I'm bad at planning ahead. I want to make it clear that it is not my employers job to remind me that I have vacation time. We have this fancy website where we go and see our benefits, vacation time, check stubs and personal information. I don't go there often because I know how much I make every two weeks. (conversation for another blog). I didn't realize that I have 111 hours of vacation time. That's right, I just went to the calculator and it comes out to 13.875 work days. I have to use it or lose it. To my defense, I really don't think about vacation days because for almost 40 years, I've been doing what I love, for a living. It's not a struggle for me to get up and go to work everyday. On the other hand...my wife suggested that maybe we should actually plan ahead next year. Take a trip to Ireland, Hawaii, spend a week alone in the middle of nowhere. So, for this year I'll be staying at home for a week and lose the rest of the vacation days. Maybe I'll google places we can go next year from the comfort of my La-Z-Boy. I might take off a couple of Mondays off and see if my Daughter/Teacher wants me to come read to her class. I can read books to the kids about how to plan ahead.