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8/5/18 2:35 P

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I got Hamilton tickets back in January for a show in October. That lottery thing is insane, but it worked out for me, so I was really happy. I'm taking my daughter as a gift. I guess it's really my birthday gift as my birthday is in October, so it's a gift to both of us!! We listen to the soundtrack all the time in the car and I know most of the words to most of the songs. I think it'll be hard not to sing along in the theater but no one is paying to listen to us sing, so we will behave!!!

Are the tickets for the NY show, or for the traveling show? Just curious where they will see the show. We live near NYC so that's the show we are seeing.

I can't begin to explain how stressful that trip was going to be and I'm just so happy we don't have to go. It's worth it even if I lose the entire value of the tickets!! ;)

Hot day here. I'm doing my LIIFT 4 beach body workout inside. And I'm doing some CPA work. It's a good day.

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OOOH Hamilton tickets, what an awesome gift! Experience gifts are my favorite to give and get!

It definitely sounds better to avoid the family drama even if it costs you some money! Plus you wouldn't just be worried about getting a job, you'd be explaining it to everyone - sigh...and I'd pay whatever to not have to do that haha.

We have to finish up our estate paperwork and quitclaim our properties over to the estate, then we'll be able to finish up the planning and get solid numbers for retirement. I think we'll flip our IRAs to ROTH accounts and pay the current taxes. Sigh...

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8/4/18 5:55 P

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Hi Folks,

Been up to my eyeballs in work. We've had a series of thunderstorms that each night rolled through and knocked out the power. It would be the wee hours of the morning when the power came back on and we'd be awakened by burglar alarm, lights going on, possible the tv playing and needing to set clocks to be sure we'd get up on time. I wasn't sure the cell phones would stay charged to awaken us. So several nights of that with 5 hrs sleep each night. Then the option to get "Hamilton" tickets and one had to be up and logged in to the "virtual" waiting room between 5 and 7: 5 a.m. to get in the random drawing for your number in line to purchase tickets. Once you got the alert to enter the box office you had 10 mins to locate tickets for day, time, location in the theatre & cost. If you hadn't finished paying for your tickets (if you found what you wanted) you got bumped out of the box office and lost your opportunity.

Hubby was wonderful in getting me up on time and both of us going online. He got a number in the high 33,000 , my girlfriend , bless her heart, was given 49,900 something, and I was the lucky one with 2,639. Then there was nearly a 3 hour glitch where nothing was happening due to "bots" attempting to haul tickets away. They finally got things going and I managed to get two tickets (only allowed 4 per household). I wanted these for my daughter's upcoming 35th birthday present and her 2nd anniversary present combined. They were expensive enough to merge occasions. She wanted to get tickets but heard how expensive they were and felt it was not in the budget. They will both be sooo surprised and happy.

Well, have to dash for now. Hubby just got back.

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8/3/18 10:39 A

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At least salaried I know that even if I'm not wildly productive say "9-5" I'm probably working early or late or on the weekend, etc., so I know I'm putting in the time. I'm grateful they are treating me as salaried because of course the flood isn't my fault and had it not happened I'd be in the office doing more in person learning, etc.

Your trips sound amazing!!! I can't wait until we can figure out a time to visit CA and meet up with you!!

We had to cancel our trip to MN to go with the family wilderness camping starting next Friday because of the new job. I can't say I'm extremely upset that we can't go (family drama) but I made cheap flight reservations that are non-refundable. I can pay a fee now and get the value of the tickets to take another trip, so it's not a total lost cause, but wow, this trip has certainly been a pain from the time it was brought up a year ago to now. Long painful story.....not worth boring you with. But, I'd rather be working and earning a paycheck than camping and stressing over not having a job.

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8/3/18 9:23 A

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Oh, I didn't realize you were hourly...yeah, that wouldn't sit right with me either to be paid for hours I didn't work. Not really even as salary, but that would make more sense.

I'm sure it's a relief to have a project! I have projects...too many of them, but I'll surely be busy for a long, long time. ...AND then, I'll retire!

