Blogs Roundup

Have a Great Independence Day Weekend!

happy Independence Day

Ahhh… It’s Independence Day, my favorite holiday of the year. The weather finally warmed up in Portland and it’s the best time of the year to be in the Pacific Northwest. There are so many free concerts and activities to do that there is no point going on a vacation. That’s why we visited Hawaii in April to get it out of the way. Summer is the perfect time to have fun locally. This year we’re continuing our 4th of July tradition of BBQ, Blues Festival, and fireworks. Here is our menu. BBQ baby back ribs Sweet potato salad Corn […]

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Bizarre Dream

sleep balloon bizarre dream

Whoa, I had the most vivid bizarre dream last night! I haven’t dreamt like that in a long time (or at least I didn’t remember it after waking up.) It seems the subconscious mind is trying to work through all these little things and cobbled together a nutty screenplay. This is way off topic for the blog, but what the heck, it’s Friday. You can skip to the end if you’re more interested in the January blog round up. Illustration from It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, a great bedtime book. 3 … 2 … 1 … action! Bye Bye […]

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FinCon 2012 Roundup

plutus awards finalist

I’m in Denver for FinCon 2012. I missed FinCon last year because baby RB40 was only 6 months old, and I didn’t want to leave him at home. This year, he is much bigger and more independent. Grandma came up to stay with him while I attend FinCon this year. I’m really looking forward to meeting all my blogger friends and learning a huge amount.  Retire By 40 is a Plutus Award Finalist in the Retirement category! We actually won the Plutus Award last year, but I don’t think we’ll be able to repeat this year. The competition really are […]

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Baby Expense #3 – $440 Baby Gate


OK, I confess. The headline is an attention grabber ploy, but it’s not a complete fabrication. Here check it out. Hey baby RB40, I caught you by surprise! See the baby gate behind him? That’s the box from the IKEA PAX closet. Grandma is moving in to help out for a while and Mrs. needs more closet space. She took over the closet in the 2nd bedroom a while back and can’t live without the extra space anymore. Is the Mrs’ closet expansion as unavoidable as lifestyle inflation? haha, I think so… Talking about IKEA, their PAX closet instructions could […]

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