Friday, January 30, 2015
Five Things Friday . . . with a minor announcement . . .
1. The Redheads Are Coming! My daughter and granddaughter arrive later this morning for a weekend visit with Nana and Granddad. Should be fun . . . I do find it tough to get to the work I need to do, but that's what my office door is for, right? And I just remind myself that I don't have to do this juggling for too much longer, what with retirement in the near future.
2. Also joining us for dinner tonight is a former student of mine, one for whom I recently had the privilege of writing a recommendation for grad school. She's a delightful person -- so bright, but with a rare intellectual generosity, a writer who also sings and acts, thoughtful, gracious, and with spiritual awareness of someone much older -- and I'm honoured that she's wanted to keep in touch with me. This is an aspect of my work that I will miss tremendously when I retire, I must admit. . . .
3. Silk! Another of those great BBC series, one that I binged my way through, often watching 2 to 3 episodes an evening. Not sure if it's a good thing that I'll have time for even more of this sort of (in!)activity once I retire. . . .
4. Paris. I'm populating my Pinterest "Next Trip to Paris" Board more intently these days, as the calendar gets closer to my annual trip. Something much different this year -- I'm going for a week with my sister, leaving Pater at home. The plan was that I'd take a leave for one term, and he and I would go back in the fall for a longer stay, with a base in Bordeaux. When I decided to retire this year, it made sense simply to chug through the fall, working until the end of December, to pack away some extra income, and then we'd be free to travel in 2016. However . . .
5. A few weeks ago, I tapped into my fatigue, acknowledged its emotional roots, and realized I'd committed myself to work as an endurance test. Given that I've now moved into the last decade or so in which it might be reasonable to count on relatively good health and fitness, and given that there are so many other things I want to do, that I feel I'm pushing off for another whole year. . . Yes, I did it! I checked in with HR, then with our department head, and I will officially be retired at the end of July. Classes end in April, exams and papers should be done by the end of that month, and then I've got some committee work that will keep me busy until the end of May. After that, I'll tackle clearing out my office, handing in my keys, and making lists of everything I want to do all at once!
So that's the Good News I hinted at last post. I'm mostly very happy about it, although I do have occasional plunges into momentary panic. . .
Off to yoga class now and then a weekend with my redheads. Bon weekend, you! Laissez les bon temps rouler!