Now that I’m not working in a corporation anymore, I feel great! That whole environment was toxic for me. Since handing in my two weeks notice, I am carefree and can think clearly again. Some readers questioned – Is this retirement or a career change? I would say it’s a reprieve. My goal is to never go back to work for a corporation again. This is enough of a retirement for me. I will explore self employment opportunities more when baby RB40 goes off to school. Ideally, I can build a small business that can mostly run itself. That way, I can spend a minimal amount of time each day supervising and then work on my own projects the rest of the day.
Cog – Leaving a work place is never easy especially if you’ve been there for a long time. I cleaned out my cubicle a little bit at a time and got all of my personal stuff out, but there was still tons of stuff left. They already have a new employee going into that cubicle on Monday so I hope the clean up crew worked over the weekend. I knew I was a replaceable cog in the corporate machine, but they sure are quick.
Payroll – I also received my last paycheck, but they only paid me one week instead of two weeks. I called payroll and they opened a case for me and hopefully this can be resolve without lawyers. One good news is that I’m eligible for the midyear bonus since I was still on the payroll on June 30th. That bonus check is equivalent to about two weeks pay and it will come in handy.
Bebe RB40 – I’m reading Bringing Up Bebe and it’s enjoyable for the most part. From what I read so far, I don’t think the French has such a thing as a stay at home dad. As for bebe RB40, he is doing quite well out of daycare. He’s been out since the end of May and he hasn’t been sick once. In daycare, he was constantly ill and never had a chance to gain much weight. (He didn’t want to eat much when he was sick.) I liked the daycare in general, but the constant illness was just a pain, especially when Mrs. RB40 got sick, too.
Now that summer is here, we have been listening to free concerts, visiting the playgrounds, and enjoying the beautiful weather in Portland. Today we got stuck on the light rail though. President Obama was in town and all the trains were stopped until he reached the convention center. We got out and walked around until the trains started moving again, but it was a bit annoying since the president wasn’t even on our side of the river.
Health Insurance – I also went to see my dentist today. At first I thought my health insurance would terminate on my last day, but I found out that the coverage will continue until the end of the month. So I took advantage of that and got my teeth cleaned.
Anyway, I am still feeling great about quitting my job. I’ll check in again after a few months of having no paychecks. Some people feel an emptiness when they retire, but I don’t miss work at all. Baby RB40 and the blog are keeping me very busy every day. Summer is also a great time of the year to be in Portland. There are so many free events to enjoy and we’ll go to as many of them as we can. It was always such a big deal to take time off to go when I was gainfully employed. Hope you are having a great summer too!