I’ve burned all of my vacation time for the rest of the year. In fact – I’m negative five days. Cool huh? I’ve never worked at a job where they actually gave me the vacation time up front (and where they let me use it!) So technically – other than some sick days (which I don’t ever use… well, rarely) – I don’t have any vacation time. However, since July 4th is on a Saturday this year, July 3rd the Friday before is the day that my company is giving to everyone as their day off. Everyone except me. I have to work that day. Me and one other person.
But it’s alright because in lieu of working that day, I get a free floating holiday. A floating holiday that I can use at any time – outside of my vacation time accrual. So even though I’m negative five days of vacation, I still have 1 more day of vacation. Which makes for another opportunity for a long-er weekend. I know. Sounds like I’m grasping at straws – one more vacation day – but I’ve also worked at jobs where I never had the time or opportunity to take anything resembling a vacation day – at least not taking it and actually going away on a short trip.
Of course – what I did was just take off the 3rd Friday of every month. That was kind of cool.
Did you know that I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon? I lived in Phoenix, Arizona for something like 16 years and I never did make it up to see the Grand Canyon – and I never made it to Meteor Crater or Monument Valley – AND I never made it up to Utah (to see the desert landscape – not the Mormons.)
Now I’m here in Georgia – which isn’t a bad thing – it’s just that it doesn’t seem like the ‘natural wonders’ around here compare to what’s available in the Southwest. However, I did discover that there is apparently a list of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia’ – and I guess we’ll make the rounds sometime.
Although we’ve seen one of them already – Amicalola Falls – and really as far as waterfalls go… it’s kind of a sleeper. I mean, it’s nice…. but not really impressive. You’re not going to see the falls and be wowed.
What else is on the list? A ‘mini-Grand Canyon’, a gorge, some hot springs and then the Okefenokee Swamp. Kind of interested in seeing the swamp (I’m from Arizona, not Florida – so my swamp exposure has only been what I’ve ever seen on TV.) But we would have to Kayak through the swamp – not just some stop at a scenic view and see the swamp set up. I wanna paddle. That’d be, neat – well, for a few hours.
And then we’d have um, swamp video.
But we’ll still knock out this list of 7 sometime, because there are so many weekends between here and forever.