A few weeks ago, I was going to write a post with the title
(Well, the title would have been A LOT bigger than that!) But, being the grand procrastinator I am, I didn’t. The reason for the immense jubilation? I met with my financial adviser and she gave me the wonderful news that I can retire in January! But when I try to figure out what my pension will be, I keep having to move the date forward. I suppose I could just go in January, but staying just a few more weeks increases the pension a noticeable amount. I suppose it’s a small sacrifice to make for something that will affect me the rest of my life.
I’m not looking forward to the coming winter. I’ll still have to drive the 30 miles each way (which around here means anything from 45 minutes to 2 hours—this past week traffic was horrible!), and worse, I’ll still have to hike the 1/2 mile from my car to the building. But I’m winding down. I’m not putting in 12 hour days anymore.
So here I am, enjoying my Sunday afternoon “calm before the storm.” It’s been a gray day, but not too chilly. You know how every now and then life gives you one of those surprising moments of simple bliss? Today mine was sitting in a club chair, playing on my new laptop, with one cat lying next to me (this is, after all, his chair) and another on the back of the chair. Both cats stayed there for quite awhile, and of course I used it as a great excuse to continue playing. Anything to avoid housework. 🙂