On a Personal Note…

This week, my focus shifts from writing and promotion to share two great pieces of news. I had to wait until my daughter informed her employer, but I’m now thrilled to tell you that I’m going to be a grandma in late July!

My firstborn is having a baby and needless to say, I’m thrilled. In about a month’s time, she’ll have an ultrasound to make sure everything’s okay, but she’s still undecided about whether to reveal the gender, so we’ll see. Once the baby arrives, I’ll be helping her and my son-in-law for those first few weeks. Although both of them are competent, meticulous planners, they have no idea how an infant can blow apart a schedule. When my daughter’s maternity leave ends, I’ll be babysitting part-time. This is a welcome lifestyle-change, and it also leads me to my second piece of news.

8888110788_fb214ca74e[1]I’m retiring from my day job at Simon Fraser University on May 29. As some of you know, I’ve already talked about retiring, but now there’s a real date. I’ve given official notice and the countdown has begun. Because I’m overwhelmed with promotion stuff for the new book and want to complete more projects, I’m taking as many paid vacation days as I can between now and May 29th.

As writers know, retirement from a day job has little to do with living a retired life. It’s about changing time management strategies and priorities, and making time for those things I’ve let lapse.

My daughter is nearly an hour’s drive away, which is why their new home has a guest bedroom and bathroom, so I’m buying a new laptop to replace my sluggish, ten-year-old beast. By the summer of 2021, I’ll be splitting my time between their house and ours, which hubby says he’s fine with. He’s a pretty independent guy who’s more than capable of cooking his own meals. Not so great with laundry and vacuuming, but we’ll work it out.

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired me to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for my my Casey Holland transit security novels. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

21 thoughts on “On a Personal Note…”

  1. I knew it was coming, the retirement that is. chuckle. Congrats ! I saved my paid vacation days for a little more $$ but you have book promoting to do, and btw I bought both a new laptop and desktop and wow!! golly gee what a difference it made. I kept my old monitor and can hook it up to my laptop to have two screens but haven’t tried it yet. I should go pick up the cable I need. Having two screens might be helpful for you.
    My wife still does my laundry although I am retired and she has just cut back hours. I think she is afraid what would happen if I did laundry. The real question is coffee in the morning! I tried making coffee for the household and it was yuck. I will happily wash and vacuum my wife’s car if she makes the coffee. 🙂

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    1. Sounds like you’re doing your part in the chores! What kind of laptop did you buy? I purchased Microsoft Outlook for emails back when I upgraded my desktop PC in 2013, but I’m going to retire it as well as the older laptop when I purchase a new one. I don’t need such an elaborate mail system, but I do want to keep all the folders I created. My son’s a techie so he’ll help me. I need to research what comes with Mac and PC laptops these days. I use a Mac at work, and a PC at home.

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      1. ASUS, they go on sale at Staples and the warranty was super. I had to send it once to Vancouver and they fixed it and shipped it back fixed without wiping the memory.
        My tech friend told me to skip MAC as they haven’t kept being innovative, I bought a HP Pavillion 27inch screen -3 in 1 and love it. The pc is build into the monitor and simple to move it around the house or even the back yard.

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      2. Thanks for this! My 10-year-old laptop is an HP and other than it slowing down considerably over the years, it’s never let me down. Being easy to transport around will be crucial. My old one is a little bit heavier than I want it to be.

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