I didn’t realize I was tired.
…but now that I’m re-tired I guess I must have been more tired than I knew. I did the math, and it seems as though I’ve worked 110,880 hours over the last 45 years!
No wonder I’m tired!
And so, after 20 years with Diageo, I said good-bye to my friends and coworkers (sob), handed over my computer (no sobbing, although strangely disturbing) and came home (hooray!).
I was very tired.
Now that I’ve been retired for a day, I’ve starting to think about all the things I want to do. My short list is rather exhausting, so Mr. H. suggested that I figure out what I can’t do to help shorten the list.
THINGS I CAN’T DO EVEN THOUGH I’M RETIRED
I can’t take the space shuttle to Pluto. It would take 23.5 years on the space shuttle. I would be 83.5 when I returned. I guess it’s possible, but I would prefer not to miss my 80th birthday. On the other hand, the New Horizons Probe would get me there in 9.5 years, so I could be back in plenty of time for my 80th. I’ll keep that in mind.
I have been told by those who know me best that I can’t be an over-the-road long haul truck driver. Evidently, my geographic dyslexia is a barrier. (On the other hand, I have had some lovely adventures…).
It is not likely that I can be a Master Cheesemaker. Evidently you need to have been making cheese for 25 years before you get this title. Since I haven’t yet made ANY cheese, this goal is probably a reach. (On the other hand, I have a packet of rennet in my pantry. Maybe I’ll be a Minor Cheesemaker).
I can’t grow a Giant Redwood Tree (they grow at a rate of 2 – 3 inches per year). (On the other hand, I could grow a tiny little Redwood Tree).
I can’t jump out of an airplane. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am that our insurance policy states very clearly that I can’t jump out of an airplane. (whew).
Other than that, I think I’m good.
Even with all these restrictions, there are plenty of things to do.
In fact, so much to do that now I am really tired.