In the past I have had problems with using up vacation time. Well, not using it up (I've never lost a vacation day), but using it up for a purpose other than just taking a day off. Not so this year.
Two conferences (RWA Nationals & Dragon*Con), one cruise (to the Bahamas & Key West), and one trip (to TX) has used up more than my allotted vacation time. In fact, I have to take some days without pay. Then I found out I've used those allotted days, too. Who knew I was only allowed five days of time without pay. Gee – what happens if I get sick?
I don't have sick days. We have paid time off. 15 days to use as either vacation or sick or whatever. I don't normally get sick, and any doctor appointments I have are scheduled either early in the morning or late in the afternoon so I can make up the time during the week.
I wouldn't have been in this situation if I had remembered we wanted to travel to Austin, TX to see the US Australian Football Tournaments (in which my daughter will partake) before we booked our cruise (which was free since we cashed in our miles). But I guess I don't really care (I know – what an attitude!).
We're already planning vacations for 2012, too. Ireland may be a destination in the early Fall (provided our friend can go and her family doesn't mind a houseful). And it looks like I'll be heading to Chicago for the Romantic Times Convention (in April).
So this year is a busy year for me, vacation-wise. I've never had that happen to me before. But I'm not complaining. No siree. Far from it. I'm relishing it!
You going anywhere interesting this year?