Yeah, you two, I've been hiding. No, it's just been a busy month with my birthday, Christmas, a death in our family (B-I-L), getting ready for Christmas, retirement, etc., etc., etc.
Yep, I'm officially retired, and if the current status is any indication, it's a good thing I did--I have four jobs sitting here staring at me that need to be finished and shipped by 12/31!!! Laser and lathe work both, so I'm going to be dividing my time between the two shops to get it done.
I did celebrate my retirement with a dinner thrown by my boss--about 25 people and lots of laughs and tears, and the proverbial gold watch (but with diamonds!!!). It's been a rather teary time around my place for the past few days. It still hasn't hit me yet, because I left Thursday, but I haven't been working Fridays since June, so Friday was a "normal" day for me. Of course it's the weekend, and my boss always closes the office between Christmas and New Year's, so I wouldn't have been going back to work until January 2. That's when it will be a reality that I AM RETIRED!!! I won't have to get up at o'dark-thirty to fight rush-hour traffic--I'll be able to sleep in, get up when I want to, and wander to the shop when the mood strikes. Yeah, right!!
Thanks for the congrats--I'm happy about it, and I think hubby is too, even though our income just took a drastic dive.
Nancy and Dave Laird
Rio Rancho, NM
David works in the Pro Sales Divison at Woodworker's Supply.