A lot of people at work took advantage of the fact that Christmas and New Year’s allowed for two three-day weeks in a row. The director of my department is taking this whole week off and won’t be back until the 2nd of January. I, on the other hand, opted to take the 2nd and the 3rd off for when we go down to Anaheim and check out the Disney scene during the New Year’s. So, I’m looking forward to that. But this also means that I’ll have about three days to close as many cases as I possibly can before the end of the year, so the group’s statistics won’t be too horribly skewed when they do the month-end (and year-end) reports. I already did a poll of the report right now and if they closed it tomorrow, I would have like twenty-one cases open and that’s not good.

I kind of wish I could’ve taken a two week vacation, but I haven’t really accrued enough time off. One of the crappier aspects of starting a new job is that your balances are pretty much zero. By the time you need to take off, you’re going to be owing time off to the company. Or seeing if your boss is generous enough to let you slide off the books and then make up the time later, which is what I’ve done in the past when I had ultra-cool bosses that I worked for. Unfortunately, my current boss is quite by-the-book when it comes to PTO, so I can’t really skate with time owed or under-the-table time. He wants it to be all documented, which is fine, considering that this is his first managerial gig ever. I can empathize with his need to keep to the regs.

In other news, I enjoyed my Christmas at home. I got to hang out with my wife and Tap, and I wish every Christmas were that much fun.