I just got to tell someone I couldn’t meet with them, because I’ll be on vacation at the time they requested. Let the meeting declines begin!
As of tomorrow evening, I’ll have four weeks of work before I’m off for a week (my visit with Heather comes at the back half of that week). Then when I get back I’ll have three and a half weeks of work before I’m off again for ten days – seven of them work days (our Epic Road Trip of Epicness). My manager has informed the group that we can take EITHER the week of Christmas OR the week of New Year’s off, but not both (as was my habit in years prior). So I’ve elected to take the week of New Year’s off, which counts against NEXT year’s vacation days.
So far this year, I have only taken ONE vacation day, and that was back in February. So, somewhere between September and December (not counting Christmas week, mind you) I still need to take eight more days of vacation. Tenure, she is a sweet, sweet thing. After I achieved ten years of employment, I qualified for four weeks (20 working days) of annual vacation. So! Should I do something like, oh, I don’t know… take a week in late September or October, and then the three days of Thanksgiving week before the company holiday on Thursday/Friday?
Wait until NEXT year, gang. I’ll have my month of regular vacation AND my two months of sabbatical. I won’t know what to do with myself! Well, yes, I have ideas, but lack sufficient funds to spend a month in New England AND a month in Europe AND a couple of weeks in Hawaii to boot.
I would make a really, really good rich person.