Windy Sunday

Lots of sounds today, the big ole north wind hitting on the house causing the furnace to kick on and the fire in the wood stove popping.   Looking out the window, I see the shingles on the shed blowing up, looks like some have already blown off.  I don’t think I will venture out much today!

So I have 2 weeks left at work.  Things have slowed down finally.  I really only have 8 work days left.  I go from very happy, almost giddy to incredibly sad.  Jon Stewart announced his retirement from the Daily Show on the same day, I announced mine at work.  I keep listening to Jon Stewart’s retirement announcement and it hits home.  I loved the part where he talked about the show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and how he loves the people, and what an honor and privilege it is to work there.  His sentiments hit the nail on the head for me.  I love the people I work with, I have been incredibly blessed with opportunities and I have been hooked on our mission for countless years.

AND I DONT KNOW WHAT I AM GOING TO DO!  Scary for me, who always planned her career goals in 1 and 5 year increments.  So I have some decompressing, resting, and contemplating to do.  My goals for the next 2 weeks are to be patient, stay in the moment, do more yoga, and don’t cry!

I have looked through countless photos to put into a slide show for my retirement party.  This one is from 1981, I was working in KC, met Mom and Carl at the Airport Hilton for some event.

Mother and I - 1981

Mother and I – 1981 

This one is from mid 1990s.  I was home for a visit and helped Carl tend several of his hives.  I liked to help him with the bees, so interesting and I never got stung though he did many times.  I think I may acquire a hive this spring.

Carl and I tending bees

Carl and I tending bees

My seedlings are up and looking good, all except the parsley.  May have to re-plant that flat.

Candy

Weekend tidbits

We had a busy, busy weekend and now have the MLK holiday or what used to be Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia.  Though Hubby doesn’t get a holiday as his company only gives a few holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Infamous Stringdusters

Infamous Stringdusters

So Friday night we saw the Infamous Stringdusters, a favorite bluegrass band at the State Theatre in Falls Church.  Another fantabulous night of music.  Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen Band opened who we saw last year at Merlefest.  Great band also!  Highlights for me were opening with Lovelight, then in the second set Scarlet Begonias, Let it Go and Cripple Creek.  Met up with some longtime friends we hadn’t seen in a while for the show.  And we met some new folks while hanging.  I ended up as the DD, and we headed home around 1:30am which made for a late night for this old lady.  Here is the setlist:01 Lovelight, 02 GDTRFB, 03 In God’s Country,04 Starry, 05 LLD jam>Y2k, 06 Fearless, 07 Blockygrass, 08 Angeline *, 09 Blue Night *, Second set 01 Jam>Hitchhiker, 02 Hey You, 03 All I can Take, 04 Mountain Town, 05 PBD, 06 Scarlet Begonias>OMB, 07 Colorado,08 Red Fox,09 Let It Go,10 Pioneers, 11 Echoes,12 Cripple Creek>Machines, 13 Head over Heels.  * Frank Solivan set in.

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Band

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Band

These guys opened strong and set the mood for a great night.  During the Stringdusters they were walking around and enjoying the show.  And towards the end of night, here we are hanging with friends and taking a selfie.

Candy, Doug and Vance

Candy, Doug and Vance

Saturday ended up pretty quiet, lots of time in the kitchen, cooking breakfast, baking cookies to send with ben-jammin’ back to school, and then dinner.   Sunday, we made the round trip to Radford to take ben-jammin’ back for his second semester.  He was so ready to go and get back to school, friends, the dorm, just away from us!  The trip started out miserable as it poured down a cold rain until we got out west on I66.  Then it turned into a pretty nice day.  We literally dropped his stuff in the dorm room, went out to eat lunch, stopped to buy him some bottled water, and dropped him off=about 2 hours in town.  As the great hovering mom that I am, I so wanted to help him unpack and organize his room.  Didn’t happen!  He wasn’t wanting any help.  So after a big hug good bye, off we went, back up the road to NOVA.  The entire trip took about 10-11 hours.

So today, I have to get my retirement papers completed.  Announcement at work coming this next week!

Candy

Another List and a Scary Subway Story

Even though I will retire soon, I continue to have an interest in managing people/projects.  So am posting this 2015 New Management Books list from Government Executive.  I may review this list later in my “free time”.  As I may do some other job or project later where these will be relevant.

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Also wanted to share this scary story, seems yesterday afternoon a Yellow line train (I rode this same Yellow line track every day for over 20 years) stopped in the L’Enfant tunnel and filled with smoke!  One woman succumbed to the smoke inhalation and later died at the hospital, scores of people went to the hospital sickened by the smoke.  I confess to a high degree of claustrophobia and on more than one occasion when stuck on a train in a tunnel had to practice some calming exercises until I could GET OUT OF THE TRAIN CAR!  So this incident scares the crap out of me.  Here is the WashingPost’s Deadly subway incident story from this am.  No answers from Metro, the story seems very confusing as to why they left the passengers in the cars for so long, why the DCFD wouldn’t enter the tunnel from the L’Enfant station, what did the train operator say or do?  Typical of Metro-little or no communication.  I am so THANKFUL that I have a parking pass and do not have to ride the train daily anymore!  And it will take me quite awhile before I ride the train again.

Candy

 

8 x 8 day

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It was 8 degrees this morning when I went into work. And I have 8 Thursday’s left to work. Sure hope it gets warmer. I met a friend for dinner at Art and Soul. I had the swordfish, very tasty!  And discussed some future opportunities for me, very exciting.

Drove by the Capitol which is undergoing renovation on the dome, very cool view, though the photo from my iPhone does not do it justice.  Looks like it has a shroud wrapped around it.

Candy

Holidaze holdovers

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This is my fav photo from the holidays, taken on Christmas morning before anyone else awakened.  Quiet and peaceful and pretty.  I put away all the decorations yesterday and then settled down to a long winter afternoon sit brought on by a cold.  Woke up this am and emailed in sick!  So entered the new year sick which is a drag as I haven’t been sick in a long time. I blame the air travel and cold. When we awoke on our last day in Missouri the temperature was 1 degree above zero.

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Another favorite activity from December -Making the gingerbread houses entertained us for an afternoon however it went in the trash yesterday.  Along with a lot of other shipping materials, boxes, tissue paper, detritus from the house.  We opened the house yesterday and tried to get some fresh air inside.

So I decided to start this blog to document my transition into and through retirement, which starts in 8 weeks, I will retire after 34+ years at a Federal government job.  I feel ready to try something way different than the bureaucracy I have grown up in.  Anyway, I have lots of lists of things I want to do, see, try out.  Its a start for sure of what I don’t know.

Candy