Stay-cay Va-cay

11 days off in a row!

My office has a use-it-or-lose-it vacation policy, and my work anniversary is February 1.  I had two as yet unused vacation days.  So, it occurred to me that since my normal work week is now Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, and today being a federal holiday for which my office is closed, if I took tomorrow and Wednesday as vacation days, I would have more than an entire week to do absolutely nothing.

So I did.

When I asked for the days off, my boss said, “Sure – you haven’t had a vacation in the three years you’ve worked here, have you?”  Well, no, unless you count the three months off during the state’s COVID-19 lockdown in March, April and May.  Otherwise, I only took a day here and there for medical appointments and the like (and, of course, when I fell down the steps on my way to work).

Isn’t it wonderful that even on a part-time job, I’m granted paid vacation time? I work for the best employers ever!

Porch before it was repainted. It wasn’t slippery then.

You wouldn’t think I’d need any vacation time on a three-day work week, would you?  But I’ve noticed over the last year or so that even three days is becoming a struggle, what with  my age and health.  And then there’s the weather.  Staying home for 11 days means that’s 11 days that I’m less likely to slide into another vehicle at a slippery intersection or to fall down my icy porch steps.

(BTW, to those who read me regularly:  you may be happy to know that we have now put rubber treads on those porch steps.  What a difference!)

There’s the added plus (or minus, depending on your viewpoint) of having the ability this week to watch all the news surrounding our Presidential inauguration and the aftermath of the recent Capitol riots.  Will there, in fact, be another attempted coup before or during the inauguration itself?  I’ll be safe at home, but glued to the TV and internet, so I’ll let you know.

(I did find it interesting, however- and a bit unnerving-  that the State Police chose this week to advise me that my pistol permit is due for re-certification.  Do they think I might be needing it?  Certainly hope not!)

History in the making.  Sometimes it’s good; sometimes it’s bad.  This year it’s a bit of both.

Other than lazing about, my only plans are to catch up on chores and maybe do some shopping.  Also, a much needed haircut – which, I admit, still makes me a bit nervous considering the upsurge in COVID-19 cases.  Is this pandemic ever going to end?

I know I’ve been remiss in both posting and photography.  Like many others, being house-bound except for work is definitely taking its toll on me.  I’ve been wracking my brain for post ideas, and nothing comes to me; the weather has made it too uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, to venture out to scenic locations.  Never mind that my body simply isn’t cooperating these days – a couple of weeks ago, I helped hubby lift something heavy into my vehicle and my knee gave out.  I couldn’t bend my left leg for three days!  And the pain was barely tolerable.  Fortunately, this happened on  a Thursday and I had already completed my work week, and happily, I can now walk more or less normally again.

It sucks getting old[er].

But Puppy  Cody is slowing down a bit, too, now that she’s “middle-aged” (for a dog).  It balances out nicely for us.

Just hanging around with Mom.

What part of “I don’t like my picture taken” don’t you understand, Mom?

OK, a toy makes it all better. Thanks, Mom.

Enjoy your week, folks.


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25 Responses to Stay-cay Va-cay

  1. Marc Beebe says:

    The last time I had a vacation was 1969. Oh but I’m retired so every day is a vacation, right? Ha, ha, and ha.
    Anyway I get to pretty much stay home all the time at least. :p


  2. Jane says:

    Its funny that I am more busy now that I am retired. Difference is I can schedule my busy. For example, I am not available for anything before 10am or after 9pm. Simple. And if I want to be busy then I am. Want quiet time? Well truthfully, that is getting harder to find now. But its ok. If I really need a day to recoup, I do and with my health, that is the best medicine
    Take care and GO BILLS…

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    • I hear you. I love my normal 4 days off; well, at least 2 of them – hubby is home on weekends and he drives me nuts most of the time. But he did put those rubber treads on the steps in between snow storms so I wouldn’t fall down again, so I guess I’ll keep him.

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  3. Carol says:

    This Covid thing really complicates everything, doesn’t it? Even a simple thing like a haircut. Happy you got rubber treads on your steps. We’ve had a really warm winter.
    Praying Wednesday is peaceful.

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  4. Tippy Gnu says:

    I hope you’re being as lazy as can be during your staycation. Relax, destress, watch the civil war rage on TV, and enjoy your time away from the rat race.


  5. Dan Antion says:

    Enjoy your vacation. Try not to watch too much news.

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  6. Jane says:

    I made mine get a part time job since he can go back to subbing right now. He was home all spring and summer and I wanted to kill him. I spend my days being the cruise director planning activities. grrr


  7. Laura says:

    I love your employer’s policy. Yes, you absolutely deserve that vacation and I’m glad you’re taking the time. Here’s hoping you enjoy it and we all have a peaceful Wednesday.


  8. Newbloggycat says:

    Love the pics of Puppy Cody, CM! Good to know you’re o-cay. Do take-cay, my friend! ♡(ŐωŐ人)


  9. markbialczak says:

    I hope the StayCay was a great one for you and Cody, CM. You deserve the unwind time for sure. Onward we go through the upstate New York winter.

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  10. Paw waves to Cody (who will probably enjoyed your time off, too)
    A long week off does make a difference even if you are part time. Step carefully out there this winter

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