Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I "called for my papers"

Tuesday afternoon; 90 days from my planned "retirement" date of July 1st.

It's not that I wouldn't love to keep bringing home what I do; I just can't deal with the long hours anymore. To think of doing another year of them leads my mind to places I don't want it to go!

Also, by doing this, as long as I am out the door first, no matter what happens Dottie gets to keep 1/3 of the money along with the healthcare, dental and eyecare. That's worth a lot, especially after seeing my Mom end up with only my Dad's Social Security.

If it all works out, I have the last week of June off as vacation, so I'll have a week to "transition" and flip my hours while I find something else to do.

I took a vacation day Tuesday as we are scheduled to work this Saturday, Dottie worked last weekend so it was a way to avoid that 6 day week and have some time with her.

Normally one who dreads change, I can't wait for this!



Ange (formerly Writer Mom) said...

I'm very excited for you.

Just, do me a favor. Don't ever tell your daughter-in-law she needs to start selling watermelons.
I've known my FIL a long time. We worked together for five years. These last couple of years, he'd just had enough and opted to get out early. Been retired three months now, and busier than ever, just as everyone predicted. I can tell he's nervous about it, though. Especially the money. This is filtering out in ways of unsolicited advice for how one (unemployed such as myself) can be making extra money.
I love him, but he's...well...getting on my nerves.
I'm sure you won't be like that, though.
Here's to July!
You're a short timer now.

von Krankipantzen said...

This IS very exciting! I can't wait to see what new adventures you experience either.


alan said...

Thank you both for sticking with me through a long slog! It has truly been insane these last few months!

I gave up very long ago trying to tell others, especially my kids, what to do with their lives. I've made a fine mess of my own, so don't really think I have the right!


ryssee said...

Time is worth more than money if you manage both well! You're doing the right thing!
And re: your comment above-to me it sounds like you've got all your priorities in all the right places.
Can't wait to read that post in June!

Doris said...

Sounds like a brilliant decision and change to look forward to.

Quality of life is so important. And perhaps something else less taxing and doesn't take you away from home will suddenly crop up.

Bestest of the best! x

ConnieJane said...

Good for you Alan!

Nice that the decision is made and you're looking forward to the next phase!


HAR said...

WOW Alan! I feel in my heart that you are doing the right thing. One chapter closed leaves way for another to open.

I am counting the days for you.

robin andrea said...

I am so happy for you. This is a very exciting countdown. You're going to feel GREAT afterwards, and you've earned it.

annie said...

will you still be working somewhere else?

Anonymous said...

Good Luck! :-)

Green tea said...

You are doing the right thing Alan..
You can find part time jobs if you want too.
As long as it doesn't interfere with your fishing .. :D