Monday, January 30, 2017

seventeen years four months and six days later (approximately)

Right now, I'm sitting at home in my chair by the fire looking out over the deck and back yard on a Monday morning.  For all these past years, I would have been sitting at my desk at work.  But last Thursday, January 26, 2017, was my last day of work.

I retired.

I was done.  And I am done with that stage of life.  It was time to move on into a new stage of life--one of actually living every day instead of slogging through yet another day.

Things I will not miss:
  • Getting up and dressed and made up early.
  • Thinking in my head that I am a valuable contributor while idling away the day waiting for work or interactions or conversation.

Things I will miss:
  • Interactions with coworkers, good people.
  • The thrill of a project--figuring it out and completing it.
  • The beautiful view out of my office windows.
  • Driving to and from work with Jack.
  • Lunch with Jack.
  • My paycheck.  Probably.  At least a little.
Things I am looking forward to:
  • Free time
  • More--skiing, reading, movies, time with kids, grandkids, parents, friends, etc., etc., etc.,
  • Gardening
  • Cleaning/Organizing/etc., etc., etc.
  • Projects--big and small
  • Travel--road trips (short and long), fly-away trips, etc., etc., etc.
  • Jack's retirement--which should have happened on the same day as mine but for an annoying management snafu that will hopefully be resolved soon
  • Naps
One of my major goals is to improve the behavior of the animals I live with.  Everybody needs to settle down and learn to get along with each other.  I will be conducting extensive research into how to get dogs to stop barking at EVERYTHING; also how to stop dogs from chasing the cats EVERY.TIME they see each other.  Seriously.  Just calm down you guys. We are now together in the chill-out time of life.

And we're going to rock this.

1 comment:

Lisa B. said...

W o w! This is amazing! Congratulations--must be time for some pancakes, no?