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Schrödinger's Paycheck

...okay, that subject line is not really fair, because technically, I got paid Friday, Dec. 14th for my first two weeks of work, starting with three short training days the last week of November and my first full week of Sunday, December 2nd to Thursday, December 6th. About 50 hours of work to get started; the second pay period, which I just wrapped up last Thursday, will be my first with overtime, thanks to my extra hours on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 16th on top of the 80 hours of my regular schedule.

My first work period's pay didn't get where I wanted it to be until this morning.

Eventually (maybe, I hope, by my next paycheck on Dec. 28th) I'll get my pay via direct deposit, which is how I prefer to get it, but that couldn't be set up in time for Paycheck # 1, so that 50-some hours' worth of pay got loaded onto a new debit card. First I wasn't sure when I'd get the physical card, but that arrived at work last week, just before it got loaded. With funds. Money. (Virtual) dolla-dolla bills, y'all.

And, luckily, I found that it'd be no problem connecting that new debit card to my bank account, and transferring from the work debit card to the account where I can, you know, write checks. The thing is, I didn't want to use anything via the debit card at all; the easiest way to keep track of my pay stubs is through my deposits, and I wanted to be able to say "Here's the pay for that first pay period," not "Here's the pay for that first pay period, minus some random café or comics shop purchase or ATM withdrawal." So I set up the transfer connection between accounts, and waited. And waited. And finally saw this week that I'd only set up the transfer connection, but I hadn't authorized the actual transfer, but finally, FINALLY (like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says) I could. Go to this page on a web site, click that link, and — in a day or two or three — get a funds infusion. My funds.

It took two days from saying "Yes, transfer" to the transfer being completed. Yes, it's there, where I can most easily use it.

I try not to write about money. It can be a fraught subject. I'm also never sure if I'm writing about it well. Or, honestly, if I'm saying too much about it. (I almost didn't write this blog entry.) But this, I feel, is worth noting.

Now to keep earning. Not today, though, because today's a day off. Back tomorrow!

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