When was the last time I took a vacation? Let's see… in December I was asked not to take any vacation due to year-end client demands. In November, I worked straight through Thanksgiving and canceled most of an earlier weekend trip to New York with Amanda -- both to satisfy client demands. In September I attempted to take a week off to visit family in Reno and Boise, but ended up working through most of it. So that means the last time I really took time off was the Vietnam/Cambodia trip in June.
And it's not like I've just been coasting along at work, either. Since the end of August, my monthly billable hours (only a subset of total hours worked) have ranged between the mid-200s to over 300.
It's time for a break!
And a break I intend to take, starting today. Later this afternoon I fly out to Chicago, where I will see Amanda and her parents, and Vanessa and Stephen, and a (hopefully good) stage adaptation of The Little Prince at the Lookingglass Theatre. On Sunday, I'll fly on to Reno to spend a few days with my parents, and then I'll finish out the week in Boise with the Idaho branches of the family.
It's not the ideal "winter vacation" itinerary -- way too short on sun, warmth and palm trees for that -- but a week with so many of my favorite people is exactly what I want right now. And besides, I've packed 47 sweaters and my mini-galoshes, so I'm TOTALLY set to brave the winter in Chicago. (Right?)