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Hubby has one 96 and eight 24 hour shifts (plus a bunch of non shift-day meetings) left. His last shift is September 24th. Then I have to start getting used to having him in the same bed with me every night. That's going to be strange, but I suppose I'll adjust. 

 

To go from working on average 350-380 hours a month to 0 will be a shock. We will use travel to absorb some of that shock. 😁

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On 8/29/2019 at 11:05 AM, amypete said:

My last day in my office......TOMORROW! I'm a little numb at the moment. Writing thank you cards....

 

Congratulations on your final day!!!

Mine is about 12 years away - unless my three wishes are granted &/or I find a Genie Bottle on the Beach... 🙂 

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On 8/29/2019 at 3:12 PM, amypete said:

Thank you! I have to confess it's a really weird feeling. Can't quite wrap my head around it! 

 

You will truly know you are retired when you lose track of what day of the week it is and your Sundays are no longer spoiled by thoughts of Monday. 

 

Savor every minute!

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The earliest I could retire was age 50, so I retired on my 50th birthday. That was 9 years ago. People aren't meant to go to school for 1/3 of their lives, work for 2/3rds of their lives, then have a ten year or less retirement, but that is how so many of my family & friends lives have been working out.

 

"Those that Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail."

 "Insanity is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results."

"If You Want Different Results, You Have to Try Different Approaches."

 

Edited by Sergeant Major

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I recently retired at age 60, but my DH will continue to work for another 2-3 years. I'm spending my days sorting through our belongings as we head toward downsizing, while looking forward to the time when we'll both be free to book last minute trips we keep reading about.

 

To answer the "why now" question: My retirement benefit was generous and if I continued to work I'd be doing so for what would amount to 20% of my salary.

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We both retired at about age 60.  As a couple we have been retired for about 2 years together.  We saved and invested well and our investment account has stayed the same since we turned it over to our financial planner.  This is after buying furniture for a new house, trips to Jamaica, Mexico, West Coast, Europe.

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On 9/10/2019 at 12:18 PM, Sergeant Major said:

The earliest I could retire was age 50, so I retired on my 50th birthday. That was 9 years ago. People aren't meant to go to school for 1/3 of their lives, work for 2/3rds of their lives, then have a ten year or less retirement, but that is how so many of my family & friends lives have been working out.

 

"Those that Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail."

 "Insanity is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results."

"If You Want Different Results, You Have to Try Different Approaches."

 

Well done D&D,

Thank you for your service and I wish you many years of happy travel together. I will be calling it done next January after 37 years defending the thin blue line.

Best wishes to you both, Jim

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On ‎8‎/‎29‎/‎2019 at 3:05 PM, amypete said:

My last day in my office......TOMORROW! I'm a little numb at the moment. Writing thank you cards....

 

Congratulations from me as well.:classic_smile: so you have been retired for about 2 weeks now. Hoping you are enjoying it.  I have 6 months left. My boss has NO CLUE that I will be leaving.  I have been with the company 29 years....I know in the old days folks left 2 weeks notice. I figure for my amount of time there, I will give them 30 days. Hoping I don't go nuts between now and the end of March:classic_blink:

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11 minutes ago, Lois R said:

 

Congratulations from me as well.:classic_smile: so you have been retired for about 2 weeks now. Hoping you are enjoying it.  I have 6 months left. My boss has NO CLUE that I will be leaving.  I have been with the company 29 years....I know in the old days folks left 2 weeks notice. I figure for my amount of time there, I will give them 30 days. Hoping I don't go nuts between now and the end of March:classic_blink:

You wont go 'Nuts and March will be here before you know it. When my company came out with an early out package my wife persuaded me to take it ( I think I was the only one in the department of 120 dayshift folks who did) I didn't tell my supervisor, just sent the request to the HR department six months before my 29th anniversary, forgot about it, and went back to work. Boy ! Was my supervisor shocked AND a little P'O' I didn't tell him ! The big day came September of 2013 ironically it was Labor Day that year and we had planned a cruise 2 weeks later !! I thought, 'What WONDEFUL way to start a retirement !'.

 

Mac 

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My last place of employment had a habit of escorting you out the door when you turned in your notice.  I made sure I was ready to go before I gave my two weeks notice.  I was pleasantly surprised when I was allowed to stay the full two weeks.  I also reloaded all my files back on my computer from the memory stick that I had intended to throw in the trash if I was fired on the spot.

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33 minutes ago, NSnJW said:

My last place of employment had a habit of escorting you out the door when you turned in your notice.  I made sure I was ready to go before I gave my two weeks notice.  I was pleasantly surprised when I was allowed to stay the full two weeks.  I also reloaded all my files back on my computer from the memory stick that I had intended to throw in the trash if I was fired on the spot.

