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Going, going ...

Yesterday I wrote a blog post, worked on a poem, and did all sorts of other things that having a few days off allows. I found myself thinking, "I could get used to this"—and then remembered that in another five months, I'll be able to.

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sahlah
Jan. 5th, 2016 12:52 pm (UTC)
I look forward to that time and having the privilege of reading your thoughtful posts. :) Five months, does it feel different to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel - rather than just praying one will appear one day?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 5th, 2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
It feels different. The fall semester flew past so quickly that I know May will be here before I know it—and the spring semester always seems to be even quicker. You and I are at similar places in our lives now, aren't we?
sahlah
Jan. 9th, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
Yeah - beginnings and ends all in one.
anita_margarita
Jan. 6th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
A close friend just retired after nearly a year of indecision and hemming and hawing, and she cannot believe how happy she is. She also now says she wishes she had gone ahead and done it earlier when she was first considering it.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 6th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
The closer it gets, the more I'm anticipating it. I was thinking today I won't really notice something is different until the fall semester starts and I'm not going back. Having the summer off will be a good transition.
anita_margarita
Jan. 6th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
I am still good friends with a few people stuck at my old job, and I feel really terrible for them when they have to go back after, say, a week's vacation. I remember that feeling well.

And then I pour myself a second cup of coffee and think, "This is SO much better than working."
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