Some of you know that I am a civil servant. The perception with some folks is that civil servants don't do any work and that we have an inordinate amount of vacation.
It is true that I have 175 hours of vacation per fiscal year. After this week, I will still have a shade over 90 hours left to use up by March 31, 2013, or carry it over or something. There are options. But it took me from August 1993 when I joined government to April 1, 2010 to reach this plateau of 175 hours. We start out at 3 weeks. After 6 years, it went to 4. That was part of our new contract. As it turned out, I was approaching my 6th year when this came into effect, which was pretty cool.
When I worked for the private sector, I started out at 3 weeks. After... 5 years I think, it went to 4, and stayed there. I think if you were valued particularly you could negotiate more time off in lieu of a bigger salary increase or something.
Anyway, this is all a preamble to stating that I am off work for the next 2 days, or should I say, 15 hours. I will be at my mother's for most of that time, helping her out in ways she hasn't conceived of yet but she will shortly. She always does. When I have a chance to come up for air, I will be transcribing some pieces of the blog interview I conducted in June. I would like to publish it in its era of relevancy.
But, fear not, effendi! I will still be blogging my little heart out over the next few days. I know that my readers are insatiable and that feeding the cavernous maw which is this blog is something that I must do in the same way that I must breathe, that I must eat (thought not as much as I do!), and that I must check my fly when I leave the men's room. Probably in that order. I haven't really spent much time thinking about it.
Newbie has snuggled up next to me, waiting for me to tell him his bedtime story. I am getting tired of talking about the Three Blind Mice. It's almost a fetish with him. Maybe you can suggest a couple new ones.
And, please, not the Cat in the Hat. It might give him ideas.
See you tomorrow.