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18/30: The countdown

Screenshot of a countdown showing 197 days until retirement

Less than 200 days till retirement. And still not much of a clue what happens after that.

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twasadark
Jun. 19th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
WOW!! That's less than a year!! I bet you are ECSTATIC!
emeraldsedai
Jun. 19th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'm...cautiously ecstatic, if that's possible. It's a big cut in pay for a big raise in time. Not a bad deal, but a very unfamiliar one. I keep thinking I should do some planning, but the irony is, I really don't have time to sit and focus on it until it's already here.

Which I totally plan to do.
twasadark
Jun. 19th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I understand that. It's a big change in your life. I think it's easier to save money on a lot of things when you have more time - food, for instance. You can do more cooking and preparing on your own rather than, say, buying bagged salads or other more expensive foods. When you don't have to drive as far for work or put out as much money for clothes and shoes and whatnot you can save money. But it's still a big adjustment. Give yourself time to make the transition.

I found that since I stopped working at a regular job (I work from home now, doing freelance writing) I got sick less because now I can actually sleep as long as I need. That's a definite plus, too!
emeraldsedai
Jun. 19th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
All excellent points. I've already done a lot of the cost-cutting you mention: no car (that's the single biggest one) and all home-cooking from basic ingredients. I've been living a pretty simple life, as American lives go, for the past several years, which is part of the reason I'm able to retire now.

But there is still plenty of room for cutbacks that I probably won't even feel. I certainly won't be needing many new clothes!

The sleep thing is so major, isn't it? Sleep shortage is epidemic in our society, and adequate sleep is a major component of health. (Also, do you think getting sick less was also related to not being in crowded offices?)
twasadark
Jun. 19th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I suppose that reduction of time spent with people who were sick made a difference as well as the sleep. Blessed sleep! :-)
cattraine
Jun. 19th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
LOL
I vote for Big Fun and possibly coffee at Powell's?
emeraldsedai
Jun. 19th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: LOL
I would totally go for that!!!

In fact, dine's comment got me thinking, I should put something on the calendar for early January (such a fun time of year here) and invite all the Stumptown LJers and DWers to come and help me figure out how to waste spend my free time going forward.

Edited at 2013-06-19 09:20 pm (UTC)
roxymissrose
Jun. 19th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
ROAD TRIP!
emeraldsedai
Jun. 19th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
LOL.

I think I can do about 20 miles a day.
roxymissrose
Jun. 19th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Dang. It's going to take you a while to get here. But while I'm waiting I'll just admire your lovely icon! :)
emeraldsedai
Jun. 19th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, if I had either Dean Winchester up behind me on a tandem, or Roxy Miss Rex coming up on my flank, I'd probably make really good time.
roxymissrose
Jun. 19th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
I like to think it would be hard to choose between the two. *preens and believe me, difficult to do what with the exceedingly short arms*

And now I'll stop spamming you--it's been a day like that. ;)
emeraldsedai
Jun. 19th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
{{{Roxy}}}

You made my day.
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