Saturday, August 30, 2014

So Far

Here it is August 30th and it's the end of my third week of retirement.  I've been surprised that there hasn't been much need for adjustment. I have slipped into it quite eassily. I haven't thought about work as much as I expected, which is a good thing.  I've been busy working on a lap quilt for my sister-in-law and running errands. Wednesday, Susan and I went shopping and had lunch.  We had a nice afternoon, especially since it was on a week day!  I look forward to more days like that.  Robert and I have signed up for a photography class in Atlanta at the end of September which should be fun! It's at the DeKalb county airport photographing vintage airplanes.  Keep your fingers crossed that the weather is good and I learn something!!
Taken at the North Little Rock Airport 2014
I hope to make it to Florida to see Nolen and Brittany too, just not sure how long I'll be there!  My friend Marybelle called and asked if I was serious about going to Ireland. I said.....YEAH!  I'm waiting to hear more specifics and hoping it comes to fruition.  I'm so excited; it's on my bucket list. She's going for genealogical research, me I'm going for the experience, a little Christmas shopping and photographic opportunities!!  Keep your fingers crossed!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Two Weeks In :)

Well, I'm two weeks in on my retirement and I LOVE it!!!  I've had a few moments where I missed work, but they passed quickly.  The biggest adjustment has been reaching for my phone to check my work email and realizing it's not there. It's like the final disconnect. I admit have talked to the office a few times, but I expected that. The best part was waking up on the first day of school, and it was raining, and I didn't have to get out in IT!

Napping with Stinky under my beautiful retirement quilt by Shari Sherman
So what have I done with my time?  I've been to Arkadelphia twice, spent a weekend with Brenda photographing, met Alicia, worked on a quilt, picked up a little bit, cleaned a little bit (LOL in keeping the the blog name), napped, watched movies and let the dogs in and out, in and out, in and out....  Nothing earth shattering, just easing into it.  It's still like a vacation, but I expect now that I won't get a pay check this week reality will set in.  That's scary, but we've planned and once we get over the initial "hump" and settle into a financial routine, all will be well!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life

It finally arrived....retirement!  My final days were mixed with laughter and tears.  I am going to miss the day-to-day interaction with my friends that I was fortunate to work with for so many years.  I won't name them, they know who they are!  Everyone was so kind and they made me feel respected and that I will be missed, but I'm also mature enough to realize that the space I left will be filled and life goes on!

I was gifted with some AWESOME parting gifts, posters, cards, unexpected visitors and lots of hugs! Here's a link to the blog post on the quilt that my friend, Shari, sweated over (literally) to make my final day spectacular!   I've included the slideshow I sent as my "farewell" which includes the Anna Kendrick version of the Cups song or "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone"!