Slice of Life: From My Couch 20 of 31

"How are you doing?"my brother inquired as he and my niece called to check in on my retirement life.

"It's a little different," I conceded, "but life isn't bad from the couch."

They both laughed. "You know. I put my feed up and grab my coffee to watch the sunrise out the front window. I spend some time with the local newspaper and a bit of reading. I get up to get something done and then return...to my couch. I write for a bit, get up to do something, and then return...to my couch." I quipped enjoying the repetitive refrain of my couch quip. 

Seriously, the first week of retirement has been energizing. I have set a no rules rule for my first week. No counting calories, no recording exercise, no requirements to get anything done. I've been doing what I want all week - and a lot of it has been from my couch. (Okay, I can't stop.) I'm sure this will change, but for the first time I feel like I own time. If I see something I want to do, I just do it. 

Here are some of this week's highlights (and this is just week 1 in the middle of a pandemic):

  • Herb shopping at the local nursery (and at time that wasn't busy).
  • Drive-through coffee and a random drive, because why not?
  • An Apple 30 minute course (that resulted in a nice clean-up of my address book, some correcting of that nasty cloud, and a plan for photo organization).
  • A dentist appointment (haven't been since COVID and it was the perk of the week!). 
  • Read. Write. Read. Write. List. Write.
At the end of week one, I have no complaints. I may keep my no rules rule for the rest of the month. You know, it's spring. Spring is about beginnings. Here I sit, contemplating new possibilities - from my couch. 

It's March and I'm diving back into the March Slice of Life Challenge!  Buckle in!  This will be my 8th year joining the community (though I must confess to a two year break).  Yep, some of the writing will be messy.  Honestly, most of it will be messy.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm excited to dive back into the madness.  Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for hosting.  

Comments

  1. Wow, I had no idea you were retiring! I must admit I am a little jealous of your couch time. I love your no rules start! Go, you!

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    1. Thanks, Erika. It is off to a good start.

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  2. Sounds like a great first week to me! One more week and then we have Spring Break. I'm looking forward to a great week on my couch! Now you got me started!

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    1. You are almost ready for spring break. Think of it as a pre-taste of retirement. ;o)

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  3. Happy, happy retirement! I retired unexpectedly this past June, and immediately that that same sensation you name so well, "for the first time I feel like I own time." It is exhilarating to sit and write, get up, do a little something, come back, sit again...enjoy that couch!

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    1. I had no idea I would ease into it so smoothly. We shall see how it goes. Thanks for the wishes.

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  4. I absolutely love riding the couch so I totally relate!

    I loved this line " I feel like I own time"

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  5. Sounds amazing! I think you need to keep the no rules rule through April - it is poetry month after all! I also love the line: I feel like I own time.

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    1. This is a good idea, Clare. I think I will heed your advice.

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  6. Congrats on rocking your first week of retirement from (your new command central) the couch!

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  7. I knew you would enjoy retiring!!!! You are in control of your destiny and the fun is just beginning.

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