• Just Life

    scenes from my life.

    …this started out as three different blog posts (one of which would’ve been this morning but earthlink was uncharacterically unavailable), probably spread out over two or three days, but while I was editing the photos, I realized this was a much better “day in the life” story. it still sneaks up on me that I’ve been “retired” for eight months. I’m working less hours at cast-on cottage which is allowing me more time. for other things. like the 2-day walk. it’s this weekend (btw – we are only $25 from our $2,500 goal as I type this and WOW! thank you!) and I’ve been volunteering at the office (and tomorrow downtown…

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    sleep.

    …there have been lots of learnings these past 11 days, but one of the most surprising is about sleep. way back when I first started imagining post-retirement life, I knew I needed more sleep and looked forward to an extra half hour each day. later, I told everyone there was no way I’d be getting up “dark early” (i.e., a time before 5 a.m.)  and the reality so far – I’m still getting up at the same time [during the week – weekends have always been for marc to wake up first and make the coffee] – but staying up much later. like I’m getting less sleep now. and – here’s…

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    smile!

    …evidently I am the easiest person in the world to surprise – not that I don’t pay attention or notice things. more that I just was completely. totally. not expecting a party for me yesterday! karen, lydia and sara schemed and planned, along with my bookclub friends to surprise me. they succeeded! and it was so much fun – great food (of course), plenty of wine (of course) and the list of thank you notes I need to write is getting way out of hand. paula had my camera and got some great shots of me opening a huge pile of gifts. thought this might be a perfect time to try…

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    the end and the beginning.

    (promise – my next post will not have beginning or ending or first or last anywhere in the title – can’t promise the content won’t recall those words, but at least the title will be original!) …the packing up was a lot faster than I thought it would be. even with wrapping every picture frame, every momento (like the crazy-heavy marble hourglass to commemorate my work on y2k), every book and every sliderule (my dad gifted me his collection when he retired…and I’d love to regift the collection now that I’m retired, but I’m not really sure there’s anyone left working who even knows what a sliderule is?!) in paper.…

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    beginning and ending.

    I’ve blogged about my love of sunrises before. One of the things I am really going to miss after today is the southeast facing window by my desk that always provides the best sunrise views. I’m so glad I got to see one last one today. A suitable beginning to mark the ending.

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    followed by firsts.

    …thing one. my “first” (since they moved everything to computers) fulton county library card. and I checked out a book to make it all official. I’ve had my eye on this book because it has the pattern for this shrug that I heard about on never not knitting. the book is mine for 28 days and I’m hoping I can knit it – or at least figure out some kind of plan to knit it someday – before it’s due. …thing two. chewie. aka “nicole’s dog”. I’ve worked with nicole for a few years. sadly the last few have been virtual – she’s in new york and I’m.here. so I was glad that she…

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    another last.

    …this one is the last business trip. to our hunt valley office (my first time there, and to the baltimore airport – funny how first things and last things can go together). to facilitate a training class in manager effectiveness. this was the fourth time I’ve delivered the class, and it was hands down the best. the managers were all really glad to be there and I think they learned and had fun. it doesn’t get much better than that! but I won’t miss the lonely hotel rooms and meals by myself (another first – room service dinner). or the time in airports or on planes. time when I would…

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    retirement lunch.

    …as in oh my, it’s real, isn’t it?!  click here to see who’s who my team treated me to my all-time-favorite maggiano’s family style. we ate (lots…fried calamari, fried cheese, maggiano’s salad, caesar salad, gnocchi, rigatoni d and cake and cookies) and shared stories. mostly about the past. lisa and matt raided the closets and cubicles and dug up an NTRC marketing video (yes, a VHS tape from the mid-1990’s I think) and a folder full of marketing brochures, client communications pieces and company newsletters. we shared stories about managers. about projects. about office space. about balancing family and work. about lunches out with teammates. about all the things that…

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    a lesson in irrelevance.

    …I honestly thought I was better than this. I *make to do lists, work those to do items and check them off as I complete them, start new lists, and then repeat* forever. (and yes, sometimes I do transfer those last few trailing items from one tired list to a shiny new list, but that’s just to keep it fun). so yesterday, when I cleaned out my bag and found this list, I was…surprised. and yes, a bit disappointed. I started using these particular lists after a very fun shopping spree in chicago last winter. so I know this list isn’t more than a year old. and yet. I have absolutely no…

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    a(nother) good mail day.

    …yup, today was going to be the day. the first day since december 18, 2008 that I didn’t take a photo. yes, that would be breaking a 390 day streak. and now that I’ve done the research and added up the days, I’m just as glad it didn’t happen. all because this lovely yarn arrived in today’s mail. I have a huge thing about getting good mail (see here, and here, and here and here – and here) so of course I had to take a picture. and share it. it’s a retirement gift from my aunt & uncle who live in oregon. that pretty card says they’re friends with the…