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Old 04-18-2012, 11:04 PM   #561
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Three months and 18 days into retirement and I am exhausted. Camping, diving, cruising, surfing, skiing and hiking. Just finished today a two week hike of the Shenandoah national park (110miles with a pack, ouch) i am too old for this. Need to go back to work!

But when I am not sore, it is a blast!. So i might give this retirement stuff a little longer. But first I am taking a few days R&R, at least until blisters heal. And soon I need to learn how to take foot off the accelerator. It is retirement but I am still living it like a vacation.... Running from thing to thing. People tell me I will learn to slow down. Assume that is true......
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:00 AM   #562
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Hnicols,

Yep, slowing down seems to be a gradual step. Just this month, 8 months after retiring, can I sleep in until 6-6:30A!!! The first 8 months had me up anywhere from 4:30-5:30A every single day, raring to go do things. I would actually force myself to lay in bed until 5:30A......

I still struggle with the decision of "what to do". Don't know why, but it is different than being bored. I have this need to keep doing things all of the time, and I have too many choices. I spend time every morning weighing weather, schedule, etc. before planning out my day like I'm some kind of time mgmt. nut .

What I think it is is the old thinking of when if you had a nice day, and you weren't w*rking, you just had to try to make the most of it. It just doesn't feel right yet to kick back and "waste" a beautiful day!!!! Maybe I'll be OK with that too, a little further into FIRE. Just like sleeping in, which by the way, feels terrific !!!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:17 AM   #563
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Three months and 18 days into retirement and I am exhausted...
Let me introduce you to my DW, who started her retirement on April 2nd.

I see less of her now than when she was employed ...

That's not a problem at all. The folks she knows say that she seems happier and not stressed at all, just in a few short weeks (thank goodness, I thought it was all caused by me )...

Retirement (at whatever age) seems to be a great "tonic".
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Yep, slowing down seems to be a gradual step. Just this month, 8 months after retiring, can I sleep in until 6-6:30A!!! The first 8 months had me up anywhere from 4:30-5:30A every single day, raring to go do things. I would actually force myself to lay in bed until 5:30A......

I still struggle with the decision of "what to do". Don't know why, but it is different than being bored. I have this need to keep doing things all of the time, and I have too many choices. I spend time every morning weighing weather, schedule, etc. before planning out my day like I'm some kind of time mgmt. nut .

What I think it is is the old thinking of when if you had a nice day, and you weren't w*rking, you just had to try to make the most of it. It just doesn't feel right yet to kick back and "waste" a beautiful day!!!! Maybe I'll be OK with that too, a little further into FIRE. Just like sleeping in, which by the way, feels terrific !!!
Good to know I am not the only one who is nuts. "I have this need to keep doing things all the time" sure describes me too. One of the reasons I went away hiking by myself. Was driving my wife crazy!
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Good to know I am not the only one who is nuts. "I have this need to keep doing things all the time" sure describes me too. One of the reasons I went away hiking by myself. Was driving my wife crazy!
The "I must always be doing/accomplishing something syndrome" can be a terrible affliction. Thankfully no one in our household suffers from it other than DW on occasion - but she's learned to control it with a glass of wine - or two.
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Almost 4 months for me and all is GREAT!!!

I'll admit that transitioning medical insurance, 401k, cash balance plans, etc from Megacorp has been more w*rk than I thought it would be but it is probably my own fault since I study things to death before making a decision.

There seemed to be a couple moments over the winter where boredom seemed around the corner, but then something popped up out of the blue that eliminated that concern. I'm glad that I did take the winter to have these pesky transitioning things out of way so I can more fully enjoy the summer. I recently joined a golf club and plan to golf a couple times a week (from a couple times a month) and I'm actually thinking that my game will improve (silly thought I am sure).

The great thing about being retired is doing more of what I want to do and not having w*rk intervene as it seemed to do at the most inopportune times.

Still not taking as many afternoon naps as I would like.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #567
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Let me introduce you to my DW, who started her retirement on April 2nd.

I see less of her now than when she was employed ...

That's not a problem at all. The folks she knows say that she seems happier and not stressed at all, just in a few short weeks (thank goodness, I thought it was all caused by me )...

Retirement (at whatever age) seems to be a great "tonic".
Congrats to you both! I am sure you will set a good example for DW of how to unwind in retirement
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:59 AM   #568
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The "I must always be doing/accomplishing something syndrome" can be a terrible affliction. Thankfully no one in our household suffers from it other than DW on occasion - but she's learned to control it with a glass of wine - or two.
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Been a while since I did one of these

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all I can you all of you is that after our stop at the Mayo clinic to get our bloodwork done I wondered whose bloodwork numbers I got... all our numbers are way down... you think it could have been stress?

Hah!!!
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all I can you all of you is that after our stop at the Mayo clinic to get our bloodwork done I wondered whose bloodwork numbers I got... all our numbers are way down... you think it could have been stress?

Hah!!!

Ya think?

Great to read this! I hope everyone in our class is doing as well and look forward to reading (and hopefully contributing) more in the future.

Right now, though, I think back to about this time last year and remember how much I was itching to take the leap. I had one more business trip scheduled, then taking accumulated vacation time during the summer, and finally the ER Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow

All those within our class and the e-r.org community in general were a huge virtual boost to making it through the final stretch
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Today marks one year ago that I called it a day! I won't bore you with tales of the year, but instead will mark the occasion by nominating an official mascot for The Class Of 2011. The ultimate LBYM'er: Top Cat!

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Today marks one year ago that I called it a day! I won't bore you with tales of the year, but instead will mark the occasion by nominating an official mascot for The Class Of 2011. The ultimate LBYM'er: Top Cat!

Great pick - Top Cat has my vote!

Congratulations on 1 full year of freedom from a fellow member of the class of '11!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:49 AM   #575
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It's hard to believe that I am one of the older ones here!
It's been a good year. I have a large garden at my daughter's house about 4 miles from home, growing tomatoes and selling them in front of her and my house, using the honor system. She needs the $$ so I told here she can keep what she sells. I'm guessing she's made $600-$700 this summer.
The only problem is that the garden is more work than what I had expected.
Btw, Top Cat has my vote also!
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Top Cat - wow, that brings back memories! My 1-year was in April. How fast that went! Still loving life and the freedom. Yay for us Top Cats!!
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well after reading fire calc and the example of the years 72 73 74 and wondering if maybe I picked the bad year.....well all I have to say is phey



top cat...cool!
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Goes without saying I love Top Cat =^..^=

Way to go 2011 graduates!
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spelling error...phew...not phey?....my spelling is not getting better in retirement
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spelling error...phew...not phey?....my spelling is not getting better in retirement
Here's how naive I am: I actually Googled "phey" to figure out what in the world you were talking about! No matter - you're still a 2011 Cat!
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