Passover is coming, dear Readers!! This means it is spring and time for renewal. As all good Jews around the world are celebrating their freedom, so too is Retirement Yenta. She is freeing herself from her past work files. FREE FROM THESE FILES AT LAST! She no longer is kidding herself into thinking she needs these files for reference. She is pushing them out the door as fast as she can. Don’t let her manic composure fool you, this gal is ready for retirement level ten (aka watching the tides in Miami Beach). So, dearest ones, your Yenta wants you to know that everything has its season and everything has its time. She wants you to know that it has a reason and a rhyme. So, allow yourself to let go.
Oy dear Readers The Retirement Yenta is vlogging! And she is practicing what she preaches, as she has found a great project to wean herself off business – planning her 45th high school reunion. Time to hoot and holler, shake and shimmy and party til the cows come home.
Oy, dear Readers. Your dear Yenta (as you may well know) suffers from anxiety. She does not do well with unstructured time…though she is learning to enjoy it more and more. She’s dealt with some of the unstructured time by creating mini-structures like watching the opening and closing bell on CNBC. But dear Readers, she has found that creating big projects are the best way to calm anxieties and create structure.
This little Yenta is currently planning her 45th high school reunion. She’s doing some of the heavy lifting for the committee and she is loving it. She loves planning a party. She loves managing lists of names and addresses. And you know what, dear Readers? She’s loving reconnecting with her old class mates. She is finding that it is so much better than those “early” reunions (5, 10, 20 years). As RY and her classmates move from the workforce to the retirementforce, she is finding new things in common with old friends. She’s also finding herself feeling pretty darned lucky that she’s survived this long, as about 12% of the class have already “Retired in the Sky.”
This little Yenta wants you to manage your Retirement Anxieties by creating a big project: Plan, Play, and Prevent those anxieties from coming your way.
Recently, Retirement Yenta went a-retalin’ and received a reality check. There are robust rollbacks on prices available for the crafty caller in a retail establishment if the aforementioned caller knows where to rummage.
Let your Yenta explain! RY understands from her network of retail spies that the shops around Rump Tower are suffering because of the high security in the area. No one wants to go through a security check point to pick up the latest GG Marmont matelassé mini bag. OR…anything else for that matter…or DO THEY?
RY’s spies tell her the Gucci store is ripe with rich deals. Those security lines might just be worth it.
So with this in mind, RY wants you to think about doing business at locations that might be dealing with construction or security issues surrounding their location. It’s a great way to save a buck and you can help stores out who are down on their luck.
Retirement Yenta knows the holidays are upon us. The annual office party is around the corner. Getting together with the Girls Going Places group just whizzed by so fast that your dear Yenta saw a blur of blonde hair and pearls. Plus, your dear Yenta knows that a holiday party can pop up at almost any time…and she wants YOU to be prepared.
This little Yenta likes to play with her traditional work attire and add a little bling to the outfit to make it festive. Your Yenta loves a crisp, white blouse with French cuffs. Paired with black pants and a black jacket, it is elegant for work. Add velvet pants or sequin pants and you have a party in your pocket! Skip the socks…pretend you are a Gal from Connecticut! Pair those snazzy pants and sock-less shoes with a touristy NYC tote as a purse with your finest pearls and you have a fun, quirky, elegant outfit that says HOLIDAY PARTY.
RY wants you to know that this little outfit creation is even more fun for those who have retired and have no real use for their work clothes any longer. If you have a suit sitting in the closet that you just can’t quite give up, pair it with some sparkles, add a twist of something fun that you would never wear to the office and get together with your old buddies. Maybe you want to have a Retirement Office Party (in the vein of RY’s Borrow a Boss Tip). Here’s what ya do. Gather your best pals from your working days for a party. Maybe they are a group that all worked at the same firm, or maybe they worked at several of your old work places. You all wear your Holiday Work Wear Ensembles (described above). You name someone the boss. You eat a little too much. Drink a lot too much. Laugh about the old days. Challenge each other to try something new. Give an award or two for “jobs well done.” Congratulate yourselves and then stumble home and be happy you don’t have to go into the office the next day!
RY says: Make that old work outfit snazzy. Sparkle it up for the Holiday. Have a party (or four). Drink a little too much…just don’t fall asleep and snore.
RY’s GBA (Goy Boy Assistant) claims to make a mean fruit cobbler…and now that RY has tasted it…she agrees! This oh so tasty desert dish is a GREAT late summer and fall dairy dessert. It’s like a pie and a cake mated and had a little baby.
This old-fashioned, Southern recipe is super flexible and crazy easy.
Fruit of choice (about two cups, but who in the South measures? Not the GBA)
Butter (for the fruit)
Optional dash or two of brown sugar
Juice of half a lemon
Other flavorings to match fruit (a dash of cinnamon is great with apples, but GBA prefers mixed berries to have none of that!)
