Almost ThereThis is the first time in a number of years that I haven't used any vacation days between the holidays. Because of our trips to Philadelphia and Boston in May, and London in October, I exhausted my annual supply. It's quite possible that I'll be the only person in my office all four days next week.
When the opportunity to travel to London presented itself, I knew my vacation time would be drained by the end of October. I justified this by thinking that Thanksgiving was just one month away, then Christmas and New Year's were just one month following Thanksgiving. Though the days have flown by, the last two months have felt like an eternity. That's odd, I know.
For the most part, Susan and I have used our vacation time to plan trips to get away. Over the last few years, we've accelerated our baseball travel to end my journey. I was so close. Why not make a final push. But lately, I've been kicking myself for taking two days off earlier in the year. They might have been in March or April. At the time, I was simply overwhelmed with day-to-day responsibilities. Proposals were due on a daily basis. I had constant meetings with clients. I took two personal days to simply exist without someone asking me for anything. Since we returned from London, I've beaten myself up for those two days. If I didn't use them so early I could have enjoyed an extended break to close out the year.
I guess my supply of vacation time will replenish in one week.