About a year and a half ago, I started my part time work journey. A couple years ago, I transitioned from doing hospitalist work to being “just” in the clinic. That meant more work days (since those hospital days were often 12 hours or more, I “got” to do fewer of them to equal full time), but no nights, weekends, or holidays at work. I’ve missed more family Christmases and such over the years than I can remember.

In June of 2015, I went from 5 days a week to 4. As everyone predicted, I quickly filled up that time with lots of things to do.

As of January 1st, I’m dropping another day, so I’ll only work 3 days a week. Which means that EVERY week, I’ll have Thursday through Sunday off.

Today marks the start of my first four day weekend!

Maybe I’ll get some of that yarn stash knitted up before I die after all. By the way, I’m doing the “no yarn buying” this year again. I last bought yarn on December 3rd, I’m hoping to make it through 2017 without buying any new yarn.

About Lorette

My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


Ahhhh– — 8 Comments

  1. Good for you! I am a 70 yr old nurse who now works one day a week to help keep my brain active. Knitting helps achieve that too. But…….I still don’t have enough knitting hours. Today’s retirement is not that of our parents….I love the freedom and opportunities it allows.

  2. You will love the extra day on the long weekend. I love being retired but recently started a part-time job at the elementary school coordinating the reading program for students who need a bit of extra help to get their reading to grade level. It’s been really rewarding, and it’s fun to work with young people again.

  3. If you feel a need for yarn, just email me. Gifted yarn doesn’t count and I have lots and lots on hand. Including lace weight silk and alpaca and…..

    Not to worry, your “free” day will be full within the month and you will wonder how you ever managed when working 4-5 days a week

  4. You are giving yourself the ‘gift of time’ bit by bit, and that’s wonderful! I’ve been retired for almost 8 years now & it’s just fabulous. Now I can’t imagine how I ever fit in all those years of teaching-there’s so many other wonderful things to do/explore with this gift of time.

  5. I am envious. Still at the stage of working stupid numbers of days when other people have off. Wonder about those who retire and then find another job for either boredom, or to keep the brain active, or whatever.