Monday, July 5, 2010

So this is what retirement will feel like....

This is day 5 of my 5 day weekend and I am loving the time off! My company is closed today in observance of the 4th of July, so I took Thursday and Friday off, to have a nice long weekend. I am SO glad I did! I have had the most relaxing time!

Hubby and I have watched movies, hung out and just enjoyed the extra time. We had some really bad weather on Thursday, Friday and Saturday....thank you Hurricane Alex...but that did not dampen our spirits.

We went to see Toy Story 3 and went to dinner on Friday, despite flooding all over the city. LOL! Toy Story was a really cute movie and I even got a little choked up at the end. Not many movies do that to me. Then we went to eat at a little Italian place that we love. We don't go very often and don't even know why, except that we used to have a hard time finding it. LOL! I got an amazing dish, that I plan to try to recreate. It was seafood stuffed Tilapia covered in angel hair pasta mixed with spinache, artichokes and tomatoes in a light Alfredo sauce. I picked out the tomatoes, as I don't eat them. I had ordered the dish without and when it came with them, the waiter offered to have it remade, but I asked if they would throw away what was in front of me and he said yes. I cannot bear the idea of throwing away perfectly good food, so said I would just pick them out. LOL! The tomatoes weren't wasted, as Hubby just added them to his dish. It really was absolutely incredible and my leftovers made an excellent lunch the next day.

Saturday, more rain was forecast, so I decided to run to the grocery store in the morning before the rain. I was unsuccessful. LOL! It rained a little when I got to the store, but stopped, so I went in and did my shopping. I spent $76, but saved $57 and got a cartload. I was pretty pleased with my savings. Just as I was starting to rebag at the car....baggers never bag my groceries the way I want them done, so I just redo as I am loading them into the car....it started POURING rain. So, I just flung them in the car and jumped in to head home.

The rain slacked off when I got home so I made it inside with what had to come in without getting drenched. The rest of the day was spent relaxing with Hubby.

Yesterday, July 4th, I made a double batch of chocolate chip, with Walnuts and pecans, cookies. We were going to MIL's to watch her little town's fireworks display and making cookies to take has become a tradition. LOL! In the evening, we headed to her house and had pizza for dinner, then headed to watch fireworks. We go to Hubby's old elementary school and sit out in lawn chairs to watch. It was really nice out, though the ground was a little soggy.

Today, we have no plans but to relax.

I love the glimpse of my future retirement!

16 comments:

Annie Jones said...

It's nice, isn't it? We enjoyed a similar existence when Shane was laid off at the beginning of the year. Although the lack of income was on our minds somewhat, we really enjoyed just doing what we wanted, when we wanted. :)

A.Marie said...

Definitely sounds like you had a nice, relaxing time! If is fun, isn't it?! Hubby had 4 days off, and we got alot done on our deck project. Someday, when he doesn't work so much, we'll maybe even get that screened-in deck that I really want! :)

Marilyn's Money said...

I've taken a lot of time off this summer too! I love it, I've been off since June 29th and go back July 8th! Remeber I only work 3 12 hour shifts. Its hard to stay frugal when your off all the time isn't it? We went to the Drive-in and saw Eclipse and Letters to Juliet and spent the night in a hotel on the river in Toledo to watch the fireworks, ah...vacation and retirement!

slugmama said...

Doing what you want, when you want, where you want and with whom you want...oh, to get to the day to be able to do that fulltime!!!

Nice prelude for you to what's in store in your future!
Makes what you need to do to get there a bit easier, huh? ;-)

Pam said...

Sounds like a relaxing weekend. I am certainly looking forward to seeing the recipe when you recreate it. I am taking three teenagers to St. Louis this week so I don't think my week will be as relaxing. lol

Frances said...

Thanks, everyone, for coming to see me. My long weekend is almost over, but the work week won't be too bad. Only 4 days this week. Yeah!

spaghetti0625 said...

I actually feel more relaxed/refreshed after reading your post! Thanks...I needed it after this weekend! :)

Brooke said...

noticed your comment on Debbie's blog and came on over...i LOVE that you rebag your groceries. one day i want to host a "how to bag" class at my local kroger. never done it professionally, but i sure know more about it than the pros!

McVal said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time just hanging out! What fun! I wish my time off could be as relaxing...

Frances said...

spaghetti, I am so glad you feel relaxed after reading. I know I am more relaxed. :-)

Frances said...

Hi, Brooke! I am glad you came to see me. I love Debbie's blog!

I always rebag my groceries. I tried telling baggers how I wanted it done, but finally gave up and just rebag. I even tell them I am going to. LOL1 I don't know if a class would help, as the baggers seem to change a lot.

Frances said...

McVal, when all your kids are grown, you too will have relaxing vacations!

SonyaAnn said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. So when so you think that you will be able to retire? I hope that you can soon. I plan on living vicariously through you!

Frances said...

Oh, I WISH, SonyaAnn. I will be working for a long, long time. I have my 401k calculations set up to retire at 68. I will have enough money to retire them.

Unless I win the lottery. I don't buy tickets, so that is a long shot. LOL!

yonca said...

Glad you had a wonderful weekend. Watching movies together is really relaxing if there is no another plan for rest of the day:)

Frances said...

Hi, Yonca! Thanks for coming to see me. My plan last weekend was to relax and I did just that!