I also have not been here much lately. Your post is fabulous...you found some great stuff to do. Bully for you!!!!
I FIREd in April 2007 and it took almost 8 months to finally chill out. I did and still do volunteer work driving disabled vets home, I read, I did a ton of house stuff, and was very happy not to w*rk until inflation hit.
lately, i've been very restless and am actually looking at a part time j*b at a local hospital driving the elderly to and from a day program. it calls for 15 hours per week max, but i know it will be more.
I just want to earn enough to put fuel in my mid life crisis car (see avatar). nothing definite yet, but i feel better knowing they just might hire me and my "mad money" budget will be looser. and if i log some wages between now and age 62, my SS benefits won't be watered down by 14 yrs of no income at all.
what a great choice you made by helping your church. doesn't that feel wonderful?