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Old 03-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #341
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Yahoo! Congratulations.
Are you blue? Or happy?
Both really. Mostly happy. I think the realization that I will miss so many of the people I work with has hit me just this week. It will pass and I can keep in touch with the closest few.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:11 PM   #342
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I seem to be growing a bit more distant from the work environment. The static and stuff that flies around the basic job no longer seems that important.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:19 PM   #343
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Just received notice that the school board has accepted my retirement.
!!!!! Short timer's attitude just jumped up another few notches.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:22 PM   #344
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Just received notice that the school board has accepted my retirement.
!!!!! Short timer's attitude just jumped up another few notches.
Congratulations, Chuckanut!! That's exciting news.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:50 AM   #345
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I got my formal notice today! I walk away on June 30 with about 20 months worth of net salary. With accumulated vacation time, I have 26 w*rking days to go.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:29 AM   #346
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I got my formal notice today! I walk away on June 30 with about 20 months worth of net salary. With accumulated vacation time, I have 26 w*rking days to go.
Congratulations, BigNick!
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:50 AM   #347
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Today is day one of retirement for me. I'm starting a new adventure. Sign me up for the class of 2012. Thanks to everyone on this forum. The knowledge I have received from this forum is priceless. Congratulations to all the other members of the class of 2012.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:43 PM   #348
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Today is day one of retirement for me. I'm starting a new adventure. Sign me up for the class of 2012. Thanks to everyone on this forum. The knowledge I have received from this forum is priceless. Congratulations to all the other members of the class of 2012.
Congratulations!!!!
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:44 PM   #349
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #350
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Wow so much good news!

My husband gave notice today, so officially each of us has the last same day, May 4.

YAY
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:32 PM   #351
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Congrats, BB! Are you two ready to be cut free on the same day? What fun to figure it all out together. All the best to both of you!
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:30 AM   #352
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Well....yesterday was my last day and I was struck with unanticipated emotion. This transition has been planned for, meticulously executed, and enthusiastically anticipated. I was I'll-prepared for the unexpected sense of loss and anxiety on my last day. This too shall pass, but it underscores for me that retirement is a process, not an event. In scanning this thread it almost appears that everyone leaves and never looks back, that now seems somewhat unrealistic.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:53 AM   #353
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In scanning this thread it almost appears that everyone leaves and never looks back, that now seems somewhat unrealistic.
I certainly looked back and my reaction when doing so was "Thank goodness I don't have to do that any more!". I didn't hate my job but having to go to work every day was a big inconvenience and constantly interfered with what I really wanted to do.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:59 AM   #354
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Thanks, that's a good reminder about why I did this. I think I was just surprised by my reaction. I know I made the right decision for me.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #355
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2 months to go for me...55 total days but only 43 working days. We've been doing a lot of stock up on stuff that costs more than $20. Thinking it will make the transition on income a little easier.
Yesterday purchased a large trash can with a locking lid so we can put the trash out the night before and not worry about putting it out the morning of...sleep longer! Now that makes me smile!
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #356
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Adding myself to the list. I finished up in March after 35 years of full time + employment. So far, I'm enjoying not having a defined schedule. It doesn't quite seem real yet. Congrats to everyone in the class of 2012.

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:59 PM   #357
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you really need to tell me about the dryer sheets. what's the story here. I'm so looking forward to recycle them myself. just tell me how. I actually do in a small way. I use them to dust small places sometimes before throwing them out. or wash something and then throw them out.
but there must be more to it that this.

always looking for new ideas on how to save...
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:38 PM   #358
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I was I'll-prepared for the unexpected sense of loss and anxiety on my last day.
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I didn't hate my job but having to go to work every day was a big inconvenience and constantly interfered with what I really wanted to do.
Exactly! Work is interfering with what I really want to do, I don't have time to work.....

Then on the other hand - what will the drive to work be like on my last day? Will there be a sense of loss, or will I have a huge grin on my face?
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Exactly! Work is interfering with what I really want to do, I don't have time to work.....

Then on the other hand - what will the drive to work be like on my last day? Will there be a sense of loss, or will I have a huge grin on my face?
For me, it was pretty exciting. My plan was finally coming together! I think you will enjoy the experience and anticipation.

The only time I felt a little shaky was the very last moment before leaving, when I handed in the initialed checklist, my parking hangtag, and then my badge. I felt a little lost without my badge as I stumbled out to my car, but once inside the car I realized that finally I was in the driver's seat in so many ways. That great big smile came back and hasn't left since.
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2 months to go for me...55 total days but only 43 working days. We've been doing a lot of stock up on stuff that costs more than $20. Thinking it will make the transition on income a little easier.
You do realise that money doesn't go bad like milk, right? Well, I suppose it does a little for inflation, but if well-invested it can be stored like fine old cheese. (Enough of the analogies already!)

I've been having similar thoughts as E[S]R approaches: Oh, I can afford that this month, but in three months I won't be able to. It's surprising how much effort it takes to bring my train of thought back to how irrational this is.
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