I am no stranger to taking days off of work; I believe paid time off is meant to be USED, not saved. BUT, I have never actually stayed home on my birthday.
This year, I told Christian I wanted the following 3 items for my birthday:
1. Design*Sponge At Home
2. Cuisinart Immersion Blender
3. My actual birthday off of work to hang out with my babies
Luckily for him, I had already ordered #1 using my own money and gift card, I got #2 as a hand-me-down, and I told my boss I'd be taking my birthday off.
Talk about an easy year for Christian!
* Last Friday I ended up staying home to work out babysitting issues.
* Monday Graham was so sick that I stayed home with him.
* Thursday I had to stay home all day to wait for PG&E to do a safety check on our not-working water heater.
* Friday I had to stay home so the water heater repair company could work its magic.
Sure, it was nice to actually be at home those 4 days, but I was frantically trying to do work at the same time... sitting in a chair in the middle of my living room... 3 feet from my TV (which doubles as our computer)... with the keyboard in my lap...
And then Graham would throw a FIT, because he thought that since the TV was on (as my computer), we were going to watch a movie.
Because that makes sense to a 23-month-old. Right?
Then I would give in and open two windows on the computer, side by side--one for his movie, one for a teensy view of my remote connection to my work computer.
Pain. in. the. butt. to work that way. But you do what you gotta do, right?
And then I remembered my day off for my birthday. My wonderful day off when I was going to not look at work all day. When I was going to roll around on the floor with my kids. When I was going to snuggle with Graham on the couch while we watched a movie. When we were going to walk to the park. When we were going to go get frozen yogurt. When I was going to take a nap...
Tell me--Could you do it? During a super busy time at work, could you take your birthday off of work just for fun right after having to take 4 not-so-fun days for things that were out of your control?
Am I the only guilt-ridden person who would see this as a dilemma?
What would you do?
3 years ago