One Day Left to Work

At the time of this time I currently have 1 days left to work in my career. It is something that I have looked forward to for such a long time. It feels kind of like that feeling of finally graduating from High School. The only thing is after High School, one is so very young that they really must contemplate their future. At retirement, it is much the same feeling and one has to contemplate their future as well. The former contemplation usually involves career planning unless you want to live at home for the rest of your life. The latter involves what do you really want to do now that the career is done and the options are endless.

I am very excited about not having to get dressed every day in work attire and come into the office. I look forward to being able to plan my day as I see fit. My only fear is that I will not wear real clothes anymore and I will wear nothing but yoga clothes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but I do think it’s important to get dressed up. So I think one of my goals will be to simply get dressed and put make up on.


I also have quite a few projects that I am looking forward to tackling. One of them involves a guest bedroom and the other involves adopting a dog. I have been wanting to get a dog for the last few years and I kept telling my daughter that after I retire, we will get a dog. Well the time is getting closer so I am looking for my favorite Canine. I am looking to adopt a Labrador Retriever and we will see if I am able to find one. I just love their floppy ears and they are just so sweet. So I plan lots of walks with my literal “Road Dog.” So I plan on loading pictures of my dog and I in the near future ( I hope).


Earlier this week there was a very sad occasion when a co-worker passed away and he was a Canine Handler.  So at the funeral they had canines and their handlers from all over California to pay their final respects.  And many of the dogs were of course Labrador Retrievers.  There were black labs and golden labs and they were just so adorable.  I just wanted to bring them home with me.  They were smiling and looking so adorable.  Then I made some phone calls about adopting a lab and of course they don’t call me back.  Who knew I could get stood up by a foster dog?

6 thoughts on “One Day Left to Work

  1. Ranger Rick says:

    Sounds like you’re all set! I know a few people for whom retirement was a disaster A. because they didn’t plan for the free time, and B. They found out their spouse couldn’t stand to be around them that much. Getting a dog is a great idea; he’ll keep you in shape with all the walks he will make sure you take him on. Labs are an excellent choice. Congrats on entering the next phase of your life!

  2. ValerieEstrella says:

    Thank you so much!! So far, so good. At first it was a surreal feeling. I couldn’t believe I was actually retired. Not quite 1 week into it and I am waking up at 4:00 still. But I’m told that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually what time we’re supposed to wake up if our bodies are in the proper rhythm. So I guess that’s good. I just have to find a dog. Easier said than done at this point. You know when you know what you want, it takes a minute.

  3. Farrah Renee says:

    Congratulations and happy birthday! Thank you for having us at your celebration!

    I had a chocolate lab for 12 years. She was the best dog ever! I agree that labs are so cute; I think of them like live teddy bears! Fluffy and cuddly and so sweet! Labs get adopted so quickly; maybe you’ll get yours soon!

    • ValerieEstrella says:

      Thank you and I’m glad you had a nice time. Oh you are so lucky!! I think you are right. They are like Teddy Bears. I will definitely keep you posted.

  4. pamjamn says:

    Congratulations on your retirement! I hope you thoroughly enjoy your time to yourself and I have no doubt you’ll find the puppy of your dreams! Labs are a wonderful breed, loyal, sweet and will definitely keep you busy!! I’m here if you need help with that guest room!

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