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Forced vacay

June 26th, 2015 at 05:55 am

I've accrued too much comp time and annual days that I haven't used, so my boss is making me take a vacation. It starts next week, and I think I will be off for about 11 days.

I don't mind of course. Paid vacation? Yes please.

Trouble is, I don't know what to do with myself. I can't think of anything I want to do that doesn't cost a bunch of money that I don't want to spend.

I've thought about maybe going to the coast for a few days and try out some actual fresh seafood, but I don't even know if I want to bother doing that.

Sooo yeah I can't think of anything really. I just might stay home instead. Anybody have any ideas about what to do with time off?

14 Responses to “Forced vacay”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Write a bunch of articles and posts on SA! Check out some free concerts in your area, free museums or parks, read a book on something you want to learn (or watch YouTube videos). Deep clean your house. Catch up on tasks you may have been putting off.

    Good luck, I'm feeling a bit bored myself in this temporary apartment we are living in! You'd think I'd want to be out exploring the new place, but it is hot here.

  2. Tabs Says:

    Hahaha... ahh well, the "downside" to not having drama in my life is that I have very little if anything at all to write about. I'm not really the type to write for writing sake. However, I can certainly try to be more active in general on SA.

    And yes, the heat is another reason why I am not keen on going out or a road trip or something.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I will do some of those.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Explore places of interest where you live. Find free stuff like concerts, lectures, etc. Volunteer some place you want to see how things work. Most importantly, relax and enjoy the time off.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Build something? Sew something? Plant something?

  5. snafu Says:

    The end of June is the end of 2nd quarter and a good time to review your investments. Are they as cost effective as anticipated? Is the allocation correct for your age and risk tolerance? Are you collecting all employer's contribution possible? When you review spending for 1st half of year was there anything you could have done better? Any spending surprises?
    Have you checked your auto insurance to make certain it's appropriate for age and type of vehicle and priced appropriately based on bids by the big re-insurers?

    If you are reviewing cupboards and drawers, do you have stuff you no longer use, need, or love? or CraigsList? Anything you might donate for a tax receipt? Have you squirrelled away old technology not used, not needed? Can it be dropped off at a collection station like Staples?

    A gift of time would allow you to review supplies to see what might be getting close to expiry. Perhaps AM cooking would allow meals prepped for a week returned to work?

    ...just some random thoughts

  6. Nika Says:

    Exercise every day.

    Try a completely new challenging recipe - something from ethnic cuisine that you like but never thought you could cook.

    List some things on ebay that you don't need.

    Go to waterpark if the weather is hot?

    I could definitely use the time to declutter and wash kitchen cabinets and such. Things that can always be put off, and always get put off.

  7. Carol Says:

    Those are terrific ideas in the other comments, but I'd like to add getting together with friends-- coffee, lunch, or for a walk, or something else reasonable that is fun to you.

  8. Tabs Says:

    rob: That's actually a pretty good idea. There is still half a town that I don't normally frequent, but I could do that. I am definitely going to sleep in though. YES!

    Joan: Good ideas. I'm still kind of slightly obsessed about building my own motorhome. If or when that day comes, I will be doing all of the above.

    Snafu: Hahah, always with the good investment advices. Unfortunately, I'm in the weirder category of people who look at it TOO often. I review my portfolio weekly, and check certain positions daily. Sometimes, the market starts to get to me, and that's when I know I have to walk away from it and do something else.


    Decluttering isn't a bad idea though. I am overdo for a spring cleaning.

    Nika: Haha already do that and will definitely continue to do so. Maybe I'll even have time to run in the mornings or late evenings, when it's not so hot out. The heat is atrocious.

    Carol: You are absolutely right. I will make an effort to be more sociable.

  9. scfr Says:

    Go to the local animal shelter and take a dog for a walk. Then binge watch your favorite TV series.

  10. Tabs Says:

    You can do that? Interesting!

  11. scfr Says:

    At our shelter you can. Might want to call ahead as I'm sure policies vary by location.

  12. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I used to volunteer at a local no-kill animal shelter in TX. I would go there and walk different dogs for awhile, and then play with the cats for a bit. I'd go there about once a week. It was awesome!

  13. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I'm not being forced to take vacations but because our work's gotten super quiet we have the opportunity for a day off or maybe two this week - I'm thinking of definitely taking one day and possibly going to the movies. Might even fit a workout in too!

  14. Tabs Says:

    Thanks for all the input! I love pets although I can't provide a good home for one yet, so this could be compromise!

    Movies is definitely another idea, and I'm way behind on a bunch of those movies too. Also, a great way to stay out of the heat.

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