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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tomorrow is my 62nd birthday. I am so relieved I made it to this point. Why? Because I am finally eligible to draw social security benefits if I need to retire! Whew! I plan to work until at least age 64 and not draw my benefits until I am eligible for the full amount (at 66 or later) but the NICEST birthday gift is having a little bit of retirement security locked in! Now I need to make it to Medicare

I have to be a witness at a major hearing (for work) tomorrow, so it will be a fairly stressful work day. I expect a major grilling from the other side. But I am going out with a friend for a birthday dinner and drinks, which will be pleasant. And other friends will throw a birthday party for me a week or so after the date.

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Im going to go easy on birthday cake though! My stomach has been in turmoil and my sleep is disturbed for the past couple of weeks. I have maintained MANY healthy habits, such as exercise and water and veggies. But I could do better at avoiding acid reflux triggers (like overeating, coffee/tea, rich food, wine, tomatoes). And sleep is still a problem for me. I have let my caffeine habit creep back up which doesnt help either my stomach or my sleeping. Oh well; I leave for vacation next week and my digestion and sleep always miraculously improve when I am on vacation..

I am excited about my vacation next week! Im going to Brookings on the Oregon coast, where I will hike with my hiking buddy John and meet his new lady friend. Hes cooking me dinner; and SHES cooking dinner the next night. Nice of her to invite a total stranger! When I leave for the California portion of my vacation, Ill drive through the scenic Trinity Alps. When I was a child, we always rented a cabin by Trinity Lake and I have fond memories of the beauty of the area. (I know it is likely to still have snow) Then I will spend 4 days with my elderly mom and also visit my siblings. My younger sister is moving to Pittsburgh next month for a new job, so it is a good opportunity to see them all.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CLAIREINPARIS 3/31/2013 4:06AM

    I am so sorry I missed this blog! Happy Belated Birthday!
Your holiday plans sounded wonderful, and I am sure you are having a great time! emoticon

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FRENCHIFAL 3/26/2013 11:26AM

    Happy birthday, I'm sorry I'm late to the party!! I hope you had a great day!!

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DR1939 3/22/2013 12:20PM

    emoticon What surprised me when I hit 62 was that I still felt like I was 19. Of course I had many indications that this was not so! Have a lovely visit with your friends and family.

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MARITIMER3 3/22/2013 10:06AM

    I hope the hearing goes well. No wonder your stomach is acting up.

It's good that you are getting closer to retirement, and that your social security benefits are now available if you need them. In Canada we can opt for a smaller pension (Canada Pension Plan, which we pay into as compared to Old Age Securuty which is provided to everyone by the government) starting any time after 60, and can take it even if we are still working.

I took a pre-retirement course, and it was recommended that I start my CPP at 60, which I did. I retired at 62. My work pension is based on only 21 years' service because when I was married to my first husband I chose jobs because they were interesting (e.g., office manager in a public art gallery) rather than for their benefits. After we separated, when I was 42, I was careful to get into a job with the good benefits. If I hadn't re-married, I would have had to work until 65, and I'm very grateful to have someone with whom to share expenses.

Your holiday plans sound great. It's always nice to go back to places that were important to us when we were younger. For me, it's going back to Nova Scotia, especially to Cape Breton Island where we camped when my children were young.

Most of all, Happy Birthday.
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CDCSMITH2013 3/22/2013 7:15AM

    Happy birthday!!

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SLENDERCLAIRE 3/22/2013 6:49AM

    Have a great birthday - and relax and chill on your vacation! It sounds great!

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MADAMES 3/22/2013 4:50AM

    Vacation plans sound wonderful! Enjoy the stress free time! I can totally relate to your retirement milestone...I reached 62 a year ago, and I did retire to be able to help care for others in my family. I am happy for you!


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ALICIA214 3/22/2013 1:48AM


I hope you have a very Happy Birthday tomorrow..Be sure to have a lot of fun..

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JANTWO 3/22/2013 12:15AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! emoticon

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EWL978 3/21/2013 11:58PM

    Happy birthday!!!! And, many MANY more happy & healthy ones.

Enjoy your trip, too!!

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