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Retirement Reflections

September 20th, 2016 at 11:45 am

It's funny...I've been retired for awhile -- I retired the day after school was out, but with summer break, I didn't really count it until August 15, the first day of school going back in session. So, lots of people have asked me how I like retirement. I can say I like it a lot.

I'm a sort of schedule person so after the first week, DH and I got into a schedule. We go to bed about the same time every night (later than when I worked since I don't have to get up super early anymore) and we get up around the same time every day. We got into an exercise and shower routine. He walks and I ride an exercise bike. I don't handle the sun or outside due to allergies. I try to do laundry on certain days because there is a comfort to that for me. I plan to grocery shop on Thursdays because it isn't as crowded, but the stores have their aisles pretty well stocked.

Today isn't the first day that it has been such a joy being retired, but as hot as it is today, I don't have to go and work in a hotbox known as many of our elementary schools and return tonight for open house. I can't tell you what a relief that is.

Yesterday my chiropractor asked me how I liked retirement. I guess because I'm not traveling all the time, they think I'm bored. I'm not. I cook, I read, I've canned, I clean, I visit with friends, and lately, I've been taking care of my husband due to his surgery. It's just nice not having to rush around and worry about getting enough sleep and getting to work on time.

One of the ladies I used to work with was always either late or cutting it close. She posted on Facebook that it finally happened -- she and her spouse overslept and the principal came to their house to do a check. In all the years I worked at different jobs, I was not late because I overslept. I would have been so embarrassed. She wasn't -- she thought it was funny. Maybe I'm too old fashioned and strict with myself. I don't find is amusing. It annoyed me to no end when she and other folks who were always running late felt it was OK for other people to pick up the slack because they couldn't and wouldn't get to work on time. Ah, that's no longer my problem, is it? I'm retired. Smile

4 Responses to “Retirement Reflections”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    The travel thing is so funny. Virtually everybody asked me if I was going to travel, or more like, WHERE I was going to travel. At first I would explain that I probably wouldn't travel much, but I finally gave up and just told people where I would like to go. People just assume that retirement means travel.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    The bank was never that strict about people arriving to work on time, probably becus most people worked from home to one degree or another, everyone had different schedules, many people reported to managers who didn't work at the same premises and so it would have been impossible to track when everyone was arriving anyway.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    PatientSaver, I am sure in a workplace like you describe, it would be Ok. But this is a school and if the principal had to go knock on her door, it meant school had already begun and kids were sitting in her classroom. She is notorious for arriving when the kids walk in which is against contract...teachers are supposed to be in the school 15 minutes before the students arrive.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow about the oversleeping teacher. I can't even ....

    I'm glad you're enjoying retirement so much!

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