Friday, December 22, 2017

5 for Friday: Edition 6 - Twas almost the night before Christmas

This week sort of zoomed by.

1. I found out my son and his sweetie are doing Christmas stockings so I went to Trader Joe's and bought wild rice for one and the honey sampler for the other. They will be happy with both.

2. Took the 1 1/2 hour yoga class on Tuesday morning. I would like this to become routine. The challenge is to figure out how to be able to move on Thursday after all that exercise LOL.

3. Back to routine dog care and vet treatments thankfully. The princess poodle had her monthly shot for her Addision's Disease and got groomed - or poodle spa day as we call it.

4. Hubby admitted that retirement was sort of boring. For me too.

5. Thinking about what will be my word for the coming year.


  1. I'll be curious to know how you deal with the boredom of retirement. After 4 years of retirement, boredom hasn't come into play. I often wonder how I had time to work. I am also thinking about my word for 2018. My word in 2017 was LISTEN and it served me well. I woke up at an ungodly hour this morning and am enjoying the tree lights in the dark. And having just passed the winter solstice day, I can look forward to the coming of the light. I'm also anticipating the Christmas season gatherings. Merry Christmas to you.

  2. #1 is sweet. :-)

    And #2 will be easier if you do more of it, trust me.

    Regarding #4 - is it possible that the two of you are relaxing just a wee bit too much instead of pushing yourselves in some capacity? Too much of the former and too little of the later would definitely be a problem for me in my retirement, as an example. If so, I would really, really recommend you both consider getting and reading 'The Joy of Not Working' by Ernie Zelinski. It is a tremendous primer for how to create a robust, challenging, satisfying post-working life. One of his quotes, that has stayed with me ever since is 'When you do that which is difficult, life becomes very easy. When you only do that which is easy, life becomes very difficult.' Hang in there, once you figure out what makes you hum, it will get not only better, but great!

  3. Thank you for your comments. I think that for both of us the intellectual challenge and collegiality of our work was primary in our life goals and satisfaction as was raising a family. We are doing things but none of them so far replace the intellectual challenge, satisfaction and use of our education that our work provided.

  4. I would agree that the mental challenge is more difficult than the physical, especially for those of us who enjoyed our jobs and found them mentally stimulating and social. My solution was continuing education, and an involved volunteer gig that required using my brain in New ways. You will find your middle ground in time.

    1. I agree that continuing education is helpful and we both are signed up for classes. I do need to find a new volunteer gig now that we are settled. I miss my one from our old home.

  5. #4 sounds normal as per Robert Atchley's research on the stages of retirement. #5 may help you find the intellectual challenge and satisfaction you want.

    1. I haven't heard of Robert Atchley - will have to look at his research.


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