Thursday, November 18, 2010

Place Yer Bets!

And taking all bets!

It's the two minute warning!

I'm taking off Monday through Wednesday of next week. I'm sure tomorrow, as the realization that I won't be there for (gasp!) three whole slow-ass days means they'll pile crap on me.

But I'm taking bets on how many phone calls I will get in those three days. Because if history means anything -- 9 weeks off for maternity and a phone call every other week and this past September when I was honest to god puking-carrots sick -- I get phone calls no matter what.

Here's the deal. I'm not an attorney. I didn't go to a bajillion years of law school and go a bajillion dollars in debt to make an attorney's salary and have the caveat that comes with that salary--being on call 24/7 to the whims of your superiors/clients.

I'm a secretary.

Bah. I just want to take a day off and enjoy it!


I've got 8 days left to take this year. Three will be next week, and I'm taking two in December. I'm going to lose 3 vacation days and 4 sick days come December 31.

But for all the bellyaching I do--it's not so bad. I'll come back on Monday the 29th and remember why I don't take vacation days more often!

I will enjoy three delightful days off with no men around. Oh men, I'm constantly surrounded by men. I've got plans to sew, knit, visit, Xmas shop, and do some pre-game Thanksgiving cooking.

Ahhhhhhh! I can't wait!

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Blogger Carol said...

turn your phone off. don't answer the landline if you have one. Inhate it when work calls. how in hell am I supposed to fix their problem from my couch? and if they are calling cause they can't find the stapler? screw em.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

I totally thought that while I was on my 7 week maternity leave I would get a call or email, but I actually didn't! (sssh, one week left!) They didn't even send hubby home with questions for me. whew. And thankfully I trained a temp to do my work. But from my last job, I know what you mean about not wanting to take time off due to the crapload that is waiting upon your return! haha good luck. Stinks that you lose your vacation. We thankfully get ours paid out. I still have 4 days left.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

hahaha I always get calls and emails when I'm off, and so does Hubby (his undergrad minion is fond of calling around supper and N.'s bedtime - called tonight, in fact).
ENJOY the time doing all those things that are that much more fun when it's blissfully silent ;-)

8:04 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Your going to lose a total of 7 days?? I assume that means they dont carry over into the new year? If thats the case,, I would suddenly get sick,,, and geesh,, luckily those days are around!

8:43 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

ENJOY IT!! That still bites about losing days though!! Too bad you can't say.."if I take days off, you guys pile the crap on!" so let me keep them!

Same thing happened to hubby one year...never again though

9:14 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Twice. I think you will get two calls. One call, that you don't answer, and a follow-up call, which you also won't answer, and since they can't reach you, they'll give up ;).

I say it's nice to feel needed, but watching my husband go through a similar scenario (in which he can't even take off for three hours without getting phone calls!), I know it would be a lie.

Have a good three days off! Can't wait to see what you create :).

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So that means you get ALL of next week off!!!! NO FAIR!!! I have to work Mon-Wed and then Sat! Oh, well I will make 24.5 hours for the week instead of the 20!! Yippee 4.5 extra $$$ to give to Uncle Sugar!!!

I don't know when I will do my Christmas shopping. Want to do mine also on your "Men Free" Days? OK!OK! I was only asking!!!!

Love, Mom

11:16 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I have just enough time to take off the day after Thanksgiving and the days between Christmas and New Years. I plan to use them all. Our time rolls over until you get to a certain number of hours. I tend to use my time so I have no worries on that account.

Enjoy your days off. I'll be taking mentally ill adults bowling on Wednesday. No end of fun.

7:05 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

ahh, time off. that sounds wonderful. have a great vacation!

7:38 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

What about your Christmas cards? I've got Tuesday and Wednesday off (in addition to Thursday and Friday). I'm going to work on Christmas cards and shopping! Yeah!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Did I read that right? Three whole days entirely to yourself, with no kids or spouse??? I'm totally jealous!

I have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off next week. My husband and kids and I have plans to visit friends in Michigan next weekend, but of course now there's predictions of a nasty snow/ice storm hitting Ohio and Michigan right around then. That would be just my luck to have to cancel the trip because of bad weather.

I second Carol - turn off the phone! The office doesn't have your personal email address do they?

8:32 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

The question really is, how many times do they try to reach you (and can't cuz you're screening their calls) before they give up?

I've been answering selective emails on my vacation. Yep, I'm not the boss, I too am in the assistant the mind boggles...nice to be needed, right? Riiiiight.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

enjoy it!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Wht can't you take your remaining days? I would demand they pay you for them if they won't let you take them.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Wow, 3 whole days to yourself sounds amazing! Dude, just don't answer the phone. My phone rings everytime I take off too and I just let it ring and ring and ring. Also, I cant let my days expire. I just can't bear to di it. I use them all up before they disappear. It's my mental health time, IMO.

I hope you have a great time relaxing!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Oh! That sounds like fun.

What, you can't take your extra vacation days sometime in December? Or perhaps, get sick? Hahaha.

8:18 PM  

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