New Life Resolutions

  It’s nearly the end of the year and you know what that means! Christmas? God, no, it’s time to clean up the finances! Jk, that’s been going on since January 1. This year has been full of positive changes for the Warckens, mostly wrought on by negative impacts on our lives. My stepdad died […]

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Tour du Mont Blanc

G.Hammer and I were married August 10, 2013, and spent our honeymoon backpacking through Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, then climbing Montana’s highest mountain, Granite Peak. We agreed then we should be in the backcountry for all our anniversaries, too. In 2014 we were backpacking in Glacier National Park and Greg surprised me by packing in his […]

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Mini Retirement 2016

  Time for the Warckens to move away from employment and onto their next adventure(s) (and for everyone to ask how the hell we can afford to do it). Greg’s dad told us we’re like a military family, only without the military. Gregory and I are like two peas in a pod. I’m so very […]

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Our Debt Free Life

A very wise man and favorite mentor, my old boss Phil, once asked me what I considered to be the definition of rich. “I don’t know, a million dollars?” my ignorant 18 yr old self said. He replied, “To be rich is to have enough money for everything you need with a little bit left […]

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THE VAN

I’d like to introduce you to the third member of the Warcken family- our 2002 Ford Windstar. Her previous owners named her Wendy and we didn’t want to try and teach an old dog new tricks, but mostly we refer to her as THE VAN. We bought her from Greg’s buddy who, along with his […]

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Warcken Hard and Hardly Workin’

  “How are you going to live?” “Where will you go?” “What will you eat?” “How will you make money?” In 2015 Gregory and I took a bit of time off work. We sold or gave away most of our furniture, appliances, clothes, dishes, toiletries, and a third vehicle. We kept five pieces of sentimental […]

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I Submitted My Resignation

I have a terrible habit of tolerating tolerating tolerating something until I can’t handle it anymore, then I explode. I’ve exploded on nursing. I’ve been burned out on patient care for so long I don’t know if I’ll ever go back, and no part of me has any desire to do bedside nursing again. AM […]

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