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Road Trip

I had the opportunity this week to take a road trip to Richfield to attend the Utah Alliance meeting. Although it was just over a 325 mile round trip, it was nice to get away for a couple of days. Driving there alone, gave me time for some much needed alone “thinking” time.  Thinking about why was I attending this meeting when technically I have retired? I have been associated with the group for well over 10 years and have been the webmaster of their site for most of that time. And even though I have retired, I am still keeping this little assignment for a while yet.

The trip was great. Long enough to feel like I got away, but short enough so that I didn’t worry about what I should be doing at home. I got together with five of my friends for dinner at a great little diner called, “Hoovers.” If you are every on I-89 just past Big Rock Candy Mountain, I would highly recommend eating there. The menu includes everything from sandwiches, burgers to meatloaf and prime rib. Sorry, I didn’t take my camera to dinner, so I didn’t get a picture of the place. But it is located in an old filling station and is the perfect looking place tor the road.

The next day, we had a great meeting, but I couldn’t help but wonder why I was there. I mean, now that I’ve retired, the subject matter just didn’t apply to my current life situation. Again I found myself second guessing  my decision to retire and then why I would want to keep my foot in the door.

There are no easy answers for me right now.  In all honesty I don’t miss work. But I also don’t want to give up all the good things – mainly my associations with great friends. I still haven’t figured out where I fit in my new world. I know there are great associations to be made in other places and through other organizations, but haven’t found those yet. I suppose I can’t expect to have it all figured out. It has only been a month since my last day. I’m sure it will work itself out soon enough.

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Today I reached a milestone that I didn’t know existed. I went to give blood at my local Red Cross and gave the receptionist my blood donor card instead of my driver’s license for ID.  After she signed me in, she told me that I have given enough blood to get my gallon pin. My what????

Yes, apparently there is a pin that the Red Cross will give you when you have given enough blood to reach a gallon. So how much is that really? Every time you go, they suck a pint of your blood or 2 cups. There are 8 pints in a gallon or 16 cups. So considering I give 3-4 times a year, it would have taken me at least 2 years to gain this honor.

The real answer is that I’ve been giving blood on a regular basis since I was 21 (and I hate to say that was more than 2 years ago). No bother.

I have the perfect place to proudly wear my pin…. next time I go to give blood.  What did you do to make a difference today?

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Three weeks later.

Flip flops in the sand.Today marks my third week of not working. I wish I could say that I’ve accomplished a bunch of stuff. But I haven’t.

I both love and hate that I don’t have a schedule. When I was working, I had a set time to get up, get ready for work and get there on time. My work time was pretty well scheduled with meetings, assignments and projects. Coming home would include getting dinner ready, doing laundry, taking care of the house and garden. So you would think that since I don’t have an 8 hour job that took me away from my home assignments that I would be doing twice as much — NOT.

Since I’ve been home, I don’t have an agenda that pushes me to get things done. Like this blog for instance. My initial plan was to write everyday about activities, thoughts and plans. So here it is three weeks later and I’m just on the fifth post. Lame, I know.

But not to seem really lazy, I have accomplished some things. I’ve taken my parents to several of their doctor appointments. My daughter and I cleaned out her closet, drawers and room. She is lucky to receive tons of hand-me-down clothes from neighbors, but I can’t get her to try them all on and decide on the ones she wants to keep. But we finally got through all of that and now have her clothes organized.

We all went on a trip to our cabin at Bear Lake for 4 days.  That was a lot of fun. We participated with our neighborhood in an annual 4th of July parade and breakfast.

So, where I’m at is here. Working verrrry slowly to accomplish some house goals. Helping my daughter to work through some of her issues. Helping my parents with their troubles. Adjusting to not being in the know, not having a schedule and not having constant communication to the outside world – unless I choose it.

With all that said, I am enjoying time off  – to sleep in, to read a book, to create, to learn new things, to choose a new path. I’ll get there – but it will take a little longer than I thought.

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