This retirement gig is just too much for an old guy! I still don't know how I managed to work, sometimes 24/7 , 26-50 hours a week and still get other important things done. Just to give you an idea of my schedule let me go through what I have done so far.
I had to get up early---10 A.M.-- and read my paper as I give it to John when I am finished and sometimes the pressure gets to me so much that I don't have time to do the Jumble. After that I check my e-mail which is usually 50-55 letters from friends, blogging sites and responding to them. Next I check out: talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat
, mypoints.com. nypost.com, nytimes.com, villagevoice.com, theatre reviews, silverdaddies, thefloridalottery (to find out how many millions of dollars I won), broadwayshowbiz.com, etc., followed by going to 6 blogging sites to respond to comments. I had to take the blood pressure in both my right and left arms--3 times each and make note of the average--take my pills and start getting ready for Allen.
Allen arrived about 1 P.M and off we went. The first stop is the bank as my social security came in yesterday and I take it all out except for $5--now who would want to steal my ID for $5 and that's all I have folks. Then we went to Publix where I bought our winning lotto tickets, 3 cans of no-salt tomato sauce and a bag of 3 pounds of apples for $2.50 and by then we needed a break. I had a $30 coupon that I had gotten for $15 from groupon for Shooters on the Inter-coastal.
On with my errands we went to the Dollar Tree which I love but there are so many items you don't knwo which to grab first. If I cleaned my blinds I would have gotten the 3 brush blind cleaner but as it was I got 5 bags of fresh frozen vegetables, 5 bags of fresh frozen peaches, 2 packages of sliced cheese, candles, etc. I won't get into what Allen bought except to mention in one bag there was a box of sweet 'n low and M&Ms
We were running late--every retired person has to get in a 5 P.M. nap--it is in the retirement rules. The next stop was Winn-Dixie and while Allen went into the car I bought my supplies for the week: 24 ounces of cod, 2 heads of lettuce, a 12 pack of diet, caffeine free cola, a gallon of orange juice and, since it was on sale, a Digorno pizza that I figured I would have for dinner tonight. I have never had one before and one of the roles of retired people is to try new things.
We had to stop at the cleaners so I could pick up my 'wash-dry-fold' laundry and shirts. Before you say anything I did the same when I was working! I also stepped next door to the new computer repair store. I had recommended him to Norman who went there yesterday and was very pleased with the service and price.
Allen took me home and they have completely tore up the street in front of Gateway---like the 8th time in 13 years--and we have no idea why. I got a wagon to bring my things upstairs and before I unloaded it got into comfortable clothes. As I was putting away a few things in the kitchen I looked out the window and saw John. I called him, told him to wait and I would bring down the toothpaste I had bought for him. I ran out taking the wagon with me to bring back to where they are kept and gave him the toothpaste. I went to get my mail and realized I had left my keys in the apartment. After climbing the stairs I found out I never unlocked the kitchen door which meant I had to climb down the stairs, walk over to building C, walk to the back, take the elevator and use the walkway back to my apartment. I got the keys, walked down the stairs, got my mail and walked back up the stairs--WHEW!!!! The bottom line is I was too late for my nap so Iskipped that and, instead, turned on my computer and answered e-mail.
I had the Digorno and was surprised how good it was for a frozen pizza. I had a salad and diet coke with that, went through my snail mail and started on my daily blog that I commited myself to when I started blogging. I still have a load of notifications to respond to, post blogs on eight sites, do some reading, look at a DVD sparkpeole.com sent me, shave, clean off the dining room table, take my blood pressure again (see the morning), my night pills, post this.
Folks I am tired, too tired to go to sleep! Keep working--don't retire!!!