Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year New Routine, Sort of

Change is the spice of life, or something like that. Change keeps us engaged, involved, moving, active. Hopefully most of life’s transitions result in positive developments.

A major change in hub’s life began January 1st. He is (about) 90% retired, working three to four days a month.

He will now be home. A lot. With lots of time on his hands. 


So I am creating a list, in no particular order, of –

10 Things For Hub to Do When Retired
Year One
Additional suggestions welcomed

     1. Complete a honey-do list. Never before attempted, I am writing one now, hoping a series of odds-and-ends-tasks-around-the-house occupies quite a bit of time over the next couple of months. This will not be a growing list, but items not attended to over the past few months years… for instance installing curtains in the guest room purchased months ago and hanging pictures patiently awaiting an honored place on the wall.

     2.  Exercise. Everyday would be ideal, but four days a week an accessible goal. Walking outside counts. Walking to the refrigerator to retrieve a snack does not.
     3. Clean the garage. A warm weather activity eating up a lot of time organizing, throwing out stuff, replacing broken needed things, giving useable unneeded items away. I cannot wait to see what treasures will be revealed.  
     4. Clear out business office. Clean up, get rid of, and empty, creating much-needed space. Hub rarely worked in his office anyway.
     5. Build a climbing garden wall in our backyard vegetable patch. Hub is not traditionally an outdoor guy, born and raised in the concrete Bronx where weeds were considered exotic vegetation, but retirement offers the opportunity to try new things and learn new skills.
     6. Plan trips. Lots of time consumed surfing the web.
     7. Figure out how to binge watch TV series, then watch the shows. Especially ones I have no interest in viewing.
     8.  Find buddies to meet regularly for Romeo get-togethers (Retired Old Men Eating Out).
     9.  Play golf. Isn’t that what countless retirees do? Hub has a set of rusting clubs somewhere.

     10. Work very hard to NOT create messes clutter chaos resulting in the need for additional cleaning time. I already get exhausted spending approximately ten minutes a day on housework.

I think housework (a dreadful sounding word) should be the first thing to go when reaching the magic age when retirement becomes a full-time pursuit. But I digress…

Meanwhile – before beginning any of the above-mentioned activities - hub and I are on the road for a few days celebrating his new stage in life.