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Well, I got 4 days of vacation back since the short-term disability claim went through. It all proceeded rather smoothly after getting the paperwork done.

What this means is that by the ned of the year, I'll have something like 136 hours of vacation accrued. I'll be taking a couple of days around CONvergence and a couple more around Christmas, but I will still have some vacation time coming this year.

I've never really been on a vacation, not since the family trips when I was a child. I went to New York once for a friend's wedding, and I took a long weekend to go to Kansas City haunting, but I've never taken anything like a two-week trip somewhere.

It's been suggested that I should consider going somewhere as a celebration for the weight loss. I'm considering it, but I'm also considering a new garage this year, and the whole money thing isn't really cooperating with spendy vacationing. And it hardly seems appropriate to celebrate someting that hasn't happened yet.

The garage gives me studio and workshop space. That's something that I sorely need. And I found a garage building company that will allow me to do some of the work myself, so I can have them do all the hard stuff (pouring the foundation, framing, sheathing, etc.), and I can do a lot of the internal work (electrical, plumbing, etc.).

So I'm thinking that I should wait a bit and see what the future holds. I also haven't received any of the copay bills for the surgery and the hospital stay yet. That should be fun.

Ah, well. Play it by ear. Fly by the seat of your pants. Skin your teeth. We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

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saveau
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I think you should play some Team Fortress 2 as a reward!
vanaabegra
Feb. 8th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hey man, did you ever get my email? If not, send me a working email addr to my lj email...
magicmarmot
Feb. 8th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hrm... no, I didn't.
ignusfaatus
Feb. 9th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
come out here this is not a spendy vacation because you have lots of friends waiting to pamper you to death. I have room for you and ill drive you around a bit too!!

besides - I think you will out here
dracut
Feb. 9th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Glad the paperwork is turning out to be easier than they might have otherwise made it. Vacation flexibility is a good thing.

We tend to take "house vacations" lately where we'll work on a larger project when we've got more time, so I completely understand the garage option. It's a vacation that once completed you can enjoy more than the photos!
vanaabegra
Feb. 9th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
I am a fan of Amsterdam as a vacation spot. It is relaxing and you can train, bus, or walk everywhere you want to go. Looks like Iceland Air's flights have gone up, but you can still get to Europe for under $400 round trip. I used to be on the Lucky Fare email list and have been able to get to Europe for $200 round trip. Nice thing about Amsterdam and Glasgow is that I have been able to stay at the hotels at the central train station (either attached or across the street) and those are not as expensive as other hotels. And unlike the train/bus stations here, they are kept up nice, and there are stores, restaurants, and coffee shops in the train station (Japan is like that too).
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