- Jim retired and it isn't half as much fun without him
- We have some new employees at work now and the office is more crowded
- Since the summer, I've increased my work load and if I want to stick to my part-time hours, I had to quit laughing so much and get more work done. (Bummer)
- Irene is busier too
We had a little pick-me-up in January--Jim came back for a temporary stint. While he is not really happy about his retirement from retirement, Irene is glad he is back for the help, and I'm glad he's back because I miss my old "Morning Meeting" buddy. It's like old times.
The Morning Meeting used to consist of Jim, Irene and myself sitting around, drinking coffee, and shooting the breeze. We'd cover topics like Jim's old army stories, pension reform, the down side of unions, Jim's old army stories, the latest news topics, Jim's days as a trader on the exchange, and my favorite....Jim's old army stories. I think we'd kill that first hour, just slowly easing into the day, laughing. The Morning Meeting was retired the day that Jim retired--it wasn't the same without him. Irene and I didn't have much to talk about--we had no war stories of our own.
Upon Jim's return, and after I gave him crap about not answering my emails at home, we caught up slowly on all of those months he was gone--and now, we are back to those Morning Meetings. The old stories that Irene and I have drilled into our memories are good to hear again. It's like we picked up where we left off--which is a nice distraction from the routine and the boredom of winter. His return has made it work more fun, even if we are just re-hashing the same old stories.
Jim will be leaving at the end of the month, which is sort of sad. He loves retirement and says that he has no plans to come back to help out again. Heck, I don't blame him, but it sure was nice to have the old pally back--even if it is for a short time.
It's gonna be hard to say good-bye.......again.