The Cake-y Portion:
1 stick of Butter
1 cup of Sugar
1 cup of Milk (whole, skim, Almond, or Coconut)
1 cup of gluten-free flour (GBA prefers Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour)
2 teaspoons of gluten-free baking powder
Sometimes a dash of cinnamon is nice here, or some vanilla, but totally unnecessary
Pre-heat oven to 350-400 degrees
Combine filling ingredients in a sauce pan, and cook until fruit is soft.
While fruit is cooking on stove, melt the stick of butter in a baking dish. Combine the remainder of the “cake-y portion” in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Once butter is melted, and fruit is softened, swish the butter around in the baking dish to cover sides. Pour batter into the butter. DO NOT STIR! Just dump it in. Next, dollop the fruit around on top of the batter. AGAIN, DO NOT STIR. Place in oven until cake-y portion is golden brown. The more fruit you use, the more pie-like the dish will seem.
Retirement Yenta has always loved a Latke Party. Having her friends and family over to snack, drink, make latkes together, eat ’em and make some more is one of the best ways to celebrate the winter holidays. This year, RY has decided to Go Global and she’s inviting friends from different races and religions to join her in celebrating the season of peace. While latkes are a Jewish mainstay, RY knows that EVERYONE will love the fried potato-y goodness, no matter what their religious background. This year’s party will feature gluten-free goodies from around the world. Some of RY’s munchies will include her GBA’s family recipe for White Trash Snack (see recipe below), Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas, and gluten-free egg rolls. There will be wines and cheeses of the world. There will be a plethora of punches and free-wheeling (yet filling) finger foods.
If, dear Readers, you don’t remember the goings-on of a good Latke Party, your dear Yenta would like to redirect you to read and review the rules of a good LP here. Your dear Yenta’s favorite latke recipe is linked and ready for you to gather your friends together to celebrate this season of peace, love, and light. She wants you to put on some music, drink some wine, make some Latke’s, and make general gaiety. Retirement Yenta says: gather, grate, gobble, and go wild. Enjoy your friends and holidays in style!
GBA’s family recipe for White Trash Snack
Salty Snacks of choice (GBA enjoys a variety of Chex cereals, nuts, and popcorn)
Chocolate for melting
Melt chocolate. Coat snacks in melted chocolate. Place on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper to cool. Before chocolate cools, coat snack in powdered sugar. It’s a powdery, chocolatey, salty, messy snack that is addicting like crack!
Retirement Yenta is tired. She is tired of a lot of things. She is especially tired of tatty fabrics that are simply poorly made. Poly blends…cheap cashmeres…ratty rayon. Your dear Yenta remembers that back in the day, a great garment would last and last. Plus, you could patch it up and wear it longer. There was no need to dispose of a shirt after only one season…any shirt you purchased would be around for a good 10 years. OY. It’s the GAP culture out there in retail land. Clothes may look nice at the time of purchase, but after a few washes, they show their true colors…faded. Then a few more wears and they pill, or tear, or become a bit thread bare.
So, dearest Ones, RY wants you to repurpose your old fabrics. Patch ’em up. Mend ’em. Darn ’em. Wear them longer. Then, when you think they are looking beyond repair, consider new ways to cut ’em up and resew ’em. Those old PJs will make an amazing pillow or two. Imagine cuddling up under a creative cashmere scarf made from your favorite cashmere sweater! Your neck will be warm, and your heart will glow from being in the know of all the old memories coming along in tow.
Retirement Yenta has had a rough day or so. This election did not go the way she wanted. But, dear Readers, your dear Yenta wants to remind you of her past Tip #391: Get Out and Vote, and then Get Out!, Now, Readers, RY is not recommending you leave the country (although she has some friends that are seriously searching for ways to emigrate to another country). Your Yenta’s advice was to vote early and to hop a plane to your favorite location and then to watch the returns from there. She also thanked Susan B. Anthony (Suzy B.) for helping women secure the right to vote.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you have to agree this election was historic. Women were able to vote for a female president. How cool was that?
There are more elections to come, dear Readers. So, if you aren’t happy, get out and vote…but for now, kindness is a fantastic cure for what ails you. It will also help combat the ugliness that reared its head over the past year and a half.
RY would like to close by reminding you to get out early…check out the long lines we had in NYC.
Retirement Yenta has many pairs of glasses. She thinks of her glasses as fashion…they are the finishing touches of her outfit. That said, OY…dear Readers…she wonders where they are half the time, and then she runs around looking for the pair in the right case. Open…then close, pick up another, open…then close again, and on and on. Well, your dear Yenta found the perfect solution for finding the frames for which she is searching: Buy a plexiglass eye wear display case. It sits beautifully in her dressing area, it looks like an art piece with all her funky frames inside, and with one glance, your Yenta can whip out the right pair and pop ’em on her face and look ravishing.
It’s a simple storage solution which adds form and function to your morning routine.
RY would also recommend you consider returning your older frames that you aren’t wearing any longer to your eye care provider. These frames (and prescription swim goggles) can be a great help to those in need.