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Time for a holiday

Posted by joeabbott on December 16, 2016

Every year I get a buncha vacation time … I accrue about 8 hours every paycheck so I could take a day off every couple weeks! While that sounds nice, if I save it, I can get five weeks of time off in a year! Now that sounds really nice!

Over the years I’ve fallen into a routine of taking a week off early in the season for projects around the house, a week off during Week of Suz, a  week off at Week of Joe, and that leaves two weeks … I spend one in day-here, day-there fashion, mostly long weekend accommodating my hiking; and then that leaves a week for an end of year holiday. Well, routine is almost never routine.

There was that year when I took no vacation at all during the year and got off from Thanksgiving to the New Year, there are years I don’t take a week off during WoS\WoJ, and some years we don’t have spring projects to address. So while I characterize my pattern as routine, it’s hardly the norm.

And so here we are this year and I have nine days of vacation I must “use or lose” … and then there are three company holidays recognized between Christmas and New Years; meaning I’m finding myself in the wonderful situation of having just worked my last day in 2016 yesterday. Can you sense that I’m smiling?

I’m not sure what the day to day will hold but I have a few pins in the calendar: Christmas Eve with my wife’s family here at our home, Christmas with just Suzy, and New Years Eve I hear plans are stirring. There’s a couple days I’ll be volunteering at a goat rescue and I’d like to get out on a hike sometime here … I’m terribly out of shape but what better way to wake a body up than plunge into mountain snow, letting frigid, dry air rake the lungs, and having your sweat flash-freeze to your body? It sounds miserable but you’ve never felt more alive and the glow from exertion and the beauty of high alpine meadows in a blanket of snow will stick with you for days.

So, there’s a lot of stuff I’ll be doing, only the loosest of schedules on which I’ll do it, and time with you and my new computer to share these stories. Thanks for dropping by; I hope to be a more regular companion here the next few weeks.

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One Response to “Time for a holiday”

  1. Yay for vacay!

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