Thursday, December 07, 2006

What two days of retirement can do to you

My second day as an O.T.R.P. is almost over and here’s what I have been up to:

Dec. 6th

- 9.30 am: Dale (our cat) is hungry and is very persistent in waking me up. Finally get up at 9:40 am
- Drink coffee, feed Dale (cat), chat online with our friend Jaap from Holland, more coffee, do some wash and read blogs until about 1 pm
- Took a hot bath (including exfoliating face scrub) until all wrinkled (wrinkles from overtime in tub, not from face scrub. Note: wrinkles no longer visible)
- Drive to the store and do a few groceries
- Watch the news and then a cooking show (I love cooking!)
- OrangeX comes home around 7.45 pm from work and we have a drink together
- Have dinner and watch a few criminal series, then off to bed
Note that in between, I keep letting Dale in and out of the house. (Not very exciting, eh?)

Dec 7th. (a bit more exciting)

- Wake up, smell coffee, get up at 7.45 am (am I nuts, or what?!?) and kiss OX before he leaves for office
- Drink coffee, throw in the last wash, make grocery list for coming days and go through my blogroll until about 9.45 (Dale has been fed)
- Take bath, fix face (some call it make-up) and hair, then drive off to yearly dentist appointment (check up only and DH) for 11:30 (very human, thank you).
- Arrive at said dentist 10 minutes early and sit in chair chatting with assistant. 11.30 sharp, dentist comes in and starts checking. As usual, nothing, and dentists congratulates me on clean and healthy teeth. What can I say? He has all these instruments in my mouth! I say: “Hank you”. Go through DH and am outta there at 11.55 am (with my last x-rays – Hey, I’m going back to Canada. I’ll need them there.)
- Off to the grocery store, come home, unpack, spay oven to clean and start making a Tiramisù (I’m the Queen of Tiramisù!)
- 3pm: I have so much mascarpone cream that I decide to get extra biscuits. Walk to the store (about 20 minutes one way) and do a last small Tiramisù and clean up kitchen.
- 4pm: check my mails, answer my good friend Nicole and decide to wash my winter jacket
- 5 pm: I start typing this

There! See?? I’m actually busy. Not exciting busy, but busy.

So, if you'll excuse me, I have to go now and marinate the lamb and prepare the potato-leek gratin.


The Medium Swede said...

The lamb makes my mouth water....

Sounds like some good days! You deserve them.

CanadianSwiss said...

TMS: Tell me about it. And I'm not expecting to have dinner before 9pm! But what the heck, I'm retired. HA! I might even have myself a nice single malt after desert!

Rhea said...

Retired!@?!? Really? Lucky dog.

Expat Traveler said...

well at least you make dinner! I guess there could be more exciting things, but you don't want to start too early and go down hill. ;-)

I guess the only thing you are missing is meeting up for a coffee with someone else who doesn't work..

I'd make time in my hectic schedule if I lived there. :)

CanadianSwiss said...

Rhea: Thanks for visiting :) Only temporarily retired. In other wirds, I quit my job and need a break.

ET: Cooking relaxes me, AND it was delicious, I must say :) I still have to "learn" to just have coffee and indulge in a long chat. But I'm willing! :)

Mr. Fabulous said...

Wow..I didn't know there was such a position as Queen of Tiramisù.

Very cool!

CanadianSwiss said...

Well, someone has to be it, Fab.

Anonymous said...

For those of you not yet retired and wonder what people do; and for those who are retired and want to add a little zip to your Wal-Mart visits, here are some suggestions.

1. Take 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's cart when they weren't looking.

2. Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. Make a trail of pineapple juice on the floor leading to the restrooms.

4. Walk up to an employee and tell him/her in an official tone, 'Code 3' in Housewares..... and watch what happenes.

5. Go to the Service Desk and ask to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.

6. Move a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.

7. Set up a tent in the camping department and tell other shoppers you'll invite them in if they'll bring pillows from the bedding department.

8. When a clerk asks if they can help, begin to cry and ask, “Why can't you people just leave me alone?'

9. Look right into the security camera; use it as a mirror, and pick your nose.

10. While handling guns in the hunting department, ask the clerk if he knows where the antidepressants are.

11. Dart around the store suspiciously loudly humming the "Mission Impossible" theme.

12. In the auto department, practiced your "Madonna look" using different size funnels.

13. Hide in a clothing rack and when people brows through, yell "PICK ME!" "PICK ME!"

14. When an announcement comes over the loud speaker, assumed the fetal position and scream "NO! NO! It's those voices again!!!!"

(And, last, but not least!)

15. Go into a fitting room, shut the door and wait a while; then, yell, very loudly, "There is no toilet paper in here!"

-- DJG (Yes, (Sal) I need a hobby)

CanadianSwiss said...

DJG: LOL! Great stuff, but I don't think I'm quite there, yet. As for your hobby: How about starting a blog??

Shelli said...

You can make Tiramisu? I am impressed! When I come for a visit, will you make it for me? ;)

CanadianSwiss said...

Sure thing, Shelli. BTW, Tiramisù is really easy to make :)

Anonymous said...

Seems that your daily activities concentrate a lot on cooking, eating, shopping, feeding cats and Orange-X. Well, if you ever do a mistake regarding quantities, or if Orange goes for dinner with business partners again: Just give a short call, and "THE BIG BEAR" will stop by after one of these boring office days, to help you getting rid of all this very tasty stuff! You already know that I prefer spicy meals, don't you?

CanadianSwiss said...

Hey, Big Bear! So good to hear from you! :D

I'll make sure to give you enough notice so that you can warn Mrs. Big Bear that you're having dinner with us. I may even prepare a bit more so that you can take a "doggie bag" to take home (I know the rest of the BB family prefers the milder stuff) ;-)

big bear said...

That sounds absolutely perfect to me! I would even go one step further: Let's have a cooking evening together one of these days! I'm sure I can learn a lot from you. Just send me a shopping list for one of your favorite recipes. See you!

xmichra said...

geez. at this rate you will need to retire from retirment!

christina said...

I liked "wake up, smell coffee" the best. :-)

And now that you have so much time on your hands we need food pictures!

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CanadianSwiss said...

BB: Ok, but if you're invited, I will do the groceries and you are welcome to take part in the lesson... Then on the second invitation - you get to cook and I watch and direct. That's when you do the groceries :)

XM: I know. Life is such a burden! Hehehh. It's just too much, but cool! I like the cooking and eating bit :)

Christina: I woke up at friggin 5.30 am yesterday because of the coffee. Still like it?? ;)

Expat Traveler said...

CS - I'm reading an incredible book. "Dreams have no expiry date".. Oh man, it's great!

Thank orange for the comments. P replied too so you'll have to check what he wrote (I still haven't looked)...

And your lamb - I want some of that! I'll have to convince P to make that by next weekend...

swissmiss said...

Well done! I need a nanny for aprox. one month....includes cooking and feeding of my little daughter, two cats and myself. Sometimes my husband might be hungry too. Interested?
just to explain: i have to go to hospital again :-( ffffffffff....

CanadianSwiss said...

Sorry for the late reply. Your comments came in delayed, for some reason.

ET: The book sounds really great. I'll have to check amazon :) Yes, we both read his reply. You two are just too cute.

Swissmiss: Don't tell me you have to go for more surgery again! Hopefully not during Christmas?? That would suck! Otherwise, give me a call. You have more on your hands right now!