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Markola 04-19-2021 09:10 AM

Ah, Mondays...
 
Perhaps itís a cliche but, 10 months in, Monday mornings have become one of my favorite times of the week: Sleep until I wake up, drink coffee with DW and the cats until I am moved to do something else, go for a walk, or do some errand with no crowds. No commute, no staff meeting, no piled up urgent emails from the weekend... I try not to read the news or have any commitments until at least 11 a.m. every day, preferably none at all. Often, thereís nothing on the calendar for the whole week and I find myself, periodically, thinking, ďHoly crap. Everyone else is at w*rk.Ē

Iím not going to say that life is now perfect. Like everyone, Iím still subject to emotions, moods and irritations, and itís now 100% on me to occupy myself contentedly, but THIS is the luxury of simple pleasures. Itís still a novelty. Time for cup number 3.

Iím sure others get it so I wanted to share.

ExFlyBoy5 04-19-2021 09:16 AM

I often celebrate Mondays since retiring...it's a magical day. Talk about a transformation! Worst day in the week while w*rking to one of the BEST days when not w*rking. :)

I didn't get up until about 9:30, so I am still on my first cup. Also, the weather is absolutely PERFECT today so after this cup of delightful coffee I am going to walk the dogs, grab another cup o' Joe and then go mess around in the yard for a bit. I think an adult beverage will be in the cards this afternoon as well. What I WON'T BE DOING today includes: commuting, talking to co-workers, answering to anyone, doing endless conference calls or any other activity that I DON'T WANT TO DO. :) :) :)

And to your point of being 100% responsible for figuring out what to do with your day...even though this might be a challenge on some days, I will take that over having some one else figuring it out for me.

So, HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

pacergal 04-19-2021 09:18 AM

Yep, Mondays are wonderful.
So are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!
Love filling my days with my choices.

don't like to go out on weekends, too many folks out and about :-)

tmitchell 04-19-2021 09:20 AM

You guys are killing me!

Montecfo 04-19-2021 09:29 AM

It is kind of topsy-turvy.

Monday= Good
Saturday= Less Good

I can't say it is "bad".

Boose 04-19-2021 09:29 AM

I've been losing track of which day it is, depriving myself of the enjoyment of "no Sunday night blues" and "no Monday morning slog." So last night and this morning I made a special effort to note the day and revel in my good fortune. Currently sitting in the sun, drinking a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea with whole milk. Later, I'll go to the public library and pick up the seven books that are waiting for me. And another cuppa after that. :dance:

old medic 04-19-2021 09:35 AM

MARKOLA.... I'm still in the work force for the moment, But have a major different Monday description....
This is Monday on the calendar..... 1st day of the week....But not my Monday. This Monday was last Friday... Starting a week off..
My next Monday is this Friday... starting a 48 hour week...
my next Monday is the following Friday... 72 hours in 7 days... Funny thing is Monday is my whole weekend off...
My next Monday is Actually a Monday .. 48 hours in 4 days... and then Friday is my next Monday starting another week off...
Simple to follow yes?

Markola 04-19-2021 09:39 AM

Ah, Mondays...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tmitchell (Post 2594469)
You guys are killing me!



I know itís not polite to boast and best wishes for your own journey but I worked and planned for years and put up with all kinds of toxic crap to meet my goal, so I try to enjoy it when it strikes me.

Markola 04-19-2021 09:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by old medic (Post 2594485)
MARKOLA.... I'm still in the work force for the moment, But have a major different Monday description....
This is Monday on the calendar..... 1st day of the week....But not my Monday. This Monday was last Friday... Starting a week off..
My next Monday is this Friday... starting a 48 hour week...
my next Monday is the following Friday... 72 hours in 7 days... Funny thing is Monday is my whole weekend off...
My next Monday is Actually a Monday .. 48 hours in 4 days... and then Friday is my next Monday starting another week off...
Simple to follow yes?



Mind = blown. But good luck!

old medic 04-19-2021 12:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Markola (Post 2594493)
Mind = blown. But good luck!

looking forward to Jan 1st... a friday night that lasts all month

finnski1 04-19-2021 12:36 PM

I prefer the 7 day weekends over Monday.:)

mn54 04-19-2021 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boose (Post 2594479)
I've been losing track of which day it is, depriving myself of the enjoyment of "no Sunday night blues" and "no Monday morning slog." So last night and this morning I made a special effort to note the day and revel in my good fortune. Currently sitting in the sun, drinking a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea with whole milk. Later, I'll go to the public library and pick up the seven books that are waiting for me. And another cuppa after that. :dance:

i detect a little too much british tv. tea with whole milk?, "another cuppa"?. that subscription to acorn tv or britbox is having an effect. :laugh:

Dtail 04-19-2021 12:53 PM

For me, it is any weekday day while playing Pickleball in the morning, that at least once I feel lucky and happy to be retired.

Lcountz 04-19-2021 12:55 PM

8 years in (Jan 2013) and I STILL love that Sunday afternoon feeling and the Monday morning NOT having to go to w**k!!!

Have you watched "60 Minutes" yet on Sunday night, and NOT had your stomach go to full knot mode because that clock ticking means the weekend is almost over?!?!?

Sometimes I turn it on JUST to hear that stopwatch!! So I can revel in NOT having a stomach ache!!! I don't even watch 60 minutes any longer...but that ticking clock ALWAYS made me SICK!!!!

Enjoy it!!! I sure do!

Out-to-Lunch 04-19-2021 01:34 PM

Well, this thread made me check: After today, I only have 3 "real" Mondays left. :dance:

14thMed 04-19-2021 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2594603)
For me, it is any weekday day while playing Pickleball in the morning, that at least once I feel lucky and happy to be retired.

I had to give up Pickleball, the group starts at 9:00 oíclock!
Never could get up in time!

Dtail 04-19-2021 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 14thMed (Post 2594678)
I had to give up Pickleball, the group starts at 9:00 oíclock!
Never could get up in time!

Yeah we play at 9am. I can't really sleep past 7am anyway and honestly playing Pickleball is my #1 retirement activity.

tmitchell 04-19-2021 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Markola (Post 2594489)
I know itís not polite to boast and best wishes for your own journey but I worked and planned for years and put up with all kinds of toxic crap to meet my goal, so I try to enjoy it when it strikes me.

And enjoy it you should!! 🥳

stepford 04-19-2021 03:32 PM

Even pre-COVID weekends were like my personal quarantine period. We live next to a county park and all the trails are littered with hikers/visitors on weekends. On Monday the park becomes my private playground again.

It's kinda like how I felt about summer when I was a grad student. Big beautiful campus all to myself without any of those pesky undergrads around. September was always time to grumpily head back into lab.

Escapevelocity 04-20-2021 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lcountz (Post 2594605)
8 years in (Jan 2013) and I STILL love that Sunday afternoon feeling and the Monday morning NOT having to go to w**k!!!

Have you watched "60 Minutes" yet on Sunday night, and NOT had your stomach go to full knot mode because that clock ticking means the weekend is almost over?!?!?

Sometimes I turn it on JUST to hear that stopwatch!! So I can revel in NOT having a stomach ache!!! I don't even watch 60 minutes any longer...but that ticking clock ALWAYS made me SICK!!!!

Enjoy it!!! I sure do!

This post is pure gold! 37 more Sunday nite suck-fests for me!


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