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Sunshine Blogger Award!

Our blog was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by the bloggers over at Ditching the Daily Grind! Thanks for the nomination guys, I’ve been enjoying reading your blog! It’s nice reading about other families out there on the same path, and how their kids have/have not affected their FIRE goals.  We really appreciate getting nominated for that award! Now, let’s get to the fun stuff!

The Rules:
Thank the person that nominated you
Answer the questions from the person that 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.

The Responses to our set of questions:

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

These are really different answers from Mrs. SSC and I. Our family dynamics and priorities were pretty different  growing up, as reflected in SO many ways in our lives. This is just one of those instances.

Mrs. SSC: She wanted to be a scientist or professor when she grew up. She’s done pretty well meeting those goals too, between being an actual rocket scientist for a bit, teaching some in grad school, and science-ing it up at her current career in the oil industry.
Mr. SSC: I wanted to be a long haul trucker. Yep, the guys on the road in the big-rigs hauling the 54’ trailers. I thought it would be fun, I’d get to travel a lot, see the country, and have a lot of freedom. Plus, you get to drive the biggest trucks out there! Woohoo! I’m a geologist instead and those dreams are in the rear-view mirror of life, and thankfully not the rear view mirror of my big rig.

What is the coolest/most memorable place you’ve visited



Mrs. SSC: Yosemite National Park. It was breathtaking and also one of the first times I ever went camping and hiking by myself. It was one of the first times I was able to take everything at my own pace, observe nature around me, and just get to be introspective and not have to deal with anyone else’s time table or schedule. It was awesome!

I really took this. It's so beautiful even at night.

I really took this. It’s so beautiful even at night.

Mr. SSC: Le Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France. It’s an island commune and monastery that is just offshore, like ~600 meters. Besides being stunningly beautiful, an amazing thing is the tidal range of that part of the coast. When the tide goes out, it goes out 15 miles from the shore and drops nearly 40’!! When it comes in again, bam! The monastery is again an island surrounded by water. We got to take a 7 mile hike across the tidal flat at low tide, and it was awesome as a geologist, getting to see all those tidal features first hand. If you’ve never seen it, google it and check out the images, amazing! My picture doesn’t do it justice.

If money was not an issue and you could indulge in one thing, what would it be?

Mrs. SSC: My one thing would be land. I would want to buy an amazing plot of land with great views, mountains, fruit trees and more, and build a small but luxurious house. That and a Disney Cruise for the kids. Our friends say “it’s great!” and “the kids would love it!”, just like a 50’s tv ad, but it just seems SO expensive, so probably that too.

Mr. SSC: I’d go to the moon and spend a few hours bouncing around in my astronaut suit and riding one of those moon buggies around. That just seems like it would be a LOAD of fun, and it was literally the first thing that popped out of my mouth when I read this question. I mean, who could afford that nowadays? Not even NASA right, and you did say money was no issue. That would be my indulgence for sure.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

Mrs. SSC: I don’t respond well to compliments, so I avoid them, and can’t think of a best compliment I’ve ever gotten. Sorry…

Mr. SSC: My best compliment was um, well, yeah I don’t know either really. I’ve been scouring my brain, but nothing jumps out. Sorry

What legacy would you like to leave?

Mrs. SSC: I feel that if I can get the kids to grow up and be true to themselves, that would be good for me. I want them to be who they want to be, and not try to be someone that they think they should be because someone else wants them to be that way.

Mr. SSC: My legacy – with visions of being a trucker, I can’t say I’ve thought too much about a legacy that I would like to leave. When I was hiking the Appalachian Trail, I decided that I wanted to do something that would help the environment and not just take, take, take. Ironically, I ended up switching from Environmental Science to Geology and ultimately landed in the oil industry. Since I’ve had kids, I’d like for them to be adults that aren’t self-centered and self-serving and are empathetic to helping those who need it. Like Louis C.K. put it, “You should never look into your neighbors to bowl to see if they have more than you, but rather to see if they have enough.” If I can raise my kids to have that mindset, I’d feel good about that.

What do you prefer: beach or mountains?

Mt. Hood. We need to get back out there soon.

Mt. Hood. We need to get back out there soon.

Both: Mountains for sure! Our relocation spot for our Fully Funded Lifestyle Change has to include a few things and mountains is one of them. We grew up near the Appalachians, so we like the feel of those mountains and are looking forward to being back there. I also love the Rockies, and could be there too, but as long as there are mountains and 4 seasons I’ll take it any day!

