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Old 03-03-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
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It's starting to be real!

Okay..... Last week, we paid off the mortgage, and today I gave my apartment the required two months notice that I will be vacating the end of April.

No more long distance commuting!!!

Last December, I didn't know if I would make it, as the non-money bucket was overflowing, but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Have been taking it one day, one week at a time, until now there are only two weeks until I receive my annual bonus (and I have already been told it was approved), four weeks until I fully vest in the another program ..... I think I'm going to make it!
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:25 PM   #2
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Wow, exciting times for you, EllisWyatt!
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:29 PM   #3
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Yeah! Exciting, and a bit scary (which is when I start thinking.. well, maybe a bit longer....) but the one upside of last year being so stressful is that it makes the decision a heck of a lot easier!

In keeping with today being Lundi Gras....Laissez les bon temps rouler!
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:36 PM   #4
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Yeah! Exciting, and a bit scary (which is when I start thinking.. well, maybe a bit longer....) but the one upside of last year being so stressful is that it makes the decision a heck of a lot easier!

In keeping with today being Lundi Gras....Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Absolument, d'accord! Except, that I threw my back out last night so I plan to just stay home and groan for the next couple of days until it feels better. I will watch all the fun on TV this time instead of going out there. Oh well, there's always next year.

BTW, concerning the scariness ... I still remember walking out of my work building after my final day at work. That must be what sky-diving feels like. Pretty exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. But, by the time I got to my car I had a big smile on my face that still remains. ~~~>>
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Thanks, that's really good to hear.
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Congrats on the big day getting closer!

I'm less than one year now until my 4-year vesting is complete in Feb 2015.

We now have an ESPP plan that has a purchase period ending in March 2015, and I'm giving serious thought to NOT sticking around for another month to collect it, since it will probably "only" amount to $12k to $15k after taxes.

I'm pretty much already mentally checked out, and to be honest, another few thousand to stick around for one more month just doesn't do it for me. I'm anxious to quit, walk out, and get on with life.
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Congrats on the big day getting closer!

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I'm pretty much already mentally checked out, and to be honest, another few thousand to stick around for one more month just doesn't do it for me. I'm anxious to quit, walk out, and get on with life.
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Congrats on reaching the tipping point (also a brewpub in NC).
Hope you are as successful in the next four years as we have been in the last four years since retirement.
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Still have a month and a half to go; one month until I give my notice. I'm finding it incredibly difficult to not blurt out anything (I'm not known for having a very effective filter between the brain and mouth). Today I was asked/requested/told/ordered to commission a technical study that my staff and I have repeatedly documented will be redundant, very expensive, inconclusive and incredibly time intensive. Wanted to say something, but instead, just smiled, and scheduled it to start in May.
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W2R - Sorry to hear about your back. Probably a good year to watch the revelries on TV, as I just got a report from friends on a balcony Bourbon street that it's cold, drizzling and just yucky weather. Of course, they have all consumed enough "antifreeze" to be feeling immortal. (They are DEFINATELY going to be paying for it tomorrow!)
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Absolument, d'accord! Except, that I threw my back out last night so I plan to just stay home and groan for the next couple of days until it feels better. I will watch all the fun on TV this time instead of going out there. Oh well, there's always next year.

BTW, concerning the scariness ... I still remember walking out of my work building after my final day at work. That must be what sky-diving feels like. Pretty exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. But, by the time I got to my car I had a big smile on my face that still remains. ~~~>>
thought that rowing machine was good for the back?
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Still have a month and a half to go; one month until I give my notice. I'm finding it incredibly difficult to not blurt out anything (I'm not known for having a very effective filter between the brain and mouth). Today I was asked/requested/told/ordered to commission a technical study that my staff and I have repeatedly documented will be redundant, very expensive, inconclusive and incredibly time intensive. Wanted to say something, but instead, just smiled, and scheduled it to start in May.
I have a saying to myself: "don't sabotage yourself by saying something stupid to screw up your plans." Helps me keep a lid on myself when I feel like saying something I know I'll regret. Also got a sort of epiphany this weekend that I really need a shift in consciousness to take what's left of my brain (which isn't much anymore) out of w*ork. After all, I have too many other things to do in preparation for ER to be giving anything there any credence whatsoever.
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Good words to live by. I'm working real hard to smile, nod and behave. Turns out I have to walk a finer line than I thought - after I smiled, nodded and agreed to the study, one of my managers came into my office, closed the door, and said "Okay - What's up? You gave in too easily". (I told him I realized it was a battle we couldn't win and decided to be gracious about it)
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