Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ready for Retirement? Or not......

Being on Fall Break this week has given me a little taste of what retirement might be like. Granted it's still 3 years away, but it's never too early to start practicing.

Hubby also had the week off. We picked this week for his final vacation of the year because we originally thought we might take a trip to Las Vegas. It's hard to know in December, when he has to submit his vacation request, what our plans for 10 months later will be.

We've slept in. Most days I got up before hubby did, around 7:30. He has slept until 8:30 or so, which is almost unheard of for him. I got up and made the coffee and got first shot at the newspapers. I didn't dare touch his Sodoku puzzle, though.

We cleaned out the basement (mostly), taking a load of junk to the landfill, and we planted juniper on a steep hill right beside the pool that for some reason I always have to mow with the push mower. I inevitably fall down the hill, but luckily I haven't hurt anything yet.

Yesterday and today hubby went to the golf course, and I was thrilled to have him go. I assure you that he's still the world's last perfect man, but I was craving some "me" time. I got caught up on my online grading, I read some in the fourth (and thankfully LAST) vampire book, I watched a football game that I had recorded from last Saturday (it's so refreshing when I know the outcome and don't have to get upset), even though I also watched it live, and I played computer games. Best of all, I took the Gusman to the park and we walked for about an hour. I took my camera, but the fall colors aren't really here yet.

I think what I've learned for retirement is that I need a routine, and we both need things to do separately from each other. And I need a housekeeper to come in once a week, because that is NOT something I'm gonna do in my free time.


Anonymous said...

When you retire you can come provide me with some sanity so that I can snap out of baby mode. We can be the two weird ladies that his the antique stores in the area!

Anonymous said...

I've talked to some retirees and that's one thing they all say is that you need some sort of routine or you go start raving mad !