Sunday, February 5, 2017

4089 and counting

It's Superbowl Sunday!  Just another reason for Americans to consume, consume and consume some more.  I'm not saying that I don't enjoy the game and the food, but do I need to buy balloons, party goods and special plates?  I think not.  The past several years have seen us host a party - lots of money spent on food, enjoying good times with our friends and then the biggie clean up the next day.  Most of the time I would take post-Superbowl Monday off because I had a messy house to straighten up.  Kind of crazy to sacrifice a PTO day to clean up after a party, right?

This year is different.  The hubs and I are going to stay in - just the two of us - make some special hamburgers (consisting of cooked bacon, shredded cheese and then topped with a cooked egg and avocado slices).  I might have a cocktail - I might not.  The hubs rode his bike 94 miles today so I don't expect him to last to half time, but he might surprise me as he is taking a little siesta while I write this.  I completed my first workout on my P90X3 DVDs today - a kick butt workout!  A simple Superbowl - I like it.

As I journey through this early retirement planning, the one chord that keeps striking with me is the word 'simple'.  I want a simple life.  As I look around our house, I can start to feel stress and angst.  It's a mess.  Not dirty - messy.  Both of us don't like to put things away and the hubs works from home, so it spills into other rooms instead of just the office.  There's a blog called 365 Less Things where this woman began decluttering one item a day for a whole year.  I think I will start today.  I looked at my desk and saw all these Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons sitting in one of the slots (it's a secretary desk).  I haven't shopped in that store since I don't know when.  If I shop nowadays, it's online.  If I need a BBB coupon, I can find it online.  Bye bye, BBB coupons!

I wonder what I will get rid of tomorrow..........

Saturday, February 4, 2017

4090 Days and counting

I have a dream and goal for myself.........to retire when I hit 56 years old.  The idea came to me one day within the past 3 or 4 months.  My Dad retired at age 56 - he closed his business, sold the inventory, the land, our family house and moved us all to Florida.  I was 12 at the time and I really didn't know my Dad.  When I got up in the morning, he was gone to work and he could come home around 5:15 - 5:30 p.m., take a shower and the first time I would really see him would be at the dinner table.  By 7:00 p.m. he was asleep on the couch in our family room.  My Dad made interior and exterior iron railings.  Raw steel would come into his shop, and he would weld, grind, shape, form, paint (several coats) and install them.  By himself.  Five days a week.  To say he was tired at the end of the day was an understatement, which is why I never knew my Dad until he retired & moved us to Florida.

Now at the ripe age of 44 (and my Dad will turn 90 this year), I'm reflecting on my life and reading alot of blogs and re-evaluating my life.  Maybe it's a mid-life crisis.  Maybe I'm just waking up from the consumerist train.  Whatever it is, I want more out of my life than this train ride I'm on.

There are a ton of blogs out there about minimalism, frugality, simple living, early retirement, financial independence, etc.  I'm not trying to compete with them or do something different than they are.  I'm using this blog as documentation of my journey to get to age 56 and semi-retire, or totally retire, or became an entrepreneur or whatever I decide to do.  I do have 11 years, and that's a long time, but I'm curious to see what happens and how I will do it.  This blog is keeping me accountable.

Bits and pieces of our lives.