I am having so much fun planning things for our Italians! In Napa we will walk around the town and then we are going champagne tasting with lunch at the winery, then dinner is at a swanky Napa restaurant. The next day we have reservations for a wine and food pairing that we've done before and it was some of the very best food we've had! Then that evening we'll bring a picnic to a music venue we got tickets to. Doesn't that sound fun?! It's such a Napa kind of trip! Lots of foodie food, wine and music!

For Tom and I, I also booked 4 nights at our favorite hotel in Cambria in October and we're going 6 days to Maui in December. Now I'm working on a 6 day trip to Iceland in February to (hopefully) see the northern lights. That is the last thing on my bucket list and I really want to knock it off so that I can start a new list! There are all kinds of geothermal hot springs in Iceland and I can't wait to go try a bunch out.

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8/2/18 7:50 A

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I just wanted to clarify that I'm working through a staffing agency that's paying me by the hour and billing the ASPCA by the hour, so I'm not on as salaried yet. If I were, it wouldn't be an issue at all. But as I'm being billed essentially as any other temp, I feel like I should be putting in the work to get paid.

Last night I spent time on the phone with the CFO and he has a very interesting project for me to work on so I'm happy I'll be productive next week!

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8/1/18 9:44 P

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Oh, and Jen, send me your address on my email lompocfox@hotmail.com so that I can send you a baby shower gift!!! You are welcome to tell me what you really want that nobody is likely to get you too! Or, you can leave it to me to guess!

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Yes, I love coming here with you guys too. When they changed the layout of the website and we hardly saw any new people we talked about closing the team, but we enjoyed it too much so just changed it to a weekly chat.

I loved being pregnant! I was not exhausted when I had my son. ...then again, he was ten pounds and started sleeping through the night at six weeks lol. My son kicked up a storm! I was in a meeting once and he kicked and stuck out so far as to startle the person sitting next to me haha. My daughter was a completely different story, she looked literally like she was doing laps. You'd see what you'd imagine was an elbow go by, then the butt on a flip turn, then a leg. It was so funny! The first one you definitely get to know after they're born, but the second one you feel a love for right away.

One of the protocols my doctor had me on made me do shots once a day to my stomach and I was hesitant at first, but it turns out you hardly have any nerves in your stomach and it's super easy. You'll be fine.

If I can make one suggestion it's to read the book "Parenting Young Children: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Children Under Six"
by Don Dinkmeyer Sr. and Gary D. McKay

I'd read it now and again when you have your boy and then every time he grows into a new stage. It's got to be the single most helpful tool I had as a parent. It was so helpful, I led classes on it for 12 years so that I could take the class over and over and over.

I am an accountant...so it makes sense that I taught my kids how to be financially functional - and my son is now a controller! We also did a lot of math when they were young. I'd tell them I'd pay the sales tax if they could calculate close to what it would cost.

That is such an awesome way to start a job! In California, they'd have to pay you the whole week if you're salaried anyway. If you work one day of the week and you have no vacation accrued or PTO, they still have to pay you. You are paid for the work that you do, not the hours that you keep. I've only been there three months and when I took a week + off, they paid me for the whole time.

Oh, and our minimum wage is currently $11 and is going to steadily rise until it hits $15...on the other hand, rent for a 1 bedroom apartment is running $1,400/mo. What are rents where you guys are at?

The distance help won't help, unfortunately. I need a plant accountant who can knock some heads inside the plant - lol. I have a gal starting on the 16th so wish me luck! But, I had to pay $85k for the position!

Now that I know we are set for retirement I am planning trips again! We've got the Italian's coming with lots of fun California adventures including renting a captain and yacht to take us for 3 hours in the San Francisco bay...doesn't that sound awesome? We're staying two nights in Napa on the Russian river in a 3 bedroom airbnb and taking them to a wine and food pairing that is super nice (we've done it before) at the Kendall Jackson winery and we'll take them to Korbel which we belong to. Korbel (the champagne people) is awesome because their vineyard ground has been paid off for ...probably over a hundred years, so they just don't care what they sell their champagne for. I'm sure you guys have had Korbel since it's in all the stores, but they have stuff there that they only sell there and it's super high quality!

