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Old 02-16-2019, 07:40 AM
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Interesting thread idea.

I have a baby due sometime in the next 6-8 weeks, so Iím pursuing job opportunities in my field that are much closer to home than my 42 mile each way commute right now.
That's exciting news, Russ. Good luck with the job hunt. Do you think you'll find something closer in the same salary bracket or will you need to take a hit?
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:07 AM
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I had lost 60lbs over the past year and a half... Exercise & diet are the key to losing it.

Put on about 5lb recently due to holiday foods and bad weather preventing me from exercising as much as I should.

I cut down on the bread & starch type carb's but didn't completely eliminate them. No more pizza or pasta. 100% whole wheat bread for my lunch sandwiches.

Drink 24 oz of water right after I get up in the morning. 2 mugs of coffee a day with reduced sugar and milk added. I have several 16oz glasses of water during the day, at least 1 with dinner and 16 oz before bedtime.

I allow myself 1 soda a week & a max of 3 beers per week.

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Biggest thing I have going is my weight loss attempt. I'm down 21.5, about 20 more to go (at least). I'm coming up on 64 next month and I don't need to be carrying around 40 pounds that I don't need.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:37 AM
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I am also in the planning for retirement phase. Probably 2 years away. Working on doing a few key things in my house that I can pay off while I am still working.
And looking at my health as well with upping my commitment to better diet and more exercise.
I want to be healthy and prosperous enough to enjoy my retirement. I feel as though I have worked hard to get to where I am so do not want to take either my health or good fortune for granted.

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Old 02-16-2019, 08:45 AM
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Interesting thread idea.



I have a baby due sometime in the next 6-8 weeks, so Iím pursuing job opportunities in my field that are much closer to home than my 42 mile each way commute right now.

I will hold a good thought for you getting a job closer to home. I love my job but my commute has gotten out of control. It can take a toll after a while.

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Old 02-16-2019, 08:54 AM
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My heart goes out to you and I hope the very best to you and your SO.
Thanks for the nice words!

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That's exciting news, Russ. Good luck with the job hunt. Do you think you'll find something closer in the same salary bracket or will you need to take a hit?
Thanks Drew! Iím still really excited and super nervous at the same time. Iím in education and live in a metro area, so the pay actually is actualky little better here. I live here because my wife has a really good job and does much better than me pay wise. I really enjoy the kids and people I work with at the rural school Iíve been at the last 5 years, but the less Iíll spend in gas and wear and tear will help with my salary as well.


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I will hold a good thought for you getting a job closer to home. I love my job but my commute has gotten out of control. It can take a toll after a while.

Best,
Jayne
Thanks so much Jayne! Although I really like where I work, I live in a much better area for my wife and I and driving 85 miles a day 5 times a weeks for 5 years has gotten really old really fast. I definitely know how you feel.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:50 AM
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We made our big decisions last July. When we finally got on offer on our old place in Wyoming.
Then in a whirlwind 3 months we made an offer on our new place in Wyoming , which was accepted , put our Colorado place on the market , accepted an offer 4 days after listing it.

Then proceeded to have to move everything out of both old places and into the new Wyoming place . Now we have settled down to a dull roar of learning this new place and everything involved in plowing and blowing 3/4 of a mile of private road out to the Highway
Wow, that is a flurry of activity!
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Finally retired and sold a rental in SoCal and exchanged it for a cool place in the forest overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho....

Awesome place!
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Quitting Drinking. Been doing it for quite a while, nightly, a lot . I'm 62, but man I keep backing out.
I got 3 bottles of hard liquor for Christmas from 3 different people. First thing I thought was, wow, if that's people's impression of me I'd better set them straight. My next take was, hey, maybe that's a message.

Now my feet aren't swollen in the morning, I've lost a little weight, and I wake up feeling like I've actually slept. It's better.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:17 AM
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yea, turning 70 has made me think about a lot of things for my future. also, my wife has had some major medical problems that we've had to deal with. so, i guess the main topic would be mortality.

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Old 02-16-2019, 11:41 AM
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I got 3 bottles of hard liquor for Christmas from 3 different people. First thing I thought was, wow, if that's people's impression of me I'd better set them straight. My next take was, hey, maybe that's a message.

Now my feet aren't swollen in the morning, I've lost a little weight, and I wake up feeling like I've actually slept. It's better.
Wow. Same gifts for me during the holidays. I love the message you got from that. My take also. And yes mornings are a tough one.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:54 AM
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Yes just turned 61 and retired eight years ago to look after my wife . Now I don't gig anymore ( after 36 years of it ) but I play every week leading our local worship music in two churches . Best fun I've had for years , good to give the big man something back
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:20 AM
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Dru.....wondering if I can handle an older daughter returning to the fold after a bad "break-up".....I might be coming out to bunk with you
There's plenty of room, JPD. We'll have to get the NHL channel and crank my Marshalls all the way to 0.5.

Seriously, I hope that things go well with your daughter. Is she moving in?
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:49 PM
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Iím turning 50 this year but not after my wife and I celebrate 20 years together. My youngest will also be turning 12 soon and has straight Aís but heís also riddled with ADHD and wants his own cell phone and email/social media accounts. As parents go, weíre behind the times. All his peersí parents seem very lax in comparison.

My mom turns 80 next year and is trying to get into a retirement home on social security and my late fatherís pension. Sheís still in control of her faculties but sheís lived alone for so long that she can be abrasive and gets easily offended if I dispute her on anything. She will likely end up in a HUD subsidized home.

My oldest son turns 15 soon and is severely autistic/cognitively disabled and bipolar and we have some hard decisions to make regarding his long term living arrangements as well. Heís been institutionalized for some time now and I fear that he may have trouble reintegrating into society, much less our family - many of whom have written him off. When he comes of age I fear that SSI will not be enough. We need to dump his college savings into an ABLE account.

As for me, Iím trying my best to pull myself out of depression. Iíve been talking to a therapist for the past two years and Iíve been looking for the silver lining in all of this.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:59 PM
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Aw, Neil, you have had your hands full for years. This sounds profoundly traumatic. I hope you have a few friends as well as family to keep you upright through these trials.

One kind member reached out to me through a PM and shared his hope for the future. It really made me think that sometimes we cling to the hope that others have when we ourselves are hanging by a thread. It felt good to hear his trust in the meaning of life and helped me connect to my own.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your life right now. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts. I will pray for your own heartfelt peace and breathing room.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:17 AM
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Iím thinking about the right way to congratulate my twins without setting wrong expectations.

A funny back story is my wife was looking at reasons to be on the kids for basic around the house stuff, logged into the school portal, and saw the younger two are holding 4.0 as their sister has all through school.

As freshman I know they have a few years ahead where they might not be able to hold that. I donít want them to have unrealistic expectations and also donít want it to go to their heads. Weíve been anti-helicopter parents and I think thatís been working out very well. My hope is just having them aware of whatís worked well for others is the way to go.

Part of the challenge with the twins is they are so different from each other yet same age, at times in same classes, and judged by same peers and teachers.

Whatís interesting about the topic is there are highs and lows in life. Recent years have had some truly bad things occur and for the most part Iíve just been happy that right now seems closer to peak vs a gulley.
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