I've stepped into an odd dilemma I wasn't prepared for...
The other day the HR director from my company sent me an email and told me I still have 15 unused vacation days left this year and I can only carry over 5 to 2009. Therefore, if I didn't use at least 10 between now and December 31st, I would start losing vacation days.
You see, this is the kind of thing that happens when you work for the same company for over 12 years. After 10 years I was given a 4th week of vacation, which I never got the hang of using up completely. Therefore, I started carrying over days into the next year. Now, after 2 years of carrying days over, I'm up to the equivalent of having 5 weeks of vacation! Add to this the fact that Charli is now working again so we have less time to "vacate," and I find myself on November 26th with 15 unused days to burn up.
Another problem I'm having is that this is one of those years where Christmas falls on a Thursday, so Friday is an automatic "holiday" at our company as well. Therefore, if a person was to take December 22-24 and 29-31 off, they would automatically get 16 days off in a row (including weekends) for the price of 6, which is exactly what most of my staff has decided to do.
If I was to follow their lead and take the same days off, our office would essentially be closed for the last 2 weeks of December, and that is not going to fly with corporate.
SO... in an effort to not contribute to the year-end vacation clumpage, I've decided instead to take all of next week off, plus every Monday until the end of the year (plus a few extra days sprinkled in here and there). And, because this Friday is also an automatic holiday at our company, I'm getting a bonus deal as well. Starting tomorrow morning, I will officially be off work for 12 days in a row - something I haven't been faced with for years. To make it even more complicated, nobody else in my household has any of the weekdays off during this time because they still have to go to work and school.
All that being said (which was waaay too much setup for this post for my money), I have decided to construct a list of...
1. Strategically plan every day to maximize usage of available time to most effectively accomplish needed tasks such as Christmas shopping, tax preparation and home improvement. Either that or load up on Netflix and try to set a movie-watching marathon record. It's a close call.
2. Start taking meth, become addicted, seek treatment and quit. You know, just to see what all the fuss is about.
3. Tour Europe with nothing but a backpack.
4. Write a blog post.
5. Read a good book.
6. Ok, who am I kidding... read the first 5 chapters of a good book (any suggestions?)
7. Take a REEAAAALLLLYYYY long nap!
8. Don't actually stop working but just do it from home instead (sadly, this one may be less of a joke than it should be).
9. Engage myself in some HUGE project my wife has up her sleeve that I don't even know about yet that will miraculously take up the entire 12 days.
10. Nothing. Just sit around the house and do absolutely nothing.
Hahahahahah! I know. Got you on that last one didn't I! Hey, this is a humor blog. I can write satirical fiction as well as the next guy.
So anyway, there you have it... 10 things I could do with the next 12 days. But somehow I'm guessing this list isn't finished. Please, feel free...
... insert smart-assed suggestions now.