Vehicle Accomplished

Today I secured the car I will be using. It’s a Ford Explorer. So the towing capacity is somewhat small. 5,800 lbs. But since I don’t want a huge rig, it will be sufficient for something around 25 ft long.

Of course, my dreams are bigger. I fell in love with a 30 ft Fleetwood Wilderness, but the salesman said it would be difficult to pull that length with what I’m driving. Anyone happen to know it that is accurate?

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Next Step

Today I took another step toward the RV dream. I purchased a book.Yeah, yeah, I can hear the sarcasm ” Oh a book what a surprise.” This one is about connecting to the Internet while you’re on the road. It’s written by a couple of veteran RV’ers who call themselves Technomadia. They have a terrific website/blog detailing their 10+ years of fulltime RV’ing. You can read more about mobile internet problems and solutions at their website rvmobileinternet.com.

FAIR WARNING – I’ll probably be gushing showing my enthusiasm about more blogs I follow as this blog progresses.

In the meantime, I’ll be reading up on how to get the best wi-fi connection on the road so I can continue to enthrall my readers about my adventures. hehe

What to Know About Me

Something that most people don’t realize about me is that I am an introvert. I love spending my spare time alone. Now, since I have worked in offices all my adult life, in customer service and reception, associating with lots of people was my job. And, IMHO, I was good at it. So the idea that I want to be by myself on my time off is foreign to most of my friends.

When someone asked me what I’m doing with my day now that I’m retired, I can honestly say, “Nothing much.” I check Facebook, play some computer games, binge watch old TV shows, catch up on movies I missed over the years, go on walks, write, read, … Oh, OK, I guess I am a bit busy. But it’s solitary stuff. And I love that.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like people. I enjoy socializing. I can do small talk with anyone. But…when I need to re-charge my energy, I want to get away and be by myself. Extroverts re-charge with others. Introverts, alone. Long walks in nature, a good book, music, that’s what renews my spirit. I can go for days without talking to anyone.

I didn’t really know what introvert meant until I was older. It’s nice to know that being a loner is actually more normal than I ever believed growing up.  Right now, it’s a popular topic. A good book on the subject is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a  World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, if you’re interested.

The Feeling Kicks In

Well here it is the second Monday morning of my retirement. I can truthfully say that now it really feels like I will never work full time again. I must admit, being truthful and all, yesterday I was thinking about what I would be doing with my time from now on. And it wasn’t a good feeling, since I was binge watching an old interview show.

So this morning I am determined to start my second career. Today I write!

I believe I’ll start with finishing the second volume of my Trivia For Kids series. (Lots of seconds today, hmm) The one on food. Then I might work on the travel novel. Yes there is one, but more on that later.

Meanwhile, my computer is getting a bit wonky. The monitor goes into graphical spasms when it’s moved. The keyboard especially is not cooperating.  Not connecting on random letters, highlighting a whole sentence when I just want a word.  Maybe it’s the touch pad. Sigh. Must look into a new laptop soon.

 

First Day

I retired from my full time job on Friday, July 29, 2016. Here it is the Monday after and what am I doing? Watching movies and playing FB games. It feels like a vacation day. Since I have been trying to save money, most of my days off work were spent in this manner. So I guess next Monday will be the day I truly start to feel retired.

Oh I have a lot of plans. And lists. I’m a list person. Lists of what I will be doing and what I need and what I want. Spreadsheets of bills to pay and accounts to cancel. Many, many websites bookmarked of which RV to buy and how to live in an RV and places to go. Big plans.

But for now relaxing and do-nothing days are in order. I find myself suddenly remembering that I don’t work anymore. I can…literally…DO WHATEVER I WANT! So how does that make me feel?  A bit exhilarated. A little wary. Wait…Is that a slight cringe of “what the hell do I do now?”   Nope, it’s gone.

My daughter stopped by to pick up something I bought for the baby. She asked me what I would like to do since I’m free this afternoon. Usually my free time activities were doing necessary jobs – grocery, laundry, cleaning, etc. Because, full time work. Having an afternoon to hang out is a new experience. So….I responded with a phrase that all ladies of leisure use so well. Let’s go shopping!