So this year I retired. Never thought I would but it finally came about and you know what — love it. Went downtown for my consult and before I even put my papers in – was approached by a friend who works there and asked if I wanted a part time job. Nice to be asked. As a school secretary I could also work as a substitute. Told him I would think about it. Working as a sub – is it really being retired?
As I settled into my routine of sleeping later (no more 5:30 wake ups) – eating breakfast, reading my book and having that second cup of coffee….I decided I could get use to this. Around 10:00 am my day starts. Clean a little, maybe some laundry and then get out my planner to see what is on the agenda for my current home business of selling Avon…
It’s a job I love so my day is spent talking to customers, posting online and delivering orders. Last week I got a call from my son asking if I could pick up my grandson from school – he was sick…..so I ran over to the school, signed him out and talked to some of the secretaries working there. As we were into a conversation, I was asked if I wanted to work there – as a sub…….do I? Funny how when we are looking for jobs they are hard to get. Here I retired, with no expectations of ever working again – except for my Avon business – and then I get offered two jobs. Oh wait, make that three – one of my other sons work in a school and also asked if I would like to fill in for a secretary out on maternity leave…..
But alas I find I love my new life. No stress, work at my own pace. Meet interesting people through my Avon business….and just chill. Like sitting on the patio in this beautiful weather with a glass of wine and my book…..
Yesterday I spent two hours going over papers. Reading, signing and having them notarized. Picking options, making copies … Today I sorted through them re-checking everything to make sure I had all the forms properly filled out.
Tomorrow I will take all these papers and go directly to the office where I will put in my Retirement papers to make it official. How do I feel you ask me (or maybe you dont) but I really cant explain it. Happy, Sad, Afraid, Sorry, Excited…
All of the above. I want to because it is time. I look forward to doing whatever I want, waking when I want – even if it is early in the morning. Shopping in stores that are not crowded – doing errands during the week instead of everything on Saturday or even better, on my way home from work.
Yes, I am looking forward to it…..will let you know how it went – they say it will take about two hours….well, once it is done all I have to do is finish out the rest of the school year (12 days but who’s counting) and – that’s it!
I sit here at my computer, after watching a show; then reading a few chapters of an amazing book and watching hubby sleep. It is two o’clock in the afternoon when I write this and while the weather outside is not delightful – I find I cannot move. There is laundry to be done, housecleaning to be done but instead I sit here at my computer.
I am not playing games – I am not on FB – I am thinking. The stillness and quiet is deafening. While I do hear kids out front playing basketball – yes, my neighbor decided to put a basketball hoop in front of his house – and while he and his family are not around this weekend – I have the neighborhood children in front of my house. But that noise does not stop the thoughts in my head.
Hubby sleeps way too much. He says it is the medications he is on – way too many – but then he cannot sleep at night. I am afraid that my life will change soon – you see, I plan to retire in 41 days….and I dont want to end up on the couch with hubby.
So I must make a plan to start moving…..I know what I would like to do, what I must do – get up every morning even though I have no where to go – and get out of the house. I love being home, plan to read (my passion) plan to crochet (another passion) and of course having 9 grandkids will keep me busy too. But the time they are in school there is still an expanse of time to do what? I will have to convince hubby to do things with me because I will not stay home everyday…..
There is a countdown on my phone and yesterday I finally got a look at it…..and it told me that I have 92 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes, 24 seconds left to go until……… I retire.
When I started the countdown I remember it said something like 136 days, etc. and I said well, that’s a long way off. But now there is only about 3 months left. I have been reading blogs on retirement and trying to find out how other feel because I am not sure how I feel. Oh, I do know I want to retire but then what.
How will it feel not getting up at 5:15 am (hitting the snooze button for 1/2 hour) – getting dressed, have a cup of coffee and out the door. My schedule involves picking up 2 grandkids along the way and stopping at Dunkin Donuts. After I drop them off at school – I finally arrive at work (also a school) and the day begins.
