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Thursday, March 24, 2011

I'm still alive! Even though I haven't posted anywhere, I'm still here....and appreciate the notes and comments.

Last week, I worked 68 hours. Took Sunday totally off and spent the day at my granddaughter's birthday party (ever gone bowling with 9 nine year old girls?) and babysat them a few more times this week...

Lots of retirement/goodbye lunches (eaten out more the past two weeks than I have in a year I think) and nostalgia sneaking in....but plans are moving along and anticipation builds.

I expect to sleep a lot the first week of April. Then lots of travel in the plans...Then...all you spark buddies, be on the look out! Hubby and I will be heading east either early fall (REAL early fall) or next spring...and may be looking for a place to park for the night!

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JET150 7/3/2011 2:08PM

    Hey, just catching up on some teams and people. I'm retired too and I'm thinking I am really going to like this! I hope you are too!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/11/2011 4:58PM

    You retire and suddenly have no time to blog--we still love you and hope you are having lots of fun.

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FLAMENM 3/24/2011 9:18PM

    A trip sounds wonderful!!!

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CARLI_MAE 3/24/2011 2:14PM

    Ya mean yer gonna do a road trip instead of exposing yerselves to the TSA? Doggone ... I wanted to know if Alan could set off a geiger counter ;)

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JUSTBIRDY 3/24/2011 11:55AM


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To my friends...quick update

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yeah, quick. Does that word fit into my vocabulary?

I have not fallen off the planet. I am not sick. I am not depressed. I am really, in spite of everything, doing well.

This "volunteer" job I took on has evolved into a very stressful, but fun, paid position. I have (on top of my regular job) been averaging 27-30 hours a week (and that does not include reading and responding to a ton of emails on a daily basis) Last night, I found my self feeling really crabby and when 8 of my crew of 30 were late, missing most of the 25 minute briefing prior to the start of the show, I was ready to lose it. I was supposed to go to a broadway show with friends (yes, as a patron, NOT a house manager or head usher) and out to dinner with friends. Instead, it is 5:30 p.m. and I am still sitting in my nightie. Catching up. I was just too exhausted to go. What a waste of a good ticket.

I only have 13 more working days until I retire. And then, it will seem like a dream to only work 20-30 hrs/week. AND once they get the full time house manager on board (offer out, waiting for background check and clearance to start) I can cut back to about 30 hours per month. My dream. Play money to supplement my retirement pension. And I won't feel so burned out.

My friends are like strangers. My grandkids were here a couple of nights ago for the first time in a month. Seems like the only time I see my hubby is when I drag him along to the theater with me!

And although I am hanging on by a thread, it is a strong one. Hasn't even started to unravel. We have a new massage chair at home, and I try to spend 15 - 30 minutes in it each night with earphones on....using that time to relax and meditate. Or I take a jacuzzi bath....equally effective.

Please don't think I am forgetting any of you. And please don't think I don't read your posts, your comments and appreciate your support and friendship. I don't get here EVERY day, but I do check in...mostly lurking...but I am here....

You'll see me again soon!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/20/2011 3:42PM

    Ha-ha! It's that over lap time of winding down one phase and starting another. Have a ball! Wishing you a fantastic countdown!

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PEACEFULONE 3/19/2011 7:12PM

    Not much longer now! Looking forward to seeing more of your Thanksgiving posts. Best wishes and thank heavens for that thread!

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MISS_VIV 3/13/2011 11:21AM

    So sorry to hear that there are NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY.

Wait til you retire.........and then you will be saying, "HOW DID I EVER HAVE TIME TO WORK".......

IT IS GREAT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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B-N-ME 3/13/2011 10:47AM

    Glad you are enjoying what is at time stressful, and not forgetting time for you! That countdown to your official retirement is lowering fast!
Wishing you continued success...
You are missed but glad to read you are okay.

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SLASALLE 3/12/2011 10:59PM

    I have no doubt we'll hear more from you when you are officially retired!!! In the meantime, hang in there!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 3/12/2011 10:38PM

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SUCHAHOOT 3/12/2011 9:35PM

    It sounds like you are still having a grand time! I have made a point to give myself 15 minutes each day. It is paying off in spades! Take care of your busy self!

