Notes from The Retreat

March 6, 2020
AWAY carry on (sent as freebie because we did a podcast ad for them – I do truly love it) + Lotuff tote

So far, I have slept a lot (nap yesterday & slept in today!), bought a lot (online, my budget notes won’t look quite so virtuous for March I fear!), and finished some nagging blog-related tasks.

Including a PDF bonus for newsletter subscribers (coming very soon!), and updates of my “Planning” “About” and “Work” pages above! YOU GUYS, there was some really old (and embarrassing) content there.

Now it’s better. (Not perfect, but better!)

Check it out, and let me know what else you’d like up there! I’m thinking about a “Finance” or “Budget” category.

I had been procrastinating on these things for so long and I’m just so happy to have completed them! Perhaps that’s not what everyone wants to spend their retreat time on, but man . . . I FEEL GOOD.

Rest of day’s agenda:

  • A run
  • Ice cream for lunch (that’s my current plan anyway)
  • A massage!
  • Shop for kids’ gifts
  • Dinner out somewhere

Ahh. This was a really nice little break. I’m glad I went.

Some links! Because it’s Friday!

1- What is fun for the whole family? from Laura‘s blog. Her age spread is larger than ours (5.5 years between A&G) but it’s still a challenge sometimes!

2- The pantry project. I too would like to do a better job at eating the odds and ends in our pantry!

3- Can You Afford the Coronavirus? by Retire By 40, a FI blogger I find intriguing.

4- Another Simple Dollar gem – How to Avoid the Temptation to Keep Up with the Neighbors.


  • Reply DVStuden March 6, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you for leaving the work posts up! I just finished my two weeks on peds Endo and have not loved a speciality more…I thought I’d be doing ID, but now I’m not sure! The people, the topics, the fact that I was ASKED to comment on molecular pathways…it’s a hidden gem! I would LOVE to read how you came to endocrinology, it seems like a field that people kind of fall into, and don’t get exposure to early on :). I will be doing adult medicine for a myriad of reasons

    I was also recommended to read your blog by a fellow Hobonichi user-my attending this week! She saw my planner and mentioned she got hers after reading your blog and thought it would be a good read for someone in my stage of training! We bonded over planner layouts and then bonded over mouse model struggles 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 7, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Omg that is amazing! Tell your attending I said thank you for sharing w her students!!!

  • Reply Omdg March 6, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    So glad you got to do this!!

  • Reply Canuck March 7, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Love the idea of a retreat day and glad you got to do it!

    Regarding a budget section on the blog… of course, it is your blog and you have to do what feels authentic to you, but I will just say I would be much less interested in reading that than what you usually post. The main reason being that I feel like there are already a ton of people on the internet in the FIRE/”frugality” world who have incomes in the top 10 (5,2,1?) percent and most of those I find to be so completely tone deaf to the world at the moment. Like you did not retire early because you cut each other’s hair at home or drive an old car, you did because your income is 10x that of most Americans. I am also super fortunate to have an income in the top 10% and spend differently than many people I know with similar incomes, but would never ever call myself frugal since I can still go to the grocery store and buy whatever I want without it having any life altering impact on my finances. I work all day with people living below the poverty line, so I think this probably grates on me more than most.

    That being said, I have now been reading your blog for maybe 10 years and totally enjoy it, so perhaps you would write about this in a way I found interesting and more thoughtful than much of what’s out there.
    To your comment above about your spending next month being “less virtuous” I’m reading Uneasy Street right now, which is a super interesting look at how people talk about wealth, spending and their concept of self.

    Anyways, as always, thanks for writing and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time away!

  • Reply Marcia (OrganisingQueen) March 9, 2020 at 3:17 am

    I would love a finance/ budget category because I am fascinated by how others make money decisions 🙂

  • Reply Hannah Olsen March 9, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    I’m so glad you updated the planner page! I’ve been returning to your Hobonichi posts repeatedly and was surprised that that one hadn’t been updated in so long…

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