I didn't rush out to look for a job right away. There were too many things that needed done; boxes unpacked (books!), arranging furniture (and books), hanging shelves and installing bookcases (lots of books!), rearranging the furniture (and books). Getting to know the town a little. Spending playtime with my mom.
But after awhile, I knew I needed to find a job. We needed to eat (and pay that mortgage), and I was beginning to get a little bored. It's a little house and there are only so many ways to rearrange furniture (and books) after all.
So. I put in an application at ASU, and while visiting the Human Resources Department, I made one of my very first friends in Boone. His name is Daniel. Then, lo and behold, my first real job in Boone ended up being in the Human Resources Dept. and Daniel and I worked together, and became close friends. (this was actually my second job at ASU. My first job lasted one day. Another story for another day. Maybe. Hmmm - maybe not.).
Today at 8 a.m., I went back to Human Resources and signed my retirement papers.
AND stopped by for a little visit with my friend Daniel. It just seems right that he be one of the first people to wish me well in my retirement, since he was one of the first people to welcome me here. Everything that goes around comes around. I just love my friend Daniel.
I know, I know. You spotted that comment about getting bored when we first got here and I wasn't working.
Will I get bored this go 'round?
I don't know.
But I don't think so. Since then, I've discovered blogging (in a big way, obviously!) and some things have happened fairly recently that have me reassessing "things." I think I'm now ready for retirement. I think I'll manage my time better than I did back then. And if I find I haven't learned to do that, I'm going to work on it quick-snap. And I'm no longer bothered by that tacky "trailing, unemployed spouse" tag. (harumph).
Well - I'm going to rest. And I'm going to read. And blog. And try to learn to cook again (that'll make Donald awfully happy!).
And I'm hoping to be able to take some classes. I'd like to go back to Cheap Joe's Art Stuff to take another mixed media/collage class like I did a couple summers ago.
And I'd like to take an on-line memoir writing class - anyone have some suggestions about this?! And then -
It's my next great adventure and I'm excited about whatever it might bring. Rest assured - you'll be hearing about it.