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Great Event!

October 5th, 2008 at 04:05 pm

The organization I volunteer with had it's big annual event today, and it was a stunning success. All attendees seemed to have a great time.

One of the best things about our current living situation (living very cheaply ... I'm only working off & on at temp jobs and not looking for anything permanent) is that I've been able to devote some time to volunteering... the amount of time involved ebbs & flows, but at times it's like a part-time (unpaid) job. I'm no PrincessPerky (aka Scouting volunteer extraordinaire), and what I do is itsy-bitsy small potatoes compared to the organization's leader who works full-time-plus for no pay while raising 4 children, but at least it's something.

Not having to worry about bringing home more than just a few slices of bacon once in awhile, and therefore able to devote some of my extra time to a worthy cause, has been a real blessing. This is sort-of how I envision my early retirement years, and I know I'm lucky to be able to do it for a bit in my mid-40's, while my knees & back are still strong!

In addition to the emotional rewards, there are quasi-financial fringe benefits to volunteering. There was a pizza place at the event that was selling slices. When the event ended, they started handing out free pizzas to the volunteers and I got one!

And it was a good workout. I'm so tired ... I must drag myself out to walk my dog, but then I'm going to crawl in to my pajamas and plop on the floor to watch an episode or two of "As Time Goes By" ... if I can stay awake. (Since we don't currently have a sofa, if I want to lie down to watch something on TV, it must be on the floor.)

1 Responses to “Great Event!”

  1. lartiga Says:

    I enjoyed reading about your volunteer work. It inspires me to look for volunteer work that is a good match for my (available) time and skills. It must be very rewarding to know you are making a difference for others.

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