I know we are on the home stretch of our journey Around the World, but this past week brought such relief to me and my beloved husband. He got a job. Not just a do-it-because-we-need-the-money type of job, but the perfect job, where they respect his knowledge and treat everyone like good people. He is looking forward to his first day at work tomorrow. So much excitement has not been good for my writing time, and so the research for the books to list has been allowed to slide. I hope you will forgive me and join in the celebration.

Of course, we have a few bills to pay, and catch up to do, but I can retire in 19 week (but who’s counting?) and still have oodles of money in the accounts. In my belief system, I don’t want to look too far ahead and dream of what I will do with the money, because that means I have already gotten that good. Okay, it’s complicated and all, but I try to live in this moment, when I am putting words down to share with people who like reading Romance and who like what I have shared before.

But if I DID think about the future expenditure of disposable income, here are a few of the things that come to mind. First of all, a trip to the United Kingdom.

And then a special tour following after the delightful Miss Austen.

We need a new washing machine and a new refrigerator.

I want a truck.

Of course, we would love to move closer to the ocean some day.

We may need some help with lawn care.

And the home office for my writing must have a secret door behind a bookcase.

We’ll want all the latest technology, eventually. Wait, will it still be the latest if we get it next year?

Most of all, however, I want to be back on Medifast, exercising more, getting vet care for all the pets, and having the time to feed the birds fresh foods every day. That really will be the perfect life, and is the most likely to happen right away.

So if you are out Trick-or-Treat-ing and see a crazy woman who looks as happy as it’s possible to look and still be decent in public, chances are it’s me. My retirement date will be October 30, 2014, and there will be a huge celebration on the 31st. A light heart lives longest. Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad.

See you on Wednesday for some fun, and next week we’ll continue our journey Around the World.

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