We got an email at work today that said the company will be closed for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in addition to the usual holidays. More days off would usually be appreciated but this time we have to use our own vacation days. If I was planning to use vacation days for that time I wouldn't mind but I wasn't. Actually, I have been carefully saving my vacation days and even managed to keep 2 days extra from this year. Guess I have to use them now. It would be nice if my time off was spread out a little more. Last year I took 3 days during Christmas, then 4 days in May and 3 days for Thanksgiving. I had to wait 6 months between vacations! Now I just came back from vacation and already I need to plan 2 five day weekends at the end of the month (the other days are company holidays). It is too soon to go back to Washington and airfare is over $500 anyway. Maybe I'll try to go to Texas or California one weekend. And maybe if I am motivated I can actually get something done around here like painting a shed!
I'm not really annoyed. There are much worse things than forced vacation. I am very glad that I still have a job to complain about. One of my mortgage spreadsheets calculates how long it will take before I wouldn't HAVE TO get a new job if I am laid off. In this scenario I would need to work for 9 more months and sell most of my stuff including my RV. My house wouldn't be paid off but it would only take one more year of regular payments, paid by my renters, before the mortgage would be gone. I figure I could hang out with family and get a part time job for a year or volunteer somewhere. After a year I would have some income from my rental house. I wouldn't have a lot of money but it is comforting to know that in only 9 months I won't have to worry if I lose my job. It isn't the ideal plan but I know if I can make it 9 more months, then I can make it a few more months after that and a few more after that as I save my money and my plan gets a little more secure with every step.