I'm so tempted to book the silly Napa wine train because it's just fun. It goes up the Napa valley and comes back. That's it. BUT, you sit in an observation car and they feed you a four course, gourmet meal with wine pairings and they have a tasting "room" on one of the cars. It's ridiculous and expensive, but it's a kick to do. When our daughter turned 21 we took all the kids to Napa, rented out rooms in a fancy bed and breakfast and did the wine train. It was so fun!

We're going whale watching in Monterey, home of the Mariana trench - the deepest spot in the ocean and home to so very many whales...have I already told you guys this? I'm just super excited. This is a tourist tour and not a hired boat, but they guarantee sightings.

And Yosemite (assuming they get the fire put out) and giant redwoods... Have I told you lately how much I LOVE living in California?

Come visit and we will give you a tour!!!


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8/1/18 1:36 P

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Jen, it's all pretty abstract until the baby comes. Then it's just exhaustion and a blur of love. You'll be great, I know it. It starts to feel more real once you feel movements, but there's still something very strange about being pregnant. It's kinda surreal, at least it was for me!

Exercise always helps, and swimming is the best!!!

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I agree, it's so very nice to come here and share what's going on and hear what you guys are doing :)

Carol, I love that financial plan! I felt very much like I was thrown to the wolves after high school and I struggled a lot both financially and emotionally (being broke is stressful!). I'm gonna file that away for the far off future!

The swim helped, seeing my shrinky dink helped too. She reminded me that even if it does come to the insulin, I'll be capable, I've got huge motivation and a really good support network (thanks for being a part of it!). Pregnancy and upcoming motherhood is still fairly abstract to me, knowing it's a boy helps a lot, and I think I'm starting to feel movements, hopefully the identity shift starts to solidify a bit more in the coming weeks along with the kicks that will surely solidify lol

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I think I made $2.35 an hour busing tables at my first job. They also gave us dinner.....and charged us for it.....it was at a cafeteria style restaurant. It was a lot of fun despite the work because the other workers were all kids I went to school with. That was 35 years ago!!!

Minimum wage in NJ is $8.44 an hour. I think working for the school district and doing a kind of IT work helps the wage be a bit higher. The supervisor told the other girl's mom (who is a teacher as well) that he will always hire girls now because they are much faster workers than boys! Yes, I would guess so, especially the two he hired!!! It disturbed me a bit to hear that from a teacher/school employee though. A bit sexist, right? But maybe he learned something, so that's good.

I love your financial learning plan for the kid. I think now is the time to teach her about real financial responsibility so I'm going to steal your idea and implement it!!

So far this Interim gig isn't bad. As mentioned before, the place flooded over the weekend so I've been working remotely all week and it looks like it will be like this for at least the next week, maybe two. I want to be productive, but it's hard from here. However, they told me to report a normal work day anyway since this isn't my fault. That's a good sign. I'm surely not really doing 8 hours of work a day, but I'm doing the best I can to be useful and to learn.

Carol, I'm very good at remote work so if you need someone and you can't find someone, think of me. I can fly out for a week a month, and work from here the rest of the month. Just an idea to plant in your head........

I also have a friend who implemented our system 15 years ago at the old company who has started his own company again, this time implementing management and accounting software for churches that he and his partner developed. If they get bigger, they may need help with implementation and he said he'd definitely bring me on their team if there's a place for me. So, things are going well and being relaxed and confident is bringing more positive things into my life, so I'm pretty happy.

Also, I've been doing this Beach Body workout program called LIIFT 4. It's focused hard on weight lifting with HIIT and core incorporated into the workouts. They are 4 days a week and I've been doing it for just two weeks now and I can already feel that I'm getting stronger. I'm so happy with this workout plan!! And once I'm done with this 8 week program I can go on to all of their other programs because I bought access to it online for a year.

