January 17, 2006

Wasted Day.

Last weekend was a long weekend for me. I had Monday off work because of Martin Luther King Day. Now I appreciate the day off, and this year it was timed just right to keep me from blowing a gasket. However, I would rather have worked yesterday. I just had Christmas and New Years off; did I really need another holiday two weeks later? What am I going to do with this day besides sit at home? It’s the middle of January. I do NOT do winter sports at all.

We also have Presidents day in February. Both of these holidays irritate me. Why can’t they give us the day after the Fourth of July off? How about the Monday after the Super Bowl? Maybe even the day after Halloween. I feel like I’ve wasted a vacation day when these holidays come around.

Staffing ways for work, it is also a nightmare. January is typically our busiest month of the year, surprisingly the Tuesday after MLK day is our busiest day of the year. The whole week is busy because we are making up for having Monday off. That means long hours/over time for everyone to help cover the increased activity. Logistically speaking it would be easier on the staff to work that day.

Looking at my approved vacation for 2006, I can see numerous one-day requests. It would be better for me to have two floating holidays or two extra vacation days then for them to give me MLK and Presidents day off. At least then, I know I would be doing something I enjoyed on those days. I can make sure that they are days off that actually help me.

Yesterday, I spent the whole day playing with Clone (the grouch) while watching the entire season of Firefly. What else was I going to do? The wife had commandeered the computer to blog and play the Sims 2 all day. Over all it wasn’t a bad day, but I could think of better things I would rather do.

Posted by Contagion in Rants and Raves at January 17, 2006 01:06 PM | TrackBack

Heh, that's exactly what my company does, except they give us a 5 day for Christmas and the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at January 17, 2006 02:25 PM

At least you get days off. I am expected to work whether open or not!

Posted by: oddybobo at January 17, 2006 03:21 PM

Stop your incestant whining about having days off.

Christ I would rather sit and home and watch the dust settle than have to work anyday.

Posted by: Machelle at January 17, 2006 03:24 PM

Yeah... it's gotta suck.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at January 17, 2006 04:31 PM

Dude, 11.25 hours, (or 675 minutes) of Firefly is pretty awesome. Quit with your goram whining!! :-)

Posted by: Sarah at January 17, 2006 04:37 PM

The day after halloween would be a *great* day to have off!

Posted by: Richmond at January 17, 2006 08:12 PM

Would you feel any better if I told you that I worked the Monday after Christmas, the Monday after New Year's, and yesterday? Since I only get paid when I'm working, I REALLY bitch about holidays. Screws up all the finances.

Posted by: MathCog Idiocy at January 17, 2006 08:46 PM

Most companies actually work MLK day -- just the gubmint takes off usually. So work, dammit!

Posted by: Ogre at January 18, 2006 06:08 AM

I spent most of the day Monday watching Serenity and the entire season of Firefly, when I wasn't playing with my kids or fixing my mom's fax machine. My husband was on the computer in the other room.

If it turns out that we're twins, separated at birth, I may just have to shoot myself.

Posted by: Jenna at January 18, 2006 09:25 AM

*I'll* give you sympathy, Contagion. When I was at the bank, Monday holidays just blew the biggest chunks, because there was an extra day's worth of transactions to catch up on.

What made it worse was that I had to do that week's currency shipment before the doors opened instead of prepping it on Monday afternoon. Just threw everything off.

Posted by: Harvey at January 18, 2006 09:25 AM