Monthly Archives: March 2015

Travel Tip: Ordering Coffee with Cream in Europe

It was painful to hear.  Will and I were enjoying a cup of lovely coffee in a quaint little café in Amboise—our base town for exploring the Loire Valley chateaux country.  A British couple was also trying to enjoy a … Continue reading

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Savings Tip: DIY Dog Grooming

When we went to PAWS Chicago offices and fell in love with a shaggy, flea-matted, drugged-out-from-post-operative-medicine (she’d been pregnant!) stray mutt, we didn’t really think twice about her coat.  Or whatever there was of her coat.  Her hair was stringy, … Continue reading

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Lake Geneva, WI: Four-Season Midwest Destination

In our many talks about retirement, Will and I occasionally toyed with the idea of getting a second home in Lake Geneva, WI.  Diversify our investment.  Take advantage of post-recession housing market, etc.  Given our propensity for making terrible real … Continue reading

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Cafe Gourmand=My New Favorite Dessert!

It’s possible that they’ve always been around, but we didn’t really remark upon them until summer of 2013 when we were in France after our camino walk. We had visited France many times before, but it seemed that year that … Continue reading

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Why 1000 Days? And Could It Turn Out To Be 3000 Instead?

We believe January 2018 retirement is a reachable goal for us.  We like the idea of finishing my Fall term of teaching and making Will eligible to receive his annual bonus for 2017.  Then, after we help with transitioning our … Continue reading

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