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Big Changes All Around

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I'm actually embarrassed to see that it's been more than a year since my last blog entry. A lot has happened in 12 months.

emoticon This past summer, DH and I decided that this would be my last year teaching. It's actually been a tough year at our site; we transitioned to a new superintendent, budget cuts meant 17 teachers were laid off, and I was set to move out of middle school science and into an elementary classroom. The District offered an Early Retirement Incentive and i jumped on it. After nearly 30 years of teaching, this Friday marks my last day in the classroom! Wahoo!

emoticon In April we bought a new home in WA state, came home to San Diego and put our home here on the market, sold it with a 14 day escrow, maniacally packed and shipped everything to a storage unit up north, found a place to rent until school is out, and on May 18 settled into a rental. This Saturday we tow my Jeep up behind our truck, and plan on getting to our new place by Monday afternoon.

emoticon Unfortunately we also shipped our home gym, I've been sick, DH has been sick, our dog was bitten by a rattlesnake (and is on the mend) and I haven't worked out a day since March. I feel like I have gained 10 lbs, but my clothes fit. I'm not happy about how they fit, but I know that once the stress of these last few months is behind me, and with the support of the 5% Summer Challenge, I will lose what weight I have gained (ha! we conveniently packed the scale and shipped it with everything else so it could easily be +/- 10 lbs!). I am truly looking forward to the challenge and reconnecting here on SP where I have always found success.

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With this move come many more changes. I started journaling again last week, we bought a new keyboard so that I can take up piano again (after a 30 year hiatus), we will be building chicken coops and bee boxes, and I plan on having a daily schedule that includes all of this plus reading, working out, and cooking in my new kitchen! Who says retirement means sleeping in and eating bon-bons?! Keep an eye out folks, I am in it to lose weight, feel strong again, and enjoy the heck out of the days ahead!
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  • SAPHRAEL
    Hey there! Congratulations on retiring! The move must have kept you busy since your last update was in June. I have been on the peiphery on SparkPeople myself. If you recall, I'm in WA state, in Maple Valley. My husband and I are considering moving east. I would like to be closer to my mom, even though it means moving away from my grown daughters.

    Anyway, it was nice to see the update from you. I hope you are settling in.
    328 days ago
  • ANACORAZON
    Enjoy your retirement! My DH always talks about how beautiful is Washington State. emoticon
    381 days ago
  • SABLENESS
    Congrats on your retirement. Hope you are all well or getting better and settling into your new home and new life.
    381 days ago
  • DONNALEE-53
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    382 days ago
  • KALISWALKER
    I hope your move went well. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. I am in Vancouver Canada. So how did it go when you had a visit with the scale?

    Enjoy a long and very happy retirement!

    You are looking for a little brother for your dog and my future puppy will be a little sister for Royce (3.5 year old very playful Aussie-Doodle).
    397 days ago
  • NANCYPAULINE
    Congratulations, I hope you're well on your way to implementing those retirement plans. I was a 4th grade teacher for 25 years, and worked in special education before that. I, too, took early retirement 5 years ago, but am still working on a consistent daily schedule. I actually do a lot of sleeping in, and make no apologies for it! emoticon emoticon
    398 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Wow! Congratulations on your retirement and your move.
    Sound like exciting times are ahead! Enjoy!
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    421 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12282919
    Yay, Congratulations on your retirement and move.
    You will definetly be making new scheduels.
    Drive safe.
    423 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Congratulations on your upcoming retirement!

    Building chicken coops and tending bee boxes is something that's been on my list of possible retirement opportunities too.

    Enjoy this new chapter of life!

    423 days ago
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