The master plan was: Take out student loans, get Master's degree, get pay raise thanks to Master's degree, use raise to pay for student loans. Good plan, except for the economy going FLOP! Since the Legislature eliminated 5.5 teacher professional development days, we're all gettinig a pay cut instead. It's yet to be seen, but I'm hoping the increase for the new degree will at least balance out that cut. Regardless, it leaves me with deficit spending, which is why I am now working at the Chevron again. I like having something to get me out of bed during the summer, so I wanted a job anyway, and after the last 2 years of school, a couple of days a week at the Chevron won't be bad, even when school's back in. And he started me at the same wage I was making when I left 2 years ago (at least if we remembered correctly), which is more than I expected. Jess (the manager) called me this morning to see if I could come in, fill out papers, figure out the schedule and work a couple hours to get back in the groove. Like riding a bicycle.