How am I not going to do that? First thing of course will be shutting off that dam alarm, so I guess it will be easier not getting up that early. Then I will leisurely get dressed and go downstairs for my first cup of coffee. I might even have it out on the patio if the weather permits. Of course I will have my Kindle with me as I can now read during the day – instead of squeezing it in at night before bed.
I will go shopping at 9 am when the stores are not crowded. I will have lunch with friends who are retired already. Of course, I still have my Avon business so I will expand that – but because I want to do it, not that I have to. I might take a class or two at the local community college. Then there is joining the community center – I am lucky to have one in my neighborhood and one in the next neighborhood only 10 minutes away.
I can pick up and go anywhere – living near Atlantic City I can take the two hour drive and sit on the beach or gamble the day away. And if I dont want to return home – I can stay there overnight – or for as long as I want.
As a lover of reading books I have always wanted to go to a book signing – but they are always at noon or 1 pm on a week day – yay, I can finally go to them. I guess what I am saying is I CAN DO WHATEVER I PLEASE!!!!!
One of the best things about working in a school is all the time we get off. All the holidays, one week in Dec, Jan and April – and of course, all summer. My husband calls it a part time job (and the money matches that phrase – I could be making so much more in the private field – but this is my choice) I love the kids and happen to be lucky to work in a great school.
But alas the time has come (or will in 4 months) to hang up my hat and retire. According to my Countdown Timer on my phone (havent found one for my blog yet) I have 133 days of work left. Doesnt that sound great. I never thought I would retire or even want to….but everyone says you will know when it is time.
IT’S TIME…..I have started making a list of what I want to do when I retire…..you can check out my Retirement Doings here…… but I also realized that at any given moment I (and hubby) can pick up and GO! We answer to no one, and if one morning we would like to go to the casinos in Atlantic City and walk the beach – hey, we can do it!
As I sit here getting closer and closer to retirement I feel my heart beating so fast at the thought – What am I doing? I worked 12 years BTK (before the kids) then stayed home to take care of the kids – and when they were all teenagers – I returned to work. Here it is 26 years later….and where did that time go. In between I became a mother-in-law 4 times and a grandma 9 times.
But alas, we will not look in the past but with retirement around the corner – to the future. But to date I have not thought of what will happen when this time comes. But I do have 16 more weeks to think about it.
I did come up with a list of thoughts on what I would like to do:
Wake up late
Sit and Read while drinking my coffee
Shop early in the morning when there is no crowd
Go to the movies in the middle of the day
Work my Avon during the day (my time is limited now so then I will work it full time – or whenever I want)
Garden – love flowers and now I can really get into it – plus going to grow tomatoes again.
Stay home when there is bad weather – no more trudging to work in the snow!
I’m sure there is more – save that for the next blog!
that got me thinking of all things – old age – but the author has just brought a subject to light that all of us go through and wonder about – Where did all the years go?
I suppose as I am nearing my retirement (what’s the countdown now? Remind me to put a countdown on my page!) and since it is around the corner for me, the question is what to do with all the time I will have. No more getting up at 5:30 – quickly getting dressed, a bite to eat and running out to pick up grandkids (I take them to school) and of course stopping at DunkinDonuts. It would not bother me except the knees are going on me and the NY weather – at least winter – gets me down. I hate snow….wouldnt it be wonderful to look out the window and know you dont have to go down to clean off the car – after navigating on the slippery sidewalk to get to the car.
But the question is – what to do? Hubby has been retired for a while now but he is happy to sit on the couch and watch tv…I, on the other hand, am not. So as I near my day – I will make a list of all the things I can do with my time…..First on that list will be step up my
Avon business…. – while I am doing well in that area, I know I can do better. I can now attend the afternoon team meetings; I can toss during the day and manage to stop by loads of stores to leave my books. But I also want to take classes, go to book signings (they are always in the afternoon) – see a show and even do shopping when there are no crowds. We have a community center in my neighborhood – can finally meet the neighborhood people (other than my block) ….. more ideas to come…..now to get that countdown started up…..
Are you retired? I would like to hear from you – what do you do to keep busy and “young”?