I do have some current news to share, so I apologize to 4-year-old me for upstaging her.
My boss today gave me the excellent news that I'm being promoted. I'll be doing the same job, with with a different title and a new pay grade. Effective January 1, my current title becomes "senior
Now, 6% doesn't really sound like it would be enough to bring me near tears, but it's been a long time since I got more than 2-3% at once. In fact, two years ago my annual raise was a piddly 6 cents per hour (the tears that year were plentiful, and certainly not happy ones). This one raise literally equals the amounts of the past 4 or 5 years combined.
And aside from the money, there's also the fact that I've been promoted. Someone thinks I'm good at my job, and I can't adequately express what that means to me. I love this job. And apparently the job loves me. It's super-awesome!