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Old 06-18-2010, 08:42 PM   #41
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:06 PM   #42
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Congrats! - Now thats how to handle a Friday at work!
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LOL! But wrong gender "SHE had to make sure SHE could afford that new gas grill first!"

Well, that certainly is a major priority (a gas grill) when considering such things as retirement
Oops! sorry! - never picked up on your gender.

(And it's usually the guys fantasizing about the grills - although in my household I'm obviously the grill aficionado.)

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Old 06-18-2010, 10:11 PM   #44
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Oops! sorry! - never picked up on your gender.

(And it's usually the guys fantasizing about the grills - although in my household I'm obviously the grill aficionado.)

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No problem! I'm the cook in this household - as you are in yours. I grill, too. He likes to eat the results of my labors. I like that he fixes plumbing so it works out.
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No problem! I'm the cook in this household - as you are in yours. I grill, too. He likes to eat the results of my labors. I like that he fixes plumbing so it works out.
Well I took on the outdoor grilling duties because DH would be out photographing wildlife that time of day. So it was up to me to learn how to grill. What a great new culinary skill to master! So quick and easy once you learn the basics.

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That's why men like to take on the chore and brag about it.

Arghh... The secret is out!
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Congratulations! So glad to read your post and the details on how you have prepared this big day. I too handed in my resignation but had to give 2 months notice - one month left to go. You seem to have planned well on your holidays. I'm in planning stage. Enjoy yourself and keep us posted on your activities in retired life.
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I just sneaked a look at my work email and my boss is shocked, sad to lose me, etc. and we'll talk Monday.

So I guess I'll be working for the next 2 weeks and then NOT!

Thanks so much - yesterday was very stressful - I can be very manipulative when I need to be but I prefer to be open and direct - in this case, not a good choice. My real reasons are best not expressed at work.

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The next 2 weeks should be quite entertaining. No one at work knows I am planning this. At ALL. And, while there's no good time to do this (for them) - this will be a really bad time. I've documented all my projects and procedures but they are terribly understaffed so it will be ugly. But I want the summer to be free and there is a lot of additional work coming my way in the next year that would only increase my workload. So I'm out.
...and don't let them pressure you into working overtime your last 2 weeks because they're scrambling around trying to figure out what to do when you're gone. I had one job where I had a few days left and they expected me to work overtime. I DON'T THINK SO! And I told them that.

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Thanks so much - yesterday was very stressful - I can be very manipulative when I need to be but I prefer to be open and direct - in this case, not a good choice. My real reasons are best not expressed at work.

Congratulations thinker25! I imagine the next few weeks will be somewhat stressful for you but then there is the rest of your life (no jumping up and down smiley face I can find ) . I also imagine that the best policy is to leave with a smile and well wishes to everyone. Their going to need it.
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I just sneaked a look at my work email and my boss is shocked, sad to lose me, etc. and we'll talk Monday.
Translation: "It is going to cost more for me to hire and train someone else to do your job, than it would cost if you stayed. Maybe I can wheedle a few more days out of you. And if that doesn't work, I want to see if I can bully you into staying, or guilt you into staying."

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So I guess I'll be working for the next 2 weeks and then NOT!
And you did it YOUR way, at a time you picked.

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Thanks so much - yesterday was very stressful - I can be very manipulative when I need to be but I prefer to be open and direct - in this case, not a good choice. My real reasons are best not expressed at work.

That's right. Very seldom would it be a good idea to tell one's employer your real reasons for retiring early. Sometimes doing that creates unpleasant interactions and bad memories, and at any rate you have been considerate enough to give two weeks notice and beyond that, you don't owe anybody an explanation. Besides, it really makes no difference what you said once you are enjoying retirement - - those "endless days of play", as Goonie has called his retirement.
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Reading your tale brought back recent memories of the day I gave my notice back on September 30, 2008. I gave my bosses a month's notice but then again I was working only 2 days a week so I would actually work only 9 more days.

My only real goal was to finish work on a large project I had been working on for nearly 2 years. I did not know if I would be able to complete it, but I barely got it done about 45 minutes before I left for good on my final day. And no overtime.

I was not a member of this forum at the time although they had website blockers so I would not have been able to post from there anyway.
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That's right. Very seldom would it be a good idea to tell one's employer your real reasons for retiring early. Sometimes doing that creates unpleasant interactions and bad memories, and at any rate you have been considerate enough to give two weeks notice and beyond that, you don't owe anybody an explanation. Besides, it really makes no difference what you said once you are enjoying retirement - - those "endless days of play", as Goonie has called his retirement.
I requested an exit interview which I found rather cathartic. I made sure to balance out the good things I liked about working there for 23 years. But I made sure to tell them about the commute which was worsened after the company moved from Manhattan to New Jersey in 2001. And their policy about my losing eligibility for group health coverage when I reduced my hours. And how they ended open-ended telecommuting in 2003, something which worked well for me and my division. I was so burnt out from the commute that even if they offered me the telecommuting gig again (it required one trip per week to the office) along with group health, I would have turned it down anyway.
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Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, and Happy Birthday this weekend!

I suspect your life is going to improve dramatically in the near future. It does take a while to shed the stress (not sure I am completely done even after 7 months). It's sort of like an onion - - you peel off one layer and discover more beneath. But, the process is quite enjoyable.
Thanks - I'm not surprised to hear that the stress will take a while. I HAVE been surprised at how stressful the last few days have been. Two more weeks. I can get through 2 weeks. Should be entertaining. And they'll be lucky if I work full-time. I'm exempt - not hourly - too bad...
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Translation: "It is going to cost more for me to hire and train someone else to do your job, than it would cost if you stayed. Maybe I can wheedle a few more days out of you. And if that doesn't work, I want to see if I can bully you into staying, or guilt you into staying."
LOL - not a chance of guilt tripping me into staying, but that's very amusing if she thinks that would work.

I am trying very hard not to say the many bad things that have happened lately. As someone said, it isn't a good idea and why bother, also...
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Yeah!

Once I figured out that steak was about the easiest thing to cook in the world, I got a big chuckle out of it, and promptly stopped ordering it in restaurants since mine come out so good.

I do have to give a lot of credit to the temperature sensor though.

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I sent the 2 weeks' notice on Friday and nothing has been said at work today. I wasn't marched out the door or anything, I'm just working. My boss hasn't talked to me and hasn't told anyone, as far as I can tell. I told a few people. It's pretty surreal!
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Thanks Two more weeks. I can get through 2 weeks.
You can do two weeks standing on your head...

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