Looking Shellshocked

The last 14 days have been hectic. It started May 3rd. You see my devoted and demented husband decided we should divest ourselves of the detritus and debris of several decades. No we didn’t rent one of those trash bins that you chuck everything into and then it gets hauled away. No. We participated in the annual neighborhood garage sale. We also invited saintvi to add her stuff to our stuff because the more stuff you have the more people will buy. (I don’t understand it but it is how it works.) So Friday night found me organizing the garage and making a sign with general prices. I worked until the wee hours of the morning. We opened the garage for the early birds at 7:30 AM. Sparky manned the sale while I showered and dressed and waited for saintvi to arrive. My mother’s flight was scheduled to arrive at 1:19 PM and Sparky had to leave for work at 12:30 PM. (note that the individual who wanted to have the garage sale left half way through the day). I was able to leave the sale in Joyouswind and saintvi’s capable hands while I drove to the airport and collected my mother. The sale continued until about 4:30. We made some money (yay)! The thought was to have the sale continue a couple more days but Sparky was dead set against that. In the meantime my mother’s plan was for me to drive her to Muncie to connect with her peeps. If we left at 6:30 AM Sunday we could get to Muncie and to church by 10:30 service and she could really enjoy a “homecoming”.

We had lunch with several of her long time friends and then spend the night. Monday’s agenda was to visit her favorite second hand stores, lunch with friends, a visit to her 104 year old friend, dinner with more friends, and then the drive home. We were able to do it all and survive. We arrived home late Monday night. Tuesday was son#2’s college graduation.

(the graduate with his grandparents and then with his parents)
This was a big deal as he is the first of my sons to get that college degree.  We (his parents, brother, and grandparents on both sides) sat through a horrendously long ceremony. Everyone vowed that no matter who was graduating we would pay them not to walk! Since it was happening in the evening, a party was impossible. We had hoped for Friday but that didn’t happen due to schedules. Wednesday was shopping at the Goodwill stores in town and lunch with sons #1 and #2.  Thursday was a dinner at Sparky’s sister’s house because his sister from Montana was in town for 48 hours, there were 2 birthdays, and it was a kind of a Mother’s day celebration. I was supposed to make pies for the party and I did – but Sparky put them in my car instead of in his car and I rode with son#1 in his car since he didn’t know the way. Needless to say the pies were not in attendance!

(Sunny Apple made with Pink Lady and Jonagold apples and Spring Cherry made with tart and sweet cherries)
Of course it was also the last ceramics class which I had to miss. Friday found us saying many goodbyes since Saturday was putting my mother back on the plane to Philadelphia very early in the morning (up at 4 AM, at the airport by 5:15 AM, boarding by 6:00 AM and take off at 6:30 AM). Followed by a complete collapse for 1 hour. I took the car in for service (which ate 3 hours of my day). Sunday was Mother’s Day and we took Sparky’s parents out to lunch. Then it was back to the grind. I slaved all week at work trying to catch up on all the disasters that were just waiting for me. In my free moments at home I started on the vacation preparation. I started THE List. The list is the most important part. It details what needs to be done and when, what goes in the suitcases, and where we are traveling and what we are doing. Working off The list, I am still in the process of loading geocache coordinates into the GPS, packing the clothes and the check bag, and printing the agenda and maps. No matter how dazed you feel having read this to the end, I assure you it is only a ghostly version of how I feel… I really hope this is not how retirement feels! Vacation is looming and I have so much to do. On the bright side I am 6 weeks away from retirement!!

48 thoughts on “Looking Shellshocked

  1. What a joyous litany of bragging/complaining! What’s crazy is that I enjoyed it vicariously. You included many of my favorite things in life: culling stuff long-unused, garage sales (hosting and shopping), visiting old friends, baking pies and then forgetting to take them so you have two whole pies to eat before they go stale, and maybe the best of all – making lists for the pending vacation. All of that flurry with retirement glowing like sunrise on the horizon! BTW I love the two photos, side by side, making it look like you have twin graduates.

