17 August 2010

done, and done

No, not the blog, although one might think so, since my posts have been so infrequent . My career. Buh-bye. New York State offered an incentive I couldn't refuse, and I didn't. I'll be over and done, 10-4 good buddy, on 10 September, at least in this incarnation of a career.

I was dithering until last Tuesday, when my therapist provided me with clarity, and a mantra. Should I leave now, should I wait until November, blah blah blah... and she said, "Teabird, you're done."  She's right. (She doesn't really call me Teabird.) I'm done.

I.Am.Done. I.Am.Done. I.Am.Done. I.Am.Done. 

Done is good. A job well and truly done is good. Time now to breathe, and move on.

What have I been doing? Reading, some. I've read the first two Sookie Stackhouse novels on my eReader, and I'm listening to Saturday by Ewan McEwan. I bought the e-book of Lives Like Loaded Guns by Lyndall Gordon, the new biography of Emily Dickinson, and started to read it today.

Writing, some. Mostly letters, some rather tardy. My friend Stoneview inspired me to join Postcrossing, which I did today, and my friend Madame Purl inspired me to take up crewel embroidery, which I shall as soon as I get the design I've been drooling after considering on eBay for a month. 

Spinning, some. I've spun another big hank of the Teddy Bear roving and more of the AbbyBatt, and almost finished the shawl I was knitting when last I mentioned knitting.

Spending, some. I've just ordered a tiny inkle loom from here, and I'm looking forward to some loomtime with Penny (not to mention scritch 'n' snuggle time with Shadow Ninja).

Fretting, some. That's my nature.

And - beginning to see possibilities for adventure, learning, growth, facetime with friends, and maybe even productive uses of precious time. Just beginning. I don't want to jinx anything.

Over to you.  Are you retired? Are you going to retire soon? What does "retire" mean to you? I really want to know.

Yorkieslave - fossilOh, by the way: this spindle was designed for me by Yorkieslave, whose purse puppies have become an obsession (and a growing collection). This one depicts a fossil, in amber, one of my favourite things. Amber is wonderful for a spindle, for jewelry, and for an object of contemplation. It's also good for a reminder of what not to be...

p.s. - this post is for Carrie, who prodded me to write it... go over and wish her a belated happy birthday!

15 comments:

Penny said...

Yay done!

Shadow is eagerly awaiting your visit. He'll tell you the combo for the door and let you visit for scritches any time.

Yay loom!! (Oak or Maple?)



Happy Birthday for you too! Here's to a year (and many many more) of possibility, potential, friendship, and good health.

p.s. Breathing is really good too. ;)

Beverly said...

Congratulations!

Carrie K said...

Yay for doing a job well and being done with it. Crewel embroidery is so much fun - I have a client that has done the most exquisite projects - I drool over them every time I visit her.

Happy Birthday! May you have a fret free day.

Bridget said...

Congratulations! So I guess it's all over except the shouting ...

I think that somehow you will wonder how you ever had time to work!

Becky said...

Congrats! I am semi-retired, which means I work when I want to -- or when I want to do or have something extra. It's lovely! Your days will be filled.

sunt_lacrimae_rerum said...

Happy happy happy birthday! I hope that you had a wondrous day!

Daphne said...

Done can be such a wonderful thing, especially once you're on the other side of it. Congratulations! Enjoy your time! I can't wait to see your new creations, both textile and otherwise...

VeganCraftastic said...

Yay, good luck with your new adventures!

KSD said...

There's something complete about the word "done." Simple and repetitive, but true.

I just joined Postcrossing, too!

Donna Lee said...

I look forward to being retired. I've got a few more years to go (although the govt wants me to keep working for a long time) but in my mind I can see myself volunteering to teach literacy or some such thing. And I'd spin and knit and ride my bike and read.

I love the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I like listening to them because the reader is wonderful. Charlaine Harris' other novels about Harper Lang who can 'feel' dead people are really good too.

KnitNana said...

I'm so glad your therapist could provide the clarity you needed! And "you're done" is something I aspire to hear one day.
Congratulations, especially to you beginning to see the glimmers of what can be in the new future you have!
(((((hugs)))))

Liz said...

I just received an e-mail (mass mailing) that looks like one of those ruses to get people to send money to you in london because of having been mugged in a park, there. Has your e-mail account been compromised? --

avisannschild said...

Congrats on being done and happy adventures!

Leah said...

Done is Well Done!! Enjoy your time to do what you want to do. All the best!

Mary said...

Good for you and good luck! Now the adventure begins!

By the way, I finally got to The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Started out tough but ended loving it. Thank you!