Rain, rain, rain today........poor hubby is out on the farm where he now works part time working in a downpour. He's tough, he likes the work, and we can use the cash, so it's all good!!

I don't tell you guys this enough, but coming here is very important to me and sharing my life with you and you sharing your lives with all of us is one of the best parts of my day!!

Have a great day everyone!!!

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7/31/18 3:30 P

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Haha:...my first job I made $2.38 an hour as a prepress graphics worker...but, that was over 40 years ago and it was a good wage.

Jen, take that swim! Try not to let the medical stuff get to you. Just try to stay present and remember you have a miracle growing inside you!

Well Heather, it will be interesting to see how the new job goes! And...remember you took it as an interim, so if you find something else you can go for it. It’s hard to believe that Sydney is old enough to work! At first I was thinking, $10, how are they getting away with that...then I remembered I live in California, home of the high minimum wage!

When our kids entered middle school they got their checking account and their “living” allowance transferred at the first of each month. They had to buy their clothing, shampoo, etc on their own and budget for it. If they had extra it was theirs to save or spend. When they turned 16 their allowances went up because we bought them each a car (remember, we live in California haha) and they had to pay their insurance, gas and repairs. For college they had to do all their own work to fill out forms and admittance paperwork...but when they went off to college they were both totally self sufficient...so it worked for us. Maybe we spoiled them, I don’t know. I can say that they are both lovely, hard working adults, so I am happy.



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Lol aww Sydney... Little by little is a good plan. That's a pretty good first job though! I think I made $6.25 at my first job, working at a college text book store.

Crazy timing with the first day office crisis, but hey it sounds like they had their plan together and communicated well which is cool.

I helped Dad pack the van last night for Pennsic. Leaving Thursday night! I'm so ready for a vacation... I've been having trouble sleeping at night worrying about the threat of insulin injections because my fasting numbers are high. Which of course the worry and not sleeping hurts my numbers *sigh*

Hoping to catch a swim tonight and maybe that'll help ease my mind.

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So, I was going in to the office to start my first full week when I got an email that the office had flooded due to a malfunctioning sprinkler on the floors above us and therefore the office was closed. I was able to get in and get the laptop, then run over to the temp agency to get my I-9 taken care of so I can get paid, then race back to Port Authority to get a bus home!! It was crazy! I was able to hook up with the guy who is training me and we got some good information transfer done by phone. I love being able to work remotely!

I'm good in a crisis and it seems all of these folks are too, so it's all good. Honestly at first it's hard to be productive in the office since no one will come to you with questions because they know you don't know yet! So it's kind of nice to be able to fill the down time with things at home instead of trying to find stuff to fill the time in the office between information sharing meetings. I'm getting the lay of the land pretty quickly and I like it. People are people, right? There's always stuff in an office.......but you can either be at a professional place where people deal well with stuff.....or not......and this place is professional. I'm happy!

On another note, more related to health and fitness, I've been doing a BeachBody workout lifting program that I absolutely love. I feel stronger than I have in years, and it's only been a few weeks!! Yippee!!!

And, Sydney has her first job!! She's doing computer set up at the middle school. She and her friend are setting up all the Chromebooks for next year. How cool is that? She's making $10 an hour!!! So she asked me if money will be taken out for "like, taxes" and I said yes. She asked me if I would give her the difference so she got the full $10 an hour. Her CPA mom laughed and laughed and laughed.......tee hee. Welcome to real life baby. Mama will still pay for most things, but it's good to learn about the real world a bit at a time!! With her first paycheck we'll go set up a checking account. I know, I know, we should have done this before but we haven't set up an account for her yet, so now's the time!

So, back to trying to find something to read about the new job before my 11 am meeting for training.

Have a great day!!!

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Hello all!! Quick start here just so we don't end up with two threads! I'll come back and post more in a minute, it's been a crazy two days!!

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