I vowed that if I could retire that I would spend every minute doing something useful—decluttering closets, planting a garden, making all the recipes that I admired in the New York Times magazines but were too tired/lazy to try. To complete all the projects on my list might take me a year if I worked steadily and did not indulge in guilty pleasures.
What did I do today? I read in bed. I lunched, long and leisurely, with a lovely high school friend. We celebrated my retirement at the Cheesecake Factory. Yes, I did have a piece of chocolate fudge cake with whipped cream for dessert. We talked…a lot. Shelley and I traded stories about how it felt to be a teacher, a retired person, a wife, a mom, a person who should resist chocolate fudge cake.
Shelley was my Algebra II tutor at Woodrow Wilson High School. Through no fault of my tutor, I did not ever understand math once it got abstract. Shelley was not deterred by this experience and she went on to become a math teacher. She even remained my friend for forty-seven years and stayed the same–funny, down to earth, kind, smart and honest. Thanks, Shelley, for the tutoring, the lunch and the friendship.
After lunch, I went to Barnes & Noble, strolled around and treated myself to a few books. Ah..real books are a guilty pleasure right up there with chocolate fudge cake. Books–real books–not books on my Kindle, are a treat.
To continue my day in the same nonproductive but delicious manner, I took a nap in my air-conditioned bedroom with Reina, my little cat. I ignored chores calling my name.
And…if that was not enough, my husband and I went to a birthday party and for the first time, I ate mole poblano—tender, delicious chicken with mole sauce. Wow. I did have a piece of Kahlua chocolate and vanilla birthday cake. Double wow.
We drove home fifteen miles in that thunderous rain in the dark. Triple wow–but not a good wow–unless you count that we got home safely. That probably is a triple wow. I was scared.
Now I just can’t keep up a steady stream of guilty pleasures. I’m going to tackle some of the projects that I promised myself to do. But, it was a super day. Hope you had one, too.
Writing from Cramer Hill
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