Monday, January 13, 2014

This Week In Retirement.....

Or, this week's answer to "what do you do in retirement".  This week I am:

  • Exploring hostels in San Francisco.  Yep, you heard me folks, hostels.  As my daughter's significant other has made clear to me, hostels are no longer for the youth.  There are hostels with private rooms and baths, private rooms and shared baths, and everything else on the continuum. Specifically, I am looking at this hostel-not a true youth hostel in the fullest sense, but interesting none the less.  While these days I rule out couch surfing, camping on the ground, Motel 6 and sleeping in my car, I am not above exploring or taking risks in travel and that includes sleeping arrangements-within reason.  Since I am making this trip on my own, I'm willing to settle for comfortable but not luxurious quarters, even if most of my fellow travelers are of the youth with a backpack variety. As many readers know I prefer multi age surroundings at all times, and this sleeping arrangement certainly fits that bill.  Also, it means more gourmet food and sightseeing during my trip. A definite plus!
  • Celebrating after yesterday afternoon's football game and awaiting next week's conference game-aka the Brady/Manning bowl. To all the doubters, can I just say that New England is something like 1-9 against Denver when they play in Denver.  I've also observed that week pits the two best seasoned quarterbacks in the NFL against the two "newbies", if you will. I have one Broncos quilt left unsold, and I have to decide to keep or sell.
  • Counting carbs and committing to my seated exercise program on a daily basis. Boring, I know. I don't count calories-ever. I allow myself an absolute maximum of 200 carbs a day and generally eat much less.  Because of the cold I am unable to walk outside every day. So I visit a pool a few times a week and do chair aerobic and yoga exercises in between! Obviously those football game parties ruin my carb average!!
  • Suddenly realizing what my weekend is going to look like. It never rains but it pours.  Friday night I have a sleepover at the shelter (where I don't actually sleep!).  Saturday evening is my monthly dinner group, where I will prepare hot artichoke and spinach dip (I passed on a Saturday artist's get together in favor of sleep). Sunday is church, brunch and a football party. I think I will well be ready for Monday a week from now.
  • Happy that TV has reverted from holiday repeats and fill in programs to the regular offerings.  While I pick and choose and record, this is the time of year when I watch the most TV because of the weather, and thankfully, television is a good thing right now, as Martha would say.  Along with the return of the Black List, I'm recording the second season of "The Following", the new season of "Justified", a new HBO show called True Detective (which as I understand it will follow American Horror story in that the cast will rotate season by season).  I am also being completely obnoxious and reminding some friends that The Wire is the best drama on TV. Ever. Period. There are no exceptions-and it so happens that almost every living list that measures such things agree with me. Trust me. Put it on your watching list. It cannot be streamed.
  • Trying to decide if I really want to take a welding class right now, or if I will settle for American Music since 1960 and multi media painting. There are only so many things I can do at one time, and welding sounds like it requires more lab time at this time of year than this admittedly lazy retiree is willing to invest in.  Think I'll move it to summer.
  • Promising my son that before he returns to college next week I will spend at least two full days working on absolutely nothing but business stuff for his desired errands odd jobs business (making fliers, looking up where all the senior housing centers are, making a letter to send to realtors about assistance he can provide (taking pictures, cleaning houses, putting up and removing signs, even assisting realtors who do not wish to be alone during open houses). The realtor who sold us this house shared that she would be happy to critique and comment on what we offer. No matter the so called economy improvement, the unemployment rate for 18-25 year old folks remains over 60%. I am thankful that he is willing to look at alternative choices, and realize it has nothing to do with being a late bloomer or so called failure to thrive.
  • Teaching my son how to make cut out sugar cookies and decorate them. Yes, I know. But my son does not eat sweets except for vanilla ice cream and angel food cake-and sugar cookies, which is generally a holiday item that I make.  Since I shared with him that if he wanted them before Valentine's he would have to make them himself, here we are (and no, store bought or drop cookies will not do. He has tasted mine, all his life. There is no substitute. I should make them and sell them). And no, they will not be this fancy!
  • Painting my bedroom, which is a gunmetal gray or pewter. I have no idea what the previous owners were thinking. After deciding between yellow, peach, and soft green I decided on cream, the better to use as a palette, after all.
  • And, finally, making a king sized quilt. For me. Not to sell, not to gift, not to donate. For me, for my bed. Exactly what I want, in the colors I want it, with two layers of batting in between and fully quilted.  Although my house is FULL of quilts made by me, none are bed sized.  I would say that it's time, wouldn't you?
What's filling your week this during this post holiday, in between month of January?

14 comments:

  1. My vote is to sell the Broncos quilt now in order to capitalize on their current spot in the limelight. You can make one to keep later if you wish, right?

