Another milestone has been reached. It was 2,000 days ago today - September 21, 2000 - that I walked out of the sales office of American Freightways (now FedEx Freight) for the last time. That was the last day I traded my time for dollars...hopefully forever!
I've now been retired (thanks to Mrs. TBF) for over 12.5% of my life. Wow!!! The golden years are flying by!
I think I gotta get OrangeX to speak to Mrs. TBF ;-)
Not bad not bad... But I'm just wondering if you plan to make this last even if you go back to chicago!
by the way - was the job that bad?
E.T.-My job wasn't bad at all. As a matter of fact, since I was in sales, I had a lot of freedom, a decent income, company car, lunch out with customers everyday. It all sounds pretty good, but OUR lives are much better with me not working. I take care of all the stuff during the day that we used to have to do during the evenings and weekends back in Chicago. Our evenings and weekends are now free from running errands.
Also, not owning a big house with a big yard means we don't spend the non-errand running hours during the weekend cutting grass, cleaning, doing laundry, etc.
Yes, we plan to make this last when we move to the next place...which may or may not be Chicago.
Congrats on the 12.5% Milestone!
For some reason whenever i try to go to your site at work IE gives me an error and crashes.....so now I've got to read you at home : -(
Aren't our spouses great? I love not working. I only wonder if I'll be lucky enough to be allowed to continue to 2,000 days... (we return to DC, and presumably to the working world, in just a year).
Thanks Gretchen...but need to hear also from Kirk ... aren't our spouses great too!! How many are willing to give up their careers (permanently or temporarily), move to another country, learn another language, take care of all the house "stuff", etc. For those of you out there who have a spouse like I do - we are truly blessed. I enjoy my work, but if I had to come home and participate in all the household chores that we did together on weekends and evenings I would enjoy it a lot less and our home life would be much less pleasant because we would simply not keep the house as clean, we'd eat more take out food, and we'd run around on weekends shopping for essentials instead of going to all the wonderful places we are able to enjoy instead. I hope I'm able to keep TBF retired for the rest of his life because I think it makes both our lives more fun together and hopefully we'll enjoy longer lives together without the hectic stress that dual income couples have (in general). :-)
Unbelievable, isn't it? My ex-coworkers in Chicago don't believe it when I tell them that she thinks SHE'S the lucky one!
Well I think it goes both ways. P has me home for 3 days this week and he's telling me the same exact stuff. He just loves everything done ahead of time. It does sound like a good show. I think I'll have to look a bit deeper at all of this...
I have to say I do appreciate it, and I really notice a difference when she's gone and I have to do little mundane household stuff that just fills your time without even realising it. Gretchen always pulled a heavier load at home even when we were both working, but with our current situation at least I don't have to feel so guilty about it!
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