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  will be retired too.
Plans for Day #2: create something with yarn, hooks, needles and patterns from the DBKN pattern database! Result: it remains to be seen.
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