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A Gai Shan Life
Investing, Early Retirement/FIRE
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Bay Area, California, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)

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I shouldn’t be this bad at self care but I am. Takes a lot of reminders to keep at it. Stop Saying ‘Drink the Kool-Aid’ I always knew mushrooms were untrustworthy. This year’s rains have led to more poisonous mushrooms sprouting. A Malaysian-Auntie Jaeger story! What is it with men who think that No really means “keep trying to convince me that I want to do something that I have no interest in, and if ...
Posted: Jun 22 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I recently visited an overwhelmed friend to help with her laundry and play sounding board. Over towels and bath sheets, she confided in me. She and her spouse had been arguing over everything, she said, stressed by bad decisions, work, kids, work, kids, more stressful decisions. You name it, it was a fight. In my world, most fights can be resolved by taking a deep breath and letting it out, several ...
Posted: Jun 21 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Listening to the West Wing the other day, Toby’s yelling about the need to consider options to save Social Security such as raising the minimum age penetrated my conscious brain. He pointed out that people are living decades longer than they used to, and Social Security was predicated on a life span that was considerably shorter. As I understand it, you can start claiming benefits at 62 if you’re willing to ...
Posted: Jun 19 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I was trying to define success for myself and I like this: “Real success has to do with the power you build in yourself, power that no one conferred on you and no one can take away from you.” Using this list, I’m 4/5 of the way to successful by the Forbes article’s definition. I could use a bit more of 2 and 4. 2 – I’m still looking for what ...
Posted: Jun 15 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Skills Complete sentences and abstract thought  JuggerBaby normally skips words ze can’t pronounce or doesn’t think are relevant. This makes for conversations more akin to translating pantomime and Choose Your Own Adventure than communication. It gets even fuzzier when ze slips into a play-pretend mode in the middle of a normal conversation. At dinner we might be talking about people ze knows, the food’s characteristics, and then suddenly we’ll be pretending to ...
Posted: Jun 14 2017 @ 6:00 PM
On the one hand, I am Superwoman. I handle my full time job like the pro that I am. My family is fed, hygienic, healthy, and mostly happy – though Seamus would submit to you that my refusal to share carnitas tacos is inhumane and unacceptable. My hobby (writing here) is still fun after nearly 11 years. My friends are wonderful people and I gladly support them through health, home, and ...
Posted: Jun 12 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Swagbucks Sweet Treats Team Challenge 1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. You can pre-register starting now. If you haven’t joined Swagbucks yet, you can sign up on this page as well. 2. Starting Monday, June 12th at 8am PT, you’ll contribute points to your team’s total as you complete activities. All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive ...
Posted: Jun 12 2017 @ 5:55 AM
Video of Cuttlefish Battle NEGOTIATE! Gwen’s my kind of landlord – she’s doing house renovations the right way IMO. Penny asked: Are gendered emails a thing? I’m not sure. In the past month I’ve received 4 abject apology emails (only one of them was warranted), and 2 emails overexplaining that they weren’t able to deliver the expected work on time because of a death in the family, and because of toddlers running them ...
Posted: Jun 08 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I have to 5 to-do lists on Trello, 3 calendars for work and home scheduling, a paper planner, and countless spreadsheets for every financial decision we make. Am I the most organized, productive person on the West Coast, ticking items off one list after another? Nope. That used to be true. But these days, the massive system just keeps me on top of things rather than several steps behind. In today’s reality, my subconscious ...
Posted: Jun 07 2017 @ 6:00 AM
On Money Income Our normal income comes from two full time day jobs. We experiment with earning money on the side, including minimal cash flow that we don’t touch from an investment property and investing in dividend stocks. Some side income comes from Swagbucks, selling clothes on Poshmark which is hit or miss, and Achievemint (my introduction to it). Any purchases you make going through my Amazon links keep these blog lights on. The long ...
Posted: Jun 05 2017 @ 6:00 AM


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