10+ years works for three attorneys). They don’t care if you quit because they can hire a replacement (untrained, inexperienced) for less, and if you leave, you lose your seniority. It’s a lose-lose situation.

  4. Wow!!!! Love the idea and love the photo. Looking forward to the shots as you play around with the lens. Is that the Scout Swag Socktober? I checked the yarn online and yours seems a bit darker. I love the depth to the color!

  5. lucky ducky! I would love to have the patience to actually USE the camera correctly, but of course I don’t. Have fun with it — it’s a great present to yourself! And thanks for the shout out yesterday for the RSP fund drive!

  6. Congratulations! What a wonderful thing to buy something just for you. Although, with us getting to view your photos, it’s really a gift for all of us. πŸ™‚

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