I've been working here at [Fortune 100
behemoth corporation] since April 2003. I've averaged somewhere around 65 high-intensity hours per week since I started. I have taken no vacation.
I'm starting to crack.
So a few weeks ago, I marked the week of 7/26-7/31 as my PTO on our team calendar and my intent was just to stay at home and relax, write a lot of songs, and generally recuperate.
Then I got the idea that I might be able to afford a little vacation. Somewhere beach-y, perhaps. Somewhere conducive to relaxing and writing a lot of songs.
Brainstormed with Karsten about it this morning, then spent over an hour on Expedia.com trying to find a package I could be happy spending the money on. There wasn't much to choose from that seemed worth the money. Also, given how expensive everything was going to be, we couldn't afford to go anywhere for more than a few days, and I dread the idea of all the planning, preparation, packing, and whatnot that goes along with taking a trip for just a few measly days away.
And then it hit me. Why not stay home, but pretend we're on vacation? Treat ourselves to nice dinners we wouldn't normally indulge in, go visit tranquil spots, maybe even pamper ourselves with a massage.
So I threw together a spreadsheet. (Yes, I'm that
anal detail-oriented.) It's way, way cheaper to do this, even assuming all of the most ridiculously extravagant things we could do in town.
I think it's a plan. 🙂