Saturday, January 08, 2011

Here's Mud Ennui

Well, it's been nine days since I officially dropped out of the ranks of the working stiffs. It's too small of a sampling to know how I like being among the retired stiffs.

So far it has felt more like I've been off for the long New Year's weekend followed by a week's vacation. In a nutshell, it really hasn't registered yet. One thing is for certain, ennui has yet to come knocking.

The New Year began with taking down the outdoor Christmas decorations, followed by stowing the fiber-optic tree away until next December. Of course, there was still some cleanup from the Blizzard of 2010. Then on two occasions my wife convinced me I should accompany her to the grocery store because more snow had been forecast for the upcoming weekend.

Oh yeah, why should she have to cook after we'd gone food shopping? Just what I needed: to wait in a long line at a popular restaurant with others who didn't want to cook either.

I had almost forgotten that last week I'd promised a friend I would take to him a doctor's appointment. Oh well, I had nothing better to do than to sit in a hospital waiting room for those three hours anyway!

Damn! I remembered that I needed to run to the gas station to fill up my gasoline can. I wouldn't want to run out of gas for the snow blower!

(Expletives deleted) We went to the grocery store twice this week - what do you mean we need milk?

Bored? I haven't found time to get bored!

It seems that I've been spending more time in my shoes than in my slippers! I've been sitting behind a steering wheel more than I have been in repose in my recliner. Things seemed to be less hectic when I was working.

Among my Christmas gifts were some DVDs. I've had them sitting in waiting for when boredom sets in. Needless to say, they haven't come into play to be played as of yet. The movies include: Avatar (the Director's cut); The Town; Inception; Jonah Hex; The A-Team; and Knight and Day.

Then there is the matter of this blog - especially the fictional story, "Butterfly Dreams," which has been in limbo since 12/10/10. Distracted by the NFL playoff games this weekend, I will be delving back into that tale starting tomorrow, 1/10/11, and will be posted the next installment soon. (I'll have to go back and read previous installments to refresh my memory where the story stands.)

It would seem that it will not be soon that I find time to become bored.

Here's mud ennui !



Sandee said...

I've been retired since 2003 and I'm still not bored. I'm busier than ever, but I'm busy with stuff I want to do. You'll find your footing before long.

Have a terrific day and I'll be waiting for the next installment. :)

Jack K. said...

You poor guy. And you even deleted an expletive. My how you have changed.

My first retirement was from the Army back in 1979. That just put me into another work life.

Then about five years ago I decided I'd be semi-retired. It wasn't until January 2010 that I made the pronouncement of my full retirement. I've been on the go ever since.

I still have time to spend on the computer. I still accompany my wife on shopping trips. I still do my share of taking care of the house. We have a pretty good division of labor, although Maryann would probably like me to take a more active role in planning and preparing meals.

All in all, retired life can be pretty great, if you have planned properly for it.

Good luck. I suspect we will be communicating more with each other in the future.

I do look forward to your writing. I hope you can get published.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great you are "retired"...what that is I'm not real sure. I think it stands for being your own boss, and staying twice as busy...I LOVE IT.Enjoy and when you get the chance...visit this way. Love you-Cathy

Miss Cellania said...

When you don't drive off to work every day, it's amazing how much real life interferes with your "free time."

Now you find out what's been going on all that time you were at work!

Hale McKay said...


I guess I was expecting a little down time ... and it has happened yet.

Hale McKay said...


I'm sure I'll get into a comfort zone soon enough.

All of this snow we've been having has been keeping me busier than I otherwise would have been.

Hale McKay said...


Now that I am retired, Whatever it is, I due plan on visiting them thar hills in the near future.

Hale McKay said...

Miss C,

You are so right about the interference in the free time.