Day 2

Today my daughter Alex and I went to see the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC.  We have lived in this area for 19 years and I have never seen them.  It always seemed if work was just too crazy whenever the blossoms decided to pop and it never worked out.  Needless to say, they were stunningly beautiful.  It wasn’t too crowded either – I love not having to do everything on the weekend.  Alex and I then had a great lunch at a pub in downtown DC.  It is great that the weather is so good – spring has come to DC.

Needless to say, I didn’t get to any of the things that I wanted to do today.  It still seems more like a vacation although there is a lot hanging over my head so I haven’t really gotten a sense of the “stress free” part of retirement.  I already feel behind on starting to get the house organized for sale and all the other things I need to do.

I know I need to establish a routine.  How long before the rest of you retirees out there figured it all out?  Did you start with a routine right away or did you gradually more into one?  Well maybe I’ll make more progress tomorrow.

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Day 1

Ok…..after 37 years of working with the last 28 at Verizon, I am officially retired.  Today is Day 1.  I’m really not sure what to do so I thought I’d try blogging about my journey.  All of the experts tell you to have a plan.  I was to busy to figure out a plan so here I am.  My main goals are to:

  • Get healthy and spend plenty of time exercising
  • Read
  • Travel
  • Take courses and keep my mind active

I think the first thing to do is to is figure out a routine.  I have had a routine most of my life so how do I get going.  Luckily, work has been light for the last couple of months and I have been working primarily at home so I have been exercising for a couple of hours a day but not at the same time or place.  There is so much to do that it seems a bit overwhelming!  So – let’s break it down.

  • Assume that I have the hours 8-6 to fill each day – 10 hours – how does that go?
  1. let’s start with the most important – exercise – let’s say 3 hours to give me time to walk in the neighborhood and drive to the gym to work out
  2. 1 hour to read
  3. 1 hour on “business related things” – paying bills, dealing with real estate agents, all those yechy things that we have to do but are a drag
  4. 2 hours working on the house – getting it organized, ready for sale etc
  5. 2 hours for meals – an hour for breakfast and an hour for lunch
  6. 1 hour for just down time
Ok….the 10 hours are filled already.  So far today, I’m already behind the 8-ball – all I have done today is a 1 hour walk and starting this blog and it is already lunchtime!  Maybe I’ll do better tomorrow. So if I figure out how this blog works and if I get it out there then I will keep you posted on my journey and welcome ideas on how to make this period of my life great.
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