Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Time Flies When You're Working

I can't believe I haven't posted since November. Actually, I haven't even read other blogs since then either. How has time slipped past so quickly? When last I wrote, I was looking forward to winter: snow, skating, sliding, snow, Christmas, snow, house parties. The only thing that really happened was the snow. And quite a bit of it.

Here it is the first of April, and we're on the downside of winter. In another couple of weeks, much of the snow will be gone and I'll be thinking of my flower beds and hoping to see some greenery, and looking forward to sailing.

I'm not a workaholic, that's for sure. I do my job, (well, I hope) and look forward to my free time. Once Christmas was over, though, it was work, work, work and more work. In the 6 weeks following Christmas, I only had 2 days off. The past month has been a somewhat normal work schedule, but I now it's looking like I should be heading back to 60 hour weeks in order to get caught up again.

The trouble is, I enjoy my free time. I have so much I want to do, and never enough time to do it all. I should be practicing guitar and piano; I have lines to learn for my next play; there are several books I want to read; I have a painting started that I'd like to think about completing before the year ends; seat covers for the sail boat to sew; contract drafting to finish up; the list is never ending, really. Add in the fact that I should be exercising and I enjoy watching movies, and I don't really have time to work. I can't seem to get hubby to pay for my indolent lifestyle, and I have to squeeze some housework into that schedule too.

I look forward to retiring and only doing those things I want to do. Too bad the hedonistic lifestyle doesn't pay so well. Our "sailing retirees" lifestyle has to happen before we're too old to pull up anchor, so I guess I'll keep working (maybe saving?) until such time as I can afford to live winters anchored in the Caribbean and summers anchored in Canada, preferably around age 55. However, if someone wants to fund it, I'd gladly retire earlier.

Have I mentioned before that I'd like to win the lottery?