Former Arizona Governor adjusts to life after leaving office

It's been five months since former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer left the state's most powerful job.

It was a brief retirement, but Brewer tells FOX 10 she has a new job and much like a prisoner, she's adjusting to life on the outside.

"I've been enjoying these last six months being free as a bird and wind beneath my wings and working in my garden and going shopping... getting reacquainted with the real world," she said.

And that includes driving her own car again. No Department of Public Safety detail.  The experience made her briefly rethink her decision to pull the plug on photo radar.

"Here I am, the proverbial old lady in a Cadillac going 45 miles per hour, scared and cars are flying by me on the 101 and I'm thinking these people are driving way too fast and why didn't I renew that contract?"

She's been closely watching the news -- like Friday's anti-Muslim protest in front of a Phoenix mosque.

"I believe in freedom of speech.  I think we all do, but to exercise it in that manner... it was upsetting, very upsetting," said Brewer.

And State Schools Superintendent Diane Douglas, suing her own Board of Education.

"To see this kind of commotion taking place is upsetting because we need the people dealing with education to take care of education and put the politics behind them," said Brewer.

She says leaving the Governor's office was an adjustment.

"One day you're totally in control and then the next day at 5:30 in the afternoon you're out of there," she said.  "I think maybe I was a little melancholy.. I was watching and things were happening. I wanted my input into it."

So much for time off.  She's back at work as a consultant to the lobbying firm Ballard Spahr.

"I'm thrilled that I'm back and being useful again," she said.  "I've got 33 years of experience.  Why let it go to waste?"

Her celebrity has hardly diminished. Valley Bar recently named a drink after her: "Brewer's Lime."

Is that something she would touch?

"I would give it a try.  I think it would be exciting.  Maybe I'd have two."

Now as long as she has a driver.

"And I would have a driver," she said.

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