Now

This page is kept updated semi-regularly with what we are up to now.
Last updated on June 5, 2019.

Annabelle and Cassian turned 3 and 1, respectively, at the beginning of 2019. Joe and Ali turn 34 and 33, respectively, in the middle of 2019.

Keep reading below to see what we’re learning, reading, listening to, and where in the world we are now!

Family Picture. December 30, 2018.

Location
– We have settled near Seattle, Washington for the foreseeable future, near Joe’s family while the kids are young.

Learning & Growing
– Joe is working on being present and developing discipline and habits. In 2019 he implemented a daily routine, which he’s done every day this year.
– Ali is painting, after taking a six-week painting class earlier this year.
– Annabelle is attending preschool 9am-12pm weekdays. She loves reading and is currently very into ballet and garbage trucks. She did a six-week ballet class earlier this year.
– Cassian is walking around like a champ and loves eating.

Reading
– Joe is currently reading The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #2) and My Philosophy For Successful Living. Click here to show/hide the list of all books Joe has read in 2019.

– Ali is currently reading Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, and Spinning Silver. Click here to show/hide the list of all books Ali has read in 2019.

– Annabelle loves the Berenstain Bears, Curious George, and the Love Monster.
– Cassian mostly chews on books.

Listening
– Ali is currently enjoying the following podcasts: Stuff You Missed in History Class, Everything is Alive, The Allusionist, The Teacher’s Pet, and My Favorite Murder.
– Joe is listening to Blinkist, a service that creates summaries of nonfiction books and provides them in both audio and ebook format.

Travel
We have completed the following trips in 2019:
– Boston (Ali. March 2019.)
– Temecula, CA (Joe, Ali, Annabelle, Cassian. April 2019.)
– New Jersey (Joe. April 2019.)
And have the following trips planned:
– Camp Mustache (Joe and Ali. Memorial Day 2019.)
– Germany (Joe. September 2019.)

Other travel likely, TBD.

Joe has also started camping/hiking again after a several year hiatus, (re)acquiring the necessary gear and planning multiple hikes. Completed/planned so far:
5/8/19 – Jay Lake (~14 mi., overnight)
5/17/19 – Snoqualmie Lake (~18 mi., overnight)
5/26/19 – Mt. Si (~10 mi., day hike)
6/6/19 – Coal Creek Trail (~6 mi., day hike)
6/7/19 – Goat Lake (~10.5 mi., overnight) & Free Fishing weekend!

Working
– We will hit the four year anniversary of our early retirement in June of 2019.

Charity
– Our planned 2019 charitable donations total ~$5,200, mostly to overseas charities, due to a large influence from the excellent book by Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save.
– Joe is volunteering twice weekly at the local Habitat for Humanity, one day (~4 hour shift) in the office and one day (~6 hour shift) on the donation truck, lifting and moving donated construction materials and other items.

“Now” page inspired by Derek Sivers.