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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 asking price.

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 802-11a.

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.

Notes & links:

  * up 8:01; W=199.4; shower
  * configured scanner:  It wasn't autodetected; had to run:
     brsaneconfig4 -a name=mfc model=MFC-J480DW nodename=BRW90CDB694D2FC
    Using DNS-Masq on the router as the DNS server is a major win, because it publishes
    the DHCP hostnames.  Using bind9 was making things more complicated than they needed
    to be, at least for a tiny network.
  @ codeswitcher0/LJInboxArchive: A script for making an archive of a Livejournal
    Inbox. (cs_hackerary)
    cookie.txt export - Chrome Web Store
  % Looking for either of my tablets -- can't find.  Suspect the bin labeled "Tablet, ..."
    was mislabeled, and they both got packed.  Grump.
  : Stupid Chrome's print dialog is off of the "share" menu item, and you have to select
    the app you want to use.  Of which there are many.
  @ Whidbey Island - Wikipedia
  * Picked up g and j; moved Rosie on the way down.  (Finding the Park-and-Ride included
    starting out turning the wrong way on 65th, and a certain amount of going round in
    circles.  But it worked.  R. was still there and had not been ticketed.)
  * 19:40ish change the piggie litter; with help from j.  Goes a lot faster with someone
    holding the garbage can.
  * kids left around 8:30.
  @ [personal profile] cellio is using my ljexit tag!  Catching on??

  * up 6:15; W=199.4;
  * command hooks - keys, etc.
  : N. has gone back to Rainbow's End.  She might well have stayed another day had it not
    been for the cats.
  @ SuperBabies Don’t Cry | Vela (amaebi)
    When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics) -
    by Pema Chodron.
  @ bisharp | Dreamwidth Starter Kit excellent list of how-tos
  % back quite painful after doing the dishes.  Too much standing, obviously.  Grump.

  * up 5ish; W=199.4
  @ How to Make a Living on the Road (ysabetwordsmith)
  @ An introduction to Mastodon | twitter alternative.  GNU social 
  * discontinue voice phone service at RE  Has to be done by phone: 877-803-8414
  * 9am conference call with Chris and Naomi
    No offers so far, which is a matter for concern.  There is still some time, but it
    seems likely that we will need to have another open house next weekend.
  * fired up (mac mini) Whitewood.  Updates.
    : The keyboard and mouse both need batteries.  Turned up another BT tablet keyboard,
      but still no tablets :P  Where is Moses when you need him?
    : currently set up on my side of the bed.  May consider moving it over to the right,
      where there's room between the bed and the dresser.  It's also rather low.  May
      consider VNC.
  * Downloaded tax software (which I still think of as TaxCut) and started.  Got as far as
    the W2.  Apparently the file folder with all the W2s and 1099s got left behind when I
    transfered folders into the crate. :P
    -> I'll try to pull down the Ricoh and SS 1099s, wing it for the rest, and plan on
       filing an extension.
    -> Duh.  It was just thin enough that it looked empty because I'd taken everything out
       of their envelopes.  :Pptthp!

  * Up 5:30ish; W=197.2; laundry, dishes
  : wireless networking on Raven seems to be really atrocious.  And it doesn't seem to
    support 802-11a. Grump.  ethernet, OTOH, is just fine.  I suspect the only reason it's
    tolerable on Whitewood and Cygnus is that they support 802-11a.
  : Still working on upgrading Raven.  Which didn't take long, once I got it on ethernet.
  : As I suspected, the front door call box doesn't call long distance.  :P
  * 11am Steve - dentist - repair chipped tooth, impression for bite guard.
    -> long walk to the bus stop -- I'd forgotten how far up 522 it was from the
       northbound stop.
  * 11:45 Colleen - Dr. Chopra
  @ My mental illness insists on joining me on holiday - BBC
  * Paid Colleen's UW Physicians bill.
  * and of course my ORCA card was in my wallet after all, in the pocket between the IDs
    and the loyalty cards.  It contained nothing of any importance - just expired
    appointments and a couple of filled drink cards that I wasn't going to use anyway.
  * Put in my early retirement paperwork.  End of the month.  Works out to only a little
    more than two weeks' notice, which is a lot less than I would have liked.
  * We have two offers on the house, one for $25K over the asking price.
  * Sang "When I Go" and "Windward" before leaving, to an essentially empty office.
  * Signed the offer and backup.
    % Between that and retirement, things seem very surreal.

