I didn’t realize how much I still thought like a business analyst until I heard myself tell a friend that the bathroom was functional and the work that was needed was nice to have and cosmetic.
I spent the majority of my last 20 years working on projects. Prioritizing, defining and testing. Even though I retired last December and are no longer involved in IT related projects, Andy and I have been immersed in home improvement and maintenance projects for the last 18 months. We had to identify what projects we needed to work and which ones we wanted to work. We had to define how we wanted the kitchen, garage, fence, bedrooms and other areas to look. We had to determine the costs and figure the budget.
I started a project plan for the house while I was still working and tweaked it as we went. Beginning this January, I added our blog into the mix. Since the first of the year, we have gotten a lot done. In September, we were ready for our Phase 2 projects.
These were the changes we wanted to make that were lower on our priority list. They were also the small finishing tasks from another project. For example, the kitchen was finished in early August 2016. We waited to paint the trim around the window until the new windows were installed. Well, the windows were installed in mid-August and the trim is still not painted. It has been filled, sanded and primed, but not finished. It is a Day 2 item. Not high enough on the radar to finish.
As we were readying ourselves to get some of these items completed, our plans changed.
Andy has not been the happiest camper in his job for the last couple years. He thought he could stick it out for another 2 years and retire at age 62. At that time, we anticipated we would take off in our RV for several months at a time and travel the country. We also planned to have the house paid off when he left work.
Andy turned 60 in September and said good-bye to the VA hospital. Earlier this month he accepted a position with a traveling nurse agency. We will be leaving our home next week and hitting the road for his first assignment. This will allow us to travel earlier that we anticipated and still have the needed income.
If he had continued to work at the VA, my plan this fall was to start looking for a full-time job in the Kansas City area. I had wanted to take this year off. And I did, with the exception of the part-time job I had over the summer. I will have to come up with a new plan for me. 🙂
The last several weeks we have been getting the house ready for our departure. We had several projects that had to be done first and those are now completed. We have just a few things left to do around the house. Sully, our name for our Grand Design Solitude, has been undergoing a few changes as we get ready to leave. In addition to the desk installed in our post RV Renovation – Slide Out Desk, we are making it ready to live in by removing the ‘weekend at the lake’ items and replacing them with stuff we will use on a daily basis.
The blog content will tell of our travels, RV modifications and tips. We are looking forward to this new chapter in our lives and hope that you will join us as we live life on the road.