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Old 07-09-2008, 05:33 PM   #1
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is today. I officially semi-FIRED yesterday. I say semi, because we have the issue of health insurance to contend with. My job provided coverage, so we have COBRA for the next 18 months and if DH wants to continue working past that day then I may have to go back to get medical. I am convinced that if he quit now we would have enough, however he is worried about the falling markets etc. Also my company has not yet replaced me, so I have agreed to stay on as an independent contractor at a good rate until they have things in place. I had intended to work another 18 months, but politics go so bad that my bullshit bucket was overflowing so I decided to quit last month. Reason I don't mind being an IC is I am able to work remotely so can just focus on doing the things that need doing and never having to attend another meeting.

It was so good to not wake up this morning to the sound of the alarm, just a leisurely fall out of bed. Needless to say the smile on my face is rather big at the moment.
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:30 PM   #4
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is today. I officially semi-FIRED yesterday. I say semi, because we have the issue of health insurance to contend with. My job provided coverage, so we have COBRA for the next 18 months and if DH wants to continue working past that day then I may have to go back to get medical. I am convinced that if he quit now we would have enough, however he is worried about the falling markets etc. Also my company has not yet replaced me, so I have agreed to stay on as an independent contractor at a good rate until they have things in place. I had intended to work another 18 months, but politics go so bad that my bullshit bucket was overflowing so I decided to quit last month. Reason I don't mind being an IC is I am able to work remotely so can just focus on doing the things that need doing and never having to attend another meeting.

It was so good to not wake up this morning to the sound of the alarm, just a leisurely fall out of bed. Needless to say the smile on my face is rather big at the moment.
So are you carrying through with the Hawaii plan?
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:05 PM   #5
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:15 PM   #7
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DM Congrats !!!!!!! .I've been gone a couple of days more than a year and still have a smile on my face every day. Look into getting individual ins policies for you and DH prior to running out of COBRA. we selected a $3k deductible with a pharmacy plan that is running $600/mo for both of us , 58/56 yo. This price was $300/m less than COBRA. YMMV.
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It was so good to not wake up this morning to the sound of the alarm, just a leisurely fall out of bed. Needless to say the smile on my face is rather big at the moment.
I'm so happy for you DangerMouse!! I know how wonderful it is to get away from the darn alarm clock.
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So are you carrying through with the Hawaii plan?
Hadn't gotten back to this before as I had my first mini-vacation taking 4 days to go to Vegas.

Hawaii plan has been shelved indefinitely. At the time we were formulating a plan, a close friend was diagnosed with stage iv cancer. As we were and remain their main support system, we felt it was far more important that we retain that role and remain where we are, rather than move to Hawaii for what was purely selfish reasons, that is have a good time. This event with combined with another couple of things that have happened to the people in our lives, has made us take another look at our lives and what we want to do. I am disappointed that Hawaii is unlikely to happen, however at the same time it is not the end of the world, there is always exciting options out there to be explored.
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Being a friend is far more satisfying for many than being narcissist. Time spent with those that need us is time well invested. Do what you have to do to support those around you that need it. Most of the time we only get one chance to do the right thing.

Regrets and guilt will haunt you forever but doing what you know is right gives you an inner warmth that can't be matched with anything else.

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