Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Today is my last day of work for the rest of the year.

As I sit here typing this, I have 1 hour to go before I can nestle myself firmly into “vacation mode”.

I never INTEND on taking at least half of December off, but just about every year it turns out that way.

The reason being is that I am obsessive compulsive with my time off.

More accurately, I CANNOT let myself take any time off if I am not using it to actually DO something. It just kills me inside if I take a day off work, and use it to sit around the house and watch TV, or wait for the cable guy, or whatever.

No, when I take off from work, I need to be doing SOMETHING, like going on a 2 week cruise, or a trip to the Dominican Republic, or a 5 day ski trip/orgy (that’s gonna happen in February). It just burns my buns when I take a day off, and spend it not actually on a vacation.

So what ends up happening each year?

Because I never use my time off, I end up looking at the calendar each October, and realizing in horror that I still have so much time off accrued that if I don’t start taking it right then and there, I will end up losing it. My wonderful company doesn’t let you save your vacation time, or even pay us out for unused time, so with us, it’s either “use it or lose it”.

So I use it, baby.

This year was no exception. Starting in October, I started taking every Friday off. Then once November rolled around, I realized in horror that my first-rate math skills had failed me, and that taking every Friday off was still not enough, so all last month I began taking at least 2 days off a week. And now I’m at the point where, I can’t work another day without losing any vacation.

As I said, this ends up happening every year to me. One year I had to end up taking the entire month of December off, so this year is actually pretty responsible for me.

I have no idea what I am going to do first.

Hopefully the next week away from work can be used to get my sexy ass more into the Christmas Spirit.

Ho Ho Ho everybody!… say hi to your bosses for me!


Marie said...

Oh, geez that sounds like a huge problem (my fingers are dripping with sarcasim right now). Enjoy your time off.

Slyde said...

marie: yes, i think i sensed alittle sarcasm there! :)

i am the diva said...

love the photo of fred astaire. Nice touch!

Go and do something extra awesome and fatherly with your little dude!!


~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

You can spend your time off getting your kiddo from school? helping the wife with projects? working at the homeless shelter? or you could just take a deep breath and sleep in everyday! I don't have to keep a time-clock so I'm probably not the right person to tell you what to do.

And btw- training horses/riding horses is pretty much my whole life. Short of making a nest for myself and my hawt boyfriend and watching tv, while I fold clothes. Thanks for the visit! You can come visit IRL whenever you want!

Michelle said...

Hey lets go for a run!! Like everyday of your vacation we can run!! YES???

Then we can go to eat!!! YES???

Oh, i forgot, you have a family and stuff!!!

Have a great vacation my good friend!!!!!

Unknown said...

I'm anal about my vacay time too. It kilss me that some people use it all up in the beginning of the year!

Friday at 10:15 is the start of my Vacay. We're leaving warm sunny FL to go to cold dreary NC

But it's the first real vacay I've had in 5 years.

OH I left something for you on my blog!

FourLeafClover said...


So.... you look like Fred Astaire, right? That's the face I'm giving you from now on.

Mrs. Hall said...

Things you can do for Mrs. Slyde while on your vacation:

1. Learn the art of backing prepackaged tollhouse cookies (they are just as deliscious as the from the scratch kind!

2. Prepare a dinner with three courses, get all into it, candles and such. Boxed wine even...

3. Take your kid somewhere, just him and you and let her chillax. Nap even. . .

4. Become a laundry machine. Fold and put away laundry.

Actually, taking over the household chores is the quickest way any husband can um, get the wife in the mood.

Seriously, clean the house one day and watch out, you may be walking funny the next day.

just sayin!


Mrs. Hall

Verdant Earl said...

I have an idea.

Let's take long baths together each day. That will pass the time. And make for good blog fodder.

Unknown said...

I've got a bunch of leave days too. Tomorrow is my last day till Jan. 5th. Enjoy yours.

badgerdaddy said...

I guess we won't be seeing much of you then - enjoy the holiday, see you in the new year, probably!

Janine / Being Brazen said...

Enjoy your time away from the office. Merry Christmas for next week - Hope its wonderful :)

Anonymous said...

ditto for me, next work day will be in 2009. Wahoooo! Enjoy your time off!

Faiqa said...

So. Did I miss the part where you tell us what you did every Friday that you took off?

Chris H said...

Just kick back and watch REALITY TV mate! but DON'T let me know who bloody wins.

Angie said...

I am off too babe.... I am also heading towards only 100 days left of work for me too until summer vacation...yipppeeeee for me too!

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Niiiiiccce. Enjoy your time off!!

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Chris said...

Enjoy your time off.

I get a whole 6 days off through Christmas, so that's not too bad...

Unknown said...

Damn! A ski trip/orgy in February? I didn't get the invitation!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your time off.
I am off from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 and I cannot wait. Have not had a
day off since Aug!!

dmb5_libra said...

enjoy you lucky bastard.

i'd say hi to my boss too, but he got fired yesterday.

elizabeth said...

Thank god for TIVO hey? Now you can get all caught up ;oP