Friday, May 6, 2011

Weed or Read?

Life's pretty simple these days as I have settled into my retirement routine.

Retirement routine?


"Retirement Routine" makes me feel like holding a baton aloft and waiting for the high school band to cue up a rounding version of The Ventures' Hawaii Five O theme song.

BTW: Don't you love these guys? All plugged in -- in the desert.

By 1971, every high school band knew that theme song, and every majorette and drill team member had a routine for that song.

I was on the drill team, known as the Bear-o-nettes [our mascot was the Golden Bears]. During football season, we accompanied the band to the field at half-time and performed routines to the songs as they played. Bad routines, I might add, since we choreographed them ourselves and were limited to -- well, our expertise.


I know. Lame. What can I say -- it was a lame time.

*tap, shuffle, kick*

My high school band in 1971 knew about four tunes ---- they played over and over and over and over and over -- that tune by the Ventures, "Be True to Your School" by the Beach Boys, and "Light My Fire" by The Doors. LOL --- I can still bust a move to those songs.

*erases visual*

But, all that is for another blog.

So, what I think about each morning as part of my "retirement routine" is whether I want to read or weed?

*puts finger on chin*

What a dilemma!


Yesterday morning, I politely asked David to help me decide:

Me: Hmm. Do I want to read or weed today?
David: You talking to me?
Me: Yes.
David: You're talking to me, out loud, aren't you?
Me: Yes. I need some help with these major decisions. Do I want to take a book to the deck or do I want to weed the front bed?
David: You so need to go back to work.
Me: *channels some EnVogue*

{blog readers -- please insert "my workin'" in place of "my lovin'" even though either kind of works. Bwha}

Weed or Read? Friends?

Brendan: "Quit braggin' about being retired."
Marilyn: "Ain't it grand? Retirement?"
Nan: "I won't live that long." *sighs* then *pouts*
Laura: "You deserve such a choice."

So, on that note. I think I will read. Tomorrow? I might weed.

*tee hee*


  1. What's the big deal? Come to the MC and you can weed and read at the same time. Duh! We can use some help "weeding" old (and sad) books from the shelves. *snickers*

    P.S. Skipped the sigh and went straight to the pout.

  2. I love it when I make the blog. do deserve such a choice.

  3. Reading is always the better option, and you can buy some really great weed killer and wait for it to work, then you have more time to read! Am heaving heavy wistful sigh now, hoping I can get there by God's grace.

  4. According to a magazine article I was reading, researchers in the Netherlands discovered that spending 30 minutes gardening did far more to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol than reading indoors. "This gives the mind room to wander and restore itself" says Susan Clayton, Ph.D., a psychologist at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. I'm just sayin'.

  5. I know the Golden Bears was a side note, but I got so hung up on it. All I kept imagining was that your school shared a mascot with a cereal brand.