Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
The job I took in September, 2012 was working out very well until some politics turned toxic early this year. By the end of the week before last, it became clear that the situation was unsalvageable. I had plenty of time to talk with Ron on our road trip last weekend to Des Moines, where we met our ADORABLE, SWEET-NATURED, PERFECT granddaughter for the first time. But I digress.
A week ago I walked into the boss' office and told him that I'd been looking forward to seeing the project I was working on come to fruition, but that it looked like chances were slim and maybe it was time to discuss the conditions of my departure. Relief flooded his face. It was obvious. We reached a reasonable agreement, which I'm sure made them happy since they already have a lawsuit they're fighting with a 50-something woman they fired abruptly in December. The usual- age and sex discrimination, retaliation, etc. I asked about keeping the company iPhone. They wanted $500. I told them to keep it.
I've been working and saving my entire adult life. I turned 61 in February and had hoped to work to 65, but our financial advisor is positively gushy about our prospects. If Ron is still active and healthy, we're thinking Australia and NZ in September, 2015. It was always on my bucket list for when I retired and had the time but I didn't know if Ron (who's 75 now) would be up for it. God willing, he should be now. I was supposed to work in the church community garden this AM but it rained, so I went over our investments, listed 5 things on e-Bay (let the de-cluttering start) and changed my LinkedIn profile pic to show me walking on the beach. My new title is "Private Portfolio Manager". I'm heading to the gym after lunch; I've got a sprint triathlon on Sunday so this is no time to get lazy.
This will eventually leak out on FaceBook, especially since I have a lot of contacts on LinkedIn who are also on FB, but I wanted to give all of you here a little more than the FB version- we've been through a lot together.