Retirement Week #1 – Week In Review

There, I survived being retired…well week #1 anyway!

Let’s get one thing straight I am not a carpenter, plumber, mechanic, electrician or any of the other trades.

I am a career paper pusher, teacher or computer geek – who knows enough about all that other stuff to be dangerous, not overly proficient in any trade or able to cut a straight line. However, I am in decent shape, know how to work, talk to people and am not afraid of physical labor or attempting something new/different when it comes to repairing something.

This week was definitely a LOT of doing, not just thinking about it or playing on the computer.

New Family Member

We did add a new critter to the menagerie – Jeremiah. Phil’s cat who was in the shelter since the first of June. We decided that he needed to come home with us, since he wasn’t being adopted over there. I won’t lie – the first couple of days back here were not all that fun and I have several puncture wounds to prove it.

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However, Jeremiah has calmed down a little and is acclimating to his new home. We are sure there will be some more “interesting” moments from him as he continues to adjust – I just hope that my arms don’t have too many more puncture marks from his claws.

Welcome home Jeremiah – this will be your forever home.

Getting to Code

Most of the week was spent over in New Hampshire squaring away…errr cleaning, getting rid of stuff and getting things to code – working our arses off would be a better descriptor of what we did at the house. Removing the wood stove was a tough decision, but it had to be done and all the other stuff that went to the transfer stations or that were donated made a huge difference in being able to move around easily inside the house.

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We figured out why there was no hot water, it is as I feared part of the heating system and the heating system needs work before it can be safely used. Hopefully that will be done next Wednesday, along with a few other plumbing things that need to be taken care of.

Hot water will make things a lot easier…especially the showering part. Not that I need to shower very often (in my humble opinion – I smell great no matter what hehehe), especially after I run a few miles or more and then work all day getting rid of things. Unfortunately, that isn’t what Mary thinks or tells me – I guess my deodorant isn’t made for extreme conditions.

Next week we will get estimates for a new roof, fixing the porch, hopefully actually fixing the front door and do a bunch of other minor fixings, along with starting on cleaning out the garage and backyard…so there is still a lot of work left to do.

Home

Of course, once we got home Thursday, it also meant that our house needed some TLC. Replacing the switch on the ceiling fan, taking all the assorted debris behind the shed to the transfer station, fixing the vent pipe on the roof and a few other minor things around the house.

If you own a home, you will have a honey-do list of things that need to be done around the house. My list has grown exponentially since Mary and I figured out that I would be retiring 😉 for some reason or other.

Running

Hell, I even ran a bit this week!

Although I did take a couple of days off, because I was just exhausted from all the work that I was doing around the house in Lancaster.

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Running in Lancaster has one issue that I am not really crazy about. Where we are is on a hill, which is great heading into town, but finishing is almost always uphill, which is great training, but gets old for every run. Also it is in what we call here in the east the mountains, so there are a few hills in the area to contend with, if I run anywhere but downtown or north on Rt 3.

When I returned home, to be honest it felt good to be running on my regular courses and even though the heat was a bit of a factor during a couple of them, I was happier running heah.

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Running Shoes

I only ran in the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 EE’s that I got as a going away present from my work and to be honest, I didn’t have any desire to run in anything else.

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They fit.

What more can I say, they fit my feet and are comfortable for me to run in.

They let me run at any speed I can maintain at my present level of conditioning and allow me to run as far as I want to in them without my feet telling me that I am really stoopid.

After only 7 runs in the WR20’s, I think they are part of the solution that I have been looking for. The big thing is that I want to run in them, instead of only believing that I can run in them. If you have been running for a while you know that there is a huge difference.

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Overall, while it was an exhausting week, we got a LOT done at the house in New Hampshire, fixed a few things around our house and even got a few runs in. Hell I might have even found a pair of shoes that don’t hurt my feet when I run in them.

I find that the first week or two of retirement are usually more work than anything and then things tend to calm down a bit and I start to relax and enjoy being retired. This past week was even more so with all the work we are having to do in New Hampshire, but that is one of the biggest reasons I had for retiring.

A good week and one that I am glad is over.

I still need some time to decompress and get myself back into being retired mode, but I don’t see that happening quickly this summer as we continue to commute back and forth every week to New Hampshire. It will happen, but it will take a little more time than I expected.

3 thoughts on “Retirement Week #1 – Week In Review

  1. Someone long ago made a joke I often repeat ‘I need a vacation from my vacation’ – how sometimes it feels like being on vacation is more exhausting than going to work! Sounds like you need to retire from your retirement! :).
    Exhausting stuff, loads to deal with.. and not in the best of circumstances. 😦

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  2. I’ve been meaning to offer my congratulations on your latest retirement for a while, now, and — since I’m in the same boat more or less — thank you for your thoughts and support in this project. I wish there was another word besides the r-word; it just doesn’t seem to capture the reality of what it means to shift focus away from a job to all of the things that have always required attention but haven’t always gotten the attention they deserve.
    Just on the running front, like you, I’ve found a new enthusiasm for doing the little things (prehab, post-run exercises and stretches, etc.) that, I think, will keep me healthy and running for a lot longer. I hope that’s just one area where I can give more attention to the things that are important and have been neglected.
    I think it’s never easy to accept that you can’t do everything. I find that’s true now, too, although I feel a lot better about how I’m choosing to spend my time. I suppose that process will continue, with or without the full-time job, and I hope I’m able to continue adjusting how I spend my time to make the most of what is, after all, a limited resource of uncertain length!
    I continue to enjoy reading about your journey, getting insight into shoe models and operating systems, and recognizing familiar struggles and triumphs. Thank you for sharing it all with me and the rest of your readers!

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    • Thank you Jon – I know retirement is such a negative word in today’s world, well maybe not negative, but has so many unsaid meanings and expectations of how we are supposed to be when we retire that I almost hate to use when writing. It is one of the things that I struggled with during my last retirement – the label and stereotypical retiree that so many of us are not. I guess that is just something all retirees struggle with when we first retire.

      I appreciate your kind comments and hopefully the number of shoe reviews will be greatly reduced if I continue to have the success I have with my current running shoe renditions. The struggles are real and even through them all, we need to keep smiling and moving in the direction that is our road on this journey for the time that it lasts. 🙂

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