Day 85: Ten Things…

When one retires, the most common question is, “What are you going to do with all that extra time?”

What is this extra time of which you are speaking? I haven’t found any so far.

Well, maybe a little.

Ten things that retirement meant to me this week  …

  1. I can go to the doctor during the day. Amazing.
  2. I can hem the pants that have been sitting in my sewing corner for two years.
  3. I can go to the outlet stores mid-day on a weekday.
  4. I can shop every other day for organic produce.
  5. I can do the laundry on a weekday — (thanks, Debbie K.,  for that realization)
  6. I don’t have to have enough clothes in my closet to last for two weeks (or more) in case I don’t get around to laundry.
  7. I can be a tourist with friends and family who visit on a weekday — I’m really looking forward to my brother and his wife coming for the Christmas in Chicago road trip!
  8. I can learn quilting techniques and tricks that have emerged in the last twenty-five years since I actually made a full-out quilt.
  9. I know you’ll hate me for this one, but I can sleep in when I want to — no more 5:15 AM wake ups.
  10. I don’t have crazy stories to tell about school — I can listen to my husband’s stories with my full attention.

And one thing more… 

  • I can dye my hair a new color on a weekday and no snarky teenager will comment on it. Sweet.

Have a wonderful weekend. Even though I love weekdays now, I still love my weekends just like I always did.

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4 responses

  1. Great list! Here are some I would add from my retirement perspective:
    1) I am able to join a Wednesday a.m. golf league, which is less expensive and less crowded than the weekend leagues.
    2) I can stay up to 2:00 a.m. to finish the end of a great book that I can’t put down and not feel like the walking dead the next morning because I can sleep in.
    3) I can sit down and eat a weekday dinner that I’ve prepared for my husband, son and myself at 5:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 p.m.
    4) I don’t have 200+ urgent emails waiting for me in my inbox after I’ve taken a day off.
    5) I can meet new and old friends for breakfast any day of the week!!

    1. Totally agree with numbers 2,3,4, and 5. I’m not a golfer, but I have other vices…

  2. As I sit here in my office suffocated by my to-do list…I’m so jealous!! Tear.

    1. Take it one item at a time. That’s actually what I’m doing with all of the stuff I didn’t do when I was working, taking care of family, and trying to maintain my house. Only put the items on your to-do list for today that you can actually accomplish today.

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