In December, I was digging through the details of the University of Utah's employee benefits. I was trying to plan ahead for a time when I might need to stop working. With much needed help from Joan Gines, Assoc. VP in HR, I learned that it would make sense to retire sooner than later. We laid it all out and it was obvious that a medical retirement -long term disability - was a really good option for me. In fact, there was one question remaining when we were done. "Where do I want to be - at the office or spending time with my family?"
With the facts in hand it took just a couple of days to decide that I really needed to take adantage of the opportunity. So, as of January 18th, I am officially on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). Before I qualify for disability benefits I have to be away from work continuously for 6 months. My 6 months started after my last day in the office on January 18. The very next day, Gerri' and I left for 2 weeks on Maui.
Retirement Party Photos
When this party was being planned, I felt that it might be best to wait until after we returned from Maui. My boss (and friend) Eric Denna encouraged us to have the party before we left. I'm glad we listened to his advice because the two weeks since we've been back from Maui have been crazy. I will describe these past 2 weeks in my next post.