    My week is/will be very busy. Hiking, grocery shopping, gardening, plus a book club dine-out this evening. The gym, a holiday gift clothes shopping spree and lunch out with my sister in law, more gardening (weeding, really), early dinner, then off to our first wilderness trading course (I.e., Backpacking 101), Wednesday is a long training bike ride to the beach and back , then baking. Thursday we're off to Malibu, CA with our travel trailer for the long weekend. New semester at our Lifelong Learning program the day after we return.

    Whew!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy

      Delete
  2. BTW- Did you decorate those cookies in the photo? They are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a stock picture I grabbed because mine are all gone. I've posted others other times and will share the valentines cookies shortly.

      Delete
  3. You've got a busy ambitious week, and you're making me feel guilty ... as I'm sitting here "like a lump on a log," as my mother used to say. But then, I'm on vacation, so that's okay, isn't it? Actually, I'm in Florida, so I'm really sitting on the beach more like a lump in the sand -- but any way you look at it, I'm a lump!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sitting is good, and trust me when I say even here I am doing plenty of sitting!

      Delete
  4. Life always seems full, just responding to the demands of the day and seasons. I played stand-in hockey grandma this past w/e, which included minding the 2 children who weren't playing hockey while their dad minded the little hockey player (other family members were unavailable). An aunt was admitted to the local palliative care unit and I offered support to the cousins who were settling her there. I had a medical appointment to attend. I ran some errands and shovelled snow for my elderly neighbor. There's a need for daily snow removal in this area this winter. Today I'm working on an early childhood development committee that I volunteer on, a work in progress. Tonight there's a meeting for a local community recreation/rodeo committee that I volunteer on. Tomorrow I'm taking my sister-in-law to the airport >2hrs away; she gets to spend 2 months in CA/AZ. I'm thinking about the meditation/yoga that I need to restore myself. There are household chores to tend to. Always, there's something to do.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Just want to say Yay! for hosteling. It looks like a nice one in San Fran. I usually stay in the dorms because I am cheap but hosteling is a wonderful way to travel. Staying in a hotel by yourself, one is so cut off. Nice for a few days and then I am running back to hostels because there I have people to talk to and share budget travel tips with. As a retired woman, I traveled by myself for 5 weeks in Israel this past year.....stayed at hostels the whole time. If I had stayed in a hotel I would hardly have been able to afford a week there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tell me about it. My problem with the dorms is that I don't sleep through the night and would be tossing or turning and waking other people up. I often stay up till two and often wake up, rad and then go back to sleep. Other than that and my snoring, I would have no problem in a hostel. I'm also exploring some of the traditonal hostels-although more and more people are saying that fall rather than summer is a better time for San Fran. We shall see...........

      Delete
    2. I am not a very good sleeper either but when traveling I seem to sleep better....I think because I am doing so much walking as a tourist and I am out of the emotional ups and downs of home and family. :o) Also....most important.....I wear ear plugs in the dorms so I can sleep through other people coming and going or snoring. If you are up late one can read kindles in bed these days even if no light.....or invest in one of those mini lights for book reading.

      Delete
  6. It's amazing how busy we become in retirement. I have a friend whose tag line is "How did I ever have time to work?"

    ReplyDelete
  7. What's filling my week??? Lots of meetings and starting a new position. It should fit in nicely with my subbing for the next few months. I actually think Father Brian made the position for the person who will be presiding over the lay services while he is gone next month (which would have been me anyways) and he needed to get RCIA started.

    God bless.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I start two Coursea classes in the next 10 days: How to Change the World (How's that for an ambitious title!) and a guitar course to get me over my current hump.

    We had a concrete bump & crack grinded down in the living room before installing new carpet - that was a mess and involved lots of cleanup.

    Compared to you, I feel underutilized.

    ReplyDelete
  9. We have discovered airbnb this past 2 years.We've met new friends by staying in their homes in Santa Fe,Santa Barbarab,Coronado Island in San Diego, and Sedona.VERY MUCH FUN,so economical.The lady we stayed with in Sedona for my birthday even put on a karaoke show for me over wine and cheese before we went to dinner, of course I sang also, she had several microphones. In Santa Barbara we enjoyed a pot luck with members of the old Sunburst Commune, our hostess used to live with them for 20 years! 15.Lots of serendipity and good times and new friends.Juts a thought. Sometimes you can rent a place for yourself, other times it's with the host or hostess.the site is fun to browse ..

    ReplyDelete

Ladies Day Out-Beads and Quesadillas

You all remember those 98 degree afternoons I had Monday, Tuesday, and yes, even yesterday?  Today? Fifty Degrees. While I am normally no...