Good News: I went in and asked my boss for a raise. And I got it! After doing a bit of research, I realized that compared to other actuaries of my skill/experience, I was underpaid. That, combined with my mortgage going up $160 a month due to taxes, was motivation enough to go in and ask for what I deserve. After my boss did a bit of research around the company, he agreed. So, yeah for more money!
Bad News: That, of course, increases the amount that I need in order to fulfill the 9 months worth of savings item on my list.
That's ok. I can save a bit more now that the paycheck is a bit fatter. :-)