Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Data on Working From Home

This week, a colleague worked from home for a day. His commute is 90 minutes each way and he had an afternoon dentist appointment. He was at his computer chatting with the team, putting out e-mails, and generally doing his job. He and I have done this before for various reasons. We've both left early due to weather, skipped coming to the office altogether due to weather and/or travel. It didn't seem like a big issue...until he got called into the boss's office today.

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Weekend Projects

God Bless America and our Presidents. Without either, I would not have had a three day weekend and the amount of time required to tackle a few home renovation projects. My wife and I really maximized the three day weekend by tackling the long awaited flooring project. We didn't finish all 1,000 square feet, but did get our master bedroom 95% complete. It's nice to be away from the dust and powder of subfloor (we tore out the stained/gross carpet when we moved in).

Friday, February 8, 2013

New Buys & Sells

As part of my goal of achieving $5,000 of dividends this year, I need to replace some of my non-dividend paying holdings with dividend payers. I held a few larger positions in companies that I bought at low prices that have increased quite a bit in value. Not only did the size of the holdings as a percentage of my portfolio get too high for my comfort, owning large quantities of these stocks did not help get me to my goal.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Retire by 27

I always used to tell people that I'd be a millionaire by 25. I said it often enough and with enough conviction that people still remember that. They jokingly ask what the hold up is (I'm not yet a millionaire). As I got older and began to comprehend how hard it is to make a million dollars (much less by age 25), I shifted my catch-phrase to "I'm going to retire by 35". After each successive year of working, my target retirement age moved closer and closer - 33...30....and my latest saying is that I'll retire by 27 this coming August.