I have been back from vacation for two weeks now and have resumed my usual routine. I am not complaining, my usual routine is to go to a movie(s), have a nice supper, and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having. I am writing this entry on my PDA while sitting on a bench outside the Kendall Cinema in a T-shirt at 9 p.m. on September 22. The weather has been great.
Starting next month when the weather gets cooler, I want to devote an hour or two each day to reviewing all the files and "stuff" I have saved over the years.
An even more important project for me is to loose weight. I have to start a significant weight loss immediately!
Well, I had a great vacation. Now the bad news - I gained 11 pounds while I was on vacation.
As of September 9, 2004, I am 95 pounds heavier than the summer of 1999. I have regained the 70 pounds I lost in 1999, a 14 pound bonus before vacation, and the 11 pounds I gained on vacation.
The 95 pound gain is unacceptable!!! Starting September 9, 2004, I am starting a 130 pound weight reduction lifetime project. I plan to loose 30 pounds by December 31, 2004, and loose another 100 pounds in 2005. The most important part of the goal is to keep the weight off once I loose the weight!
Loosing this weight is my top priority retirement project.
I am winding down my 34 day vacation that I gave myself as a retirement gift. I spent 7 days in Quebec City, 22 days in Montreal, and today is the last of 5 days in Lake George, NY. Tomorrow morning I will head home and should be home by late afternoon.
The vacation was great. I visited three of my favorite destinations and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The vacation was relaxing and went by very quickly. It seems like I was gone two or three weeks, not close to five weeks.
I have some big decisions to make this Fall. Do I still want to explore moving permanently to Florida? Do I want to work again? If so, full or part-time?
I still feel strongly that I want to try living in Florida since I enjoy being outdoors and the winters are so much warmer than Boston. I have not made any definite plans for "checking out" Florida. I hope to decide this Fall and maybe go to Florida for a month or two in late Winter to "check it out". On the work issue, I would like to work again, possibly part-time. Not only would the salary be welcome, but I still feel I have an up-to-date skill set and extensive work experience to offer a future employer.
One task I definitely want to complete this Fall (regardless of whether I plan to move to Florida or not) is a complete review of all my files, documents, books etc. Although everything is relatively organized, I have 20+ years of stuff that I thought was important enough to file away over the years. I am sure a lot of that material can be discarded and, now that I am retired, I certainly will have the time to complete a thorough review.