You may recall that I was going to retire at the end of August. Some things happened that I can't share in this venue. If you'd like to know more, feel free to e-mail me and I'll fill you in. You'll see from my new ticker that I am on the countdown to the end of June!
I've been doing a lot of thinking about this upcoming change in my life - the next phase. I have divided this post into three chapters: What I Will Miss; What I Won't Miss; and What I am Going to Do Now.
WHAT I WILL MISS
That's it in a nutshell. To elaborate just a bit - I have been "Mother Dawn" to at least 75 students each year for 15 years - that is a grand total of 1125 students + or -. I have been with these students from their first inquiry about the Master of Social Work program through their walk down the aisle at graduation. I have become very attached to them. I wish there is some way I could avoid leaving a class hanging in the middle of their two-year program, but that can never be.
I have worked with a great group of people and have enjoyed their company very much. Even my husband, who does not normally enjoy work-related social functions, has always enjoyed my faculty and staff.
WHAT I WILL NOT MISS
Getting up at 5:00 a.m.
Filling my gas tank every 10 days.
Major changes in computer systems as soon as I get used to the last one.
Working with major liberals during this presidential election process.
WHAT I PLAN TO DO NOW
Go to the gym at 8:00 a.m. I MUST get back in shape.
I will still have the kiddoes from 10:30-3:30 each day.
Organize hundreds of pictures taken the last 15 years.
Organize my beautiful, incredibly messy roll-top desk, which I acquired from my MIL when she downsized into assisted living.
Organize every cupboard and drawer in my house.
Organize my basement.
READ, Walk, READ, Walk, DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME!
HAVE SOME FUN!!!
Are you sensing a pattern here? My house has been sorely neglected. I had to pick my energy usage, and cleaning and organizing were not at the top of the list. My husband, sweet man that he is, brought it to my attention the other day that I "was not the girl he married," when it came to organizational skill. I think it's there, just buried under so much other stuff (and I used what I do have left at work!)
If only I were this limber, I would do this!!
Have a wonderful week!