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!
It has been a hectic week even though we had Monday off. It seems miss one day of work, double up on the next few days. Especially when my co-worker was off today and will be off tomorrow.
I get to come in on her hours – 7 am to 2:30 pm – getting up earlier than usual, and facing the work day earlier. Of course I love leaving at 2:30 because I still have most of the afternoon for myself….Well, not all to myself. Grandkids were over so it was a matter of entertaining them, cooking for them and answering all their questions.
Now they have left and it is quiet here……deciding on dinner for myself, maybe some reading – enter some orders into my Avon account….and then will have to get up early again for another coverage tomorrow.
But in the meantime I am enjoying the change in weather – the doors are open for 74 degree weather, and the sun is shining. A big change from the rainy, cloudy weather we have been having.
Enjoy each day……….
As the months pass us by I find myself looking forward to retirement. I have worked since I was 17, taking off 10 years to raise my children, and then going back to work. A total of almost 40 years – time to rest. My job is great, I love it – I am around children a lot, working in a school. I am the payroll secretary and am good at what I do.
But the time has come – I want to enjoy the rest of my life – not get up at 5:30 am every day – 7:00 sounds much better. I want to do what I want to do – not what I have to do. If I want to sit and read and have a glass of wine – I can! I am now being asked what will I do once I retire…..the list is long – on top of it is to work my Avon business more – it has been a part time job for me, but I would like to branch out. (and its not really work to me) Then there will be taking a course in our local community school, joining a community center, going to book signings (they are always at 1 pm in the afternoon) and of course living in NYC affords me so many opportunities to venture out and experience so much.
Recently I read an Article in Market Watch that listed the 10 best things to do in retirement:
- Get a job – just left one, no way but then again I have my Avon job…..so – way
- Volunteer – going to do that
- Take up a sport – yeah right – maybe a zumba class, or walking?
- Get a hobby – yes, plan on doing gardening (maybe tomatoes) and of course I love to crochet
- Start a business – or for me, continue my Avon business
- Travel – yes, must fit in a cruise or two and then there are day trips – love to drive, Atlantic City here I come.
- Take a bridge (gap) year – especially great when that snow keeps falling and I dont have to get up to go to work!
- Camp for adults – never heard of that one Mmmmm
- Go south for the winter – as good as that sounds I am too close to my family who are all here in NY – but maybe! I do have a sister in Florida…..
- Make new friends who ages are different from yours….hopefully that will happen when I take courses.
And the best part is I dont have to do any of the above – I can do whatever I want!
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!!!!!
Tonight I returned to the doctor to receive my second injection. While the first one took a day or two to really sink in, I am hoping the same with this one. Last week the injection went into the left side of my knee. This week it went into the right side. The pain was worst than last week even with the Lidocaine to numb the area. My hubby told me later that I did more “ow”ing than last time. But it felt worse than last time and seemed to take longer for some reason.
The good news was we only had an hour wait as compared to last week with the three hour wait…This time we got a parking space right outside the doctors office too. Last week we had a long walk to get to the car. So I am home tonight resting the knee and hopefully tomorrow it will feel so much better.
I know mentally I will feel better as it was just announced that due to the impending snow storm…..school will be closed….so an extra day to rest up my knee and enjoy the free time..
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