Yikes !!😨 Luckily, my employer was quite the opposite ! (Thank Goodness) My last day they gave me a retirement party w/the whole group, including my P.O'ed boss, who actually gave me my exit interview and wished me all the best and a happy life. Included were $200 in gift cards. They never, to my knowledge, have erver spoken ill of any employee regarless of the reason for them leaving the company. And I have met several who did leave who said that this comany did not blaclball them when theit current compnay called for a reference. Which can be bad and good because an uninformed company could actually be getting a 'problem' child.

 

Mac

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Hi, I don't expect a retirement party. Although being with this company for going on 30 years I am not really expecting

anything.  I will give my notice and hopefully it will go ok. I am leaving at the end of March either way.

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Today is Retirement Day 15. I still feel like I'm on vacation.  I was with my company for 40 years.  I gave them 13 weeks notice. They held a lovely in-office retirement and length-of-service party. It was cruise themed. I also received a tiara and sash which I wore proudly.  When I called my boss to tell her I was retiring Aug 30 she said "Next year?" I replied "This year. I don't have enough vacation days to cover all of the traveling we have planned!"  She laughed and we moved on to the next topic.

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15 hours ago, Traveling Library said:

Today is Retirement Day 15. I still feel like I'm on vacation.  I was with my company for 40 years.  I gave them 13 weeks notice. They held a lovely in-office retirement and length-of-service party. It was cruise themed. I also received a tiara and sash which I wore proudly.  When I called my boss to tell her I was retiring Aug 30 she said "Next year?" I replied "This year. I don't have enough vacation days to cover all of the traveling we have planned!"  She laughed and we moved on to the next topic.

So you gave them just over 3 full months notice?  You sound like you had a good boss.

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16 hours ago, Lois R said:

Hi, I don't expect a retirement party. Although being with this company for going on 30 years I am not really expecting

anything.  I will give my notice and hopefully it will go ok. I am leaving at the end of March either way.

Good for YOU ! After that long you deserve too live YOUR life doing something that YOU want ! IF its traveling or sleeping late OR nothing at all, it'll be YOUR time and decision.

 

After almost 30 years with my company I saw many people retire and when my time came I demanded, NO retirement anything !! Just let that work day come and go for me and I'll smile and shake everybody's hand, relive the good and difficult times then the BIG ride to the offsite parking lot, and I'll be gone. But no, the really BIG guy decided otherwise. I knew something was amiss, when I walked into the breakroom at lunch and saw the large covered cake and the balloons and tubs of ice cream. Boy !! Was I mad ! Seems HE decided, 'NO one is going to give this company THAT much and just waltz out the door with a handshake'. Oh well..🙄 I did get to see all my friends at work AND say a final goodbye.

 

Mac

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Hi Mac, thanks for that reply.:classic_smile:   I am not sure how she (my boss) is going to react but I just need to get through the next 6 months.  I will be speaking with her at the end of Feb/Beginning of March.....then if she has issues? I am trying to do right by them, lets hope it is reciprocated.

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35 minutes ago, Lois R said:

Hi Mac, thanks for that reply.:classic_smile:   I am not sure how she (my boss) is going to react but I just need to get through the next 6 months.  I will be speaking with her at the end of Feb/Beginning of March.....then if she has issues? I am trying to do right by them, lets hope it is reciprocated.

Ms L, Most companies would KILL for a dedicated employee like YOU !! Well, in the 1980s those companies would have. Today ? I'm afraid we old folks are considered cave-dwelling fossils from an ancient age whose values are based on a two way loyalty that no longer exist (especially in most of today's companies) for older, more experienced workers. Pity, because I wonder what the work force will be like for our grandchildren 😢

In your wonderful travels, I hope you see wonders galore and those that meet you have no doubt that they have met a gentle soul and a ture Lady.

 

Mac

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2 hours ago, SmoothFlying said:

Good for YOU ! After that long you deserve too live YOUR life doing something that YOU want ! IF its traveling or sleeping late OR nothing at all, it'll be YOUR time and decision.

 

After almost 30 years with my company I saw many people retire and when my time came I demanded, NO retirement anything !! Just let that work day come and go for me and I'll smile and shake everybody's hand, relive the good and difficult times then the BIG ride to the offsite parking lot, and I'll be gone. But no, the really BIG guy decided otherwise. I knew something was amiss, when I walked into the breakroom at lunch and saw the large covered cake and the balloons and tubs of ice cream. Boy !! Was I mad ! Seems HE decided, 'NO one is going to give this company THAT much and just waltz out the door with a handshake'. Oh well..🙄 I did get to see all my friends at work AND say a final goodbye.

