Checklist for first day of retirement:

1. Sleep in until 9:00 am.   Result: out of bed at 6:30 am.

2. Stay in PJs and slippers all day.   Result: showered, dressed, then decided to thoroughly scrub and clean the bathroom.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast.   Result: my bowl of oatmeal (lumpy because I miscalculated proportions) got cold before I could eat it, as I started cleaning the kitchen and reloading the dishwasher.

4. Enjoy a leisurely cup of tea while reading the morning paper and email.   Result: took two sips before cleaning cat litter boxes and upchucked “gifts” they left on the carpet after breakfast.

5. Take a relaxing nature walk around the neighborhood.   Result: did laundry, changed the sheets,  swept the floor, replaced the burnt-out garage light bulb on the outside of the house, raked up 5 Hefty bags full of leaves from the yard.

6.  Have a simple, healthy cup of soup for lunch at home.   Result: met DD at a fave Mexican restaurant for a quick lunch, enjoying plate #3 (plus chips, salsa & iced tea).  After all, it was right next door to the market and I needed to shop for groceries.

7. Leave the car in the garage and enjoy the peace & quiet of staying home all day.   Result: see #6.

8. Write thank-you notes to all the wonderful people who gave cards & gifts for my retirement.  Result: a few done, many more to go.

9. Knit/crochet requested items for an upcoming holiday boutique.  Result: does looking at pictures on my Ravelry designer page count?

10. Prepare at least one new design submission.   Result: see #9.

11. Take a nap.  Result: the cats seem to be enjoying theirs.

12. Prepare a well-balanced meal for DH when he comes home tired from the workday (since he’s not yet retired.)  Result: could I meet him for dinner at today’s grand opening of the first Colorado Steak ‘n Shake instead?

13. Enjoy my new shirt.  Result: YES!!

For those who don’t know, I retired yesterday from 20 years  in the technical services department of our local library.  Fun-loving coworkers gifted me with this commemorative jersey, as my cataloging librarian number [54] will be retired too.

Plans for Day #2: create something with yarn, hooks, needles and patterns from the DBKN pattern databaseResult: it remains to be seen.

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  1. Julie Halverstadt said,

    November 17, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    Kathy – you are hilarious! But now that your house is so clean, day #2 should be a whole lot more relaxing! Let me know when you are ready to come back down to Castle Rock for tea. It’s been very weird here without you…

  2. Designs by KN said,

    November 19, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    Thanks! Yes, it’s different but there will be more time now for lunch, tea, & visits to Steak ‘n Shake!

  3. Leslie Good said,

    November 25, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Kathy, your tale reminds me of my plans and results when my youngest went off to school. It took a while to ratchet down the activity level… You’ll get the hang of it, I’m sure! :)

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