We're six days in to retirement and so far so good. Ha! Technically hubs is the one six days into retirement, although as his wife of 30 years, the woman he's moved from pillar to post and back again, the woman who's kept dinners warm and sleepy babies awake to say hello and goodnight to their Daddy, who on more than one occasion ate popcorn for dinner while he dined on hand rolled pasta in Italy, who has handled the mail, the calendar, the laundry, the years of home maintenance, the packing, unpacking, schedules, appointments, and countless other bits and pieces that make a house a home, it feels a little like I've retired too.
And technically he's only four days in because weekends are still weekends. Four days may not sound like a lot, but it's enough for me to have thirteen thoughts on a Thursday.
1. Hubs was considered officially retired at the end of work day Friday. I made a big deal of it by serving him left over chicken casserole from my book club gathering the night before. Wife fail.
2. Tuesday afternoon I phoned my mom to chat and she asked how hubs was spending the first few days of retirement. I informed her he was, at that very moment, polishing the wood floors downstairs. That I was calling from the upstairs bedroom because he didn't want me walking on them until he was finished.
Retirement rocks y'all. Mostly.
3. I might need to pack up the Keurig and go back to using a regular coffee pot. Now that hubs is home sipping coffee with me in the a.m. those Keurig cups are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid rate.
4. I enjoy hubs sipping coffee with me in the a.m.
5. Breakfast lunch and dinner...'nuff said. My dishwasher is running a whole lot more frequently than pre-retirement.
6. Course hubs would love to eat out many times a week, but no can do.
As much as I love dining out, it's too hard sticking to a healthy eating and exercise plan if I eat out a lot. I've finally found what works for me, and restaurant dining adds an unfortunate wrinkle to the mix.
A delicious, who-wants-to-always-order-grilled-chicken-in-a-restaurant??? kind of wrinkle, which is why no can do.
7. While we don't watch a lot of television here, when we do watch we mostly agree on content. There are one or two programs I enjoy that I know hubs does not enjoy, so pre-retirement I'd record these programs and catch up during my lunchtime. While he was at work. Hmmm.
8. The ice on top of snow on top of ice on top of snow around here this winter is ka-razy! Good thing hubs is retired. His workouts this week have involved a whole lot of chipping ice, shoveling snow, and swearing.
9. When you put your home on the market you fall in love with it all over again.
10. Who are these kids?
Work trip-Aruba, 1995
11. I have not been to the dry cleaners in over a week. That's exciting.
12. Friends are flowers in the garden of life. Somebody said that and it's true. So much love has come our way since hubs announced his retirement. There have been phone calls, Facebook messages, cards in the mail, texts, emails, fun packages, invitations to luncheons and dinners and weekends away. Every kind word and thoughtful gesture fills our hearts with gratitude for the people whose paths have crossed ours in the course of a quick thirty years.
13. It's been