May 11, 2018

Now That You Are Retired What Is Your Favorite Day of The Week?

....and don't say all of them!







During my career, Saturday was my choice. If I had been traveling I would be home by Friday night. Saturday was the day to decompress a bit, be with the family, and catch up on office work. Sundays would be the day I dreaded since that was when I had to pack and be prepared to leave again Monday morning.

Now that I am retired Monday would be my pick. A fresh week lies in front of me, full of opportunities and experiences, some scheduled, some not. Since we attempt to avoid crowds by not shopping much on weekends, Monday may have a few necessary errands: bank, home improvement store, library. But, doing these things when many other folks are at work makes them actually enjoyable.

Wednesday is our busiest day. Food shopping, a few hours with the grandkids in the afternoon, a trip to the gym or 30 minute walk, and a ham radio activity right after dinner makes that day rather full....a good full but still pretty hectic.

Time does seem to take on a different feel during retirement. Monday and Tuesday have a decent pace and rhythm. Each goes by at a comfortable, acceptable speed. 

Then someone flips a switch. Before I am ready for the week to be almost over  it is Friday again. Chores and something fun to do takes care of Saturday. Sunday is pretty much a blur: church followed by the afternoon and early evening spent with family for games, a movie or football game, and dinner. Then, back to Monday.

What about you? Which day of the week is your favorite? How about the day you don't look forward to and why?

This should be fun. Please share away!


26 comments:

  1. Hmmm! No comments yet. Maybe because we can’t say all of them. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve told people that it’s hard to remember what day of the week it is because they are all great. One day is not better or worse than another. Everyday is the Friday that I longed for when I was working; but now everyday is Friday.

    We don’t have a day that we reserve for chores but we do avoid weekends for shopping. Although if I do need to shop on the weekends, I enjoy a slower pace and allowing the frantic shopper to jump ahead of me in line because I’m In no hurry. I don’t like cleaning chores when my husband is around so I do those on his golf days.

    We have cocktails or dinners with friends almost every night so there is constant social activity. I golf on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; my husband golfs Monday and Wednesday morning and Friday afternoons and we golf together on Sunday. So the only time we have off together is Friday morning until about 2:30. It makes it sound hectic but it’s not. We have alone time, together time, friend time and we are both enjoying retirement to its fullest.

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    1. Obviously, you guys watch the Golf Channel on occasion! Having an activity that you both love and share is wonderful. That makes a tremendous difference in the quality of a retirement.

      I think the reason Friday is no longer my favorite day is because it reminds me how quickly each week seems to pass. I will joke to Betty that, beginning on Wednesday, "it's almost Friday again!"

      I don't have any problems knowing what day of the week it is, but don't ask me the date. I'd have to look at my phone to know.

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  2. Half the time I can't instantly recall what day it is if someone asks me. It's nice to be able to avoid crowded stores on the weekend, though.
    b

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    1. I have that problem with what the date is. And, yes, weekends are no longer for shopping. We even try to avoid seeing a movie on a Saturday or Sunday...just too crowded.

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  3. I have two (sorry). On Wednesdays I get up at 0430 to drive to the Bay Area to spend the day with my granddog and spend time before and after work with my daughter and SIL. This reinforces my love for dogs and placates my need to have one. And he is like grandchildren, I get to give him back at the end of the day. On Saturdays I spend time with my human grandchildren, and their dog, who live close by,while their parents work. This is a special time for me to continue bonding with them and it helps me stay young. The day will come all too soon when they will be too busy to spend Saturdays with me.

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    1. This may be the first reference on this blog to granddogs, but I like it. AS a dog lover with one or two always underfoot, I can relate to the powerful pull they have on us.

      Grandchildren have a tendency to pull away as they age. Our grandson is 11 and already spends Saturday mornings at soccer games and Wednesday at either piano practice or youth group meetings in the evening at church. His 9 and 7 year old sisters are almost as busy. There will come a time when we will see them only on Sundays at church and for a family meal. Sad, but inevitable.

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  4. Monday, also. That's the day I allow myself not to go to the gym, but instead sit with my coffee, read the paper, do all the puzzles, take a walk around my neighborhood, go to my coffee group and then walk with my husband at our hospital sponsored walking group. Not sure exactly which part makes it special, but I try not to schedule anything on Mondays.

    Sheila

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    1. Another vote for Monday! I like how you spend your day.

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  5. Monday for me as well. I like to stay in bed for awhile in the morning and listen to the traffic noise.... people driving to work... It gives me a strange feeling of satisfaction.

    Rick in Oregon

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    1. Listening to commuters...good for you, Rick.

      When I have to be driving during normal commute times. either morning or afternoon, I feel blessed that I am not still doing that on a daily basis.

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  6. The last four years I worked I had a similar schedule to Bob's in that I was commuting long distance to teach. I didn't come home every weekend (I had a long-stay arrangement with a local hotel/motel), but when I did I got back home on Friday afternoon and had to leave absolutely no later than 12 noon on Monday for a four hour drive to teach my first class that evening. Also, Monday mornings themselves were a bit frantic, because I had to secure my house back up, pack up the frozen ahead meals I made to take with me, and run a few quick errands. Fortunately my Monday class was an evening one! I thus came to almost loathe Mondays! Even now, several years after retiring I luxuriate in my Monday mornings, and even chant to myself, "I don't HAVE TO be anywhere." I never schedule anything for Mondays! As to remembering the day of the week, except for news I don't watch much TV. It never gets turned on until BBC each day at 5 p.m., unless I've spotted a good oldie goldie movie on TCM playing during the day. I do have a few evening shows I follow though (The Americans for example on Wednesdays), and that is partly how I keep track of what day it is so I don't miss them. Also, our local paper only comes out weekly on Wednesdays, and it isn't delivered, so that's another day of the week marker, as is Thursday/Friday when the trash bin has to be on the curb before 8:00 a.m. Friday. Nevertheless, I seem to be asking myself occasionally, "What day of the week is this?" and especially at times "what is the date?" I use my smart phone to check or my laptop. Unfortunately, as to other tests of mental status (do you know what day it is? do you know the date?), I somehow never forget "do you know who the President is?," although sometimes I rather wish I could.

