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Old 04-19-2011, 12:05 PM   #7361
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Watching kitties do almost anything is very entertaining. I know I get hours of fun just watching and playing with mine.
We have two kitties and a good time is had by all when I get out my laser pointer.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:20 PM   #7362
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Met some ex coworkers at happy hour tonight. About fifteen minutes into the conversation my eyes started to glaze over as they talked about work. After a while they talked about the possibility of retirement. One guy says he has a friend that cruises on his yacht six months out of the year...now THAT is what he calls retirement.

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Met some ex coworkers at happy hour tonight. About fifteen minutes into the conversation my eyes started to glaze over as they talked about work. After a while they talked about the possibility of retirement. One guy says he has a friend that cruises on his yacht six months out of the year...now THAT is what he calls retirement.
And yet one of the reasons people hesitate to retire is their fear of losing touch with their co-workers...
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Went to the local "big box" home improvement center to buy HP filters. I only do this every two years (I buy, by the case) so this is a "highlight" of retirement ...
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Today was my "dinner and a movie" day. Actually lunch and a movie, but, you get the idea.

My lunch was with at an army mess hall with several soldiers preparing to go back to Afghanistan for the third time. Those guys are ready.

I had baked chicken, rice, broccoli, salad bar, pecan pie and tea. Noticed new items on the salad bar (i.e. fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, mixed nuts, Mandarin oranges.) This new items seems must be part of the army's effort to feed our soldiers like they feed elite athletes (the more "color" on your plate the better). Seems to be working as I see very few overweight soldiers these days.

After eating with the guys I sped to the Cinemark to grab the matinee movie "The Adjustment Bureau" (see attachment). I was expecting a who-done-it/sci-fi but got more of a love story. Other may disagree. I give it a B+.

My cost~ Lunch $4, Movie $1, gas to get to movie and back (@$3.67/gal) $2. Total cost: $7.00. LBYM indeed.
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Farmers' market.
Bought some naan, how do I eat it?
Laundry. dishes.
Next week will be asparagus time.
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I mowed the lawn and sprinkled weed and feed around. I don't believe in fertilizer or weed killer so I'm not that pleased with myself. I felt better about the ant killer-cuz they were invading everywhere.
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Bought some naan, how do I eat it?
Laundry. dishes.
Next week will be asparagus time.
(re naan) i usually stick them in the toaster oven or
heat them up in cast hot iron pan with a little bit of oil and
optionally garlic. along with some hummus or something similar..
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(re naan) i usually stick them in the toaster oven or
heat them up in cast hot iron pan with a little bit of oil and
optionally garlic. along with some hummus or something similar..
How is naan with a bit of cheese?
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Should have posted this on Monday.......gave my 2 weeks notice so my last day at big defense contractor is April 29th.

After living at least an airplane flight away (sometimes 2) for the last 30 years, my 76 year old mother (heavy smoker for 60? years so add 10 years to her age) now lives 200 paces away in my apartment complex. Even thought she is in my backyard, the job did not make it easy to spend time with her every day. Don't know if I'm done for good (Firecalc says yes) but I'm done for now.
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Should have posted this on Monday.......gave my 2 weeks notice so my last day at big defense contractor is April 29th.

After living at least an airplane flight away (sometimes 2) for the last 30 years, my 76 year old mother (heavy smoker for 60? years so add 10 years to her age) now lives 200 paces away in my apartment complex. Even thought she is in my backyard, the job did not make it easy to spend time with her every day. Don't know if I'm done for good (Firecalc says yes) but I'm done for now.
Based on what I read between the lines, I'm not sure the usual "Congratulations!" are in order. You sound less than excited about your pending freedom from the workplace.
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Buckeye, I too read an implication that maybe your mother is not doing so well, and if so I am sorry to hear that. In any case, I am glad that you will be able to spend more time with her at this time in her life.
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How is naan with a bit of cheese?
yep , cheese works. you can oast/melt it on top , or do the ploughman's lunch
routine with it. naan, some hunks of cheese , cherry tomatoes, and
some pickled items
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Based on what I read between the lines, I'm not sure the usual "Congratulations!" are in order. You sound less than excited about your pending freedom from the workplace.
I am VERY excited about leaving this particular j*b and I am VERY excited about not having any j*b for now. I am tentative about making the commitment I won't be going back to w*rk for good. The thought of living off savings versus a paycheck is still a bit nerve wracking.

I was out of work for 8 months prior to taking this current j*b 14 months ago and loved it but $2,000 per month in unemployment from OH took the edge off. For now and probably the next 8 years until DH reaches 70, it's just our resources. I'm both happy and terrified!
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Buckeye, I too read an implication that maybe your mother is not doing so well, and if so I am sorry to hear that. In any case, I am glad that you will be able to spend more time with her at this time in her life.
No, no. Everthing is great! She's doing just fine which is why I am making this move now. I didn't want to wait until she had some sort of health issue. She is 76 and a heavy smoker which makes her older than her years. That pushed my decision to act now even more.
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I...set...my...alarm...today

I was up at 545 AM to help cook breakfast at the local Legion for the Highway Department Superintendents and their deputies from all over the county. A team of 9 guys and gals cooked and served scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast and fried potatoes to over 60 men. These guys sure could eat!
Mr B cooked the meats and I did french toast/pancake duty. The Legion Steward kept our spirits up with pitchers of Bloody Marys made from scratch. She even had fresh celery.
The nice thing about cooking is you aren't expected to help with pot/pan/dish/table cleanup. All I had to do is wipe down my cooking station.
Almost time for a siesta....zzzzzzzz
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Isn't that illegal in retirement? I slept until 10:30 this morning. I have briefly thought of setting my alarm for 10 AM so that I can gradually get used to getting up earlier. But 5:45 AM? That's almost as early as I used to get up for w*rk. The Highway Department should be so appreciative that you did such a nice thing.
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Isn't that illegal in retirement? I slept until 10:30 this morning. I have briefly thought of setting my alarm for 10 AM so that I can gradually get used to getting up earlier. But 5:45 AM? That's almost as early as I used to get up for w*rk. The Highway Department should be so appreciative that you did such a nice thing.
Freebird, I guess all those unpaid parking and speeding tickets are gonna be "fixed" by tomorrow?
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Freebird, I guess all those unpaid parking and speeding tickets are gonna be "fixed" by tomorrow?
Not illegal when you are volunteering with your honey suffering cooking right next to you. Mr B is very good at making BACON....and sausage.
The Highway Dept guys gave the breakfast crew a very nice round of applause. All proceeds are going to the Legion Auxiliary for their community activities. They keep trying to get me to attend meetings but this is a better way to contribute my time.
I finally found a good way to get some exercise, do some good, and have fun doing so. Those Bloody Marys had us all whistling while we w*rked. And we got a free breakfast out of the deal.

It never hurts to feed know the folks in power in a small town like this.
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Went to a Lifeline screening. I was the youngest one there by far. Tests included peripherial arterial disease screening, ultrasound of carotid artery, ultrasound scan for aneuresm of the abdominal aorta, atrial fib screening and bone density. $99 for the 5 tests and flexben card handled it. I get these done every 2 years, my doc likes that I am willing to do it at my age.
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