  * up 5:30; W=197.2;
  @ Privacy · Wire (madfilkentist)
    Compares favorably with Signal: also includes stand-alone desktop and web versions,
    and does video and file transfers.  Not clear how well it integrates with SMS; it has
    its own set of usernames. 
  * Finally emailed Jerad; late as usual -- turns out tomorrow is a holiday (Good Friday)
    Late, late.
  * Work insanity continues.  Two or three forced migrations, all of which have brick
    walls within the next two weeks.  I don't think I'm going to have time to even _think_
    about knowledge transfer.
  * Long run-around with Colleen looking for an email message, because she was using a
    stupid widget rather than the actual gmail app.
  : and more problems due to slow/flaky network.  Still can't reach the 5GHz network on
    Ubuntu; works fine on the phone now that I've renamed it in case something is case-
  * 9:30ish very sleepy

0414Fr "Good" Friday
  * up 4:30; W=199;
  & took West Seattle Blog off the morning tab list, because, well, ...
  @ dw_news | Dreamwidth News (and welcome!), 14 April 2017 vital ljexit info!
  * some access/subscription/filter maintenance on DW.  Added "family" filter (which
    includes some very close friends), deleted "not-work" and "not-my-kids" because
    they're not useful anymore.  Will probably change "people" to "friends" at some point
    and be a little more restrictive.
  * Added 1099s to taxes.  Ouch.  (still need to enter mortgage interest and other
    deductions; that will help.)
  * updated address for SSA; sent benefits letter and BNY 1099 to Evergreen and Firestone
  : N came and picked me up on the way from dropping the kids at M's office to dropping
    her phone at a repair place just across the street from Safeway.  Colleen had made
    shepherd's pie for dinner, so, yum and good company.  Some discussion of the economics
    of the various retirement options.  If I value my time, it's a no-brainer.  N is also
    of the opinion that it won't materially affect our chances of getting a loan; I'd be
    making around $80K and can also add the $18K she pays in rent.  So, yeah.  It'll be
    rough on the team, but they'll either have to deal with it or have a deal for me.
    (couldn't resist that particular turn of phrase)
  @ ironymaiden . a method to batch export your livejournal images (solarbird)
  % 9:30ish - very sleepy.  Going to feed Ticia and go splat.

  * up 7am; W=197.6; shower
  @ The subtle brilliance of Sesame Street’s first episode starring an autistic Muppet -
    Vox (ysabetwordsmith | Meet Julia)
  * noon:  meet N at Rainbow's End to go see the dome house.
    -> Dome house pretty, but not much land, and would have required another $50+K to
    -> Auburn - almost perfect, but several other offers and was at the upper edge of our
       price range.  Initially ready to jump on it, but talked ourselves out of it on the
       way home.
  * speakerphone calls with (real estate broker) Rob and (lender) Jason.  Strategy.  The
    main question is whether I can still qualify for a mortgage after retiring; the answer
    appears to be yes.

Date: 2017-04-17 01:46 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I think that being able to retire will help you a lot. At least initially probably a LOT of the time will be soaked up with loose ends from retiring and moving and related things, but you can, going forward, build yourself a schedule with more time to do the things you want to do. I know that there are risks of people becoming very sad when at loose ends, but I think your family and friends will keep you busy.

I'll save the congratulations until you either notice TIME OFF happening or get an offer to drop in your old workplace as a contractor. But warm fuzzy feelings, those I have.

*offers hugs*

Date: 2017-04-17 06:45 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
That sounds like a sensible plan.

Date: 2017-04-17 02:00 am (UTC)
archangelbeth: An anthropomorphic feline face, with feathered wing ears, and glasses, in shades of gray. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
Sending Good-Lucks in your direction!

Date: 2017-04-17 11:21 am (UTC)
amaebi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Wow! That/those was/were sudden, and sound/s great!

And in fact you sound a little excited! :)

Thumbs held for you, as always.

Date: 2017-04-17 04:03 pm (UTC)
amaebi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
*gentle pawpat*

Date: 2017-04-17 02:28 pm (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Congrats on the retirement!

And congrats on bid for house!

Date: 2017-04-17 02:48 pm (UTC)
jcfiala: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jcfiala
Good luck with retirement!

Date: 2017-04-17 06:25 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
When are you out-out?

Date: 2017-04-18 01:18 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
I have some REALLY old (and presumably good) Scotch, and a Significant Birthday immediately after what I presume is your last day.

We should do something.

Date: 2017-04-18 12:30 am (UTC)
jenk: Daria offering a toast (Daria-toast)
From: [personal profile] jenk
Congratulations on the retirement package and the house offer!

Date: 2017-04-19 01:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gorgeousgary
Congrats on the retirement! Best of luck on the house-hunting and selling.

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