There’s nothing better than going on vacation and turning on the Out of Office reply.  A vacation is in order!

It’s 4:30 am, I’m still awake fighting insomnia (not really) and I have to be up for work in about two hours.  It’s Thursday morning which means tomorrow is my last day before I “officially” go on vacation for a week!  I say “officially” because I can tell my body has already threw in the towel and is borderline ready to check-out.  I can already feel my brain turning into mush just thinking about work.

I planned my vacation for the week of Christmas to maximize my time at home for the holidays.  With Christmas and New Year’s Day both falling on Monday this year, combine that with the weekends, it allowed me to be home with my wife and son for 10 whole days!  The last time I had at least a week off from work was about 8 months ago, back in April when my son was born.  Nonetheless,  I only have a couple of days left to work so I’ve got my eye on the “prize” and focused on the light at the end of the tunnel.


Fast forward, It is now 8:25 am, I just got to work about 30 minutes ago, grabbed some breakfast and here I am; just 48 hours away from switching on my Out of Office reply and being “work-free” for 10 straight days!


After only getting a couple hours of sleep last night (more like this morning), I’m awakened by the commotion of my wife (who already seems to be irritated) and my 8-month-year-old son (whose delirious and still learning the concept of time).  Not sure if the irritation was caused by me staying up until 4 am or the fact that our little one has been consistently waking up at weird hours throughout the night.

My wife also has the week off, so we both have some well-deserved time-off on the horizon.  With the exception of a wedding two days after Christmas, our calendar looks pretty clear for the duration of our vacation.  We already have a babysitter for New Year’s Eve, so regardless if we decide to do anything or not, Mommy and Daddy get to celebrate and toast to the New Year worry and stress-free.  We “ball on a budget” so highly doubt we’ll do anything spectacular to ring in the New Year,  but at this stage, we’re just happy to have some alone time together.

Hopefully, today blows by like a breeze and before I know it, I’ll be sleeping in, enjoying morning coffee, and taking in each minute one second at a time.

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