Monday, February 8, 2010

The Joys of Being "Retired"

Finally got home last night after a week's absence. Was called away last Sun to babysit a sick grandchild Mon and Tues, then worked on our recently vacant rental Wed-Thurs, then drove to OR Fri to attend my mom's birthday celebration (Happy 70th!) on Sat. I had been planning on the OR trip but the rest of the week was last minute. Aren't I glad I'm "retired?"

Flexibility to drop everything and attend to family is one of the many advantages of not having a regular job. I do earn money as a freelance writer, however, and had a deadline to meet while away from home. I figured the availability of Internet at our daughter's and also the rental house would allow me to finish easily. WRONG! Like Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, "There's no place like home."

What I discovered is that setting and routine are even more important to me than I realized. In the future, I will be traveling with a laptop (just got one and still need to get all my stuff transferred over) so that at least I can work with programs with which I am familiar. Trying to write in different settings and also learn new software just didn't work for me. But I met the deadline and the client was pleased so all is well.

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