Okay, I’m retired. No more whining about boredom, the Wickedness of my Ex-Director, the overpaid good-for-nothing library management, the eye-rolling tedium of staff meetings, and the sad lack of cheez doodles in the vending machine. So I’ve finally decided to make a list of things I want to complete within the next five years. Hopefully, these goals will give my retirement some substance, some sense of meaning. (Hurmm, I wonder what it means to watch 120 episodes of FRASIER in 2 months. Eck.)
1. My most important goal is to pay down my credit card debt. Last year, Feb. 2012, my debt was around $65,000. Yes, folks, $65,679, to be exact. This is what happens when you have 8 credit cards and a taste for antique Spanish Colonial sculpture, high-end fabrics, expensive decorating books, and a PRIME account with AMAZON. So what if I look like a Beyonce of Fleece – I had an 18th century Portugese Madonna! Eventually, I decided this was unsustainable, and as of today, Feb. 7, 2013, my debt has been reduced to $53,000. Hopefully, within four years, my credit card debt will be wiped out to near-nothingness!
2. Save $6000 for a month in London and $4000 for 2 weeks in Rome. It would be so easy to just put this on my paid-up credit cards ($15,000 credit available!) but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to see if I can squeeze $50 a week into my Savings Bell Jar. (It’s so nice to stare at a glass jar full of beautiful, slightly crumpled cash.)
3. Start a little zine of my own. I’ve always been fascinated by these eccentric little self-publications, so I’m going to see if I can make one too.
4. Lose 30 pounds. I’m on my way! I’ve lost 6 pounds already since retirement, and I’m not even sure how it happened. It was probably the weeding.
5. Create a lovely cottage garden! So far, my garden looks nothing like Hidcote or Barnsdale, or any of those hateful flowery things on YouTube, but I’ll be patient.
6. Read 25 books every year. I can probably do better than this, but not if I keep re-reading SHOGUN or my worn-out copy of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST STORIES.