Thursday, December 1, 2011

Because I'm Retired I Can...................

  • Read in bed until 2 AM and sleep until 9 or 10 if I feel like it.  Were my darling hubby here, I would be doing the same-and he would have been the guy going down and nine and waking at seven.  Ships in the night.
  • Put on leggings or sweats, fluffy socks, and stay that way all day.  While I am always presentable, if you come over and didn't call first, it's my sweats you are going to see. Residual effects of being married to a dress for success guy who had to entertain on a minute's notice.
  • Start a book, decide I cannot put it down, and sit and finish the thing until it's done (except for eating-I never forget to eat!)
  • Start decluttering a shelf, see a box of old letters, and sit down and read them all, ignoring all else (except for food, I never forget to eat!).
  • Spend a day and a half doing absolutely nothing except for sewing from dawn to dusk. In this case, making twenty sets of six coasters for a sister in law who needed gifts for her employees.
  • Decide that I really want to see The Descendants, and drive up to the local movie theater to see the 11 am movie-where it is empty enough that no one cares if I crunch my candy or slurp my drink.  All without children or teenagers.
  • Jump in the car (alone or with friends/family) on the spur of the moment and take a drive out of town to see the leaves turn-without facing weekend drivers.
  • Decide at 12 to a meet a friend for lunch at 12:30-and spend as long a time at lunch as we like.  We may even take a walk afterwards.
  • Agree to go down to the shelter and volunteer for the day because they are short on volunteers.
  • Do my grocery shopping, Christmas shopping and errands. During the day. On a weekday. With unlimited parking available.
  • Take a nap-on the couch, in bed, or on the patio in the warm weather.  For no reason. Just because I feel like it.
I don't do these things all day, or every day.  Some of these I do rarely.  But I still can-whenever I want.  That's what counts.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful, reading about it. I've got similar freedom, but it's hard for me to just take it easy. Maybe that will be my goal for next year.

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  2. Yes, that is one of the joys of retirement-the. freedom to do whatever you want with your time. Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend-the restaurant was empty as dinner is their busy time. After lunch we took a walk in the park.
    It is just a joy every day to be able to take my time with everything that I do. When I worked, I was always rushing trying to get everything done.

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  3. New reader here, you are making me long for retirement... sounds dreamy!

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