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    1. We took the pies to the Sunday night ice cream at the family compound… they ate all of the cherry and most of the apple. We ended up with 3 tiny slivers that I packaged for lunches. I do enjoy the garage sales and the second hand stores – seems that where I get most of my things. I’m so spoiled that I cringe when I have to pay “new” clothing prices! I’m thankful I don’t have twins. They run in the family!

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  2. My word — you really were busy! Congrats to your #1 son! Did you find enough things at the Goodwill Shop to fill the void left by your garage sale? Your mom is looking really spry!

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    1. Thanks! The parents on both sides are doing well and very active (they don’t look their age). Son#2 is very happy to have graduated as are we. He managed to do it without incurring any debt so he’ll be able to move forward without that burden. I’m being very selective about what I’m acquiring so I don’t end up with a ton of stuff… That’s the plan anyway!

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              1. I get the same classes including online. If you don’t have a PhD, you get the lower level classes, so yes you do have to be prepared for boredom as the classes are basic and you try to interest the kids as it is a lower level required class.

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                1. Hehe. No I’ve got a line on a better gig. I’m going to apply for an on-call position as a research assistant and help one of the labs I already work with. It will be all the fun with none of the politics and hassle.

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                  1. That sounds ideal — work just when you’re really needed, and just do the work at hand without the political stuff! I hope that works out for you!

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              2. Many adjuncts are retired professionals from fields outside of teaching and they love it! So it depends on your perspective of dealing with the kids and the campus. It will make you feel younger. I love the flexibility especially of teaching online but it is a very challenging field to break to break into. Whatever you decide, good luck.

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                  1. I understand. I am in line for a pretty good gig but I had to interview over SKYPE as the company is in Manhattan with out branches and they recruited me. So now, I have had two SKYPE interviews. They were challenging for me. But for the online, everything is laid out and actually required less work and creativity than my face to face classes.

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                    1. Thanks! It fell through as the client went another way but the recruiting group will keep me in mind for other projects as I passed muster with them with my references and background. The client was very wealthy…I have a feeling that I was not the only one passed over. Thanks, though.

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                    2. She is looking for the impossible: a teacher with all certifications (English, math, history, social studies). She is still searching. We shall see. I have many certifications but mostly in English, and special education and ESOL. I am not the norm, either. Thanks for following.

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    1. I hope you make lots of $$ when you have your sale! Things are still busy. I figure the only relaxation I’ll get in the next 2 weeks is when I’m in the airplane on the way there and back!

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    1. Yes we were busy and my mother’s friend had gone down hill since she saw her last year. This time she wasn’t able to really carry on a conversation where last year they went out to lunch and had a long visit…

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      1. she wasn’t able to carry a conversation, due to her age?
        if so, that is sad. But ah, that is life.

        I was in a morgue once, and everyone was moved from the young children who had died. But for me, I was moved by the elderly who had been wheeled in, appearing to have passed away at a senior center. It makes me so very sad just thinking that they might’ve been alone. So I just praise God that He was with them every second. Sniff.

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        1. Yes. Her age finally caught up with her – she was not having a good day as she was confused (more than usual). My mother is a volunteer at the VA hospital in the hospice ward. Their motto is “No veteran dies alone” so my mother will sit with them until family arrives and some times the family doesn’t come in time but she is there (or one of the other “angels”).

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            1. Some are run better than others. The one in Coatsville, PA is one of the best. My sister works there and she is often sent to other facilities to train them to become more efficient and timely in scheduling appointments and meeting the needs of the veterans…

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              1. thats awesome!🌈
                do u have a post on your sis?
                im gonna write one someday soon – when im not fighting with her.
                ha! 😂
                have a great weekend! 🙆🌻

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                1. Nah, no posts about my sister… She has done some really impressive things – even went to DC and spoke to a committee on veterans affairs (I think that was the deal but it was awhile ago). Since we live so far apart we never fight. Then again even when we are together we don’t fight. We haven’t fought since we were in elementary school…

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