I’ve been thinking about vacation lately. It’s mostly daydreaming, because I’m not sure that I’ll get to go on an actual vacation anywhere this year. Money is an issue. I will be going to New Hampshire for about a week, although that’s for work, so it’s slightly less vacation-y. It’s a trip, though.
I get a pretty ridiculous amount of vacation time – 17 days each fiscal year, of which I still have 14 and a half remaining. And since the College is closed between Christmas and New Year’s, that’s like a week of free vacation. I don’t have to use it by the end of June – it will carry over until November – but still, that’s nearly three weeks of vacation. I have never used it all.
So now I’m thinking, do I want to take only one week, or do I want to take two weeks together? What will I do while I’m off? I can’t put it too close to the end of July, because that’s when I’ll be away from the office because of the New Hampshire trip.
I think it would be awesome to be able to cash in my vacation time for extra pay. I could do that for two weeks of it and use the money to spend the third week on an actual vacation.
I’m hoping for a weekend in Chicago sometime. Maybe I can use the rest of the time lounging by a pool somewhere. Maybe I can pretend to live in an apartment complex and use their pool. Margaritas on patios will have to be involved.
Incidentally, on Saturday night we grilled out and I did have a margarita on the patio. I had a Corona right after that, and I think it was the best beer I’ve ever had. Why does beer taste better outside?
Even though I have to work in the summer now, I still think of it as three months of endless possibility. It’s pretty appealing.
So what about you guys? Do you have plans?