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    1. My smartphone calendar is a lifesaver. It reminds me what is coming up and the alarm clock feature makes sure I don't miss something important. Otherwise, the date? Does it really matter?

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  7. Hi Bob, we are retired but I must say we still live by the Mon-Friday working week. It is hard to realise that we aren't tied to a timetable anymore. I do find I feel more settled working with structure in my day but learning that it is okay to take time off just to read or relax has been a difficult lesson for me.
    Have a great weekend!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. Work on busting that mindset, Sue! Like B.E. above, I avoid appointments of any kind on Mondays, at least until afternoon when I go to the gym. Monday is a great day!

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  8. Yup. Monday here too. The gift of a new week with time to spend on creative, or other things, is always exciting.

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  9. I'm a bit surprised to be the first Sunday fan. I know it was part of the weekend when we were working but it was also, as for you, the source of the "Sunday Blues". While I generally enjoyed my job, I often got that feeling around 3 pm on Sunday that Monday was closing in again. As a result, Sunday afternoons were always kind of quiet and melancholy. It got to the point closer to the end that I didn't even want to go out for dinner on a Sunday (and I'm a big fan of dining out!) because I didn't think I could really enjoy it. Rather just mope around the house.

    Now the Sunday Blues are a thing of the past. We can go out or stay in now, but we thoroughly and consciously enjoy our Sunday afternoons and evenings knowing that the next day is not Monday anymore, but just another day to enjoy. Maybe that will change over time as we are relatively new retirees, but that's okay too!

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    1. Without the Monday morning departure looming over me Sunday has become a good day. The family gets together at church and then later gathers at my daughter's house for conversation, games, maybe a movie, and dinner. During football season we watch a game together. So, yes, Sunday has become a positive day of the week.

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  10. OK, I won't say "all of them" but I'd like to! This may be left over from my working days - I will say "Saturday" because that's the day I usually kick back if there's nothing pressing on the agenda. There's time for food prep while I enjoy a radio program on Saturday mornings (Wide Cut country on CKUA) featuring some of the performers who've played in my home with the Home Routes tour. The weekend is when granddaughters may show up with their dad like they did this w/e. And the w/e also offers opportunities to socialize and attend special events whether it be a dinner party, a dinner theatre, a concert, a sporting event, etc. I'm very aware of the Monday morning freedom not being employed out of the home. In retirement, I still revel in the opportunity to have a kick back day after a full schedule no matter the day of the week. Early in retirement, a friend & I had cancelled a day of quadding because of inclement weather. We were looking at the calendar to reschedule, announcing the commitments scheduled for upcoming Saturdays and Sundays. It took us a minute to realize that we had Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at our disposal!! That's when I knew I was retired.

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    1. I'm guessing that "quadding" is driving 4 wheel drive vehicles!

      Realizing that all 7 days are suddenly in play is an important step in accepting that one is in full retirement status! Today, Saturday, is a good example of the freedom. We finished packing for our trip to Europe on Tuesday, decided to go to a vintage market just to window-shop, and then went out to lunch. None of that was planned, it just happened.

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  11. Since we love our traveling, and since we usually check in on Fridays, I'll vote for that day. What else? Tuesday is the day for $5 tickets on first run movies, as well as reduced popcorn prices, so that is a good one if enough decent movies come out. Wednesday is the new changeover day for the weekly supplement and deals at Kroger's. Otherwise every day feels like Saturday anyhow, so if I am pinned down Friday it is.

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    1. That's an excellent reason to highlight Fridays: the start of a long weekend or vacation.

      If asked, Betty's favorite day may be every other Thursday. That's when the cleaning people come. We have an unofficial rule: to keep the house as nice-looking as long as possible we go out to dinner on those Thursdays so the kitchen stays clean! Works for me.

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  12. Another Monday fan because it's starts my week off to a good start. I'm busy during the week until Thurs and Fri. Then it picks up again Sat/Sunday. I never liked Sundays and always was able to work on that day when I worked, as I did shift work. Now Sunday would still be my least favorite, but I have a standing date with a friend of mine for lunch and a glass of wine and good conversation.

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    1. The date with your friends sounds like a nice way to brighten up your Sundays. But, yea for Mondays!

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  13. It's so interesting to see which days people like. I do like Mondays and watching the buses pick up kids across the river, as well as people hurrying on to their tasks and/or work. The sense of a new week is always nice, too. But I have to confess I still have an affection for Fridays. The holdover of feeling the beginning of a weekend sticks with me, and Fridays give me a little lift for some reason. Like all of you, though, every day is my favorite now. :)

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  14. I do not have a favorite day. They are all the same except for what I have planned. That said, I suppose Tuesdays would be my favorite because three Tuesdays out of the month, there is a free lunch at three different churches. Until lately, my favorite day was the day my friend came up from an hour away. He came different days each week. Now, he usually comes on Tuesday and we go to the lunch at a church. I suppose I am the only person who likes Tuesday best.

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