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GREENCAT1 3/12/2011 9:23PM

    Glad to hear that you are hanging in there! I will count down the days to retirement with you! emoticon

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A TRUE red carpet event

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yup. It was. Red carpet. Limosines. Glamour. Glitz. And an awesome production of Chorus Line. It was an historic event. Will provide details down the road. Had 4 hours sleep and now have a plane to catch. Will be off line for several days.

Will have pics and details next week.


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GETDONE 3/10/2011 10:03AM

    Great pictures----waiting for more. emoticon
Remember too emoticon

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LYNNANN43 2/14/2011 6:40PM

    Can't wait for the story & pics!

P.S. I absolutely love your background pic of the daffodils! emoticon

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SLASALLE 2/14/2011 5:31PM

    Now take a well-deserved rest (or do you know how to do that?)!!!! :-)

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MISS_VIV 2/14/2011 10:39AM


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PEACEFULONE 2/13/2011 5:59PM

    Sounds lovely!


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GIRLINBRAZIL 2/12/2011 8:16PM

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Love to hear those details when you get a chance!

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GETDONE 2/12/2011 5:50PM

    Now, thats living!! emoticon

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FLAMENM 2/12/2011 2:43PM

    Now I am intriqued...
Can't wait for the details...

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VALERIEMAHA 2/12/2011 1:13PM


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Oh no...I lost the lease!

Friday, February 11, 2011

OK. I moved to Onderland yesterday....but I am afraid I got kicked out already. Lost the other words, with the stress of the grand opening and gala tomorrow and a potluck breakfast, going away luncheon and book club dinner all yesterday, and dinner guest tonight with brownies for dessert...I caved.

Yup. I ate.

A lot.

And feel crappy.

Am I sabataging myself? Probably. But I'll be ok. Just get me through tomorrow. And then Saturday off to Las Vegas. I can sleep. We have fine dining plans and LOTS of exercise...Just 3 days to relax, observe the insanity and regroup.

I am NOT weighing daily this week...We get back Tuesday night and I will wait til Weds. Then I will be accountable and if I was booted out of onderland? I'll move back the following week. I really DO want to stay...It is definitely worth the higher rent.

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FLAMENM 2/11/2011 7:52PM

    But you will return to onderland as a permanent resident really soon!!!!

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SNUZSUZ 2/11/2011 1:07PM

    Good luck with your lease! Don't worry, you can get right back on track! It's just a little bump in the road:)

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SLASALLE 2/11/2011 11:23AM

    Remember, it's about progress ... NOT perfection.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/11/2011 9:03AM

    Merely the proverbial *blip* on the screen! Have a great, mindful, time in Las Vegas. See it as a *training ground!* You SO deserve that fun break.
P.S. An observation: Choosing a dessert like brownies (a definite trigger food for me) when I'm already low in defenses from weariness, etc., could be disasterous.

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    emoticonOh I know you will be back!

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ONEWAYSTREET 2/11/2011 6:58AM

  One door closes ... another opens...
You'll be fine.. don't stress.


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DEE797 2/11/2011 6:10AM

    Take time to enjoy your mini-vaca and then renew your lease. I know emoticon

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Yikes! A month has gone by???

Monday, February 07, 2011

WHERE did it go? I feel like I have been buried in work. And now I wonder if I've dug myself into a hole...ha ha ha ha.

OK. BIG events this past week! HUGE events. As some of you know, I have been involved on the ground floor of volunteer coordinating and training and serving as head usher along with one other person for the new performing arts center in my neighborhood. First of all it is FABULOUS! Second of feels like I have been in labor and am now about to really deliver and reap the joy.

Ribbon Cutting was Friday. I was on my feet for almost 7 hours. Working as a greeter, the head usher, and then touring special guests and patrons.

First open performance was Yesterday. Again, on my feet running around like a wild woman. We had 27 ushers and almost a full house. It was a dress rehearsal of sorts...but excellent talent ranging from the symphony orchestra to the high school jazz band, a marching band, ballet troupes and choral groups. Nineteen in all, in about 2 1/2 hours...testing lighting, staging and sound. AND breaking in several brand new volunteers.