Our nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award are (in no particular order):
Their questions:
        • What did you want to be when you grew up?
        • What is your favorite superhero and why? If you don’t have one, why not?
        • Who is your favorite author?
        • What person has had the biggest influence on your life?
        • What’s your favorite comfort food when it’s a chill night at the house?
Thanks again to Ditching the Daily Grind for the award nomination!

20 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award!

  1. Claudia @ Two Cup House

    We, too, would love to be able to travel more, and when we’re home, enjoy a gorgeous view from our mountaintop home surrounded by fruit trees! :) This sounds perfect. Being a dual-career couple is challenging, leaving little room at the end of the day or on weekends for anything more than sleep. I look forward to reading future posts!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks! Dual career is very challenging with little time for much else. Soon though, that should change for the better, and then we can enjoy whatever we choose!

  2. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    We are RIGHT there with you on the more land, and potentially on the mountains too! Colorado and Montana rank up there as the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Why on earth do we need “stuff” when we have so much of God’s beautiful nature to look at? :-)

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      I agree, I’ll take less stuff and more time to go outside please! :) I haven’t gotten to Montana yet, but I love Colorado. The Northwest is really pretty too, but Colorado just seems LOADED with mountains.

  3. Tawcan

    I went to Normandy about 10 years ago to walk on the D-day beaches but didn’t get a chance to check out Le Mont Saint Michel. Would love to go back there in the future and check it out. Enjoyed learning more about you two.

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks! The D-Day beaches are impressive, but more on the scale of what happened there, and thinking about being in those guys’ place. Major respect for any soldier, but man seeing those embattlements on the hills and the steepness of the hills, and just, holy hell, my hats off to what those guys went through.
      We (grad school field trip, not Mrs. SSC) were there near Memorial Day, and also got to check out the cemeteries for US and international soldiers. That was really a close second on most memorable place, again just for the awe factor of the rows and rows of crosses. I also found out that in the German cemetery they stacked their fallen guys, so you can have 5 people in one plot. As our French tour guide, who lived through that time put it, “They should be lucky to have a cemetery.” I hope to never live in such interesting times.

  4. Stockbeard

    Hey, Mr SCC, I think I have tastes very close to yours! I like Mt St Michel a lot too (My parents actually live 45 minutes away from it, so I’ve seen it, a lot, when I was a kid), and my “if money was not an issue” dream is ALSO to go to space!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      That’s a nice area. It reminded me of where I grew up in KY with the rolling hills and farmland. Yeah if money was no issue, that would be my go to trip, because walking on the moon seems awesome!

  5. Our Next Life

    Love reading your answers and learning more about you guys. Mont St Michael is definitely on our list, and we loooooovvvvvve Yosemite. We plan to spend some serious time there when we’re retired in a few years! And we’re so curious to see what mountain town you land in.

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Thanks! We’re curious to see what town we end up in too, seriously…. Lol
      I’m excited to have more Time to get to do more travel and camping.

  6. May

    Thanks for the nomination! That mountain beach question is a hard one. I hope to take the family to Normandy one day. I live with a bunch of history/War buffs and I know they would love to see it.

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      You’re welcome! Normandy is a really pretty area, even outside of the war history associated with it.

  7. Mr. Modern Millennial

    My partner and I have always wanted a plot of land. We envision it situated on the side of a mountain, maybe in the Carolinas, maybe in California, close to Big Sur. I want a small cottage with a fireplace and a big view. And with some animals. And a hot fresh brewed french press. :)

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      Either of those places would be nice. On the side of a mtn, or with mtn views or both, and definitely a French press!

  8. TheMoneyMine

    I love the Mt St Michel!
    My wife and I visited it a couple years ago and flew over it in a ULM (think of a scooter with a turbine and a wing) and it was magical. We got to appreciate from above how rapidly the water (and the fog) retire from the bay.
    If one day Elon Musk makes interplanetary travel possible and money isn’t an issue, I wouldn’t mind making a stop by the moon on my way to Mars.
    Was good to read about you, thanks for sharing!

    1. Mr SSC Post author

      I want to go back to that area again sometime. I have a great picture from a marina in Granville. It had ~30′ high walls to protect the boats, so in this enclosed marina in the morning, all the boats are laying on their side in the mud. The afternoon picture, the water is near the top of the walls, and all the boats are floating about 5′ below the top of the walls. It was crazy seeing those tidal swings.
      I’m still hoping for a trip to the moon, but only time will tell.

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