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Old 06-08-2007, 06:52 AM   #1
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I have today off from w*rk, and I am practicing being retired. I can't really retire for two to three more years, but I can dream!

I got up early, with no alarm, made coffee, did a load of laundry, and watched the sun come up. As soon as there was a little light filtering through the trees, I did some (quiet) yardwork in the back yard. Now, I have been up for almost three hours of peace and quiet.

Then I turned on the TV and saw all the people stuck in traffic on the morning traffic report.

In another hour, it will be late enough that I can get out the power tools. Then maybe Frank and I might go out to lunch, and I could take a nap and then hit the gym. I want to do a couple of sudoku tonight (just got hooked and not too bored with them yet).

I think I'm going to take to this like a duck to water.

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Old 06-08-2007, 07:32 AM   #2
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It's definitely habit forming.

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Old 06-08-2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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Practicing ER is the best way to answer the questions "Am I ready to ER?" and "But what will I DO all day?!?"

Ya know, in three years of reading this type of thread I can't recall a single poster ever saying "Thank goodness I'm going back to work tomorrow"...

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Oh, just gets better by the day!

I find a perverse pleasure in turning on the morning news and hearing about the traffic tie-ups on my former commuting route! In my last j*b, I lived nearly 50 miles from my office and my commute was a minimum of 1 hour each way. And, I had responsibilities for two satellite offices as well -- one 85 miles away and the other 60 miles from the mother ship. No wonder I was putting 4,000 to 6,000 miles a month on my car!

Since RE in December, I've added less than 2,000 miles on my vehicle -- all of them driven on surface roads and not one involving a traffic jam (except for the time I had to stop to let a momma duck and her seven ducklings cross the road to a pond.)

Life IS good.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:14 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Want2retire View Post
I got up early.
obviously you need more practice.

i got up at about noon. practice makes perfect.
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:24 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by lazygood4nothinbum View Post
obviously you need more practice.

i got up at about noon. practice makes perfect.
After three weeks of ER I have settled into getting up around 8 and then slowly moving around to consume coffee and breakfast. We rarely get out of the house (if at all) until noon. Yard work is done on the weekends like before but now only because I don't want to drive anywhere on Saturday.

We have been in a RV park a few miles from Zion National Park since Tuesday. We were going to leave on Saturday but extended to Sunday just because they were going to have a Hawaiian party on Saturday night. We have our Hawaiian clothes and are ready to go. The yard can wait until Monday.

LIfe is good!
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:27 PM   #7
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I've been out of work for 3 weeks on medical leave, I don't think I'll be going back for another week, it's going to be difficult going back.


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