Vacation at the END OF ALL THINGS.

OK, not really. Just the end of my current job. I’m taking a little bit of vacation time, starting today (my usual shift is Sunday-Thursday). A few people have asked me why I’m taking a week off, considering the job is about to end. There are a number of good reasons to take a break near the end of a period of employment.

First, to be blunt, working is stressful right now, knowing that the job will be finished in less than a month. Taking a vacation will allow me some peace of mind, and let me tackle the remaining work there will be in a more professional manner. I don’t want to part ways with my current employer on a sour note. I’d like to finish while maintaining a high degree of professionalism.

Second, the unused vacation hours I have will be cashed out, but the taxes on that money will be very high. The time – to spend with my family, to search for new employment, to work on my development portfolio, to network and research the job market – is more valuable than the relatively paltry sum I’ll take home from that.

Finally, it’s a good time to squeeze in a few hours of consulting work when I can get it, which is fun, pays well, and is the opposite of stressful. It means getting paid twice for having a good time! And who doesn’t like that?

It's like your favorite chew toy on Christmas morning!
It’s like your favorite chew toy on Christmas morning!

When my vacation ends, there will be two weeks left of the job. Two weeks! Hard to believe. I’ve been with my current employer for almost 20 years. There have been good and bad times, but mostly good. My current boss (hello, boss lady!) is the best I’ve ever had, and she’s been there for us right up until the end, even as she’s grappling with the end of her job, too. Nothing but mad props for her. She turned her tech team into a goddamn machine, and she’s the reason so many of us are sticking it out right until the end.

Anyway, I’ve got coding, family time, and dog stuff to do, so I’ll leave it at that.