The Sunshine Bloggers Award

Published August 5, 2015   Posted in Having some fun

Similar to the Liebster Award, the Sunshine Blogger Award is an opportunity for different financial bloggers to tell us a little something about themselves that the rest of us probably don’t already know.  This time, I was first nominated by Mr. and Mrs. FIBigSky before our trip to – coincidently – big sky country.  Then, I received another nomination from Action Economics.  Here, good sirs and madams, are my answers to your queries!

Sunshine Blogger AwardQuestions from FIBigSky (the first to nominate me):

1.  What dish would you choose for your last meal?

I’m a sucker for Mexican food, so I’d probably want a huge plate of greasy nachos, loaded with chili, jalepenos and drippy cheese, topped with homemade salsa and maybe a drop of sour cream on the very top.

2.  How many screens (TV/phone/tablets/etc) do you own – what are they and do you use them regularly?

We have one TV.  We usually stream Netflix as we eat dinner at night, but other than that, the TV never gets use.  My wife and I both have cell phones and a tablet.  I have a work computer and two personal laptops with two additional 27″ external monitors.  So, I suppose that adds up to a total of 9 screens in the house.  My work computer gets the majority use.

3.  Do you have pets, want pets or are pets not your thing?

We do.  We have two beautiful rescued dogs, a little 10-pound poodle mix and a 50-pound boxer mix.  The little 10-pounder is a total fatty – she loves anything tasty, especially meat and cheese.  To our surprise, our boxer isn’t quite as food motivated.  In fact, we sometimes have to convince her that the small piece of food that we’re trying to give her is actually good!

4.  What kind of climate do you prefer to live in?

I’m a warmer weather kind of person, though my tolerance for heat is curiously waning (we live in southern Arizona).  Ideally, a more temperate climate of 50s and 60s in the winter and 70s and 80s in the summer would be ideal for me.

5.  Do you have something you can’t live without – what is it and why?

Honestly, no.  At one point I probably would have said the Internet, but I can live without that.  So long as I have my basic needs covered, there isn’t anything that I can’t live without.  It makes the task of downsizing that much easier.

6.  What’s your idea of a great date night?

We are pretty low maintenance people, so a round of miniature golf followed up by an inexpensve dinner out somewhere would be my idea of a great date night.  All in, maybe $50 spent.

Questions from Action Economics:

1. What is your biggest financial regret?

This might sound boring, but my biggest financial regret is not prioritizing Financial Independence sooner in life.  I’m certainly thrilled that I finally came around to realizing the boneheaded mistakes that I was making a few years ago, but I still wish that it had happened a bit sooner.

2. In 5 years how do you think your finances (and your blog) will change?

I’m hopeful that in five years, my finances will continue to build through passive capital gains earnings of our investments.  The blog will probably stay primarily the same, but the content might drift a little more towards travel.  The plan is for my wife and I to retire by the end of 2016 and set out on a course of travel and adventure, living on the cheap and maximizing fun to the fullest extent possible.

3. What are your top 5 favorite books?

This is a question that I cannot answer because I don’t read books.  I have never been particularly interested in reading for pleasure.  It doesn’t relax me, and I find that I can make better use out of my time by doing something else.  I do read blogs, a lot.  But no books.

4. What is your projected Financial Independence date?

Ours is by the end of 2016, so less than two years.  It started out as April of 2020, then we moved it back to September of 2018, but due to the very low cost of living involved with full time travel in an RV, we can easily set sail and give the middle finger to corporate America by the end of next year.

Rules Of The Sunshine Blogger Award: 

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you
  • Nominate some other bloggers for this award
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated

My Nominations Are:

Questions for my nominees:

1.  Do you consider yourself “free”?  If not, what would make you free?

2.  When was the last time you took a day off just for yourself (no family vacations, soccer games, etc)?

3.  If you had to, could you retire today?  If not, what is standing in your way?

4.  Do you plan on working after retirement?  If so, what would you like to do?

5.  Do you consider yourself to be successful?  How do you personally define success?

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23 responses to “The Sunshine Bloggers Award”

  1. Cograts on the nomination! Your last meal has me drooling!! 🙂

  2. I love nachos – but you forgot the guac!

  3. Maggie says:

    No dessert? You’re about to die! Might as well throw caution to the wind and eat a whole cake. I might do that after the Mexican food with the hope of dying before the indigestion set in. 🙂

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  5. Jason says:

    Congratulations on the nominations and the answers to the questions. I do wish that I lived further in the southwest to get really good Mexican food. Other that though you can keep the weather….you will have to take that RV and make a sojourn to the east coast.

    • Steve says:

      We’ll probably be out East eventually! I lived there for 12 years and I’m definitely enjoying the reprieve from the humidity. But yeah, the summers are dreadfully hot out here, but the other three seasons, at least for us, easily make up for it. We’ll probably make a trek down from Maine into Florida, following the changing of the leaves southward. 🙂

  6. Chris Muller says:

    Hell yeah! Thanks a ton Steve! This is cool!

    I just wrote up a post with my responses, thanks again. Also… cool to hear about your rescues… we rescued a miniature poodle a few years ago – he’s been great.

    • Steve says:

      Most welcome, Chris. To me, there’s nothing like rescued dogs – our dogs are still very timid around other people that they don’t know (especially our boxer), but she’s getting better, and now they live better than some people do. 🙂

  7. Mr. SSC says:

    I agree with Fervent Finance, add some guac and it would perfection! Mmm, nachos….

  8. I’d skip the guac personally it the one thing I can’t stand. 🙁 Let’s hope it doesn’t come to a last meal anytime soon. 🙂 Congrats on the nom!

  9. Add another vote for guac on nachos–YUM!

  10. Mmm… nachos…

    Thanks for the nomination! We’re typing up our answers for tomorrow, with *our* two rescue dogs chilling nearby. 🙂

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  13. Mrs. FI says:

    Great answers! I especially love your choice of last meal and your description of your rescue pups. Your boxer sounds a lot like Russell. What is it with bigger dogs not wanting to eat their food?? So stubborn 😉

    • Steve says:

      Ha! Yeah, I’m not sure why some of the large dogs don’t seem to want food as much as the smaller ones. She generally likes the food when we do give it to her, but it almost seems like she feels like she’s doing us a favor by actually eating it, hehe.

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