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Old 06-18-2008, 09:00 AM   #21
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Start drinking the wine earlier in the day and see what happens.

Hey Walt, dont those wheels on the bottom of your boat make for a little excess drag when in the water?
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:42 AM   #22
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When I finish work in a couple of weeks my situation will be similar to yours. However, I am prepared as it is only the past 2 years that I returned to the workforce.

Things that I have found work for me include the following;

1. Don't obsess about housework. What I used to do was clean 1 rooms a day. However, even though I am going to be a house-mouse next month I have no intention of giving up my cleaner who comes every second week. I figure she does it better than I do and the cost is less than 1 starbucks coffee a day.

2. Focus on the things that matter. For me that is losing weight, eating health etc. I like to serve up health meals every day and I figure by having time to buy fresh food, use coupons etc, combined with not eating out so much that cleaner is going to be well and truly paid for.

3. Find an activity that gets you out the house. For me, that will be joining a group tennis lesson at the Y one morning a week. I don't expect to make any friends, however I should be able to pick up some acquaintances who are looking for someone to play against. This method has worked in the past.

4. Look for a volunteer opportunity that appeals to your heart. If you like animals it make be working at a cat shelter, hospitals and hospice always need people. A cool one I found last time was at an acquarium, though unfortunately that did not jibe with my schedule so I did not partcipate.

I think the main thing is not to throw yourself into too many things at once as that can become overwhelming and more tiring than working. Make yourself a list of things you have always wanted to do and see if you can start making some of them happen.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:42 AM   #23
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His level of acceptable squalor is much higher than mine, and the person with the lowest level of squalor-acceptance loses.
A high level of squalor acceptance has long been my secret of successful living.

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Old 06-18-2008, 10:28 AM   #24
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A high level of squalor acceptance has long been my secret of successful living.

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Amen. Unfortunately now with a female roommate/pal/companion I just stay out of her way - she does New Orleans style cooking also (20 plus pounds to prove it) house stuff and gardening I defer to her. I get to play with the lawnmower and my chainsaw when the mood strikes.

heh heh heh - Off limits is 'my computer room' where squalor reigns supreme!
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:48 AM   #25
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A high level of squalor acceptance has long been my secret of successful living.

Ha
Ha, I think I can out-squalor you.
I know I can out-squalor my DH!
It is a gift. But having 9 animals in the house does help.
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Sarah, I don't think you have heard about Ha's toilet cleaning ventures. http://www.early-retirement.org/foru...tml#post281038

(sorry ha, but I just love that story)
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Amen. Unfortunately now with a female roommate/pal/companion I just stay out of her way - she does New Orleans style cooking also (20 plus pounds to prove it) house stuff and gardening I defer to her. I get to play with the lawnmower and my chainsaw when the mood strikes.

heh heh heh - Off limits is 'my computer room' where squalor reigns supreme!
Wow, Mick, you've got it made. Isn't this want all men want?

And women too!
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Sarah, I don't think you have heard about Ha's toilet cleaning ventures. http://www.early-retirement.org/foru...tml#post281038

(sorry ha, but I just love that story)
Oh, how I wish this site had a flush function. But I have improved a lot since then, my toilet is clean (enough).

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Martha, thanks for resurrecting the black toilet scandal thread! ha does indeed have a very credible level of squalor-living!

My toilets, well, my excuse is that the well water has a high iron content and that is why they look dirty. I don't want to contemplate just how long it has been since they've been cleaned.
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