2021 Spending Goals Review

I recently realised that we’d lost sight of our FIRE goal, so it’s time to revisit where we are, and where we want to be in the future. Part of where we’d like to be is not just saving, but enjoying our money in line with our values. In this post we’ll review our spending goals.  Going back to the very basics, I started with Pete Matthew’s Meaningful Money podcast Season 2 from 2016. This series was immensely helpful in getting us to actually start investing. One of the first episodes was named “Why Invest”. To be honest, listening back nearly five years after we’ve been investing to reach FIRE, ... Show Me More!

Board Games Houseboat Weekend 2021

Well look at that – it’s been three years since I last wrote, and now we’ve returned from our 2021 houseboat board games weekend. We went in 2019, skipped 2020 due to COVID, and this year hired a bigger boat and went with a larger group. For the first year since we’ve been doing this, we had sunshine the entire weekend. Since 2018, Mr ETT and I moved house and began new jobs. While we continued to save for FIRE on auto-pilot, now we are settling back into a routine, I’ve started becoming… uncomfortable? Worried? I don’t really know how to put it, but I know we can be doing ... Show Me More!

Time Study Completed—So Much Lovely Data

A month ago, I was feeling completely overwhelmed. We had returned to work after 2 weeks off, which triggered my feelings. Imagine it’s 26 degrees inside, and you step outside to a 28 degree day. It’s a bit warmer, but you adjust quickly. That is my normal working routine. Compare that to stepping outside into 47 degrees. You feel the full force of the sun boring into your scalp, trying to immolate you. That’s what returning to work after having time off felt like. I decided to complete a time study to see whether I truly didn’t have enough of it. The old saying “work expands to fit the time ... Show Me More!

Kiama – Bombo, Blowholes and Bluebottles

Mr. ETT and I visited Kiama, on the NSW South Coast, home to the largest blowhole in the world (according to a single tourist website). Fact check fail! We’ve been to Kiama a few times before, but only always as a short stop on the way to somewhere else. We had never made the time to stay there. It turns out this was an oversight I’m glad we corrected. Initially, the idea was that I would finally get on the back of the motorbike for a reasonably long trip. Mr. ETT had suggested Tamworth—a bit ambitious considering it is 5 hours away! I quashed that idea pretty quickly, so we ... Show Me More!

Boardgames! On a Houseboat!

A colleague introduced me to roleplaying games (Dungeons and Dragons) when I was going to Uni and working as a trainee. She played regularly with another colleague and three friends near where we lived. Roleplaying turned out to be a lifelong love of mine – and it was where I met Mr. ETT! My History of Gaming Back in those halcyon days when we were all still living at home, we paid a token couple of dollars each to a local business that one of our parents worked for, located in a re-purposed house. Here we played into the wee hours of the morning, before rolling into sleeping bags, ex-communicating the ... Show Me More!