Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's almost official...

My retirement party was this afternoon. I enjoyed every minute, and tonight I'm tired and happy. It's that old introvert thing... talking to people for several hours leaves me exhausted. But my colleagues put together a lovely event. Lots of people came and said gracious things, the program was short and heartfelt, there were some nice gifts and some funny ones, I managed my remarks just fine, and the grandkids looked adorable and acted like angels.

Also, it hit me about halfway through the party: I'm essentially done! Tomorrow I'll pack up a box or two of stuff, say goodbye to my closest co-workers, and turn in my keys.Wow. I'll be back here to tell you lots more, but right now I need sleep. Cheers.

22 comments:

blueviolet said...

That has to be slightly bittersweet at this point?

DJan said...

I remember my own party, more than two years ago now. There were several occasions when it hit me like that, almost done... I am so much happier here in retirement, I hope you will feel the same.

Jeanie said...

It must be a little emotional to have the countdown in hours and minutes instead of in weeks. I'm glad you enjoyed the retirement party....now enjoy the retirement.

Kat said...

It's here! Enjoy and celebrate! I am happy for you.

Linda in New Mexico said...

congratulations on your retirement. I hope it is all you want it to be. The Olde Bagg, Linda

grammy said...

Wow
CONGRATULATIONS
I am sure it will continue to hit you
I am free....I am free
although most retired people say they are busier than ever before. Enjoy,

#1Nana said...

Welcome to the world of retirement. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. You will be surprised by the sense of lightness. A stress-free environment is wonderful...

Deb Shucka said...

It sounds like a perfect ending. I look forward to reading about your adventures on this next leg of your journey.

Anita said...

Let us know if you cried, laughed, felt disoriented, or happy as you drove out of the parking lot.

Grandmother said...

My favorite part is getting up without an alarm clock and being the one who decides what to do with my time. Congrats to you and just let it all sink in for awhile.

Nancy said...

Congratulations! Now you get to fill your days with what you want to do.

Colleen said...

Yay for a nice party---I'm betting you deserve it =) Congrats on retirement!!!!

Linda Myers said...

I did the same thing nearly six months ago. Congratulations, and welcome to the world of freedom!

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

Cheers and congratulations to you! You did it!!

Kristy said...

Oh, wow. Congrats to you!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Congrats!! You did it! Can't wait to hear all about it..and how great it is to be at home and have lots of fun everyday! :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

I was at Patty's retirement party and it was fun. Everything seemed to have fun and then...

it was all over and Patty was off on her own with her best friends gone. And now, we have asked each other, why no emails from this person or that person? And we shake our heads.

Friends at work are just friends at work and I suppose it has always been that way. I know most all of my best friends at work have names I can no longer remember.

Good luck.

Paul C said...

This is such a momentous occasion in your life. I am glad you received so many well wishes and encouragement for the future. (I have added you to my blog roll.)

FabuLeslie said...

Sleep well, fellow introvert! So glad you had such a nice celebration. You certainly deserve it.

gayle said...

Oh Happy Day!!

sallylwess said...

What a great day for you. Welcome to our world of retirement!

Linda Hoye said...

Congratulations!

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