I will be working around the house most of this week trying to take a week off. I have to take the time off as I have reached the maximum vacation day accrual so I am actually losing vacation time benefits for each month that passes.
I have a hard time taking vacations or days off for that matter. A few years back I was on vacation in Germany for a friends wedding. My well intentioned manager hoping for once to force me to forget about work for awhile turned off my email account access. His plan backfired as I spent over $100 in foreign phone charges and many hours trying to troubleshoot the email access problem. Even in the Amazon jungle last year I was able to get an Internet connection through a cell phone in the middle of nowhere. I hope someday to learn to wind down and relax.