A Taste of Retirement

Last summer, my job offered comp time if I worked an extra day a week. My regular work schedule is Tuesday through Friday, 10 hours per day. I decided to work an additional 10 hours on Mondays so I could accrue more time off. And then I decided that I wanted to take February off. Best idea ever.

I’ve taken a lot of time off from work before, but I usually travel. I think I went to Thailand for five weeks and Guatemala for four weeks, but this time, I wanted to stay home. That’s probably pretty weird because we’ve been forced to stay home for a couple of years now, but I really like being home and have never really done a staycation sort of thing. Anyway, what I’ve realized is that I think I was meant for retirement.

And now I need to figure out how to make this a permanent thing. One of the reasons I wanted to stay home was so I could keep swimming. I’m really trying to increase my strength so I asked one of my coaches to write some workouts for me. And omfg, they are so difficult. Damn.

Then, the Raindrops had another gig, which was so fun!

I love getting a good angle on a photo 😳🔥🤣!

If you follow me on other social media, you saw that I posted some other wedding pics from wedding #2 in 2020. I thought I should share them here too! The smoke in the top picture is from J, who was holding a smoke bomb. In the bottom picture, I’m carrying a cake box that had cupcakes in it. I love everything about that pic. It was taken at the very end of the photo session when my dress weighed about 300 pounds because it was soaking wet. And the sand. OMFG, the sand.

Another kind of weird/random thing – I had my portrait hanging in the world locally famous Powell’s books!

A local artist had a bunch of her artwork on display for the entire month of January. So cool. And guess who else had their dumb face on display?

Yep, dumb George. We went together to check it all out. #exesandfriends #exhusbandsarethebesthusbands

For the next 2.5 weeks, I’m going to work on figuring out how to retire ASAP because this is really the way to live. Let me know if you have any ideas (that don’t involve pyramid schemes, a likelihood of incarceration, or becoming an escort). Thanks, you peeps are the best!

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New Year…New Marriage?

Haha, just kidding. No f*cking way. Well, I shouldn’t say “no f*cking way” because life is hilarious and weird sh*t happens all the time, but right now, I don’t see any marriages happening in 2022. Woohoo!

And so far, 2022 has been pretty awesome. I don’t know if I’ve written about it before, but in 2020, I joined a masters artistic (formerly called synchronized) swimming team. It has been the most fun thing I’ve done in probably decades. I was a competitive synchronized swimmer as a kid (from ages 8 to 13), but then we moved and I stopped. I went back to it about 27 years later. And love it so much!

Anyway, we have swimmers from ages 20-something to 77! We practice twice per week and these ladies are just my favorite. If you want to see some of our practice swims, I’ve added a highlight to my Instagram profile (@the_marni)! I’m also part of a performance troupe, The Rose City Raindrops, and we were recently hired for an event (the first since before COVID). I finally got to get all dressed up to swim:

We swam a team routine (10 swimmers) and then we each choreographed and swam a duet with someone who doesn’t swim. It was hilarious.

My duet partner was such a good sport and we had a lot of fun swimming our routine…and no one drowned! #success #futureolympians

Let’s see, what else? I’m still dating. It’s a total sh*t show…and I’m really into it. I’ve never dated for fun, without having some goal in mind (like dumb marriage) so it is very different. And WAY better…at least for now. No pressure.

Oh and little Tot is just doing the best. He still goes to daycare a couple of days a week and they send me report cards with pictures of him. OMG, I die. I just die.

He’s just the happiest little nightmare dog.

Happy New Year and I hope 2022 brings you all the amazing things!

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Merry Christmas!!

We celebrated last night and had so much fun. It was so loud and crazy (apparently no one knows how to talk without yelling), and don’t forget about all the dogs and so much food. OMFG. Pure insanity. And it was great.

I’m keeping this post short on words and full of photos…mostly of my dumb face with all the nieces and nephews, sorry. Here are a couple of group photos first!

Oh and I know you will all be happy to hear that G was able to grace us with his presence as well. Instead of taking pics with humans, though, he wanted a pic with the new love of his life.

#soromantic #weddingbells2022 #poortot

Hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday!

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