Today Is a Good Day

Someone told me a while back that you get bumped up to three weeks of vacation after three years at the company.

That is a pittance compared to most countries in Europe who will start you off at four weeks minimum but we have to take what we can get- especially those of us who couldn’t (or didn’t) negotiate for the three weeks when we started.

I have been meaning to ask HR because I started as a temp and became a full-time employee at the end of May, 2006. Man- that seems SO long ago.

I was thinking I would hit the three year mark this week but that milestone was actually crossed early December.

Whoohoo!

And there was much rejoicing.

It works out to four extra vacation days before our year end in August. Not a lot but one should never look a gift horse in the mouth. I have days banked from the previous fiscal so I have my full three weeks and a bit more.

This makes me very happy.

It’s not like I have big vacation plans or anything- I may have the time but not the money. Besides, the “stay-cations” I have been doing most of my life are now considered hip so why not continue to roll the same way when it is no longer embarrassing to say you are staying close to home?

Actually, I have never really cared to travel long distances to only stay in a place a week or two- never saw the point in it. If I made a lot more money, I might think differently but I doubt it.

I have enough days to make every weekend from now to the end of August a long weekend (and then some). That might be the way to go.

I don’t have to decide now. I can just revel in the fact that I have a few more days than I thought I did (since my three year anniversary was December rather than May). Having the extra vacation days feels like extra money in the bank.

Is that weird?

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~ by angryegg on May 28, 2009.

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