It's been a week. I accepted my retirement package. It's the same amount
of money as if I kept going until my original target date; if the notice
is too short, they should have thought of that earlier. They are
going to have to do a lot of scrambling -- there's a lot left to do. My
teammates are probably going to be shocked -- I think my boss was, too; he
apparently found out about the deal only days before I did -- and I'm
rather sorry about that. Not sorry enough to keep working for two more
months without any financial incentive for it, though.
In other news, we got two offers on the house, and accepted the higher one
(25K over asking price) with the second as backup. We will have to make
some concessions; it looks as though there's some $30K worth of sewer
damage. Hopefully it will still come out in the neighborhood of our
Notable among things that went missing during the move to the apartment
were my Android tablets. I'd meant to pack the 7" Nexus, at least. And I
packed at least two bluetooth tablet keyboards. Oh, well. With two extra
netbooks (blackbird and purple), the mac mini (whitewood), the server
(nova), and a spare laptop (raven), it's not as though I'll lack for
compute power. Networking in the apartment is incredibly slow; not sure
how much of that is interference, but both ethernet and the A band work a
lot better. Unfortunately neither Cygnus nor Raven seem willing to talk
On the other hand, I found my missing ORCA card (in my wallet in the one
compartment I had overlooked) and the missing tax forms (in a separate
folder, so thin that I thought it was empty). Still missing at least one
form, with the interest from my HELOC.
I finally (on Tuesday) started working on my taxes. For that I use my old
Mac mini, in part because unlike the Windows 7 partition on my laptop it's
still receiving updates. Next year is going to be something of a
nightmare; I may finally have to send them to an accountant. For now,
TaxCut works fine.
Yesterday we went out to look at houses again. Another dome -- I like
them, but it was at the top end of our price range and would have needed
another $50K to make it work for us. The other place, in Auburn, was
perfectly respectable and undoubtedly the best we can find that close to
Seattle. But do we really need to be that close?
I also spoke to a (different) lender - this one is a long-time friend of
our realtor - about the change in plans around retirement. Looks ok -- my
credit is excellent (for the first time in years, I think), and I'll be
making somewhere between 70 and 80K/year. More if one counts N's
contribution to the household as rent.
The major omission of the week was following up on C's humira -- they were
supposed to have called me back Monday. I was also very late getting in a
call to my financial advisor -- that will have to wait for Monday, since
"Good" Friday was a holiday.
The idea of retiring is beginning to be a little less surreal, though I
don't think I could actually call it real yet.
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