Thursday, April 10, 2008

Benchmarkers

This week marked a couple of different anniversaries for me. DH and I observed our 30th wedding anniversary on Tuesday and then yesterday I was honored for 20 years of service at the university where I work. I have to ask you, “WHERE does time go”?

We liked the idea of the Grand Canyon being our anniversary celebration so we earmarked that time as our special time. No other observances needed, just cards. Of course, I remembered the card BUT forgot to buy one for him. Typical. But, I made it up to him. (Glinting little grin happening here.)

Then yesterday the campus hosted the annual staff and faculty honors for time put in. I go to this event every five years. This was my 4th and marked 20 years. The nice thing about this particular benchmark is that I won't have to wait five more years. I'll only be waiting three years. I'll be retiring in 2 1/2 years and I'll be called back as a retiree. I LIKE that.

Also, this year they had two drawings for gift certificates. I never pay much attention to these because the last time my name was called was 20!!!! years ago when I first came to the campus. It was at some other event. How surprised was I when my name was called. I am now in possession of a $25 American Express gift check. So, how will I spend it? Hummm . . . Books? Yarn? Dinner with DH? Cash for my next road trip with Elaine? Well, whatever. It was a nice surprise and is presently being used as a bookmark in my current GOOD READ - The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy. For Jane Austen lovers, this is a lovely read. It's Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. Fun reading.

I find I'm slowing down in a lot of ways. Not much going on and I'm losing myself in reading, crocheting, and watching TV in the evenings (usually 2 and sometimes 3 all at once). No inspiration these days for writing, photography, or any sort of creative activity. Darn. I thought winter was over but unfortunately, the Muse does not seem to know this yet.

4 comments:

Geri said...

Annie,
WOW! Great milestones! How wonderful to love and be loved by the same person for 30 years. And 20 years at any job is something I'll never do in this life. Congrats to you!
Geri

Julie said...

First things first - love those purple and yellow pansies/Johnny jump-ups.

Second, congratulations are in order. My my, two wonderful events. I have never made it past 9 years at one job. (I tried to make it longer!!!) Anyway, congrats on both and the gift certificate. Isn't it wonderful to contemplate all the things they might buy???

Inspired Tokens said...

How wonderful to celebrate so many milestones in such a short period of time. Congratulations on them all.

Thanks for the review on the read...sound good. I'll check it out this weekend on our weekly trip to B&N (Barnes & Noble).

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind comments. Your words are always an inspiration to me. I'm glad that you were able to find the 'Cotton Classic' yarn. It's really wonderful to work with.

Wishing you a spectacular weekend.

Bimbimbie said...

Double congratulations Annie*!* I'm sure your muse will return and ignite you with lots of motivation now that colour is bursting out around you*!*