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Retired Syd
Young retired bitch (as my friends affectionately call me).
Interests: knitting, gardening, dogs, enjoying the company of friends and family, reading, sewing, fitness, dining, drinking
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(Nope, this one is welcome. Just not ON my computer.) OH MY GOSH. This morning the cat let me sleep in until 5am. I was so happy. I got up and did the usual routine, feed her, open the cat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Hawaii--Doug without his clubs) I receive a lot of requests from people wanting me to write a guest post on their blog. I know I will never get around to that, I barely get around to posting on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Crossing precarious bamboo bridge in Bali) A reader recently asked me to address the issue of health insurance and how the experience obtaining health insurance in retirement compares to when I first retired. Then As I mentioned in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo details: Chinatown Shophouses, Singapore) Ok, I’m going to be honest. I didn’t want to go to Bali. At all. Doug and I met a new friend when we went biking in Southeast Asia two years ago. April is her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Croquet at Meadowood—July 2006) A lot of people have asked me if I’m sad to have sold my wine country vacation home. I do get very attached to my real estate—it’s personal to me. So it’s surprising that... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo details: Our lodging on Ha Long Bay 2014. The trip that was too long even for me.) This post is one in a series I promised comparing my concerns in early retirement with how things are turning out now,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Murphy Brown in Calistoga) Is a vacation home worth it? Let’s just cut to the chase. No, it’s not. I mean, unless money is of no concern to you. Of course it’s not always about money, is it?... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Staged patio of the vacation home I no longer own--as of yesterday.) You’ll hear this question from retired people all the time, “How did I ever have time for work?” And I know what working people think about... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Uncle Jim at his 80th birthday party, July 2015) Wow, what a year. And not in a good way. It’s hard for me to not write what is going on in my life, and I haven’t really felt... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: The View from Round Pond Winery, Napa Valley) As I mentioned last week, I’m planning on writing a series of posts comparing the early days of retirement to retirement now, eight years later. You know—now that I’m a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Cupcakes at my Uncle Jim's 80th birthday. Hopefully I'll be playing jazz piano at mine.) Ok, I really am going to kick off the new series of then-and-now posts next, but I just had to share a current-day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Above-Sydney with work friends at her retirement party in 2008. Below-Sydney with Dad and Doug eight years into retirement.) I’ve been retired for nearly eight years now. Over that time I’ve worried about money, and then stopped worrying... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Subway home from the Yankee's game two years ago, back when I was actually young.) Only seven years ago, people used to say, upon hearing that I was retired, “Wow, you are so young to be retired.” At... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Ok, so here’s the part of the Fia story that makes me sad. After we returned home from Las Vegas, Fia’s mommy emailed me to ask if Fia was with us—Fia hadn’t been home the whole time we were gone!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Our back yard seems to attract a lot of cats. They lounge around in the sun mostly, but we had seen many of the kitties drinking the sprinkler water that pools along the bottom edge of our barbeque cover. So... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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After our dog Murphy died, we decided to take a break from pets for a while. Once I retired, we relished the ability to travel spontaneously--and for long stretches of time--without worrying about a canine companion back home. We figured... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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Photo Friday: I know I said wouldn't get another dog for a long time. At least until our traveling days wound down. I'm a dog person, I never even considered getting a cat. But here we are, with a kitty... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I have been so entertained lately reading how much people who don’t have the new Apple Watch hate it. The best one was watching Harris Faulkner’s show on the Fox New Network this weekend. (First, a disclaimer that I don’t... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Siem Reap 2014, Vines holding up the temple at Ta Phrom) Yesterday I wrote about the 4% rule and why I still think it’s a great place to start your retirement plan, despite the rule’s detractors. A few... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: May 2015 at the Kentucky Derby. Is retirement planning like betting on a horse race?) The 4% “rule” is based on financial planner William Bengen’s analysis of 80 years of historical stock market, bond market, and inflation rate... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: My last tax season) I drove by my old office last night and it struck me that it is tax season and I'm driving home from class at 9pm, not driving home from work at 9pm. What a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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(Photo Details: Flowers at the 911 Memorial, NYC) Perspective has been a bitch this week. My oldest friend’s 22-year daughter died this week. To be more clear, my friend isn’t old, my friendship with her is—I’ve known her since the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I know I said I was going to tell you the secret to living to 122, but I got distracted. A few days ago I read this post suggesting that it’s a mistake to retire at 62. Actually, it sounds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
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I promised I would share some of what I’m learning in my class about living to 100. Why try to live to 100? The class isn’t really about living to a specific age as much as it is about being... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job
I'm very excited to report that I have been asked to join the Wall Street Journal's esteemed panel of experts who write about retirement topics on WSJ's blog, The Experts. I'm taking an adult education class this quarter called "Roadmap... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Retirement: A Full-Time Job