Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thoughts About Retirement

As my retirement draws closer I keep having random thoughts about it.

1. Will I really have time to sit and drink coffee in the mornings?

2. Will it be rude to laugh and point at Prof and Kiddo as they leave for school in the fall?

3. Will I get tired of sleeping until I am ready to get up?

4. Will I get bored?

5. Will I always keep my laundry done and the house neat?

6. Will I find romance since I will have more time to look?

7. Will I exercise more?

8. Will I become a hermit and never leave the house, let my nose hair and eyebrows grow?

9. Will I ever make it to Nova Scotia?

10. How well will I fit in with the other "old farts" at the Senior Center?

Oh, the things I think about when contemplating packing it in and beginning a new chapter in my life!


What I Read #29

Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods: A Holly Barker mystery. And what a mystery it was. It was a good read. Fast paced and full of all the good stuff that makes it a good read for a rainy day. Holly finds new romance while on vacation in Vero Beach, Florida. She also helps solve a series of rape/murders.
This time I decided to just ignore Woods' "notes from the author" and pretend they didn't exist. No one who reads him really cares, anyway.
Happy Reading,

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What I Read #28

Caught by Harlan Coben: I was caught on the first page and was held transfixed for the rest of the way through this outstanding novel. Tragedy strikes when a teenage girl goes missing. There's twists at every turn, and as a reader it's hard to lay this one down.
Harlan Coben did it again! I urge you to race to your local library or bookseller and get this one before you do anything else!
Happy Reading,

What I read #27

Hell's Gate by Stephen Frey: This is an excellent read about the fearless people who fight forest fires. Arson, graft, greed and guts all play an important part in this fast paced novel. Stephen Frey just keeps getting better and better.
Happy Reading,

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another List

I found this interesting as I stole it from Maggie O'Sullivan over at "Do These Shoes Match this Purse?"

Never in my life have I been:
So ready to quit working full time.

The two people who can drive me nuts are: Both of my kids: self explanatory. They're kids; they're mine. Need I say more? But I love 'em both!

High school was: Like walking thru the fires of hell.

When I’m nervous I: Tend to babble.

The last song I listened to was: "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker

If I were to get married right now my best man would be: my brother

My hair is: non existent to gray

When I was 5: I had my tonsils out

Last Christmas: Was a riot.

I should be..: retired and living in Tuscany, Italy sipping wine and in love for the last time in my life.

When I look down I see: my stomach and the floor.

The happiest recent event was: Eating kolaches with my brother and sis-in-law.

If I were a character on 'Big Bang Theory' I would be: Leonard; look who he's sleeping with!!!!

By this time next year: I will be enjoying retirement and my granddaughter and grandsons.

My current gripe is: Life is too damn short!

I have a hard time understanding: women my age

There’s this girl I know that: Is very special to me.

If I won an award, the first people I would tell would be: Maggie, Lil Bro and Sistah, and Curley

Take my advice: life is too damn short; savor every moment now!

The thing I want to buy: are few, but costly.

If you visited the place I was born: You'd be in rural mid-America.

I plan to visit: Nova Scotia, and Arlington, TX.

If you spent the night at my house: You’ll have to join the party in the attic with Mac and and Maggie. Or sleep on my couch.

I’d stop my wedding if: I found my fiancee was not who I thought she was.

The world could do without: Obama, Biden, Democrats in general. Or 8th graders.

I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: Can't think of anything that could be more disgusting than that.

Most recent thing I’ve bought myself: A salad

Most recent thing someone else bought me: Mexican dinner

My favorite blond is: Mariska Haggarty

My favorite brunette is: Liz Taylor (always will be, sorry)

My favorite red head is: Julia Roberts

My middle name is: Earl (at least it is here in blog-land)

In the morning I: Am grumpy, but resolved.

The animals I would like to see flying besides birds are: Now why would I want to see any other animal fly? Who thought this stuff up?

Once, at a bar: I sang for the audience, had may rounds bought for me, got smashed, had to be led out the back door and taken home.

Last night I was: able to sleep in my own bed after being on vacation.

There’s this guy I know who: is my college roomie and the best friend I have ever had.

If I was an animal I’d be: a dog.

A better name for me would be: Horatio.

Tomorrow I am: going back to the classroom.

Tonight I am: Dreading going back to the classroom.

My birthday is: May 13

Monday, April 12, 2010

What I Read #26

The Water's Edge by Daniel Judson: Murder, mayhem, mafia and tedium. I think any other writer could have written this work in far fewer pages that 374. If you like needless bloodshed, so-so sex and boring detail, this is the book for you. Not me.
Keep on reading,

What I Read #25

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks: Good read. Tragic, as usual for Sparks. I wonder if this man has a happy thought ever. But it held my interest and was worth the reading.
Happy Reading,

What I Read #24

Resolution by Robert B. Parker: First of all, I didn't know that Parker wrote westerns. This one I found in a used bookstore and thought it would be interesting. It was like Parker took Spenser and Hawk out of Boston and put them in the Old West. Fast moving, lots of swearing, lots of dialogue. But at least I was spared having to put up with stupid Susan Silverman and her outrageously dumb dog, Pearl. So if there was any redeeming quality to this novel, that was it. Don't waste your time or money.
Happy Trails: NOT!
Keep on reading,

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Stars At Night, Are Big and Bright....

Hello from deep in the heart of Texas. It's wonderful here. Cool. breezy, and sunny. This must be what heaven will be like someday. I just woke up from napping in the sunshine on my brother's backyard deck. What a life.
Spring is definitely here. About a month ahead of up north. Flowers are blooming and the air is full of fragrant smells of jasmine and honeysuckle.
I am so relaxed. My backache is gone and so is my nervous stomach ache. I am destressing, which after a somewhat wild plane ride, is a good thing.
I wonder if this is what retirement will be like!
More later.
Peace ,