Spring! Except it’s still snowing 🙁
Spring is in the air, although you wouldn’t know it with it snowing outside. Ah well, I’ve heard it won’t stick around long since this weekend should be relatively warm. I’m really looking forward to being able to step outside without 20 layers of clothing on, I’ve almost forgotten what that even feels like.
On the work side of things, I’m still adjusting to my new role as more of a lead and “mentor” to other engineers. I prefer to just work on problems, my own project, whatnot, rather than deal with people. But the reality is an individual contributor can only be so impactful (generally speaking), and teaching other engineers to work at a higher level is multiplying your contribution, rather than simply being additive.
Home life is great, SLM #1 sleeps through the night consistently now and SLM #2 only wakes up occasionally. Some semblance of normal is returning. The half marathon I *would* have run is only in a few weeks, but I bailed on the idea I was going to run that a while ago. Especially after destroying my toe. MrsSLM and I will try to do the October one instead, which gives us the summer to train. Even bought a jogging stroller.
Logan was awesome.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is getting lukewarm reviews. I still bought it, haven’t cracked it open yet though. Will tonight after everyone is asleep.
And the tally this month is: $2,243.92
Very strong month, nothing special happened in the markets, just happened to get collect from a lot of sources this month. Although I didn’t get much of a chance to contribute, we still ended up over $10k over last month in terms of total portfolio value. As some might notice, from this point on I’ll actually be doing the currency conversion for any foreign stock or ETF’s I own. A lot of other bloggers seem to just lump them together and I just blindly followed suit, but I’ve realized that doesn’t make any sense. I’m not going to spend in another currency when I retire, I’ll spend in my own, so it makes sense to track in my own.
Haven’t been taking the options side of things very seriously lately. Work takes up most of my time where I’m willing to learn, leaving little for other things. And to be honest, my time is better spent at the moment doing things like learning more about the projects I’m leading, etc. where the financial payoff in terms of promotion is far greater. So I’m mostly putting this on hold for now.
|H&R Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:HR.UN||$32.20|
|RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:REI.UN||$39.36|
|Allied Properties Real Estate Investment||TSE:AP.UN||$21.68|
|Chartwell Retirement Residences||TSE:CSH.UN||$18.73|
|Canadian Apartment Properties REIT||TSE:CAR.UN||$19.79|
|Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:CUF.UN||$18.99|
|Dream Office Real Estate Investment Trust||TSE:D.UN||$31.88|
|Vanguard Canadian Bond ETF||TSE:VAB||$144.46|
|iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats ETF||TSE:CDZ||$81.61|
|Canadian National Railway Company||TSE:CNR||$54.75|
|Brookfield Renewable Partners LP||TSE:BEP.UN||$163.33|
|Inter Pipeline Ltd||TSE:IPL||$55.90|
|Exchange Income Corporation||TSE:EIF||$66.50|
|Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc||TSE:ENF||$62.62|
|iShares Core High Dividend ETF||NYSEARCA:HDV||$558.60|
|Vanguard Canadian High Dividend ETF||TSE:VDY||$508.40|
|TransAlta Renewables Inc||TSE:RNW||$18.48|
|iShares S&P TSX Capped REIT Index Fund||TSE:XRE||$103.94|
|Forward Dividends||$25,439.72/ year (+$432.37)|
See the full graph of dividends month by month on my Income page.