120 days post-retirement update

Saturday evening, I took Sadie for a playdate at the home of a former coworker. Big Girl loved the expansive yard and promptly made herself at home. While the dogs and kids played, my former coworker filled me in on how the school year was shaping up. I am definitely missed. My replacement is doing the best she can given the circumstances (no para, little direction, constantly changing priorities – same things I dealt with last year). Suffice it to say, my friend verbalized that I’d definitely made the right decision to retire when I did. I look so happy. When I returned home, I had a FB message from a former colleague who shared that she’d had enough and would be joining me in retirement sometime between Christmas break and the end of the school year. (She’s also a fellow sewist!) I am not one to “never say never”, yet I am now pretty confident that my school library days are behind me for good. So much so that I do not plan to renew my teaching certificate when it expires next June.

I do miss working in a library. Fortunately, the Smyrna Library has finally decided to take me up on my offer to partner for ‘tween and teen craft classes starting in January 2023. The youth services librarian and I brainstormed some STEM related craft activities back during the summer. She pitched them to the higher-ups and we got the green light to move forward. I am excited to be teaching outside my home studio once again!

One year ago, my husband informed his boss of his plan to retire in March of this year. At the time, I could only daydream what retirement for me might look like. Our plan was for me to work another year before I retired. How quickly things can change! Life four months after retirement doesn’t exactly resemble the daydream, but that’s okay. The reality is much better! I look forward to what the future has in store!

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Sadie goes to school

Yesterday, Sadie and I made over 200+ faculty, staff and students very, very happy. We visited a high school in the far north Atlanta suburbs (Johns Creek) as part of the school’s Wellness Week activities. This marked the first time I’d stepped foot in a school since I retired at the end of May. I really wasn’t sure how I’d feel my first time in a school as a “civilian.” Honestly, It was great to be back with the kids, but even better to be able to walk out the door 3 hours later and simply go home. No lesson plans, no meetings, no bullshit. As for Sadie, she was out cold within five minutes of arriving home. A tired doodle is a good doodle.

We’ll definitely be doing more therapy dog events like this in the future. 🙂

Sadie in her therapy dog uniform ready to work

Another unexpected surprise

Supposedly, my Microsoft Office account was good for one year after I left the school district. I now know this only applies to students – not staff.

My account was deactivated as of yesterday.

Whoops! Tried to use the limited O365 free version online. Not enough features to do what I needed to get done.

Fortunately, I was able to quickly obtain my own license so I could have access to documents I needed to edit.

The fun never ends..

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