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Old 01-01-2010, 08:51 AM   #21
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:37 AM   #22
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Congrats Tesaje. I see you are the same age I was when I started ER about 7 years ago. Today I'm very happy in ER (although some of the "E" is disappearing ) as I continue to find avenues for my curiosity. Hopefully your path will be pleasurable too.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:42 AM   #24
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So Tesaje and Rae, how is it going?
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:21 PM   #25
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Congrats. Rae. Its a good club to be in!
So far, I don't think I quite feel it yet. Sat. I thought I need to get my errands done. Then I said to myself, Self, no you can do them Mon. When no one is in the stores.

Today, I'm looking for free wi fi. Not having the subsidized computer comms is my biggest hassel. Got to get that figured out soon.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:54 PM   #27
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:57 PM   #28
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The short answer is - anything I want.

1st up for me is a thorough dump of all the accumulated detrius of life that I don't need anymore. Then a long list of house remodeling. Some roaming about and gardening and reading and sleeping.
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The short answer is - anything I want.

1st up for me is a thorough dump of all the accumulated detrius of life that I don't need anymore. Then a long list of house remodeling. Some roaming about and gardening and reading and sleeping.
Sounds great! I did a lot of sleeping and shedding stress during the first month. I had no idea how taxing the stress level of my job was, until I retired. My list of tasks and potential hobbies fell by the wayside while I got more physically active along with lots of resting and sleeping.
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Congratulations!

Same as W2R, I did a lot of sleeping for several weeks.
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Congratulations, and all the best on this exciting new chapter your life!
Let us know how ER is treating you, so those of us still working can live vicariously through your posts.. along with those of W2R and the rest of the countdown crowd...
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Congratulations to the both of you!! Say goodbye to Sunday night blues & enjoy your freedom!!
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So Tesaje and Rae, how is it going?
The biggest change I've noticed so far is that I don't have to rush around every weekend, every evening, to get things done before work. I can do things at my own unhurried pace, which really helps to relieve the stress. I still have my list of things to do for the week (old habits are hard to break), but there's no rush to get most of them done.....they get done when I get to them. I also get to sleep in an extra 80-90 minutes or so, which is huge. Beyond that point, my yellow lab gently wakes me up to go outside and have his breakfast, so I really can't complain about that.

Quite a few coworkers are sending me congratulatory e-mails at home also, which is nice......I've been replying to those.
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