No, no, no. I’m not saying goodbye to you guys 🙂
Last week I had a chance to finally say goodbye to my former colleagues at Dow. Because I was leaving in December and there are a lot of people away during that month, we decided to have a luncheon in January to get together and say goodbye. I’m glad we did that. In 20 years here, I’ve made a lot of friends. I’m very lucky. Also, its good that many of them live around here and I will still be able to see them.
Most of the people I’ve worked with on site came to have lunch with us and then they gave me some gifts and one of my co-workers read out a lovely letter from my former boss (who obviously couldn’t be there since he lives in the Netherlands). I got a nice bracelet from the group as well as a gift certificate to the book store. That’s enough to make a girl swoon 🙂
Actually, in December, quite a few of my closest colleagues got together with me to celebrate and shower me with gifts too so I’ve been well and truly pampered.
The predominant question I’ve gotten lately is ‘how is it?’ (‘it’ being retirement)
Honestly? I still feel like I’m a long vacation. And with two kids at home, its a bit of a stretch to call it retirement 🙂
I think it will take a while for things to sink in. I’ve been busy taking care of the kids and the family as well as getting going on the exercise program. Casper has been beside himself with joy to have someone home with him all the time. We’ve all been eating better since I have time to make nicer meals than when we were all rushing around like maniacs. Ron is still the superior cook in our household but he’s been working extra lately so hasn’t been around. At least that’s his story.
I have such a big list of things to work on that I will be busy and not blogging any more than I was. I know a couple of people have told me they thought they’d see more posts coming but I don’t think I’ll get back to more than one a week. That seems to be a good balance for me.
First priority is to get a lot more knowledgeable about investing and get our finances in order. Then I seriously have to get after the painting of the house. That is a job that’s been waiting three years for completion!