There is a lot of stress going on in this world (most of mine caused by myself) and a lot of ways that people deal with it. Some people like to workout (why again?) others like to use something called retail therapy (whatever the crap that is) and still other like to write. The last and most extreme option is vacation.
When you finally jump through all the hula hoops, and sign the waver claiming that you will do twice the work when you get back plus the work of everyone else that takes a vacation when you get back, then you can finally get those precious days off. When most people take days off, they take full advantage by going places, planning fun outings, or being productive and getting things done that they couldn’t do while working. Not me.
I take empty advantage of all the time I get. Here are some ways that I completely waste all the valuable vacation time I get:
Plan poorly. I like to make sure that every moment of my vacation is completely unplanned. Would it be fun to go to a matinee that I would never be able to while at work? Let me waste time thinking about it but not doing it until it is 6:00 and too late for a matinee. Would it be fun to do an all day trip to a water park? Let me waste the three sunny days talking about it, until it rains the last three days and only get to go for two hours until the rain waters out the water park.
Do things you would normally do if you were working. Go to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, watch TV. Make sure that by the time you would normally leave work, you haven’t done something exciting or productive.
Be completely unready to explain to your co-workers about what you did to justify making them slave away doing your work. Hey so what did you do on your vacation? Anything fun? “I uhm, well, I watched some programming on television, and uh we went to some doctor appointments, and uh, I woke up like you know a little later and had some cereal. I was you kind of relaxing but it was still a lot of work because kids, and uh..”
Family time. Make sure your family knows that it was so valuable to have you home. Kids should be excited to have you home for about 5-10 minutes into your vacation, but should want to be ready to ship you off to work by your first real day of vacation. Once you start assigning them to do homework, or making them your personal valet service, they will be itching your scratch you to work. Mom should notice how great it is to have someone else at home to do stuff, until she just realizes how many more dishes seem to be piling up while you are here. Or how the seat she is used to sitting seems to always be full.
While wasting valuable time at work is a valuable skill, only the truly bitter can wast valuable vacation time. Good luck making your vacation a true waste of time.
By the way, if you all want the Bitter Advice Thursday to be a regular thing, go ahead and leave a bitter question that you want answered. No pressure on getting one out. Cause that is only tomorrow. Like less that 24 hours. I’m off to waste yet another valuable vacation day.
Bitter Wastecation Ben