I felt like a one man band. Flashlight dangling from a wrist. Ticket scanner attached by a strap to my hand. Walkie talkie hooked on my waist band. Speaker wires and earphone wires running inside my blouse and out the neck. Two clips in place and a lanyard name badge hanging around my neck as well. Add a clipboard, lots of note paper and there I was... There were a few glitches, as expected, but the community is so enthusiastic and excited about this new venue that they were all in good spirits and overlooked almost anything that was the least bit inconvenient. house and tours. Very exciting. Even with superbowl, we had a full house and each of us guides (about 15) did multiple tours of parties as large as 20. I am beginning to feel like a pro. The center once seemed so huge, so it feels like home. I used to get lost, now I know every shortcut to the venues, the recording studio and the black box! (which I had a REALLY hard time finding a few weeks back....)

AND we had our first injury today. An elderly gentleman tripped on the stairs coming from the parking lot...lots of blood. LOTS of blood, but no apparant major injury. Won't go into details. Just know I was able to provide first aid until the paramedics got there and I am sure he will be fine...Never a dull moment.

Tomorrow another administrative meeting at the college, then I need to finish my 18 page application, get my finger prints taken so I can start getting paid (just over minimum wage) for the work I am doing...too bad all the hundreds of hours these past few months can't fall into that catagory.

Who has had time to eat???? I am transitioning back to whole foods, but am finding that being onsite with no access to food is challenging. So I am still using some of the Medifast bars and pretzels to keep me going. I can mix a shake and get down 200 calories of high protien in a quick minute. with no mess or storage issues (no fridge, no place to store food)

I've added fruit back into my diet too...time to add more carbs. We ate our first (and only) grapefruit off what was our mystery tree, and it was a POMELO!!! My favorite! Hopefully more next year. We are loaded with oranges, and lots of mandarins, too...I am loving the REAL vitamin C.

I haven't weighed for two days. I may have broken the 200 barrier. I am SOOOO curious, but think I will torture myself and wait until my Weds weigh in.

In the middle of all this craziness, we had a distant cousin here as a house guest all weekend. He was gone much of the time, as were we. But we joined him last night at the juggling fair and performance (in a million years I would never have known about this event, if not for him...) and we had a GREAT time.

I am headed for bed now. Caught up with my story here...So many supportive friends, that I have failed to acknowledge. ONE of these days my life WILL slow down. Up coming week? You wouldn't believe it if I shared it all...


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SUCHAHOOT 3/12/2011 9:32PM

    Hi Kathy!

Your blog of 3/12 scrolled by my friend feed. I'm so glad it did! I got to come over and catch up a little. Your new volunteer/job sounds wonderful! It also sounds like you are thoroughly enjoying it! that is awesome!

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SLASALLE 2/8/2011 11:45PM

    Whooooooooosh ..... :-) May the force be with you ...


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    Wowza! You are really a wonder, woman! You go, Kathy!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 2/7/2011 6:18PM

    Rockin Roll girl! Getting ready to retirement sounds more like getting ready to be on the go loving life! I know this process of MF has been a blessing over the last few months. And I'll listen for the Yahoo on Wed!

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MISS_VIV 2/7/2011 11:13AM

    What a great blog and such fun she is having. I attended the ribbon cutting and it truly is a beautiful site (I am so glad some of my taxes are going to something worthwhile) Haven't schedule a night out to the theatre yet.. but definitely will be soon.

Kathy LOOKS AWESOME - healthy and 'spry'...........She was darting around 'just like she knew what she was doing'.........GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY... she was (is) a whirlwind. emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 2/7/2011 10:35AM

    Great update!! I'll say you've been busy!

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CARMEL466 2/7/2011 6:59AM

    Very nice building. You have been soooo busy. I hope you have broken into ONEderland. That would be Awesome! Good luck on Wednesday. emoticon

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PEACEFULONE 2/7/2011 2:25AM

    Great to get the update. So wonderful to hear that you are doing something you love! And how fortunate that you were there to provide first aid! Peace and blessings to you dear Kathy!
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VALERIEMAHA 2/7/2011 12:25AM

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As we say here, "You're too much for JEEEEEEEEE-sus!!!"

You Never cease to amaze me girl! All this and Wheel of Fortune too!

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PINKHOPE 2/7/2011 12:07AM

    Wow what a busy time for you! Well done on the first aid :)

Press On!

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