 

Mac

 

Mac

Congratulations on your retirement. From your screen name and location I’m guessing that you worked for that large company with headquarters in (at) ATL. 

Hoping you are are enjoying your well earned leisure!

Sharon

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This is a great thread for me. My dh retired in July, but I plan to work another few years. But I work in education and have a highly specialized assignment and I love my job. I'm almost like a consultant within my large school district. California has a system for people nearing retirement to reduce their workload but still get full benefits and credit towards retirement. So I reduced to a 90% contract. So I essentially work from 8-3ish, with 17 weeks of vacation a year (true, 9 are in summer) plus another 6 holidays. So I feel like I get the best of both worlds......I'm accumulating a significantly larger pension and will then be able to buy into the school district insurance as if I worked full time for the 4 years after I retire, until I reach medicare age. I went on three cruises last year and have three cruises planned for 2020. I now do about 4-5 vacations a year (one to two weeks each) and probably 10 long weekends. 

 

I always appreciate reading what other people have done, because it helps me reflect on and redefine my choices.

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8 hours ago, PandaBear62 said:

This is a great thread for me. My dh retired in July, but I plan to work another few years. But I work in education and have a highly specialized assignment and I love my job. I'm almost like a consultant within my large school district. California has a system for people nearing retirement to reduce their workload but still get full benefits and credit towards retirement. So I reduced to a 90% contract. So I essentially work from 8-3ish, with 17 weeks of vacation a year (true, 9 are in summer) plus another 6 holidays. So I feel like I get the best of both worlds......I'm accumulating a significantly larger pension and will then be able to buy into the school district insurance as if I worked full time for the 4 years after I retire, until I reach medicare age. I went on three cruises last year and have three cruises planned for 2020. I now do about 4-5 vacations a year (one to two weeks each) and probably 10 long weekends. 

 

I always appreciate reading what other people have done, because it helps me reflect on and redefine my choices.

Sounds like you do have a good thing.  In my case? I no longer love my job...…..actually, I am to point where I don't even like it much anymore:classic_sad::classic_blink::classic_rolleyes:

The company made ALOT of changes back in January and it affected me directly.  I am just trying to remember 2020 is not far off.

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I started this topic and today I've been retired for a little more than a year. As others have said, the days begin to blend together, the stress falls away, and life is just so much more enjoyable. My Better Half doesn't retire for another 4 years, so I enjoy the quiet house, taking up hobbies, and cooking a lot more than I used to.

 

Life is good.

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7 hours ago, fyree39 said:

I started this topic and today I've been retired for a little more than a year. As others have said, the days begin to blend together, the stress falls away, and life is just so much more enjoyable. My Better Half doesn't retire for another 4 years, so I enjoy the quiet house, taking up hobbies, and cooking a lot more than I used to.

 

Life is good.

Glad things are going well!:classic_smile:

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10 hours ago, fyree39 said:

My Better Half doesn't retire for another 4 years, so I enjoy the quiet house, taking up hobbies, and cooking a lot more than I used to.

I was in the same situation seven years ago, I had already retired in 2012 while my DH has just retired the last of this June. It's strange having them home 24/7 after having the entire day to myself. I had gotten into a daily schedule, of doing things, I enjoyed and over the years it's easy too get set in it like a mental concrete. It's like having a new person, who used to only come in on weekends all of a sudden move in and they decide,  'Oh no, I don't like that or lets do this or that today. You learn too compromise about your daily habits. However the ONE thing we've disagreed about (Thank Goodness !!) is our love of cruising. 

 

Mac

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On 1/1/2018 at 6:40 PM, fyree39 said:

When I'm eligible to retire, that will be 5 years before my husband. I feel guilty that I can retire that much earlier than him. Also, my company gave me a promotion and a substantial raise 3 months ago. I'd also feel guilty leaving so soon after the promotion, as if I'm not grateful for it.

 

But, to retire...oh, the thought of it!

I can relate.  My husband wanted to retire when he was 70 to an upstate cabin he had bought 40 years earlier.  it meant that I had to retire at 61, since I could not commute from cabin to job.   I have mixed feelings about my early retirement.  

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On 1/1/2018 at 6:40 PM, fyree39 said:

When I'm eligible to retire, that will be 5 years before my husband. I feel guilty that I can retire that much earlier than him. Also, my company gave me a promotion and a substantial raise 3 months ago. I'd also feel guilty leaving so soon after the promotion, as if I'm not grateful for it.

 

But, to retire...oh, the thought of it!

 

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