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18/31 Sometimes I Still Do

Ugh! Paperwork. Actual pieces-of-paper paperwork.

The time has come when I can no longer postpone it: actually filing for the retirement I'm going to embark on in...let's see...72 days. Thanks to my good pal Todd, who is unafraid of red tape (and who still owns a printer), I have a sheaf of papers half an inch thick containing documents with words like "trustee" and "lump sum payout" and "beneficiary" and "withholding status" on them.

*shudder* You'd think that after 25 years in the public sector I'd be immune to it. Or maybe I mean "inured." But really, it's more like "allergic."

My sister came over this morning to help me get through it all. I traded my point-and-shoot camera, a pot of coffee, and a plate of oatcakes for her services. I think I now have a handle on it. I'm pretty confident that I can stop working on December 31 and not die of starvation or cold in the up-to-three-months bureaucratic delay between my final paycheck and my first retirement disbursement.

In fact, I think I'm in a better financial position than I let myself believe.

It seems that laziness pays off: automatic deductions that I couldn't be bothered to revisit, and a stock position that I was too lily-livered to review or try to monkey with (or even understand)...well, that, plus the good fortune to have kept my job and avoided catastrophic life events, and bingo. Retirement at 58.

So really, this paperwork falls into the category of "I can't complain, but sometimes I still do. Life's been good to me so far."

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silk_knickers
Oct. 20th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm glad the transition sounds like it'll go smoothly. \o/
emeraldsedai
Oct. 20th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The thing I think about most, when I'm considering What It Will Be Like (which is most of the time) is sleep. Just sleeping. Sleeping in every morning till I don't need to sleep in anymore.

After that, I hope to god, something more productive will occur to me!
cattraine
Oct. 20th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Bravo!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 21st, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks!
twasadark
Oct. 21st, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
VERY exciting!!!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 21st, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not at all displeased with things right now.
starfishchick
Oct. 21st, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Hooray!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 21st, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
\o/
harrigan
Oct. 21st, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
We are the same age! (If you were brave enough to admit it, I guess I can too.) I retired in 2008 but was very lucky to be invited back as a consultant off and on ever since. But I've been through all those things you mention -- not the least of which is *counting the days* until...!

I'm looking forward to your post-retirement posts!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 22nd, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
I was terribly reticent about proclaiming my age online for a long time. But then I got to an age where I was able to say "screw it" and just let my gray-haired flag fly. I was trying to figure out just the other day how to change my Tumblr profile to say "Older than you. Guaranteed."

I think there's a fair possibility that I may be invited back to do some consulting, but I hope I won't feel the financial need to go there. I've worked in the World's Tallest Basement for 25 years and I'm pretty done.
llaras
Oct. 22nd, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
Fantastic news. :-)
emeraldsedai
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
Hi there! And thanks. I'm pretty happy about it.
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