Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tomorrow is my 62nd birthday. I am so relieved I made it to this point. Why? Because I am finally eligible to draw social security benefits if I need to retire! Whew! I plan to work until at least age 64 – and not draw my benefits until I am eligible for the full amount (at 66 or later) – but the NICEST birthday gift is having a little bit of retirement security locked in! Now I need to make it to Medicare …
I have to be a witness at a major hearing (for work) tomorrow, so it will be a fairly stressful work day. I expect a major grilling from the other side. But I am going out with a friend for a birthday dinner and drinks, which will be pleasant. And other friends will throw a birthday party for me a week or so after the date.
I’m going to go easy on birthday cake though! My stomach has been in turmoil and my sleep is disturbed for the past couple of weeks. I have maintained MANY healthy habits, such as exercise and water and veggies. But I could do better at avoiding acid reflux triggers (like overeating, coffee/tea, rich food, wine, tomatoes). And sleep is still a problem for me. I have let my caffeine habit creep back up which doesn’t help either my stomach or my sleeping. Oh well; I leave for vacation next week and my digestion and sleep always miraculously improve when I am on vacation..
I am excited about my vacation next week! I’m going to Brookings on the Oregon coast, where I will hike with my hiking buddy John and meet his new lady friend. He’s cooking me dinner; and SHE’S cooking dinner the next night. Nice of her to invite a total stranger! When I leave for the California portion of my vacation, I’ll drive through the scenic Trinity Alps. When I was a child, we always rented a cabin by Trinity Lake and I have fond memories of the beauty of the area. (I know it is likely to still have snow) Then I will spend 4 days with my elderly mom and also visit my siblings. My younger sister is moving to Pittsburgh next month for a new job, so it is a good opportunity to see them all.