Friday, December 10, 2010

At night, the ice weasels come

Always a useful phrase.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving with K's awesome aunt and uncle. A little trip, but not too far. Thanksgiving dinner had 7 people and 4 dogs, and these were not small dogs. And not a very big house either, but it all worked out, except my stupid cold (although I was not the only one with a cold). They have a hot tub and a tiny cute little sauna which honestly felt FANTASTIC when I was sick. Using the hot tub seems to be more effective for relaxing all those back muscles than all those hours of stretching I do. sigh.

There's much going on now and I'm exhausted. The love monkey has been lovely and cooked me dinner or taken me out. I'm on call for work twice this month, including Christmas week (oh please let it be quiet) because there's so few people left.

I don't have the energy to look for another job right now and I turned down the other one (the offer was... not good. I'm tired of getting crap for vacation time. I should work for another UK company. Also, dear corporations, you are fooling NO ONE with your combined sick leave/vacation. It's a transparent attempt to cut vacation hours EVEN MORE. bite me.) Whatever. If I got laid off tomorrow I'd probably take a month off and just stare at walls, when I wasn't busy with all the other stuff. Everything non-essential is getting shifted off to cope with later. I got a poinsettia because I think they're pretty and that's going to be about it for decorating. Maybe I will think about a wreath from Trader Joe's.

Anyway. Happy holidays to you all. I hope you and yours are doing well.


Carrie#K said...

Poinsettias are so pretty.

What vacation time were they offering? I miss my five weeks plus holidays and two personal days. Those were the days.

fillyjonk said...

This is one reason why, despite all the frustrations, I will probably stay in academia. There's generous time off at Christmas, and a spring break. And you don't have to teach summers if you don't want to.

As much as I get frantic during the last few weeks of the semester, I am pretty grateful for having multiple days off BEFORE the holiday.

Cookie said...

I hope you're feeling better by now, missy.


Zardra said...

Combined vacation and sick days always seem like a bit of a cop out, and almost as if the employer is telling people to come to work sick, which is stupid.

Sorry it sounds like things are heavy at the moment.

pacalaga said...

My vacation is sucky and it doesn't even roll over, but they don't really track "sick". But the pay is good, if the job is boring, and I shall take their money and write their boring stuff until such time as I find something better in your neck of the woods and come stalk you instead. We can make blackberry things and knit.

Knittripps said...

Happy holidays to you! We just got a Trader Joes and I am super excited.