Reminiscing On The Water

We are at sea today on our summer vacation cruise of Scandinavia. Yesterday we were in Copenhagen, and today we are sailing toward Tallinn, Estonia.  We are on a Royal Caribbean ship, although we have cruised on different ones in the past.  As we were pulling out of the harbor yesterday, there were several other…

Cruising Toward Early Retirement

I’m writing this post from a cruise ship crossing into the Baltic Sea. We are on summer vacation and taking a cruise to the Scandinavian countries (and a two-day stop in Russia). As a family, we have taken about a half dozen cruises to all different places – Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Mediterranean (twice), and now…

Money & Life Quote

“Money can buy a house, but not a home. It can buy a bed, but not sleep. It can buy a clock, but not time. It can buy a book, but not knowledge. It can buy blood, but not health, so you see; money is not everything in life.” Unknown

FIRE Countdown Obsession – As Presented

I’ve written about my “count down obsession” before – thinking about good ways to count down my final year at MegaCorp.  I’ve also showed you pictures of my hidden countdown Post-it Flag system that is in the credenza above my desk at work.  Like a kid counting down the days to next Christmas, I find…

Champagne Standing By

I received a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne (2000 vintage) almost 15 years ago and have left it corked in its original box since the day I received it.  It was a gift in celebration for a particularly good year at MegaCorp, and I brought it home and put it in our pantry.  It’s in…

Gen X – Stuck Between Boomers & Millennials

The Pew Research Center recently published an article focused on how Millennials have now passed Boomers and Gen X in the workforce.  I was born in 1966, so I am a Gen X-er, who has always felt quite stuck between these two groups. If you look at the chart from Pew that I copied above,…