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Monday, August 10, 2015

A Little More



















I haven't bought the book, but I'm living the dream. It sometimes seemed as if the day would never arrive, but guess what? On August 5, I made my final drive home from work and am now officially retired.

Despite the retirement luncheon (lovingly referred to by co-workers as my Last Supper), and a lovely retirement dinner with family and friends, things haven't quite sunk in yet. Truth be told, so far it only feels like I'm on vacation. You know, when you tack a couple of PTO days to the weekend and just relax? However, relaxing hasn't entered the picture. I've been scrambling to work on a to-do list of projects as though my time-off hours were dwindling to a precious few. I wonder if Chapter 1 of the above book deals with moving down a notch from the level of manic panic? Maybe I should buy the book after all.

I am excited. Retirement is the beginning of a whole new life chapter which I hope to tackle little by little. In other words, I'll write a little more, read a little more, accomplish a little more, and enjoy life a little more. Sigh. Sounds like the perfect plan, doesn't it?

"Gainfully unemployed. Very proud of it, too."
                                          ~Charles Baxter

9 comments:

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Congratulations on your retirement! You'll probably be busier now than before. :)

Cinnamon said...

Enjoy, retirement and getting all the things done we never seem to have time for done.
xo Cinnamon

Sioux said...

Pat--Congratulations. Enjoy this new phase. I have a feeling you will be blossoming in many different ways, given the luxury of more time.

If you haven't read "Freeman" by Leonard Pitts, Jr., you should buy it or check it out from the library. It's a wonderfulwonderfulwonderful novel. (I guarantee you will love it. ;)

Eileen said...

Congratulations! I'm certain you'll find that balance as time passes.

BTW, I'm totally jealous...44 months to go!

Cozy in Texas said...

Congrats. You'll find there are less hours in the day than there were when you were working! But I doubt you are fully retired. I'm sure there are lots of lovely stories you are writing.
Ann

Linda O'Connell said...

Well, you will soon find out that all those leisure moments will fill quickly. I have been busier than ever this month. I'm thinking fall will bring a slowing down kind of acceptance, a letting go of that manic panic which just might be part of our personalities :)

Tammy said...

It does indeed sound perfect. Congratulations again!

Theresa Sanders said...

The perfect plan indeed, Pat. So happy for you... Congratulations!

Ryker said...

You look way to young to retire but great plan. Four more years for me! I can't wait to fill my days with gardening, painting, cooking, making things... Enjoy Pat! I must admit I'm jealous!