This week my husband is home from vacation, I am healthy and he is still retired. I'm getting a good look at what this retirement thing looks like. So far, I can tell you, it seems very good. In the morning I make juice for all of us for breakfast and I leave the dirty juicer on the counter. When I get home in the evening the juicer is completely clean and ready for me to use again for dinner. This is a wonderful thing. I love being cleaned up after. This has not happened for me since I was nine. I discovered my husband knows how to use a washing machine. He told me he used it twice while he was on vacation. He told me he came home from vacation with all clean clothes. I am so tempted to test him with this new knowledge at our house. I'd love it if he did the towels and the sheets. This would be a big help. I'm tempted, but I haven't asked, yet. (I am aware he often reads my blog, so he may see this) People have asked me about the cooking. I'm not thinking about this. Sure, it would be nice to come home to a cooked dinner, but I don't think cooking is something my husband wants to do. I don't think he should have to do too many things he doesn't want to do. After all, he's retired.
I do have a few hopes and dreams for his time while he's retired and I'm working. I'd love to get our bathroom tub area re-tiled and get the faucet and stuff updated. I'd like to paint the front hall and the living room. I LOVE to have the garage emptied out and the basement emptied out. I know I have to do a lot of work around the house, myself. I want to get rid of all the lladros and baskets and books and crap scattered all around my house. My dream is to move out of our house with nothing but suitcases in our hands. I know it's a dream, but a girl's gotta dream, doesn't she.
All this dreaming aside, we have to keep the priorities straight and do first things. My husband has to finish his dissertation. This is the priority. (btw, if you would like to add anything to your prayer list, this would be a great one) I know he wants to complete his PhD. This is very important to him. Secondly, I know he wants to fix up our rental property. This will be a big job, as well. Maybe I'll have to keep working to pay some of these bills? We will see.
I have a coworker in the same situation I as mine. Her husband retired and she is still working. They've already bought their retirement home in another state. He's already moved down there. She's got their house in this state for sale. I think the moment it sells, we will see her last day of work. Wouldn't it be funny if we both quit on the same day? Yeah, I think it would be hilarious. :)
103. My son is getting an A in his college class, so far
104. Finishing a big work project
105. Time to relax when I get home from work
106. The anticipation of a weekend getaway
107. Lots of great advice from readers for my dry skin
108. Sacrifices we made when we were young to provide for opportunities now
109. Coffee (have I said this before?)
110. Smart phones (iPhone)