At any rate. . . (en tout cas, as my husband says so often when he's speaking French, in any case. . . ) I know that I've made the right decision, the big Retirement decision, although this is the evaluative part of term when I often begin thinking of what I might try differently next time 'round, and it makes me a bit sad that there won't be a next time. . . There are just limits to what one person can do if she wants to do the important things well, and I do . . .
So, with only four more weeks of classes left (although then there will be marking and exams and some committee work and cleaning out my office, all of which will take me through the end of June), I'm allowing myself to think ahead increasingly and I've made a little list (does anyone else hear Gilbert and Sullivan when they say that phrase? There's a small chorus in my head right now!):
1. Make kimchi. I've wanted to do this for over a year now, long enough that I can't remember where I stored the recipe, but it will be easy enough to find another. First, though, I need to find a decent container for the long fermentation. I suppose if I wanted to be authentic I could make #2 be "dig a big hole in the back yard to bury the fermenting mixture in its container, but the contemporary recipes seem not to require such commitment. I've stalled on the kimchi all this time because I haven't been able to spare the time to hunt out the fermenting crock. Soon!
2. Meet a Victoria friend for lunch or coffee or whatever next time I'm down there visiting my son's family. All visits to that lovely city over the past few years have been pretty single-purposed, and I'd love to add an extra day to catch up with neglected friends, shop some of the lovely stores, go for a good long run along Dallas Road, maybe even stop in Sidney for more shopping and coffee (ooh, those used bookstores!). . .
3. Organize my photo files and Get. Some. Prints. Made. And. Framed. Imagine heavy underlining here! Our daughters gave us gorgeous prints of themselves and their daughters for Christmas and three months later, those are still not framed.
4. Book a set of sessions with a French tutor (shared with Pater, bien sûr). I read a French novel last summer and I listen to French radio in the car on the way to work, but otherwise haven't worked on my language skills since our lessons in Bordeaux last June. Given that this is one of my life goals, I need to spend more time at it on a more regular basis.
5. Finally begin working the needlepoint kits I picked up in the wonderful Paris shop, Bucherie , not last trip, but the one before! Two years I've had these, and although I did try a few stitches, following the online tutorial, I put the canvas back in the bag, resolving to pop into our local needlework shop for some in-person help (they charge a small fee, well worth it). Made that resolution many long months ago and haven't got there yet. But now it's on my little list of Things I Want To Do When I Retire, so we'll see. . . .
As for today, what I will do is head to yoga class with Pater, then follow that with breakfast together at our favourite local French/Paris-themed cafe where we'll be making another list: Travel Plans for the coming year. . . .
There will also be some marking, some work-related reading, and perhaps a very long nap (I'm writing this at 4 in the morning, giving in to insomnia, and that deficiency will probably become very evident at some point!)
What about you? What's up this Friday? Can you relate to any of the items on my list? Do you have your own for your eventual retirement? Or have you ticked off items as you've moved into retirement? I do wonder if retirement will shift priorities so that some listed items simply drop off, eventually. But not the kimchi, surely! Have you made a batch? How did that go?