Technically, my first day of retirement was Friday, but that doesn’t count because I spent the day still feeling totally shell-shocked. It seemed more like a long weekend than the beginning of a new life.
Today, however, is the first day of the first full week of retirement, and I know you’re all wondering how I spent it. Even if you’re not, I’m going to tell you.
Imagine my surprise when my husband informed me early in the morning that he was taking half a day off as he hadn’t slept the night before. Say what? My first full day of freedom, and I have to share it?
Well, so be it. Freedom just had to start a few hours later.
It was just as well. Going online, I discovered that the nearest local library doesn’t open until 1:00 pm on Mondays, and top on my list for my new life was getting a library card. No longer can I afford to buy paperback books every week. I am fortunate that we have a number of public libraries within easy driving distance.
So, first task today – get a new library card.
I last had a card many years ago when my children were small, and the local library has changed a bit. So many computer kiosks! And they now have self-checkout just like the grocery store! No more watching the librarian scan my books and wondering if she’s judging me by the types of reading material I choose!
Second task – stock up on wine to hold me over during the next couple of months. Fortunately, my favorite wine shop is having a huge sale on the kind of wine I buy anyway – and the manufacturer is offering rebates. For a small initial outlay (about $40), I’ll get $14 in rebates – and I have enough wine to last quite awhile if I use a slightly smaller glass. I suppose some people would say I’m borderline alcoholic for having used a small portion of my last paycheck to stock up on wine – but hey, we all have priorities.
Third task – car wash. I still have the monthly unlimited tag, so there was no outlay for that. I did, however, skip the drying lane afterwards and saved myself the $2 tip. (Woo-hoo, right?)
Throughout today’s travels, however, the one thing that kept bugging me was that I still felt like I was playing hooky from work and constantly expected someone to blow me into The Boss. (“You know, she wasn’t really sick – I saw her coming out of the liquor store.”) I had to keep reminding my self that I have a right to go wherever I want, whenever I want, and don’t have to answer to anyone anymore. That’s pretty cool.
Tomorrow I intend to catch up on some of those household chores that are so hard to do while working full-time. That’s my intention. We’ll see how that goes.
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